David J Olson DDS, Seattle - Review

509 Olive Way Ste 1238 Seattle, WA 98101

I was duped into paying hundreds of dollars ($178) - with pretty good dental insurance!

I was previously a patient of Dr Voget (whom this practiced belonged to before Dr Olson yelp.com/biz/richard-m-v…), then left to go to a different dental practice (where my partner worked). This practice became way to far when I moved so I had to leave. Came back to the Olson office and it appears everything but the doctor remained the same (which is good as Dr Voget was getting a bit "long in the tooth").

Before leaving the practice with Dr Voget, but not as the reason I left, I was charged over a hundred dollars for dental Xrays that I am sure I didn't need. I had insurance but the office did not check with them to see if this was covered so I had to pay out of pocket. That was fine at the time... I didn't know better.

Skip to a few weeks ago when I came back. It was my NY resolution to take advantage of my insurance that is covered by my employer (both medical and dental). I had 3 different appointments all close together. I made it clear that I was coming to use said insurance.

Appointment 1: meeting the new doctor, getting my teeth cleaned. I also had a full set of xrays taken. I was never asked for any information from my previous dentist but assumed that the office would check my insurance to make sure everything was covered. I was told that i would need to come back for a deep clean and to get a sealant fixed. The sealant would come to around $70 with insurance, no mention of the cost for the deep clean so I assumed it was covered. I made an appointment to have the sealant fixed.

I received my EOB from insurance about a week later. I was to be charged over a hundred dollars for xrays I didn't need. I called and explained I thought this was unfair as it was never mentioned before they were taken - otherwise I wouldn't have had them taken. The front office manager did remove the charge... no fuss. I was surprised. Maybe things have changed. I was happy about this but to be honest I shouldn't have been charged for them in the first place. They could have had my recent xrays sent at any time without having to take them. Xrays are a great and easy way to make money. The profit margin is HUGE... but that's not what I want to write about now.

Appointment 2: fixing a sealant. I got my EOB from the dental insurance company about a week later. $80... close enough. I called and paid it. I made an appointment for a deep clean. No mention that there would be a cost, so I assumed it would be covered.

Appointment 3: Deep clean. I received my EOB from the insurance about a week later. It was not covered as I had had one within a certain time frame... so the out of pocket cost would be $178... yikes. I called and it looks like if we would have waited a few months this would be a covered service. This information was available to the office at this point, well in advance of the appointment. I emailed and let them know I was concerned about this. I was told they may have charged the wrong quad and would contact the insurance and see about fixing it. Over a week passes and I get an email that is basically like "Sorry - this was not covered you will have to pay it". Our honeymoon was over.

I emailed the office manager back and let her know I was not happy about this. First, I was clear - always - that I was coming in to take advantage of my insurance. Not to spend hundreds of dollars out of pocket. I let her know that of course I would pay it but that would be the last time I pay them anything. She wrote back and basically said "OK. Pay it. You should have checked your insurance if you didn't want out of pocket expenses. Have a great life!

So I let them know that I would call in the morning to make my final payment, that I wanted some form of statement saying I will not be charged anything additional (or God forbid be sent to collections "accidentally"), and to not be surprised If I write an honest review online. I called. Front office manager said thanks and hung up. A few weeks pass and I have to email them again for the requested statement (I don't trust them now, obviously).

This is not how it is done at nice places. My last office always gave me about 5-10 minutes after each appointment to schedule new appointments and to check the insurance information. They would always give me an accurate quote for services before making new appointments and make sure I was comfortable with the cost first. This is proactive. All of this info is available right at their fingertips. All I can think is that they want to squeeze out some extra money... a bit dishonest.

TL;DR BEWARE. Fine place if you want to awkwardly ask "will this be covered?" every. single. time. Poor customer service.

sedation dentistry Causes and Prevention

Do you have a situation where you feel a sharp tingling sensation in your teeth each time you have your morning cuppa or your favorite cold drink? Chances are, you are suffering from tooth sensitivity. It is a common tooth syndrome affecting children and adults alike. Pain and discomforting sensation are the most recognizable symptoms of tooth sensitivity. It can subside shortly or stay for long and even ebb and flow intermittently. The type of pain can be slight to intense. Many people tend to overlook tooth sensations, dismissing them as trivial issues. But with time, tooth sensitivity becomes quite unbearable making eating and drinking a painful chore.

