Thursday, September 18, 2008

very sad day

This morning I went to the dentist.

Next week I get to go in and have all four wisdom teeth extracted. They're bad enough that I need IV sedation.

Oh, and (after insurance pays their bit!) the grand total for all the work the dentist recommends?

$1,850.

Neil's checkup is in two weeks. I am dreading the verdict there. I mean, we can pay for it and not go hungry or anything like that, but it's just a LOT of money that I would rather spend on something else (like tuition. Or a new transmission).

This is very depressing to me. Most of the time our "student lifestyle" and all the penny-pinching doesn't bother me, but going to the dentist is definitely one thing we've cut some corners on (this is my second checkup since I graduated from high school seven years ago. I wish my dang wisdom teeth had come in when I was still in high school, not when I was finishing college).

Woe is me...we're paying for it now.

7 comments:

Kilerkki said...

*hugs* Sorry to hear that. My wisdom teeth were impacted, too. The surgery wasn't a problem, but the recovery was a pain. Just make sure you ice CONTINUOUSLY for the first 24 hours (bags of frozen peas or carrots are good for this) and don't eat solid food until you're sure the blood clots are all done. (I had to wait a week. You really don't want a dry socket.)

The extra expense is even less fun, but you can make it through. *hugs* Those miracles of having enough don't just happen to little Peruvian widows who pay their tithing, you know. I'm praying for you and your family.

Her Shabbyness: Sweet 'n Southern said...

I'm sorry!! I loathe dental work. When I was younger, i was told that I wouldn't need my wisdom teeth out, so, I held onto that hope for years... Until my first year of college when they came in--in all their swollen painful glory. It's 5 years later and they're still there. And, currently, swollen. I'm a chicken and that's why no matter how many times I am told to schedule and appointment, I don't... I need strength!

Good luck! I hope it all goes well.

Meghan said...

Is that AFTER insurance? That was around the total for all 4 teeth before insurance for Elise.

Rachael said...

No, the wisdom teeth (after insurance) are 780, including the IV sedation. But the remaining $1000 is for filling cavities, because guess what! This dentist only does composite (white fillings), and our insurance doesn't pay the stated benefit on those. Which they do not state in the policy. I just wrote a very detailed complaint letter to them after spending several hours on the phone arguing with the insurance company, the university benefits office, and the insurance administration company. And the catch is, the dentists who DON'T accept the student health plan will do the other kind of filling...I am so frustrated. So essentially the insurance is only paying a quarter and the insurance brochure that they gave us said it would pay a half. I cannot even tell you how stressed and upset and cheated I feel.

Rachael said...

oh, and I need 12 fillings. Yep. Twelve. Granted, this dentist has the reputation of being a very pro-active kind of guy, but it's not like they're just going to go away...

tricki_nicki said...

Oh no! I'm sorry you have to pay that much for painful dental work! It should be going to things you love, like a vacation or a new mixer.

You should start a "Dental Relief Fund" on your blog. Maybe we could do a 5k or something. ;)

The Waltz Family said...

We just got done plunking down almost a thousand dollars on dental work for Brian. That was after the insurance covered their portion. I need to go get my teeth cleaned and x-rayed but I am afraid they'll find something. Yikes, it sure is expensive, huh?

Good luck. Oh, and may you not look like a swollen chipmunk afterward. I had mine pulled spring break of our senior year, and the pictures my family took of me the following days are just horrendous! I don't think anyone should ever have to look like that!

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