Employer changed dental policies a few years back. The dentist I had been seeing previously (and was very happy with) was not on the policy.
So over the past three years I've tried to see some of the dentists on the policy. So far everyone on the damn policy has been a shyster, used car salesman type. All I need is a basic cleaning, but they always refuse once I'm in the chair and try to upsell to a "deep cleaning," something that is not covered on my insurance (or most other insurance policies) and usually runs around $500. And they also tell me they have to pull my wisdom teeth, "Those things must be really bothering you!" I always tell them to f-off, snag the xrays and leave. One time I was walking out the door and they're insisting I purchase an electric toothbrush for $150.
So it's always back to my old dentist and I pay a reasonable amount in cash, he laughs about the deep cleaning, as well as the need to pull my wisdom teeth. He has been seeing my family and friends for the past 15 or so years and has a good reputation among all of them.
So WTF is up with dentists these days? Is this all insurance related? I notice a lot of local dentists on my insurance use demandforce.com which appears to be a website that posts phony 5-star reviews. Makes trying to find a dentist even shadier.
Anyone else experience the same thing? I know I need dental insurance in case I need serious work done, but it sucks not being able to take advantage of it for basic care.