I went to the dentist for the first time in seven years. Apparently, I need more work than I can afford. I’m not sure what to do. I only went because there was so much pain. I’m now thinking it was a mistake to go. He got me out of pain, but did lecture me about how much work needs to be done. Does he not realize that if I could have afforded it, I would have gone? Is there a place to get free work?
Livia S. – Oregon
Most cities have clinics one or two times a year to help low income patients with needed dental work. They’re unlikely to do all the work, but just one thing. However, there are ways to make your dental care more affordable. I realize you’re overwhelmed with the thought of all the care you need. However, did your dentist mention phased care? You don’t have to do it all at once.
Ask your dentist to prioritize your care. Have him list out everything that needs doing, from most urgent to least–along with all costs.
Then, pick the procedures you are comfortable with while you’re waiting on a clinic. Then, as you can afford the next procedure do that one.
This blog is brought to you by Auburn, AL Dentist Dr. Raymond Bolt.