If you have a similar situation, contact your dentist at the earliest before it gets any worse. Tooth sensitivity is a delicate dental concern which maximum people experience at least once in their lifetime. Dental science explains no definite cause of tooth sensitivity. Many consider improper food habits as the root cause. Others opine unhygienic oral health to be the key reason behind sensitive tooth. Even climactic causes cannot be ruled out. Other causes are decaying teeth, exposed tooth roots, gum disease, receding gums, hard and excessive brushing, plaque buildup, teeth whitening products, cracked filling, teeth grinding and age. Regardless of the reasons, painful tooth sensation can paralyze your normal life, well being and eating habits. However, visiting a dental clinic or doctor and exercising few curative measures can help eliminate the condition easily.

As the first remedial step, invest in a desensitizing toothpaste meant for counteracting tooth sensation. Else, in consultation with your tooth doctor, you can continue using fluoride toothpaste. Regular use of fluoride toothpastes eliminates the causes of tooth sensitivity. Cleaning teeth and massaging gums properly after each meal is a must. A healthy oral hygiene acts as a barrier against tooth discomfort and sensation.

Although twice a day brushing is recommended, anything more than that will lead to erosion of outer enamel coating of tooth resulting in tooth sensitivity. Too much brushing is unnecessary. A toothbrush with soft bristles is a must. Hard toothbrushes eat up the enamel. Tobacco usage and addiction to alcohol and others can aggravate the situation further. Avoid sweets and sweet drinks, fruit juices, fermentable carbohydrates and acidic foods when you have a tooth sensation. Watch what you eat. There are several at-home and in-office dental treatments for tooth sensation. At-home remedies include toothpastes, mouthwashes, potassium salts and chewing gums. In office dentinal hypersensitivity treatments consist of dental sealants, fillings over exposed tooth roots, nightguards or mouthguards, fluoride treatments, topical application of potassium nitrate in an aqueous solution or adhesive gel. Other procedures include low level laser therapy. See your dentist regularly.
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Coconut oil may be beneficial to your teeth

Coconut oil has antibacterial properties that has the potential to kill bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

I'm sick of getting cavities. Thankfully, it's been a year since I last had one, but I do get my teeth cleaned in another month. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they don't find any early signs of decay. What's even worse is that I have stronger teeth than most adults. I can only imagine what it's like to have real dental problems.

Luckily, scientists are always looking for new ways to prevent cavities. What is the latest discovery? Coconut oil. That's right, an oil that many of us have in our cupboard may help fight cavities. Personally, I avoid coconut oil. Don't get me wrong, I love the taste, but it's just too high in saturated fat for me to use it daily. If it helps my teeth, however, I may reconsider.

How does it work? Scientists have learned that coconut oil has antibacterial properties. Specifically, it is capable of killing certain strains of Streptococcus, which is the primary bacteria responsible for tooth decay.

Now before you start gargling with coconut oil, there are a few things you should know. First, it doesn't work in its original state. The coconut oil must be partially digested in order for it to kill the bacteria. Scientists found out that a enzyme-treated version of the oil works the best.

Second, it has not been approved for the reduction of cavities. Until it undergoes further testing, I advise you to continue with a routine of brushing, flossing and rinsing. You need to wait until the ADA puts the stamp of approval on this all-natural ingredient before you trust it with your teeth.

So if you struggle with cavities, you probably have too much bacteria being produced in your mouth. Maybe coconut oil is the solution you've been looking for. Keep your eyes and ears open for the latest developments.

Protect your teeth this Thanksgiving

Avoid bones, drink more water, take smaller bites and floss before bed

During the holidays, people tend to indulge a lot more at the dinner table. This is especially true on Thanksgiving, a day when we celebrate by eating exorbitant amounts of food. This Thanksgiving, remember to protect your teeth by following a few rules.

