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Share Your Dental Care Savings Story …
We occasionally ask our valued Members to share their dental care savings stories as a part of our “Share Your Story” Promotion. In return, we randomly pick one “Share Your Story” participant to receive a free discount dental plan or cash equivalent. We value your feedback as these dental care savings stories are a true testament to the savings, service and selection offered by DentalPlans.com.
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Lisa C. - Mount Pleasant , MI - 11/01/2008
We lost our dental insurance in April 2008, so I needed to find an alternative method of payment. I have three children and did not want them to be neglected for lack of dental insurance. I looked on the Internet for dental plan options and came across DentalPlans.com. We now have an Aetna Access dental discount card. Having three children to take for cleanings and fillings is quite costly. Thanks to DentalPlans.com I have saved hundreds already on their dental work. It has saved us half the amount each time we have taken our children to the dentist.
I would highly recommend this dental plan to anyone. Without this plan, I would have owed several hundreds of dollars to the dentist. I did have the option to buy a dental insurance plan but the cost is outrageous, especially when you only go to the dentist once every six months. With the discount dental plan options, you only have to pay a one time amount fee and you’re covered for the entire year. I am just very thankful I found your website.
Marie W. - Jacksonville , FL - 10/01/2008
While my husband was in active duty in the military, our dental insurance had no annual premium and no co-pays for basic services.
However, when my husband retired, that changed. The insurance premium was $1,200 per year to cover our family. This premium covered 100% of basic services, but only 60% of other services.
We simply could not justify the cost of the annual premium and considered not carrying any dental insurance at all and just paying out of pocket each time we went to the dentist.
This was not a good option for our family. As my husband and I get older, our dental care needs may require more than an annual check-up and cleaning every six months.
This dilemma is what prompted me to look up dental care discounts on the Internet. That is where I found your website. I learned the difference between dental insurance and dental plans, and realized that it did not matter which we had, as long as there was an agreement to provide services at a set price that was not cost-prohibitive.
I liked your website because you offered so many different plans, many of them from well-known, established companies. Since we were willing to switch from our current dental provider, I was able to pick whichever plan had the best fees and was accepted by dentists in our area.
I chose the Solstice Plus Plan One dental plan because it provided discounts on check-ups, x-rays, and cleanings.
There were quite a few dental providers in our area to choose from. I chose the one who was friendliest to me over the phone even though I had to wait for an available appointment. It is the best dental practice I have ever done business with.
Switching providers is really easy too! My husband had gone to a different dental provider that was near his place of employment. When he switched employers, that provider’s location was no longer convenient for him. All we had to do was find another provider that accepted the Starmark plan on the DentalPlans.com website and contact that provider for an appointment.
In retrospect, I have been very, very satisfied with the Solstice Plus Plan One, with our local dental provider, and ultimately with DentalPlans.com. I took a risk by choosing the plan with the lowest fees, but they have been wonderful to deal with and my family has not had any problems receiving the dental care we need, when we need it.
We have literally saved thousands of dollars by using DentalPlans.com. If we had chosen my husband’s retired military dental insurance plan, we would have paid $2,400 in premiums over the last two years. With DentalPlans.com, over the same two-year period, we have paid roughly $400 for the combined cost of our annual membership dues and fees for services rendered.
Marlene S. - Toms River , NJ - 10/01/2008
My husband and I have always had health insurance, but dental was never included. When I found DentalPlans.com a few years ago, I was thrilled. We joined right away and got the Patriot Plan since my dentist was listed as a plan provider. There are several different plans and so many dentists to choose from. If I ever have to switch dentists, I will have no problem finding a new one in my area with my current plan.
We have saved a lot of money since we joined. My husband and I both had to have a few root canals and crowns. Crowns are very expensive, but I pay about half price using my discount dental plan. I’ve saved hundreds of dollars on each crown and we also save quite a bit on x-rays, cleanings and fillings.
