Member Story: Compass Helps Member Save Money on Dental Bills
Getting dental work done can be a daunting experience because people don’t know what to expect and are unsure how much it will cost. But when you need to find a dentist, Compass can help you find the high-quality dentist that is right for you.
When 51-year-old Angie McGarey, a mortgage closer for Louisville, Ky.-based Commonwealth Bank and Trust, learned she needed to get three crowns to repair previously filled teeth, she was shocked to learn she would have to pay $2,500 out-of-pocket for the procedure — and wondered if there was a less expensive option.
Angie emailed her Compass Health Pro Aisha Mir to get a referral for a second opinion. Aisha leveraged Compass’ propriety database of 6.3 billion price points and more than 250,000 individual provider interviews to find the right dentist for Angie. Aisha recommended three in-network dentists who were located nearby, were highly-rated and met Compass quality standards. These standards include that dentists are board certified, have clean medical records, have courteous staff and are accepting new patients. She also provided Angie with cost estimates for each dentist to crown her teeth.
Angie decided to visit one of the dentists. Aisha helped simplify the process by transferring Angie’s records and X-rays to the new dentist, and even scheduled the appointment for her.
Angie didn’t know what to expect. But once she met the new dentist, Angie felt comfortable with her and said she wished she had found her 10 years ago. The new dentist told Angie that while she may need to get her teeth crowned later down the road, right now, she could just replace the fillings.
While she was doing the exam, the dentist also found another tooth that needed to be filled. As a result, Angie paid $118 to get all four teeth filled vs. $2,500 for the three crowns.
She also learned that if she needs to have her three teeth crowned downstream, the cost would be only $1,100, rather than her original dentist’s quoted $2,500 — saving her $1,400.
Angie is glad she asked Compass to help her find a dentist. “I now have a dentist I really like, who doesn’t try to do work that isn’t necessary.”