Don't chew on any bones.

That giant bird on your dining room table is sure to have some small bones hiding out of sight. Be careful that your bites don't contain any. It's also wise not to gnaw on any bones to remove excess turkey. Instead, use a fork or knife to pull away any meat from the bones. Biting on bones is one of the most common reasons why people chip teeth. You don't want to take an emergency visit to the dentist because of a broken tooth.

Drink lots of water.

That pumpkin pie, pecan cluster and chocolate cream cake may look and taste delicious, but they are packed full of sugar. This excessive sugar intake isn't only hard on your pancreas, it is also tough on tooth enamel. To prevent Thanksgiving Day cavities, it is smart to drink a lot of water between dishes. Water rinses away any sugar or bacteria residing in your mouth. The cleaner your mouth, the less likely you will be to develop a cavity.

Take smaller bites.

Eating all of those chewy side dishes will really exercise your jaw. As someone who suffers from TMJ, I know that chewing too much can cause jaw pain. Taking smaller bites will reduce the strain on your jaw. Plus, you may even save a few calories by eating less.

Floss before going to bed.

After chowing down on turkey and carbohydrates, you will be ready to turn in at the end of the night. Be sure to brush and floss before bed. Bacteria loves to grow while you are sleeping, so take care of your teeth before turning in for the evening. You may even be surprised by how much leftover turkey is found in-between your teeth.

Keeping your teeth white at home

Affordable tricks for a pearly white smile

Anyone who has ever had their teeth professionally whitened knows that it costs a pretty penny. Since it is a cosmetic procedure, your insurance probably won't cover it. (If your insurance does cover it, please tell me who you are with!) White teeth are a symbol of health and youth in our society. Your smile is often the first impression you give others, so keeping it looking clean and healthy is important.

Thankfully, you don't necessarily need to go to the dentist to get a bright, white smile.There are many over-the-counter whitening products that aren't too hard on the budget. Crest makes a line of whitening strips that can be found at most drugstores. Most of these products promise a brighter smile in as little as one week. Of course, you have to make sure to use them every day to see results.

If you don't want to shell out any money for whitening strips, you can always try to make a whitening paste at home. Baking soda has been used for years in dental care. It gently scrubs away surface stains, leaving a whiter smile behind. You simply sprinkle a little bit on your toothbrush and wet with water. Brush with this paste like you would with a regular toothpaste. Use it for a few days at a time.

Hydrogen peroxide is also very good at whitening teeth. Since it is dangerous to ingest large quantities of hydrogen peroxide, dilute it with water. Gargle with the diluted mixture for one minute and spit out. Be careful not to swallow any of the hydrogen peroxide. After spitting, rinse your mouth thoroughly with water. Only do this once a week, as the peroxide can damage tooth enamel with excessive use.

Sure, these tricks won't get you the same results as a professional whitening, but they do a pretty good job of removing stains. Once you finish the whitening process, keep your teeth bright by avoiding foods and drinks that may stain them, such as wine, coffee and tea. There is no reason why you can't have a movie star smile without having a Hollywood budget.

Veneers: I have to save some money

It would take thousands of dollars for my teeth to look like Julia Roberts'

It pains me to admit it, but the focus on cosmetic dentistry is huge where I live. No one has crooked teeth and next to no one has a less than perfect smile. In theory, I know that this isn’t exactly the case, but it’s what I perceive. 

With the idea of grabbing a great deal on some inexpensive dental work, I bravely went into a cosmetic dentist office in an obscure area and got quotes for veneers. The price was $1,000. At first, I was pretty happy. I have to tell that I thought about becoming a movie star for about two seconds. Then I realized that the price was per tooth. 


I asked about dental insurance and how much it would usually cover. The answer was pretty grim; the best dental plans would cover up to 50 percent with most dental plans covering nothing related to cosmetic dentistry.My dreams of becoming the next Julia Roberts slowly started to fade away. I have no idea how any normal person can afford veneers. Maybe they’re cheaper in Kansas which secretly is the hub for inexpensive cosmetic dentistry?