Thank you so much, DentalPlans.com. I would recommend you to anyone who doesn't have dental benefits on their health plan.
Aimee T. - Hollywood , FL - 10/01/2008
I'm a 32-year-old mother of three, from Hollywood, FL, and it seems like moms are always the last to "being taken care of." I heard about DentalPlans.com from my dentist when I had to have a tooth pulled. After my Dentist viewed all of my x-rays, he referred me to DentalPlans.com. I enrolled in the Careington Care Plan. Instead of paying $263, with the Careington Care Plan, I only paid less than $50 for the extraction. With the savings from this plan, I will definitely be visiting the dentist more often. Thank you Dental Plans.com for healthier teeth, a brighter smile, and savings that everyone can enjoy!
Zona N. - Garnerville , NV - 10/01/2008
My wife and I lost all dental coverage when I turned 65. We were left paying full price at the dentist until my wife went online and found DentalPlans.com. Luckily there was a dental office near us that accepted the Avia plan. Between the both of us, we have saved over $2,000 compared to the local dental office we had been using. Our new dentist has a nice, friendly office and he does wonderful work.
Linda W. - Hamburg , PA - 10/01/2008
Last year, I took two of my sons for a dental check-up and cleaning. The first one came out and the assistant told me he had great teeth and that the charge was $307. I said, “Wow, it’s a good thing he has GOOD teeth!” I then told her I would have to bring the other son in after I saved more money, since I have 6 kids. I immediately came home and searched on the Internet for a way to save money on my family’s dental care. I found the Aetna plan and paid $159.95 for the family plan. The next week, I brought my other son in and he had the same check-up and cleaning. However, this time the bill was $116 - WOW what a savings! I saved enough money on one child’s checkup and cleaning to pay for the whole family plan. Now that's savings!
Theresa V. - West Hazleton , PA - 10/01/2008
I am a 26 year old graduate student and clerk.
I was diagnosed with Lyme disease and Rheumatoid Arthritis in September, 2007. Over the past year, the medications used to treat my illness decayed my teeth. I do not have dental insurance since I am a student and I only work part-time.
My molar broke unexpectedly in September, 2008. I ran to an emergency dentist and found out I needed three root canals! I didn't know where to turn to since I did not have insurance. I found your site online and ordered Aetna Dental Access. Since then, I have had the three root canals I needed and I’m in the process of getting my crowns fixed. Your plan has saved me around $2,000 so far! I just wanted to thank you for helping people like me get dental work done. You have saved my teeth - literally!
Joan S. - Virginia Beach , VA - 10/01/2008
My husband and I are retired and decided to purchase the Aetna Dental Access Plan in December, 2007. We have been extremely pleased with the price reductions on the porcelain crowns, periodontal maintenance and surgical extractions that we both needed. The money we have saved on these procedures has more than justified the cost of our discount dental plan. With the high cost of dental insurance and deductibles, I would recommend the Aetna Dental Access Plan to anyone - no deductibles and an unbelievably low yearly membership fee!
Ron R. - Plain City , UT - 10/01/2008
I recently renewed the Aetna Dental Access plan that I purchased through DentalPlans.com for my daughter. She is a 27-year old office manager whose employer doesn't offer dental insurance or discount plans. This plan has truly been a blessing to us because it helped her get her dental health back, and it gave me peace of mind that I'm doing my best as a loving father. When she was growing up, Jackie had always taken care of her teeth, brushing regularly and getting checkups every six months, but when she turned 23 my employer sponsored health insurance no longer covered her on the policy.
After moving out of our home, Jackie neglected her dental care due to lack of funds and no insurance. She told me that she was in a lot of pain and I started researching dental plans. Her dentist had told her that she needed over $3,500 worth of treatments, including root canals and crowns. The comparison charts on your website were easy to use and the Aetna Dental Access Plan even had her current dentist on the list. The plan has saved her a lot of money, and I am sure it has paid for itself ten fold. I would highly recommend DentalPlans.com to concerned parents everywhere and to anyone who would like to save money on dental procedures.
