I had a back molar causing me incredible pain so I went to a dentist . The pain radiated on my left side jaw, so the dentist couldnt tell if it was the top molar or the bottom. The dentist took x-rays and referred me to Dr. Zak's office. The dentist got me in immediately for an emergency visit. It hurt so bad I couldn't even cry becasue it would make my jaw muscles move.The told me that the price to pull a molar starts at $185.00 to around $400 depending on the difficulty. I only had $80.00 on me, and I asked her to ask Dr. Zak if I could pay the rest on Friday. She sent me to the waiting room for about 10 min. then she called me back into the office side and said that she talked to him, and since I didn't have around $400 on me that he said ""NO"". She told me he said he would do a consultation. I didn't NEED a consultation!!! She brought me back to a room, Zak came in after about 5 minutes. I brought him my x-rays from the dentist but since Dr. Zak couldn't tell what tooth it was he numbed just the top back molar with Novicaine to see if the pain went away. The pain went away and he told me it looked like a very easy extraction.\r
I asked him: ""Can you please just pull it...I always pay my bills and I can't go away like this...it's even hard to see straight to drive home."" And he said: ""No, we've been down that road with other people who say the same thing and never pay."" I was SO desperate that I told him I could give him the whole $200 dollars I was carrying on me for my rent money, and he said: ""You keep asking me the same question and the answer I give you is going to be the same ""NO"". I could not believe this was happening! He said that it looked like an easy extraction from the x-ray so I'm figuring $185 and now he's refusing $200 bucks!!! He wanted me to have at least $400 bucks on me! I called a friend to come down and borrow me the money ""in case"" it exceeded $200. The receptionist went and told him my friend was on the way there to take care of it. Even though he knew my friend was on the way he still didn't pull it. My friend was there in about 15 minutes and when she walked in Dr. Zak told us that he saw his last patient for the day and they we're closing. And he said he had to go to a patient in the hospital who needed some dental work. HELLO... I'm a patient standing right in front of you in tears! Then the receptionist interrupts & says: ""Okay it's 50 bucks for the consult"". Dr. Zak began to say that he could squeeze me in, at 10am the next morning. Then he told my friend that she can leave a blank check and that he would fill in the amount!!! NOT!! Since I couldnt afford to go through the whole referral procedure again with another dentist, I showed up at 10 am. Guess who wasn't there...Dr. Zak....so one of his co-workers pulled it. I counted how long it took to pull it. (i.e. the difficulty) It was 45 seconds AND came out in one peice. \r
I went to the front desk. She said it was $225.00 PLUS $50.00 for the ""consult"" with Zak the day before!!! I can't believe what an insincere, heartless, money hungry dentist that Dr. Michael Zak is. He is a disgrace to the letters D.D.S. There are 3 other dentists in this office that are going to be losing patients, and not getting new patients because Dr. Zak is giving the practice a very bad name. I will post this story again everywhere I can in hopes that he doesn't get the chance to treat someone else like he treated me. And to the patients that go to Dr. Zak who DO always have all upfront money...just remember that he is smiling and being nice to you because ""money"" is all he wants. Dr. Zak might a well just have walked into the room and told me:\r
""I will not pull your tooth unless you have at least $400 dollars in your purse...and even though I told you it looks like an easy extraction, I have the intention of charging you more than $185.00 OR $200"".