I do know that people take trips for the purpose of cosmetic dentistry. Mexico is a huge destination for cosmetic dentistry as are places in Southeast Asia. The question then remains if you want to trust your pearlies to a person who might not be trained as a dentist, but has the right kind of office and the right sign? The case of an auto-mechanic turned dentist in Southeast Asia comes to mind as an example who might not be qualified to be the best dentist in the world. 


So, like the belly fat advertisements, when the average, everyday person logs onto Facebook, they are inundated with requests for teeth whitening prospects. The occasional veneer ad might come through on a GroupOn, but nowhere else. 


So, what do you do to brighten your pearlies? What do you do if you don’t appreciate the shape of your teeth? Are there alternatives to veneers that work just as well or are we just looking at media images that have little to do with the reality of how we could ever look because the cost is too high. 


As a result of all the bright perfect smiles around, my smile is sometimes a little more closed than others. How about you? What do you think about your teeth?

Fixing a crooked smile without braces

Other options apart from orthodontics

Your smile is often the first thing that people notice about you. Having a beautiful, bright smile will make a lasting impression. Some of us, present party included, don't have perfect teeth. As you get older, orthodontics become less appealing. I know that I don't want to have metal brackets on my teeth for the next two years. How can you fix your crooked smile without getting traditional braces?

Cosmetic dentistry has grown tremendously over the last decade. Dentists are able to work wonders to fix an unattractive mouth. Even people with severely discolored or missing teeth can have a perfect grin. Here are some of the most popular methods for creating a million dollar smile.


Commonly used to fix chipped teeth or after a root canal, a crown is is a porcelain cap that fits around the entire tooth. If you want to drastically change the look of your smile, a cosmetic dentist may recommend crowns on all of your teeth. Before a crown can be placed, most of the tooth structure is drilled away. Your dentist will grind the tooth down to a post. The crown is then cemented into place. Because all of your tooth enamel is removed in the process, you may experience some discomfort while waiting for your permanent crowns to be made.


Movie stars love to flash their pearly whites, but did you know that many of them have veneers over their teeth? Veneers are very thin, porcelain covers that are glued on top of the tooth enamel. Some veneers, such as Lumineers, are as thin as a contact lens. Less tooth material needs to be removed in preparation for veneers, as compared to crowns. Veneers are fitted and placed in as few as two visits. They are another permanent solution for creating a glowing smile.


If you watch Toddlers & Tiaras on TLC, you know that a flipper is a set of false teeth that slips over top of your real ones. They are custom made by creating molds of your top and bottom teeth. Most flippers have to be removed before eating or drinking, but the Snap-On Smile brand allows wearers to eat comfortably while wearing them. Unlike crowns and veneers, flippers are a non-permanent option for those wanting a fabulous smile.

Before rushing off to overhaul your smile, be aware that all of these cosmetic dentistry options are very expensive. Some of them even cost more than braces. Before you make a decision, schedule a consultation with your dentist to find out which solution is best for your needs.

Xylitol helps prevent cavities

Anyone who has ever had a cavity knows that getting a filling isn't a fun process. The sound and smell of the drill is something you never forget. After getting a few fillings myself, I decided to be more proactive at preventing them in the future. That's how I learned that products containing xylitol may help reduce the number of cavities you get.What is xylitol?

Simply stated, xylitol is a naturally sweet alcohol that is found in most fruits and vegetables. Because of its sweetness, it is often used in sugar-free products, such as chewing gum. What makes xylitol even more special is that it actually neutralizes the bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities.

In addition to using fluoride products, my dental hygienist recommended that I suck on xylitol-containing mints after meals. One of the most common brands is Spry. They have a line of gum, mints and oral rinses that are sure to feed any sweet tooth. In addition to their yummy candy products, they also offer toothpaste flavors and mouthwashes that contain the cavity-fighting ingredient.

How do these products taste? After trying out both the mints and the gum, I decided that they are similar in taste to most other candies on the market. That's probably due to the fact that many mainstream gum companies also use xylitol in their products. Remember being told to chew gum after meals? Not only does your saliva rinse your mouth, but the added xylitol also combats dangerous germs and bacteria.