Ruth J. - Hot Springs , AR - 10/01/2008
Since my employer doesn't offer dental or vision insurance coverage, I started shopping online for the best deals. I visited various insurance sites, only to find out that they wouldn't cover the root canal I needed. In one instance, there was a 12-month waiting period for a root canal! The premiums were ridiculous, and often the contracts were hard to understand.
My dentist outlined a treatment plan that exceeded $5,000; none of the insurance plans I found would cover that much in a year and I would have to put most of my treatment off until 2009. If I met my deductible and paid the premiums and tried to wait until next year, then the insurance plan would pay their part. Even then, I had a hard time finding an insurance that would cover the veneer I needed for a broken tooth. They called it a "cosmetic" treatment, and it wasn't covered under most plans. I needed help reducing costs, and I needed it fast. I searched for discount dental plans instead and ran across a listing for DentalPlans.com, a site that sells many different plans. The site also lays them out for you to compare and shop logically.
I purchased a 12-month discount dental plan from Aetna called Vital Savings. It combines discounts for dental treatment and vision service. I didn't know there was such a thing.
I also got a free three months added on as a special. So far, I have spent $2,200 out of my own pocket and saved $1,800. I get the treatment I need when I need it, without waiting periods, deductibles, or confusing contracts. I can use the discount as often as I want, with no limit. This discount plan has made my seemingly impossible $5,000 treatment plan quite doable, without having to gamble on insurance or put it on a credit card. I plan to get the final treatment, the veneer, as a Christmas present to myself. After the first of the year, I will get an eye exam and a new pair of glasses with my discount. I couldn't be happier with my decision and I highly recommend this website.
Maria G. - Somersworth , NH - 10/01/2008
I haven't had dental insurance for several years and I have put off getting even minor procedures done because of the high cost of dental care. Even preventative care, like cleanings, were just too expensive to have done on a regular basis.
Two years ago, I broke a tooth eating popcorn. I used all sorts of over-the-counter remedies to relieve the pain and even tried to use a dental cement kit to fix it myself. It only got worse and as a result, I ended up with not only a broken tooth, but TMJ (from changing how I ate so as not to aggravate the broken tooth) and needing a root canal.
The pain in my jaw was excruciating and sent me to the emergency room, where I was told to see my dentist immediately. I promised I would, but explained to one of the nurses that I had no dental insurance. She suggested I go online, she had heard of dental discount plans that were inexpensive and would probably be just what I needed.
I immediately looked up discount dental plans online and found DentalPlans.com as well as several others. I read everything I could find and kept going back to DentalPlans.com. The rates and programs were affordable and better yet, my dentist was a participating dentist in the Aetna plans. I didn't want to get my hopes up, so I waited until the morning and called my dentist's office. Much to my surprise, they accepted it.
I had been putting off getting this tooth fixed for two years because, without insurance, a root canal and crown would have cost me about $3,000. I was trying to wait until next year after getting my tax refund back so I could afford it.
Instead of the $3,000 I was expecting to pay, with the plan I chose, my cost was a little more than $1,600. I called my dentist's office and scheduled an appointment. The offending tooth is now halfway fixed, and the rest of my dental problems will be fixed very soon. I can't imagine having to wait another four months to even begin having this work done!
Thank you DentalPlans.com! Without you, I would still be waiting.
Phyllis B. - Pearland , TX - 10/01/2008
My sister claims she has the best dentist in the world. After listening to my sister go on and on about her dentist, I had my wife research him and find out all she could. She found out that he's very highly recommended and getting appointments with him are difficult because he has such a huge practice. She also found out that he honors the Aetna Dental Discount Plan. So my wife secretly took out the Aetna plan and booked an appointment for me to get my teeth cleaned.
