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Laura S. - Bay City , MI - 04/01/2008
I'm a 33-year-old teacher who found herself employed outside the teaching profession and with no dental insurance. No problem, I have few cavities and had no previous dental problems.
About 6 months into my new job I had a toothache – a bad one. The pain became unbearable and I had to go to a dentist and pay full price for an exam and x-rays. It was expensive and the diagnosis was even more expensive. I needed a root canal immediately. The total asking price on a root canal without insurance is no less than $1,200.00.
I started researching discount dental plans. I read the DentalPlans.com site without much hope. The pain was bad, and I didn't have $1,200.00. I was really discouraged about this turn of events. The $1,200 bill was going hurt.
Then I found the Dentemax plan for $120 and found out I could use it immediately. I signed right up, thinking there might be some sort of hitch but desperate. I took my little printed out paper card to my dentist and it was accepted. Within 2 days, they had me scheduled. The procedure took an hour. It involved 4 sets of x-rays during the drilling, and came to... (get this!) $590!
Needless to say, the $120 cost of the plan was nothing in comparison. I am so pleased with the plan. It is easy to use, accepted by my dentist and it saved me $610. I have recommended it to everyone I know.
Charles M. - Newalla , OK - 04/01/2008
I enrolled in the Dent-All plan two years ago and have saved over $2500.00 so far from what the dentist usually charges. Every procedure, including a root canal, replacing a crown, and filling cavities, has been less than half the price quoted by other dentists. The dentist I use is very professional and provides me the same quality care as those not using the plan. The website is easy to use and I have recommended it to over 50 of my friends and family who don't have dental insurance through their work. It's almost like "this is to good to be true", but it isn’t. I highly recommend it to everyone I know!!
Don R. - Las Vegas , NV - 04/01/2008
In February 2008, I joined the Dent-All Plan (Careington CarePOS). I had been searching for a dental insurance or a discount dental plan for a good while. I am 72 years of age, and have been uninsured since retiring at the end of 2003.
My last dental exam under my employment PPO plan was a disaster, to say the least. The dentist told me I needed several crowns, several fillings, and a few existing fillings were to be replaced because "they might loosen up." I was not shown any X-rays, or given any further information about the work to be done. My cost under my plan would be around $2500. Since I had always taken good care of my teeth, and I wasn't having any problems, my gut feeling was that maybe I was going to be helping pay for the dentist's new car, rather than getting the dental care I needed.
Upon joining the Dent-All Plan, I found a dentist about five minutes from my home. My first visit, of course, included X-rays and an oral exam. The dentist went over my X-rays in great detail, and to my surprise and delight, he said I didn't need anything done except a routine cleaning. He specifically discussed that I had healthy bones and teeth, and that several cosmetic procedures were available in the event I was interested. (I have a chipped upper front tooth and a small space between my lower front teeth. Both these conditions have existed most of my life, and at my age, I don't feel they are urgent problems.)
My bill for that day was $82, but would have been something over $200 without the discount dental plan. I returned about two weeks later to get a cleaning. The procedure was routine, which surprised me, given the elapsed time since my previous cleaning. Both the dentist and the dental hygienist commented that I had no plaque buildup and that I must be brushing and flossing regularly and correctly. My bill for the cleaning was $32 and would have been $82 without the Dent-All Plan discount.
These experiences have pretty much restored my faith in dental care professionals. I can honestly say that my latest dentist appears to be among the most professional, knowledgeable, and caring dentists I have known. All of the personnel in this office are very caring individuals and seem to have a genuine interest in their patients. In searching for a discount dental plan, I had looked at several other websites, and was particularly impressed by the DentalPlans.com website. The ease of navigating the site, choice of plans, available dentists, and other information were instrumental in my joining this plan.
I will certainly recommend the website and discount dental plan to my family members and acquaintances. On a scale of 1-10, my experience with the Dent-All Plan thus far has definitely been a 10!
Ken C. - Katy , TX - 04/01/2008
I'd just like to take the time to say thanks for being there when I needed you. I signed on with Careington back in December of 2007, and I have to tell you it has already been worth the investment. At the time that I signed on, I had been a member of Blue Cross-Blue Shield for many, many years. It's amazing what companies don't tell you, or what we don't take the time to learn about what they offer.
