I am ashamed to admit that I had not visited a dentist in over 35 years. I suppose I was luck that a bad tooth didn't present itself much sooner as a result of my neglect in getting regular cleanings and checkups.

 

This past week the pain, especially when the tooth came in contact with any liquid, hot, cold or room temperature, became too much to bear and I made an appointment at Shelton Dental Excellence.

 Shelton Dental Excellence 1626 Olympic Hwy North Shelton, WA

I arrived about 10 minutes early, but I was shown to an examination room right away. I don't know exactly what Maria's tile is, but she took care of the preparation, including taking my blood pressure, making sure I had no medical issues and taking X-rays. Dr. Mary Huang came in and explained the tooth would have to come out because the infection had rendered it too loose in the socket to save. 

 

Dr. Huang left while Maria presented me with the cost estimates and risk disclosure and consent forms.

 

The doctor came back into the room and I mentioned that I was not afraid of too much anesthetic and that I had a blog on which I would sing her praises if the procedure was relatively painless. She reassured me that they had done hundreds of extractions and this would not be a problem. She gave me two local anesthetic shots which I didn't feel, and after waiting a few minutes for them to take full effect,  started to work the tooth out. It got a bit uncomfortable and I grunted, so she responded by giving me another shot of anesthetic. In about two minutes the whole procedure was done and I was chomping down on a piece of gauze and getting presented with information sheets on caring for my wound.

 

When I got to the window to pay, the price was considerable less than what I had been quoted. The young lady behind the window informed me that they quote prices based on worst case scenarios and, since my extraction was pretty straightforward, it cost much less.

 

To summarize, the pain was much less than I expected and the cost was less than I expected. The service was fast, friendly and professional. I can't think of anything they could have done to make the experience better. If you're in the Shelton, WA area and need dental work, I recommend Shelton Dental Excellence without reservation.

 

Shelton Dental Excellence

1626 Olympic Hwy North
SheltonWA 98584
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Shelton Dental Excellence
P.O. Box 1248
Shelton, WA 98584
P: 360-426-4712
F: 360-426-3220
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