I've now had two appointments with him and I am thrilled. I'm so glad I have the Aetna Dental Discount Plan because that and a caring dentist is the best team when it comes to my health!
Robin - Warwick , RI - 11/01/2008
This is a great plan for my family. We save a lot of money every year - average around $800.00. We pay $169.00 per year for the plan and it pays off.
I also sell the plans as an affiliate for this company.
Sharon W. - San Antonio , TX - 05/01/2008
My best friend happened to call the night before my dental appointment while I was in the middle of my major health plan brochure trying to find out how much it was going to cost me to have a crown replaced. I was already in a lot of pain.
As I was relating my dismay to my friend, she asked me if I ever heard about DentalPlans.com which she signed up for a year ago. She said she saved a lot on every visit to the dentist, and said the dentist she recommended to me accepted the plan she was on.
I immediately went online and signed up just in time to get approved for the discount dental plan under Vital Saving by Aetna. The very first visit I saved over $300, which more than paid for the cost of the annual plan.
I am thrilled with the dentist she recommended (just 3 miles from my house). He's the best dentist I've ever been to and has the most courteous staff. His office environment is quiet, peaceful, and he has a feather touch, so I almost feel nothing when he is treating me. I highly recommend DentalPlans.com to friends and even strangers while waiting in checkout lines. I couldn't be happier and my smile looks better than ever for more reasons than one.
Alice J. - San Antonio , TX - 05/01/2008
It was my first visit to a dentist in 20 years. My daughters had looked online for me after I’d shown them the two gaping holes on the backside of two of my front teeth. We chose a plan and signed up immediately. After joining, we chose our dentist and made an appointment.
The first visit to the dentist was as rewarding as each of the following ones. I had crown work, fillings, a cleaning and fluoride treatment. My dentist kept me informed as to the work he was doing and walked me through each session. His superb dental skills and knowledge are truly enhanced by his communication skills. That communication skill is also evident in his office staff and in his assistants. Overall, the office is professional and truly caring.
There is also the itemized listing for the approximate cost of each procedure. This allowed me to see in advance the overall view of work needed and an estimate of the costs. The comparison between the discounted price and the out-of-pocket price without the plan made me glad that I had signed up for a discount dental plan. My dentist spaced out the appointments so payments were also extended. I paid as I went!
Would I recommend my dentist and my plan to my friends and relatives? I ALREADY HAVE!
Connie K. - Warsaw , IN - 05/01/2008
My husband is 14 years older than me, so when he retired, my sons and I had to scramble to find health insurance and dental coverage which we had to give up from my husband's employer.
I found Dental Plans.com on the computer and called the toll-free customer service # for help as well. After much research online and over the telephone, I signed up with a family plan. The provider was in Ft. Wayne, IN. We made several trips to this office for routine check ups, cleaning, and x-rays.
My youngest son had his wisdom teeth removed in this office. There were no stitches, so we were finished in one trip. We were very satisfied with our discount dental plan and with this dental office; however, the distance from our home was over an hour drive.
When we renewed our plan, I learned of a provider who was closer to our home. We made the change simply because of the distance, not because we weren't pleased with the first provider. Our dentist’s office is a 1/2 hour drive from our home. It's a smaller practice with only one dentist and one hygienist, but we like the practice just as much.
My husband and I just had appointments this month for routine care. My younger son had a filling done in this practice which was caught early enough that no Novocain was necessary.
I would recommend both of these dentists and their practices to anyone who is considering DentalPlans.com. Our experience has been a good one. We have also found a good way to save some money on the cost of dental procedures for our family of four.
Patricia B. - Pittsburgh , PA - 05/01/2008
I would like to tell you about the best dentist and staff I have ever experienced. I signed up for a discount dental plan with DentalPlans.com after leaving my job of 15 years. I was very pleased to be able to find a dentist that was available through the plan.
