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This was by far the worst dental experience of my life. He doesn’t care about his patients what so ever. He barely talked to me about the procedure. Matter of fact, he actually pushed me back into my chair when i started crying because of the pain of the 5 shots he gave. After he pushed me back he said “you’re fine!” He groaned and sighed my entire appointment. When I was leaving with my temporary crowns, which mind you, are only supposed to be in for two weeks, I tried to schedule the next appointment and they didn’t give me another for SIX weeks. After I asked how I was supposed to keep them in for so long when they aren’t even designed to do so, they told me to “be careful because if they fall out he’s going to have to burn your gums again” Side note, during the procedure, he burnt my gums so bad that blood was actually dripping down my face and they smell of burnt flesh filled the area I was in. I do NOT recommend this dentist to anyone. Unless of course, you want a careless, rude, inconsiderate and unprofessional dentist.
At this facility I was treated horribly.The person s there are a tight knit group that have caused serious problems for me.they are intaginistic and use there professionalism in the worst way.they we're uncaring and harmfull to me.
I was referred to this practice for a Mouth piece for sleep apnea. When I was told the cost $3200., average cost on the internet if you google it is $1800. I told my concerns to the dentist. He said not to worry that they would accept my medical insurance payment as payment in full. Upon checking out I was told I needed to put 1/2 down to get the mouth piece ordered. After I received it , the billing person told me that I owed the entire amount, and that the dentist said she was in charge of the billing so I would need to pay the entire $3200. no matter what my insurance paid! I don't trust people that lie to you, I hope you do the same.
I called Dr wahab she is very very nice experienced and friendly.although i am from far away.i am visiting utica on sept 2.i will done my work from there.
Dr. Fahey and his assistant were both pleasant and professional. First time to see a DDS for a Root Canal; happy to say it was painless. Had a wonderful experience and would return if needed in the future. Office is very easy to find with access to major highways.
This email is to thank the staff of 2nd floor for the great care given my mother in law Mary Laraby-She is 90 yrs old and due to chemotherapy developed a clot in her left leg and lungs-She became well and was discharged home today , tuesda August 18-My nephew handled all of the arrangements and he is the primary caregiver along with his female companion who works in dietary Amy Russell-I would like this email passed on to the staff , especially the evening staff which we have nothing but praise for-We did have an issue today when she was discharged-My nephew is inexperienced with medical needs and did not ask some of the necessary questions or information he needed to because he thought I would know.I worked in long term care including rehab for seven years-I am sorry I did not tell him what to ask , about medications or medical equipment etc etc-I talked to a very nice nurse manager Heather-She was patient with me as i tried to figure out what went wrong-Thank you Heather-Please also pass this to education and of course the nursing Director.If I can be of any help , please know I am available at 507-4433 at any timeMary Anne Laraby rn bs
The first appointment I had at the North Utica Aspen Dental was in July of 2014. At that time, they took (in my opinion) way too many xrays. Within that same visit, they also tried to push a $100 electric toothbrush on me (which I refused) and fast-talked me into paying $15 for a tiny cup of fluoride "treatment". My next visit was February of 2015. This time I went in wary of how they might try to sell me something I did not need...and sure enough, before I went in for my cleaning, the receptionist said, "That'll be $15.00 for today." I had to ask, "Is this a co-pay, or is this for the fluoride?" She replied, "For the fluoride", and I went ahead and refused it. I must also add that there were billing issues in the past. First time I went, my insurance company said to me that Aspen kept trying to submit the same bill even though it had already been paid. When I called Aspen, they said "Oh, it must be a glitch in the computer system". Lastly, I am entitled to two cleaning/exam visits per year. However, they stated that due to "staffing issues", they couldn't fit me in for another 11 months. I was told that "It's ok, you don't need dental care that often because you take such good care of your teeth anyway". Hmmmm. All very questionable. Probably won't go back.
Everyone at the Utica Aspen Dental office is very friendly and nice. My experience was really great overall
I was always afraid of dentists, shots, drilling, since I was a kid and my teeth proved it. Dr Rabice came highly recommended, I tried him and cannot say enough good about him and his entire staff, they are GREAT! If you need a dentist, forget the rest and see the absolute very best, Dr. Rabice!
