i went to downtown dental after a recommendation from a trusted co-worker. the first visit was normal however on the 2nd visit things seemed very fishy.
dr. bailey was too quick to recommend a crown and didn't really explain what a crown was (i had never had one). So i only found out what the procedure was when they were already halfway done. I felt like i wasn't properly informed on what it was and why it was necessary. Then 1.5 months after the crown and another filling were done and I started experiencing a pain I never had before, he recommended a root canal w/out barely looking at my mouth. In every visit i felt like i was on a drive thru. , everything was quick, in and out, no real 1 on 1 conversations that made me feel comfortable with what he was doing.
I started realizing that he has too many patients, he jumps from one room to the next very quickly and when i asked one of his assistants about invisalign for me, he was in another room working on another patient and apparently overheard my conversation with his assistant b/c apparently he *nodded* to the assistant indicating to her that ""yes, invisalign was good for me and can fix my bite"". Really?? you can tell from the other room?!? .... Maybe he's extremely intuitive and a dental genius, but i don't trust people that are too quick on saying yes yes yes especially when there is so much money involved.
Since i was a new patient with brand new insurance from a recent new job, I started to feel like this office only saw dollar signs and didn't really care about the health of my teeth, mouth and general overal health.
the day he suggested the root canal without barely looking at me, i decided to stop going to this office and instead found myself a natural holistic dentist that takes his time with me and teaches me as he goes and makes me feel like i'm doing the best for my teeth and my body not just his pocket.
Another thing that raised a flag for me was when I noticed that this doctor uses GROUPONs very often... If a doctor is constantly putting GROUPONs out... do you really think they care about your health? Do your research on what happens to businesses after GROUPONs... many times it will diminish the quality of their service b/c the influx of customers is going to be very high! ... on every one of my visits to Dr. Bailey i would see at least 2 or 3 people coming in for Groupons, and this was only while i was sittin in the waiting room.
my new dentist does all of his own cleanings, talks about my diet, shows me diagrams, models, all the xrays and talks me through all of them. He even makes me hold a mirror while he works on me b/c he genuinely wants to teach me proper dental health. my new dentist also told me the very first day that ""every tooth is an organ, and your mouth is a system for chewing food ... the work i do is based on that"" ... wow! what a difference!! what a relief!!! --- if only more dentists would think like that and actually let the patient know about it. instead it seems the majority of dentists only care about using up the money that is sitting in your insurance and figuring out how to see more patients more quickly.... like a drive-thru.