I went into my dentist office in December and she indicated to me that I should think about a partial for an area which had been void for a long time. Partials are not cheap, and when I was told exactly how much Blue Cross Blue Shield would not cover, I was shocked. DentalPlans.com came through, however, and for about half the cost, I now have a partial. The dentist’s assistant suggested getting a supplemental to help and pointed me in your direction. So, I'm giving them all the credit.
As for your company, I would recommend you to anyone. I know that the dental office will continue to do so as well. Thanks for the help. There is no better supplemental out there that I know of.
Arlene A. - Saddle Brook , NJ - 04/01/2008
A few years ago, my husband was told by our then dentist that he needed a root canal. Well, what can one do? Then when he was told the cost, we were in shock. It cost as much as the roof replacement we had just had done to our house!
My husband mentioned that we were retired and did not have dental insurance, but the only concession that the dentist offered was a payment plan. Well, when a second root canal was needed, that was it. We told the dentist not to begin the work, and I looked online for some help.
Luckily, I stumbled upon DentalPlans.com, found their website very user-friendly and easy to navigate, and searched in our area. Voila - the Avia plan included a dental group right in our town! We figured it was worth a try. (Anything was better than practically needing a home-equity loan for your teeth!).
We discovered a very friendly, competent, and professional dental office, and saved money right away - more than half off the cost of the root canal alone. Since then, we have had all of our check-ups, cleanings, and dental crowns - all of our dental work - done at this office. There is no doubt that by now we have saved thousands of dollars.
We have recommended both this dental office, as well as DentalPlans.com, to many people, and we personally know of one family who has also signed up and is very happy. They are a younger family with children, and have found this office delightful and quite accommodating for children also. For anyone who is hesitating, just wait until you are told you need an expensive procedure! Then you will be like us, and make sure you sign up every year with DentalPlans.com.
Darlene H. - Henderson , NV - 04/01/2008
My permanent bridge came loose and then fell out. I did not have a dental plan. I went to a dentist I found in the phone book, and he examined my mouth and gave me an estimate of $6,934.00. After I came to, I went online and contacted DentalPlans.com. They signed me up with the Avia Dental Plan. I went to the dentist on their plan, which was 1 mile away from my home. He gave me a price of $2,686.00. I am smiling now and showing off my new bridge. I had savings totaling $4,248.00. Thanks ever so much. I am truly a happy camper.
Amy S. - Pittsburgh , PA - 04/01/2008
Who knew that spending $100 could save me $1600?
I work for a small non-profit. With fewer than five employees, we are not eligible for group health, dental, or vision programs. My fiancée is self-employed, so we pay out of pocket for his benefits. A combination of fear, tight finances, and good old procrastination left me without dental work for almost a decade.
Once it became apparent that I could wait no longer, I sat down at my computer to face the music. One quick search led to DentalPlans.com. I was looking for a plan that could cover both of us even though we're not yet married. I called customer service and was immediately connected to a friendly, cheerful woman who asked me just a few quick questions. She recommended Avia, a plan that would cover both of us and offered hundreds of providers within a 15-minute drive.
On the day of my first appointment, they asked me about my coverage. No sooner did I say “Avia” than the woman behind the counter said, “That’s really good.” After consulting with my dentist, I learned that I needed over $3000 worth of dental work… but my Avia plan brought the total down below $1500 – which could all be financed at a very low interest rate.
Since then, I’ve recommended DentalPlans.com and Avia to dozens of people. I couldn’t be happier with my plan, benefits, service, and savings. It’s been a real lifesaver for our finances and our health—and it’s saved us $1600 in just two months. Thank you for offering this service!
Barb, Dave, Brooks and Chad M. - Palos Verdes Estates , CA - 04/01/2008
My family and I have always had dental insurance through my job as a teacher. Unfortunately, every dentist we went to on the plan always dropped the plan and we were left without a dentist. We actually put up with this for 20 years!!! Our last dentist we went to was on our ill fated insurance plan. He was the best dentist we ever had. My dental-phobic kids, ages 13 and 19, actually said none of his procedures hurt. Of course, 6 months after finding our dentist, he also quit using our insurance. Once again we were left in search of another dentist. What a disaster!
By now, there were fewer and fewer dentists left on our insurance plan. A dentist was recommended by a fellow teacher and he was horrible. His teeth cleaning hurt, his cavity filling technique left my son sore for days and he claimed to have found thousands of dollars worth of work that needed to be done on all of us. I knew this dentist wouldn't work and I really wanted to go back to our dentist, but how?
