My youngest daughter, E, had a dental appointment a couple weeks ago. I had procrastinated about making the appointment because she was not overwhelmed with affection for the dentist at her previous appointment.
Surprise, surprise! This visit was not a huge success either. She wouldn't open at all for the dentist, and the hygienist only was able to get a good enough look to tell that there was some decay. Ack! They referred us to a pediatric dentist.
The pediatric dentist's office was decorated more "fun" than our regular dentist, but it seemed a bit dark and ominous too. They did have some stuffed animals with teeth and giant toothbrushes that E liked, but even so, there was no way she was letting them take X rays of her teeth. The dentist, a female, was able to get a good look at her teeth. Unfortunately, it appears E has gotten her teeth from my hubby's side of the family. Four molar cavities, at least! Some of DH's relatives have had dentures since their teens and DH had bad teeth as a child. Luckily his adult teeth are much healthier.
Ok, so four fillings sucks, but what really sucks is her refusal to cooperate with any dentist. What this means is that she will need anesthetic. My older daughter is fine with the dentist, in fact she sort of looks forward to her visits. This is completely new territory for me. Apparently it doesn't come cheap. I was told if insurance doesn't cover the anesthesia, it will cost around $1,200. My insurance covers 80% of her dental work, which is awesome, but will still leave me owing quite a lot.
I called my insurance on Thursday and they told me that because she's under the age of 7, all of her dental work will be approved with no yearly maximums. However, the anesthesia won't. He told me I basically have to call and complain about it because she's only three and there are no other realistic options. He says then it will be approved. That means $240 for the anesthesia alone.
I did get $100 in Visa gift card rebates in the mail from Verizon, and a $40 paint rebate from Lowes. However, I also just paid $700 for the wood for my stove this winter. I think I need to plant a money tree.