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    • samson164
    • By samson164 2nd Aug 18, 3:55 PM
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    NHS Band 3 - Am I being ripped off?
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    • 2nd Aug 18, 3:55 PM
    NHS Band 3 - Am I being ripped off? 2nd Aug 18 at 3:55 PM
    I feel my local dentist is accepting NHS patients just to throw them in NHS Band 3 while making sure it's for as little work as possible. Is this a thing?

    I visited this clinic for the first time in 7-8 years. I had a few complaints with my teeth, however, the dentist seems reluctant to provide an X-Ray. He visibly looked in my mouth, with no tools, for 15 seconds, then advised that I would need an veneer for one of my front teeth.

    I explained that I had issues with my other teeth as they had cracks in them and they were sensitive when I ate. He told me "I'm not going to do any work if you don't need any work done". This just seemed really odd to me. The idea of my visit was to: have X-Rays, find out everything I needed doing, forming a plan of treatment, then having it all done as soon as possible. I was not offered a scale and polish, x-ray, nothing.

    The dentist seems more concerned in having me pay 256.50 for this veneer up front, then discussing treatment options afterwards. Why is this? This has NEVER been the case before. I finally convinced him to provide me an X-Ray, but I didn't get a print-out to anything.

    Do they save money for doing fewer treatments within an NHS band?

    I just have a horrible feeling im being taken advantage of here, but I wanted to check first because there might be a reason that I am overlooking!

    Thank you
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    • Toothsmith
    • By Toothsmith 8th Aug 18, 11:29 AM
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    I have emailed them a few times now, but I'm not getting any response. It's been well over a week.

    I contacted NHS England and they advised me that they will contact them on my behalf as a first step.

    Thanks for the help, I appreciate it.
    Originally posted by samson164
    That's good - at least you gave them a chance!
    Last edited by Toothsmith; 08-08-2018 at 11:32 AM.
    How to find a dentist.
    1. Get recommendations from friends/family/neighbours/etc.
    2. Once you have a short-list, VISIT the practices - dont just phone. Go on the pretext of getting a Practice Leaflet.
    3. Assess the helpfulness of the staff and the level of the facilities.
    4. Only book initial appointment when you find a place you are happy with.
    • fibonarchie
    • By fibonarchie 8th Aug 18, 12:41 PM
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    I have emailed them a few times now, but I'm not getting any response. It's been well over a week.
    Originally posted by samson164
    Now there's a surprise..

    Yes get on to the relevant authorities. Hopefully they've (no pun intended) got some teeth and can take action on your behalf. Might affect their star ratings, or whatever dentists get these days.
    "If you run into a difficult person in the morning, you ran into an difficult person. If you run into difficult people all day.. you're the difficult person."

    cleaned up version of Raylan Givens quote, Justified
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