Upon entering the building for the first time, I was met with negative energy and dispositions from just about everyone. From the secretary, nurses and even Dr. Ahn, everyone seemed miserable working there. I thought it was just the day but my subsequent contacts and appointments proved otherwise. I left messages during an emergency and never rec'd a returned phone call. When I called back, the nurses couldn't find my chart (Confidentiality/HIPPA concern) and asked me to spell out the medications I was previously prescribed. Dr. Ahn does not give a thorough description or explanation about the diagnosis, prognosis and then seems irritated with you ask questions. I was met with adversarial responses when I asked questions that seem to be standard as a patient. His style is to hand his patients reading materials to save his time and make himself more money by rushing patients in and out without giving them an opportunity to get the information he is being hired for and being paid for. It was the worst experience I have ever had in the medical field and one I will certainly never forget. Given this is a small community, I would highly recommend the extra drive to go elsewhere.
Physicians and surgeons help to keep people - from infants to the elderly - as healthy as possible. These individuals provide diagnoses and treatments for a wide variety of ailments, and preventative care and early detection for more serious illnesses. Whether you love or hate going to the doctor, the fact is your physician is there to listen to your health concerns, take preventative measures against diseases and advise you on your options for staying in tip-top shape.
In 2013, there were more than 1 million doctors of medicine in the U.S., over 854,000 of which were active. Additionally, in 2012, there were about 18,000 active general surgeons in the country. It's important to know which type of physician or surgeon you need, how to choose the best one, and account for other considerations in order to stay healthy.
Patients can choose from a wide variety of physicians depending on doctor specialty and what problems they are experiencing. Here are a few of the most common types of physicians that you may see in your lifetime:
Your GP is the doctor that you go to for regular checkups, vaccines and to identify health issues. GPs can treat many different illnesses and injuries, from the common cold to a broken arm. If your health requires a second opinion or expert care, the GP will refer you to a specialist who has the skills to focus in on the issue.
Heart attacks and heart disease are some of the most common afflictions seen across the country, making cardiologists important to your long-term health. These physicians specialize in studying and treating the heart and related diseases.
Other than a GP, the dentist is likely the most common physician you'll ever see. These professionals work with the human mouth, ensuring that your teeth and gum health are up to par. Patients typically go to the dentist twice a year.
Dermatologists are focused on skin-related issues and diseases, from skin cancers, to acute acne, eczema, psoriasis, and general cosmetic concerns like aging and scars. Most will also perform annual or semi-annual mole checks to screen for any signs of melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer.
If you have a number of sinus infections or have had your tonsils taken out, you've likely seen an ENT specialist. ENTs handle ailments related to the ear, nose and throat, often related to taking out tonsils and treating hearing issues.
For many women, their gynecologist and obstetrician are the same person. These professionals work with the female reproductive system to focus on reproductive health, fertility issues, prenatal care, options for new and expectant mothers, neonatal care and childbirth. OB/GYNs can also help in the early detection of breast or cervical cancer.
There are obviously a number of physicians that you can choose from, but how do you know if they're the best choice for you? Here are a few considerations to help you pick a physician:
Look at Your Insurance
Before you get down to the details, you need to verify which doctors are covered by your insurance and whether they are in or out of your carrier's network. Rates may be cheaper if the doc is in network – a doctor can be covered by your insurance but not necessarily in network. Out of network is typically more expensive. Doctors often add and drop plans, so it's important to ensure that your options are compatible with your insurance plan. Doing your homework will help you avoid unexpected expenses.
Check for Board Certification
Your physician should be certified through the American Board of Medical Specialties. Doctors must earn a medical degree from a qualified school, complete three to seven years of residency training, be licensed by a state medical board and pass one or more ABMS exams to be certified.
Examine the Reviews
Reviews of a doctor can reveal a lot about what your experience may be like. People may grade on staff friendliness, availability and effectiveness of treatment. Looking at these evaluations and getting recommendations from family and friends can direct you toward a physician for your needs.
Surgeons can literally hold your life in their hands, and it's important to find the best one that can put you at ease and treat you effectively
You need to feel comfortable with your surgeon. It's important to communicate your concerns and that your surgeon can respond adequately. Surgeons should be willing to go over the details of your procedure and answer any questions that you may have. They must take the time to discuss and address your worries.