He is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which happens to be my neighborhood as well! How convenient to be able to just walk a few blocks and get home quickly after the visit.
I explained to the office's excellent assistant that I had had several bad experiences with dentists before. Like many people, I had a "thing" about getting treatment. She quickly assured me that the doctor was very empathetic to nervous patients, and that they would do everything they could to make the experience a comfortable one.
The first step was to meet with the dental hygienist for a cleaning and x-rays. She turned out to be one of the sweetest and most patient people I have ever met! What is usually not a very nice experience was made almost enjoyable due to her beautiful smile and excellent sense of humor.
It was then time to meet the doctor for the check up and the "bad news". I was escorted to the exam room and made cozy for the check up. The dentist came in and very soon made me feel at ease and in good hands. He is very gentle and soft spoken; just what you want when going through what can be a traumatic time.
We discussed the problems with my teeth and set up a treatment plan. I have since had several visits with the doctor and staff. Despite the condition of my teeth due to my own neglect, I have not had one bad experience.
I am so happy to have found this dentist and his staff through DentalPlans.com. The office is convenient. I never had a problem getting an appointment in a timely fashion, and most important of all, the doctor and staff are wonderful. I would highly recommend them to anyone, especially to patients like myself who have a bit of a phobia when it comes to dentists.
Thank you for letting me share my experience with their office and my satisfaction with my discount dental plan from DentalPlans.com.
Daniel P. - Mesa , AZ - 05/01/2008
I joined the Avia Dental Plan after my wife retired and we were without dental coverage. I could not believe the price for the plan and the savings I received. It was so easy to join and find a dentist close to our home. I have had several appointments and the care I have received is great. The cost of the treatments is just as quoted in my plan.
This is by far better than the plan I was on before. The cost is dramatically less. I would recommend this plan to anyone. You can’t afford not to have dental care at these prices.
Sue B. - Colorado Springs , CO - 05/01/2008
I have a 12-year-old daughter that was going to need braces. I was regretting getting a quote because of the horror stories I had heard about the costs nowadays for braces. Sure enough, the first two quotes I got were double the price I was expecting.
I called the DentalPlans.com customer service phone number, 888-632-5353, to see if they knew anyone in my area that honored discount dental plans for braces. There were two orthodontists in my city that gave discounts for braces. I called right away and was very happy to learn I was going to save over $2000.00 on my child's braces. It is definitely worth the yearly fees to be a member of DentalPlans.com.
Christine G. - Land O Lakes , FL - 05/01/2008
We are very happy with the Aetna Dental Access plan. My husband had an abscessed tooth and I took him to the dentist. They x-rayed his tooth and told him he would have to go see an oral surgeon for emergency surgery. When we arrived at the oral surgeon, we had to wait for a little while, but when they called him in they took another x-ray outside of his mouth since he was in a lot of pain.
His face was very swollen, and the dentist told us with as much swelling as he had, he was not certain if the Novocain would work or not. He also told him he would have to cut along the gum line to get oxygen to the area as with all the swelling since it was not getting any oxygen.
We were very concerned because he was in so much pain. The dentist gave him the Novocain shot. The dentist left the room for a few minutes and came back in to check to see if the Novocain was taking effect. Thankfully it seemed to be working.
The dentist then told my husband he was going to try to pull the tooth; the tooth was completely broken off, so there was not much of the tooth showing. There was nothing for the dentist to grab on to. My husband said he thought it would be a very painful recovery since he was so bad before the surgery. He was expecting the worst.
Once the dentist started to work on his tooth, he said he was grabbing on to the arm of the chair. He said he felt a little pressure and the dentist stepped back. My husband told me he was getting ready for the next round. The dentist told him it was out.
My husband told me the dentist was very good and was the best dentist he had been to. He will go back when and if he needs more work on his teeth. As far as the cost goes, it was very reasonable and way less than I expected it to be. We are extremely satisfied with the dentists and oral surgeons that are on the plan.