It was at this point that I decided to go online and type in dental plans and see what came up. Immediately I discovered your discount dental plans and chose Aetna's plan. We save about 50% on our dental procedures and are back with our dentist whom we love and recommend to our friends. I tell everyone I know about your dental plans... most of them think it is too good to be true, but I tell them this plan has allowed us the luxury of an incredible dentist without the full cost. Thanks!
Amira C. - Tampa , FL - 04/01/2008
I moved here from Australia. In Australia, our medical and dental is free. If I wanted to get braces, I could get them for free but would have to wait a couple of weeks, which was fine. When I moved to the United States two years ago, I knew I had a tooth that was bad, but didn’t think I needed to get it fixed. Since a year ago, I have been in pain on both sides of my mouth. I was on pain killers because I could not afford to get my teeth fixed. My parents did not move here with me, so I did not have any support from them.
My job offered medical but not dental. I cried so many times. I was 138 pounds, and I went down to 110 pounds because I could not eat the candy and all the foods I loved. I could not chew properly either. I went to the dentist in January of 2008 and he said I needed to get a tooth pulled, two root canals, and two crowns. When I told people at my work what the dentist told me they said I needed to get a loan because it was expensive. I tried to get a loan but did not get approved because I had no credit established yet. My boss offered to loan me the money because I had been miserable everyday for months. I did not want to accept.
In February, the pain got worse and worse. I went online and searched for help for dental insurance. The website DentalPlans.com appeared. I looked into it and it sounded GREAT. I told all the employees at work and they said that I should not believe what I am reading because it sounded too good to be true. Everyday I would look into this. I called customer service many times with so many questions and they were very nice and answered them. I finally asked what the catch was and the lady laughed.
I went with my gut feeling and bought the Aetna Dental Plan. I paid $99.99 for the year. The dentist I originally went to had recommended an oral surgeon for the root canal and another to get my tooth pulled. When I called them, they were going to charge me $250 for pulling my tooth, and for the root canal they were going to charge me $1100 each. When I called back and asked if they took the Aetna dental plan, they said yes.
I ended up getting my tooth pulled a month ago and was charged $120. For my root canals I was charged $1300 for both of them, not one. I saved so much money. I saved $1030. I feel very blessed and very lucky that I had found this website. I am going for my crowns in a couple of weeks and after this I am going to take good care of my teeth since I have this amazing plan.
The people I work with have been asking me questions about this plan and I have recommended it to so many people. My overall experience was 10 out of 10. I loved the oral surgeon I went to. The website is great and the customer service was fantastic. Thank you and this is my story.
Barry S. - Azle , TX - 04/01/2008
I originally signed up for a dental plan, but it did not have dentists in my home town that I liked that honored it. I called and they changed my plan to Aetna which was honored by almost everyone. I thought I might have a problem switching, but they were very accommodating and made it very easy.
I not only saved a good amount of money, but was able to use a dentist that I liked. The dentist charged me exactly what was on my online price list with no objections. I also used one of the other services that were included - vision. I went to a major eyeglass retailer and they ran my plan against my other discounts like AAA and AARP. My plan was about 10-15% less than the other discounted plans that I had available to me. All-in-all, my experience with DentalPlans.com has been excellent and I will definitely renew when the time comes.
Lynn G. - St. Charles , MO - 04/01/2008
We have saved over $2000.00 in the first 5 months since we purchased the Aetna Dental Access Plan. My wife needed 2 fillings, 1 root canal, and 3 crowns. The total cost at a dentist not accepting the plan would have been well over $4000.00. I'm going in May and I know I need at least 2 crowns. This plan has been a life saver for us. We are retired and have no dental coverage.
Frank L. - Long Beach , CA - 04/01/2008
I chose the Aetna plan because it included the labs and was actually a few dollars more than the UNI 100. It did not include the vision, but I already have that type of coverage with our health plan. If I didn’t, this may have been a good way to gain that type of coverage also.
I had dental cleanings for both me and my son. The amount I paid for two dental cleanings was $146. I would have paid $85 each or $170 without the plan, so there is some discount.
The dentist is a quality dentist. I do not see him much as we are in good shape, usually getting cleanings only, but he does have LCD TV’s in each room showing Hawaii videos.