If you are ready for a perfect dental check-up, then I suggest you add xylitol-containing products to your daily routine. Test out some mints. Not only will your breath be fresh, but your teeth will thank you for it.

Piercings the dentist wants you to avoid

Most people know that brushing and flossing are necessary for good dental health. We understand the importance of seeing the dentist once or twice a year. It's even common knowledge to avoid certain foods and drinks that can damage our teeth. What a lot of people don't think about, however, is how certain body piercings can harm your oral health. Here are some piercings that your dentist would rather you avoid.Lip piercings

For many people of my generation, the newest trend is the lip piercing. This body piercing is usually placed on the fleshy section of the bottom lip, either on the side or in the center. Dentists wish this trend would end. Lip piercings are exposed to an array of bacteria on a daily basis. These germs easily multiply and move to the gum line. If they are not rinsed away, the bacteria can lead to gum disease.

Lip piercings are also notorious for causing the gum line to recede over time. If this happens, the sensitive dentin of the tooth is exposed. When left untreated, the nerve may eventually become irritated, leading to an abscess. No piercing is worth the pain of a root canal.

Tongue piercings

The tongue is one of the most popular places to pierce. People like this piercing because it is only visible when speaking. Dentists, on the other hand, know that this location is hazardous to your oral health. The barbell that is placed in the tongue often hits the back of the teeth when speaking and eating. Those with tongue piercings are more likely to rub the hard, metal barbell against their teeth when they are bored. After a while, the enamel on the teeth begins to wear away. If the barbell hits a tooth too hard, it may cause the tooth to chip or fracture.

The Monroe

Named for the famous beauty mark on Marilyn Monroe, this piercing places a small ball on the skin above the lips near the corner of the mouth. The backside of the jewelry is usually flat, but exposing your mouth to metal may lead to gum erosion. The teeth that make contact with the metal are at the most risk. Infections are very common with this piercing as well. In order to avoid problems with a Monroe piercing, it is essential that you find a clean studio that provides the proper training to its staff.

If you choose to go ahead and get an oral piercing, be sure to keep the area clean and disinfected. Rinsing twice a day after brushing is a must. Avoid banging your jewelry against the back of your teeth. Have your mouth examined every year by a dentist to make sure your body jewelry is not negatively affecting your oral health.

Picking The Perfect Toothpaste

Deciding on a toothpaste can be hard! Here are just a few things to keep in mind when selecting a toothpaste. I suggest taking some time to wander down the toothpaste aisle at your grocery store and take a closer look at some of the different kinds.

  • Personal preference- It is completely OK if you pick a toothpaste based on personal preferences. This is the number 1 reason people pick a toothpaste. I use Colgate Total because I like how clean I feel after I brush and even hours later. I also like the taste. Pick a toothpaste that you like, for whatever reasons, so that you will use it!
  • ADA Seal of approval- This is important because it means the product has been carefully tested and then approved. All of the test results get submitted with an application to make sure that the product is safe and does what it claims to do. Advertisements, labels, and packaging for the product are all checked as well. The manufacture must reapply for the seal every 3 years.
  • Fluoride- fluoride can help with sensitivity as well as keep enamel and existing restorations strong. Stannous fluoride found in some toothpastes can cause staining. High dose fluoride toothpastes are available by prescription from your dentist.
  • Sodium lauryl sulfate- This is a common detergent used in soaps, shampoos, and toothpastes. There is a difference of opinion about if it is an irritant or not. It has been suggested that sodium lauryl sulfate allergy is common. If you notice that your tissue is red, itchy, or sloughing then check your toothpaste label because you might be allergic or sensitive to it.
  • Baking soda and peroxide toothpastes should not be used with bonded brackets as they increase acid and decalcification.
  • Tarter control- This will slightly reduce plaque and tarter build-up above the gum line but can cause sensitivity. Colgate Total and Crest Prohealth are popular examples of tarter control toothpastes.