If you're going in for surgery, you want someone that knows what they're doing and has a high success rate. Ask how often the surgeon performs this surgery and try to find one that regularly does it. This will give you peace of mind that you're in capable hands.
Your decision on a physician or surgeon can be majorly affected by the insurance plan you have. You may have insurance through employment, your spouse, your parents if you're under 26, or the marketplace if the previous options don't apply to you. It's important to understand how your insurance works to have the full picture of what you'll need to pay for.
Your insurance will have a deductible, which is the amount that you're responsible to pay for covered medical expenses. Some plans have coinsurances, where you must pay a certain percentage of the bill, and insurance will cover the rest. Co-pays state a flat rate for certain services, like paying $20 when you visit your GP or a $100 co-pay for an emergency room visit. Once you reach your out-of-pocket maximum, which will differ if you're an individual or within a family plan, your insurance may pay for 100 percent of covered medical expenses for the rest of the plan year.
If you plan to go to the doctor, need medication or have been recommended for surgery, call your insurance provider or go online to see what your plan covers. You can choose the best doctor for your needs, understand your options and prevent yourself from being blindsided by medical expenses.
Most doctors require a phone call for an appointment, although some may provide online scheduling as well. Be sure to have your insurance card with you when you set an appointment, and to bring it with you to the actual appointment. They need the ID numbers to verify your coverage, and will usually make a copy of the card for their files so you don't have to show it again unless your insurance changes.
When you call, let them know if you're a new patient, as this will require you to complete some paperwork for your first visit. Tell them the reason for your visit, such as your symptoms if you're feeling sick. It's also important to inform them if you have Medicaid and to find out if you need to bring anything to the visit, like current medications or medical records.
From here, the receptionist will likely ask what dates and times work best for you. During your call, it's important to be honest about your symptoms and the reason for your visit. This information will help the doctor treat you and give him or her an idea of what to expect. Your appointment may progress faster as a result, and the doctor can come prepared with a list of options to better care for you.
Doctors see a number of patients in a day, sometimes in 15-minute increments in areas where the physicians are in high demand. This can leave little time for doctors to perform thorough examinations, and they can end up missing certain problem indicators. While some problems, like a cold or flu, can be diagnosed in this time, more complex ailments require attention, which takes up time. Reviews can illuminate which doctors actively spend the necessary time with their patients and which ones are pressed against the clock to meet demand.
Surgery has some more dire risks attached to it, so be sure to talk to your surgeon about the potential issues that can come up as a result of your procedure. If a patient has a reaction to anesthesia, it can cause very serious complications, but this is an uncommon occurrence. Blood clots can be a significant problem after surgery, often caused by inactivity during recovery. Infections, numbness, scarring, swelling and death are all possible, but the likelihood of these issues will vary depending on the type of surgery you're undergoing. Talk to your doctor about your concerns and your risk potential.
Surgery affects people in different ways, but as you begin to emerge from anesthesia, you'll want to alert your nurse to any issues you may have. The nurse will tell you how the procedure went, what effect it will have on your condition, what to expect when you get home and how long it will take to get back to normal. If you start feeling pain, the nurse may give you medication to stop it from getting worse. When possible, it's also advised to move around to avoid blood clots from developing in your legs. This can be as simple as occasionally flexing your knee or rotating your foot.
Some surgeries are outpatient procedures, where people are released the same day. For major surgeries, patients may stay at the hospital for a few days to be monitored and address any concerns before being sent home. Discuss with your surgeon the projected length of the hospital stay and what you need to bring.
Your recovery time and follow-up expectations will vary depending on your procedure. For example, you can be expected to be on your feet within a few days of having your wisdom teeth taken out, but it may be weeks before you have fully recovered from a broken foot or heart-valve surgery. Your surgeon will give you a list of things that you'll need to do during this time, including what medications to take and when you'll be able to get back to work and other activities.
Every surgery will have a follow-up call or appointment to discuss your recovery and allow you to ask any questions about unusual symptoms or changes in your overall health. If you have a major operation, like heart surgery, it's important to make regular checkups with your doctor or a specialist to ensure that everything is normal. Visiting a doctor will help deter infection and verify that everything is healing as expected. These appointments will give you peace of mind about your state of health and ensure that any issues are caught early on.