The Good Samaritan

By DrNetzleyDDS | August 4, 2020 |

The past couple of weeks has given me time to pause in amazement. I went into the grocery store to buy my wife a jar of lemon juice. As I waited in line, the lady in front of me saw that I had only one item to buy and kindly allowed me go ahead of…

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Insurance – Episode Three

By DrNetzleyDDS | July 21, 2020 |

In episodes One and Two, I discussed the history and the current trends in the business of dental insurance. I referred to these as the “dark side of the force.” Here, I would like to discuss the alternative, or the “light side of the force.” This is a membership plan.  Patients pay a monthly fee…

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Insurance – Episode Two

By DrNetzleyDDS | July 14, 2020 |

In the 1960’s a group of dentists here in California formed a dental insurance company named California Dental Service, otherwise known as the CDS.   The dollar amount of payments was $1,000.00 per year.  I remember the price of gasoline at that time being 28 cents per gallon.  That thousand dollars was enough to pay for…

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Insurance – Episode One

By DrNetzleyDDS | June 30, 2020 |

A long, long time ago, in ancient times (3770 years ago) on the far side of the planet, the first forms of insurance were recorded by the Babylonian and Chinese traders.  One of the first written loss limitation methods can be found in the Code of Hammurabi— The ancient world evolved with maritime loans with…

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Why We Don’t Go to the Dentist

By DrNetzleyDDS | June 16, 2020 |

Based on my decades of experience, let me take a guess at why you do not visit the Dentist.

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Is it SAFE to go to the Dentist?

By DrNetzleyDDS | May 26, 2020 |

ABSOLUTELY It Is! The world continues to change at a breathtaking speed with some fear and uncertainty. As it begins to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, one question that I am often asked is “Do you think it is safe to go to the dentist? “ My immediate response is an ABSOLUTELY, “YES!” You may…

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Crowns – Not for the Head, Just as Expensive

By DrNetzleyDDS | March 3, 2020 |

There is much confusion on what a dental crown does. When a tooth has decayed and/or broken down beyond the ability to be preserved and protected with the use regular filling material, partial to full coverage is often recommended – i.e. THE CROWN. Metal crowns can be of stainless steel, gold or Titanium. Tooth-colored (most…

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The Oxymoron of Dental Insurance

By DrNetzleyDDS | December 17, 2019 |

In the 1960’s a group of California dentists formed a dental insurance company called the California Dental Service, which later became Delta Dental. Later came the PPO’s the HMO’s to which I call them the OhOhOhs’s (uhoh OO’s). The CEO’s of these OhOhOh’s get paid many millions of dollars each year. The dentist doesn’t get…

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Patient-Doctor Communication

By DrNetzleyDDS | December 10, 2019 |

What did you say? Why didn’t you say something earlier? Human communication is a surreal experience. We have foreign languages that separate us, non-verbal communication that is not observed, music that the performer has not experienced, written word not understood etc. But what confounds me more as a Doctor is how much miscommunication or lack…

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The Pain of Headaches

By DrNetzleyDDS | December 9, 2019 |

In the realm of reoccurring pain scenarios, Migraine Headaches ranks among the most despised.  My own Mother suffered with these and would be buried in the dark bedroom for days at a time.  Pills after pills, bio feedback, and psychiatric counseling did little to help her.  Today, as a dentist, I can reduce headaches in…

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