I liked the comparison chart for the plans. It was easy to use, and the website is also very easy to use. I would have liked to see a more detailed fee schedule comparison for a dentist of choice, so that I could see what plans they accept and how the fee schedules compare all on one page so I could print it out and think about it. I did sign up over the phone for that personal touch. I also liked that you could search for a particular dentist.
If you are self employed or have no dental coverage, this fee schedule plan seems like a reasonable choice. The experience so far is good; the dental receptionist liked the plan a lot, which tells me it works for both the patient and the dentist.
Nellwyn B. - Midland , TX - 04/01/2008
When considering dental health care coverage, DentalPlans.com just made sense.
Could we afford traditional coverage? Yes, but when compared with the benefits of the plans offered on DentalPlans.com, there was no comparison. For a full year of traditional dental insurance coverage, we would have to pay about $950 for our family, and that’s before we ever set foot in a dentist’s office. Through DentalPlans.com, we purchased the Aetna Dental Access plan for only $134.95 for 15 months of coverage!
The purchase price alone represented almost $850 in savings each year. The website is really easy to use. We were still fairly new to town, and had been using a dentist that wasn’t all that great. He wasn’t on any of the DentalPlans.com plans. Fortunately, DentalPlans.com had several area dentists to choose from. The dentist we found through the plan’s website is awesome! His office has cutting edge equipment. His staff is so friendly, and my seven year old isn’t even afraid to go to the dentist anymore!
What’s even better is that we don’t have any of the hassles that come with traditional insurance. There are no waiting periods and no limits on the discounts we can receive. Every single procedure we have had done has been significantly discounted. I haven’t had to file any paperwork. I just show my membership card, and we get the lowest possible price on dental care. The three members of our family have all had twice-yearly cleanings with exams and x-rays, and a few fillings. My husband had to have two wisdom teeth extracted, and we had protective sealants applied to my son’s molars. The plan saved us almost a thousand dollars on the procedures. With the great deals, great website, and the great dentists at DentalPlans.com, we will never go back to traditional dental insurance!
Jessica W. - Orlando , FL - 04/01/2008
I chose the Aetna Dental Access plan for myself and my family last summer. We had previously been without dental insurance and spent over $1500 in one year on my son's teeth alone. My husband and I had not been to the dentist in over 5 years, due to a lack of coverage. The dental plan available through his employer was expensive and offered few choices in the way of doctors.
We now all go to the dentist on a regular basis and save approximately 40% off the cost on each dental visit. We absolutely love our dentist and his staff. They are courteous, knowledgeable, and best of all, they don't over book! Just yesterday morning, my husband went in to see the dentist regarding a tooth that has been giving him problems. They determined that he needed a root canal and crown. If he would have waited any longer, he would have lost the tooth. My husband went back in to have the work done this morning. I figured that he would be in bed all day today, but in fact, he is doing great. He has told me at least a dozen times that he now feels better than he has in months!
He saved approximately $1,000.00 today using his Aetna Dental Access card from DentalPlans.com. Altogether, we are beyond pleased with the service you provide. We will no doubt be renewing our plan this summer.
Tamara S. - Hopatcong , NJ - 04/01/2008
I am writing today to tell you just how much the Aetna Dental Access program has helped me afford dental care for my son. Being the mother of a 12 year old boy who has a history of crashing on his bike, falling off of fences, and managing to break his teeth at every turn, can be a major expense. I am a single, working mother and dental insurance is not offered through my employer. Therefore, all of my son’s dental work is out of pocket. Needless to say it's very expensive.
At the first visit to the dentist, I saved a whopping $127.00! I was shocked. I didn't realize that the plan would pay for itself the very first time I used it! I would recommend purchasing a discount dental plan from DentalPlans.com. It has been proven to save you money. I will be renewing my plan when it is due to expire. How could I not?! Thank You!
Nita B. - Kula , HI - 04/01/2008
I was very pleased to find that a Dental Discount Plan even existed! I have six children, and some of them, like me, have real problems with their teeth. We cannot afford dental insurance, and, because of extraordinary circumstances, three of our children are not eligible for free dental care in the state we live in. Still, even the free dental care is not very desirable, especially since they only offer amalgam fillings, which we do not want. Also, the sign-up process for the free dental care in our state takes so long that it is several weeks before you even get an appointment!
