Dentist in Westbank Area?

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Dentist in Westbank Area?

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I admit I am one of the largest chickens on earth when it comes to visiting the dentist. Since my last visit (which was a root canal :-X ), my dentist has retired.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to take better care of myself, so off to the dentist I go for a check up.

Can anyone recommend a dentist who does good work, has a good chairside manner and is in the Westbank area??
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i know he's a little ways from you, but dr. wageman on hwy 33 is a phenomonal dentist. no pain, pleasant demeaner, very skilled! believe it or not, i enjoy going for a check up. give him a call if you don't mind the drive, you won't be sorry.
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I take my son to Peachland Dental. I believe there are four dentists there and we have seen two of them and they have a great chairside manner. I'm going myself in the new year but they treat people of all ages and I've been very impressed with their skills in seeing my four year old. They're on 3rd street in Peachland, fairly close to the Gasthaus restaurant and the firehall.
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Re: Dentist in Westbank Area?

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tunachick wrote:I admit I am one of the largest chickens on earth when it comes to visiting the dentist. Since my last visit (which was a root canal :-X ), my dentist has retired.

One of my New Year's resolutions was to take better care of myself, so off to the dentist I go for a check up.

Can anyone recommend a dentist who does good work, has a good chairside manner and is in the Westbank area??


I wish help you with your search..but it may help you to read these links..

http://www.cdsbc.org/about_rules.asp
http://www.cdsbc.org/about_dentistsact.asp

A dentist can do good work and have a pleasant chairside manner.....but that is only a SMALL PART of running a business/practice....good luck with your search.
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Post by momofthree »

We have been going to the dentists in Peachland for years, I highly recommend them. I have never had a problem with their work and they will put you right at ease. My kids actually like to go to the dentist. They have gotten rather busy down there lately though so I may take a bit to get an appointment.
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momofthree wrote:We have been going to the dentists in Peachland for years, I highly recommend them. I have never had a problem with their work and they will put you right at ease. My kids actually like to go to the dentist. They have gotten rather busy down there lately though so I may take a bit to get an appointment.


I agree they have great chairside and the founding dentist is amazing with children. I have had quite a bit of issues with the quality of his work though and have had to have a few procedures redone.
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Another one....I went to Dr Orlo Powell in Westbank on the recommendation of my boss for a tooth ache. :127: ...I told him I was the original wuss when it came to dentists in my mouth....both he and his staff were great. It was a painless and comfortable experience.

I would not hesitate to return there...Good Luck.

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MrBill wrote:Another one....I went to Dr Orlo Powell in Westbank on the recommendation of my boss for a tooth ache. :127: ...I told him I was the original wuss when it came to dentists in my mouth....both he and his staff were great. It was a painless and comfortable experience.

I would not hesitate to return there...Good Luck.

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I would also recommend Orlo Powell. His office is nothing fancy but he does have all the latest and greatest equipment and his staff is great.
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our son is 14, has to have his wisdom teeth out - we were recommended to a dr, but he charges way more than the insurance pays - is there a rule about that? I went to the .org site a few minutes ago, but my vista doesnt like .pdf files, and I cant read anything. if anyone can post here about the prices that dentists can charge, I'd really appreciate it.

in westbank, we used to go to dr krampl, but he retired, and his practice has been bought but we dont know the name... sorry.
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hereiamagain wrote:our son is 14, has to have his wisdom teeth out - we were recommended to a dr, but he charges way more than the insurance pays - is there a rule about that? I went to the .org site a few minutes ago, but my vista doesnt like .pdf files, and I cant read anything. if anyone can post here about the prices that dentists can charge, I'd really appreciate it.

in westbank, we used to go to dr krampl, but he retired, and his practice has been bought but we dont know the name... sorry.


Depending on the location and position of the wisdom teeth, it may be a difficult extraction. That is probably why you were referred to a specialist.

Some General Dentists will do wisdom teeth extractions, but many choose to send them out. Oral Surgeons are experts at widsom teeth extractions .
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The more difficult the extraction, the more it costs. If they have to cut into the gums or bone, this will certainly be a more complicated job.
If it is not done properly, roots can be broken off, there can be nerve damage, all sorts of problems.

This is a surgical procedure, not like attaching a string to a doorknob and giving it a yank. This is not something where you want to find the "economy" guy.
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Hi Gg, yes, thanks! understood why the specialist, however I dont understand why the specialist is charging 30% more than what our plan covers. Our plan is very generous in terms of the fee-year, so was amazed to see the overage.

For example, I think he is charging close to 1400 just for the four extractions - our plan covers 9something (this is over and above anaesthetic and other charges). you see?

my husband is going to phone the dr and find out why. I just dont get it. there must be a good specialist that charges normal rates.
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hereiamagain wrote:Hi Gg, yes, thanks! understood why the specialist, however I dont understand why the specialist is charging 30% more than what our plan covers. Our plan is very generous in terms of the fee-year, so was amazed to see the overage.

For example, I think he is charging close to 1400 just for the four extractions - our plan covers 9something (this is over and above anaesthetic and other charges). you see?

my husband is going to phone the dr and find out why. I just dont get it. there must be a good specialist that charges normal rates.


Each insurance company has different rates for procedures.
The Dentist's rates are set by a recommended fee guide which comes from the College of Dental Surgeons, the rates your plan pays are set by your particular insurance company. It is extremely rare for a dental plan to pay 100% of everything. Many only pay 80% on some procedures and cut down to 50% on other procedures.

I think you are getting off easy with them paying $900. Many of us have no dental plan at all. I had my wisdom teeth done in 1988 and it was over $500 back then.
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Exactly my point - as I mentioned our plan is very generous - I cant remember the year for fees, but I am sure it is fairly up to date. Back in the 80s, I used to work for a dentist (in AB) and I am sure there was a limit as to what he could do over and above the current year fees. This is why I cant understand how this fellow can charge so much.
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hereiamagain wrote:Exactly my point - as I mentioned our plan is very generous - I cant remember the year for fees, but I am sure it is fairly up to date. Back in the 80s, I used to work for a dentist (in AB) and I am sure there was a limit as to what he could do over and above the current year fees. This is why I cant understand how this fellow can charge so much.


It could be that the fee schedule for a Dental Surgeon is different than that of a GP. They do procedures which are not done in a regular office.
I would think their expenses are higher as a result. They employ Registered Nurses in addition to Dental staff. They would require surgical equipment more like what is found in the hospital. However, they would not benefit from the Provincial Government funding which the hospital would.
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