With Dentalplans.com, I can make an appointment in as little as three days. Dental insurance through our employer not only costs too much, but has a maximum coverage of only $1000 per person per year. With the amount of dental care that I need per year, that would not cover all of our costs. That's just one thing that makes this discount dental program so great. There is no maximum discount!
I chose Aetna Dental Access as my plan because it has the greatest discount for the procedure that I need most, which is a filling. It also has a Pedodontist as a participating dentist, which is what I really need for my kids. This feature alone set DentalPlans.com above all the rest. It's great that there are so many dentists to choose from.
The website is very easy to use. I love the fact that I can compare the different plans' features and prices side by side when choosing one. Being able to see examples of fees for different procedures makes it so much easier to decide on a plan for me. It's also quick and easy to find a dentist on the website.
This is our second year with DentalPlans.com. We have had fillings, cleanings and check-ups all at a discounted rate, which really helps our family. I have recommended my plan to friends, and anyone I talk to when the subject of low cost dental care comes up. This is such a great option for people without insurance, or for people whose insurance does not cover all the dental care that they need. The price is great and the plan is simple and fast to purchase and use.
Cheryl O. - Andover , MA - 04/01/2008
I was blessed with my father’s easy going personality, wittiness, and his less than perfect teeth. On a recent trip to the dentist I was advised that I would not need one crown, but two, and a small cavity that needed to be filled. I asked for the price of the crown and they said it would be $1364 each. Yikes, so much for our trip to Disney.
My husband has a great job but it does not provide us with dental insurance. I should have asked before my cleaning, but I mentioned I had seen a dental plan online and had seen my dentist’s name along with it. The receptionist informed me that they did accept this dental plan and it was a discount plan, not an insurance plan. I inquired the price of the crown with the discount plan. She informed me that if I signed up for the discount dental plan (Aetna Dental Access), I would pay for my services off of a different fee schedule.
Bottom line, what does that mean? My dentist has been contracted with this discount plan to offer discounted dental services. For that same crown that would cost me $1364 without any coverage, under the discount plan will only cost $691. What?? How is that possible? The same service for almost 1/2 the price? What gives? I went home and signed up for the discount dental plan that was less than $90/yr at www.dentalplans.com. I can now get my two crowns for the price of one. Not to mention, the filling I need for the cavity would have cost me $159, but with the discount plan it’s only $76.
It certainly pays to investigate and be an advocate for yourself. The dentist did not offer that they accepted this plan but it was worth my extra effort to save $$. I live in Massachusetts. Please do yourself a favor and check to see if your state offers this plan or something similar. It even states that you can have dental insurance along with this dental discount. Not all dental insurance plans cover everything; there is usually a cap as to what they will pay. Good luck with your future dental woes and keep smiling. I know I am.
Lloyd B. - Canton , GA - 04/01/2008
I had many cavities due to medication, so my dental bill is quite large. I had 3 teeth pulled and saved a lot of money in just one visit. The dentist was very attentive to my needs, as I am 86 years old. The dentist called me the evening of the extractions to see how I was doing. I thought that was very good since one of the nurses could have called, as in many offices they do that the next day. I'm so glad my granddaughter referred me to this plan. Thank you for this great dentist and your plan for service.
Robert N. - Lynn , MA - 04/01/2008
My experience with Aetna Dental Access was very much a surprise. Not only was the cost reasonable, but picking a dentist in our area was so simple. My husband and I have found a great dentist thanks to the ease of finding someone in the plan on the computer.
My husband has gone to see him to fix his dentures and for fillings. Thanks to our dentist, I was also able to get a referral and an exam for a condition that was caused by a cracked tooth. The problem was solved. Thanks to the discount dental plan, we can afford to have our teeth taken care of at a price we can afford.
Bella B. - Orangeburg , NY - 04/01/2008
I am a widow who just retired from my job in December. I worked at a hospital where I had good dental benefits. I was very worried about how I was going to pay my dental bills. I went on the computer to look for something that I could afford. After all, I lost all of my benefits when I retired.
That is where I found Dental Plans.com. Most of the other plans I couldn’t afford. I applied for the Aetna Dental Program. I have not regretted it yet. I found a wonderful dentist a block away from my home. He just capped two of my teeth after my check-up. I also had periodontal work on my gums. I just couldn't believe how much money I saved with the Aetna Plan. I am very happy with it and would recommend it to all my friends. I guess it was my lucky day when I went on the computer looking for a plan. Thank you so much!