Dentists >Pacific Harbor Dental Group and Orthodontics
3030 Harbor Blvd Ste G-1, Costa Mesa, CA | Directions 9262633.682 -117.9194
M 9am-6pm, Tu-Th 8am-5pm, F 8am-4pm, Sa-Su Closed
Beware - They Want To Take Your Money!!! – I was a little concerned about how they have you “sign away” on procedures without giving you all of your available options or time to review them.. They sold me two very pricey "gold onlays" and overcharged me on my deep cleanings last year. The onlays were not covered by insurance but were my best option - according to them. I have since found out that there was “another” good option which was not even presented which would have saved me $1600.00 – out of pocket. They also had no explanation for the $80.00 they overcharged me on my "deep cleaning". They just nervously processed the refund and apologized. I also found out that they charged me $59.00 for an oral rinse that was not covered by my insurance. So this year, when I brought my wife and daughter in for appointments - I was a little leery and did my homework before arriving. They tried to charge $120.00 per each filling for my daughter when my plan clearly stated $40.00 for "resin" fillings and "silver" are without any copay. They would not do the complementary cleaning on my wife and told her she needed a "deep cleaning" before they would do a filling and also majorly over-quoted for that procedure. I then pulled out my HMO benefit schedule (dagger)and gave them a copy. They came back after around ten minutes and said they were missing those pages from their book. At this point, there was no longer any time left - and we would have to do everything on a different visit. It turns out that four of my daughter's cavities were for baby teeth - so I elected to get her the "silver fillings" for those teeth. The one permanent tooth that had a cavity – at first -needed a "root canal" according to Dr. Hoang. When I questioned the doctor further - she said she "may" be able to do the resin filling. Well - the filling worked and only cost me $40.00. What if I just said yes to the root canal? My eight year old would have a drilled out tooth for the rest of her life! The doctor was civil during the procedure but I could tell she was "ticked" that she was only getting paid $40.00 for filling five cavities for my eight year old. Then I find out that my wifealso needed a root canal and crown. The claim was valid, so I approved the work and they had us select the proper crown. After my experience with the two ($$$ gold) onlays for myself - I was more prepared this time. The only options they showed us were for the most expensive choices. When I asked for further choices they gave me what I was looking for in a much better price range. We reluctantly signed and the root canal began. I then was pulled in a room by the office manager who told me that a crown lengthening was also required for my wife which runs an additional $850.00. I was at my wits end by now - but I kept my peace until I could get back to my office to make "heads or tails" of this drama! At the suggestion of my benefit broker - I had my office changed to a different dentist. The new dentist said that he feels that doing a regular crown without the lengthening will not compromise my wife's tooth and he did her resin filling on the first visit for $40.00.. I then called Pacific Harbor and asked for a refund of the deposit I put on the crown and told them that we were changing offices and will have the work completed at the new office. They reluctantly refunded the crown deposit but would not honor a new patient $50.00 coupon I presented on my wife’s first visit. I was told that the work had to be done on the first visit in order for the discount to apply. The first visit was a routine exam which is not chargeable through my HMO – so how could it be used? I would not recommend this dentist to anyone! I feel that they are a "sweat shop" with extremely high overhead - training their staff to up charge and overcharge to turn a substantial profit. BEWARE - Please do your homework before going here. I hope my experience and review saves someone from being financially raped by this dental practice.
The place that gives dentists a bad rep for being slimy – This place is very clean and looks great inside...because they rip people off to pay for all of there nice stuff in there. I go to the dentist regularly, and moved here from out of state so tried this place because it is close to my house. I have actually never been so upset as to write a bad review, but they completely deserve this.
I have dental insurance and went in for a scheduled teeth cleaning. They did xrays and exam, but said they didn't have time for the teeth cleaning because the hygienist wasn't there and I needed to come back for a deep cleaning anyways. Told me I had bone loss in my jaw and needed every filling replaced because they were all failing. Really freaked me out and I almost fell for it, till I read all of the reviews on google about people who experienced the same thing! I told them I did not want a deep cleaning, and they replied with they will only be able to preform what the dentist advises I need. Needless to say I canceled my appointment and read reviews and went somewhere more reputable. The new dentist at the other place said I had no bone loss whatsoever, my gums were healthy and pink, and I did not need a deep cleaning, and my fillings were not failing.
They are out to scam as much money as they can out of you or your insurance company. Beware
Buyer Beware!!!!!!! – This place is really scandalous!! They get you in and tell you that you need a major cleaning which I feel certain that I do not. I was here 6 months ago and they told me the same thing which I was dumb enough to fall for the first time. However wanting to take the best care of my teeth I had it done. Now the second visit they are telling me again the same thing that I need another major cleaning. I am going back to my old dentist and will never be going back to this dentist. Read the rest of the reviews on this place and I think you will agree it's a scam!
Caring Dental Office – This office is great! They actually take the time to explain your dental benefits to you-and gave me all of my dental options. My old Dentist never went over different options! The Doctor is very caring and took time to listen to my concerns. Very refreshing to actually understand what is happening in my mouth. The office also worked with me financially. I would definitely recommend this office.
DENTIST WITH A SALES PITCH! – I TOTALLY AGREE! I have never EVER been to a dentist where i got a "sales pitch". I too was told I needed a MAJOR clenaing, not the normal one that is covered by my insurance. This after 4 months ago (I just moved to town) back home my gums and plaque was just fine. I did book an appointment but after going with my gut feeling and now confirming by reading reviews, will be cancelling and going somewhere else.
I walked in there simply wanting a checkup and cleaning and didn't even get a cleaning. I will be asking to have my xrays sent to another dentist BUYER BEWARE!!!
New Patient ~ Scam Office! – This place is horrible!
I went to it since it was conveniently located to me and by my favorite masssage spot: Massage Envy. I went for a basic check up and my regular 6 month cleaning. I get cleanings every 6 months ... maybe 9 if it was a hectic year. Every procedure they wanted to do was considered "major" procedures ... translating to higher costs to my insurance PLUS hundreds of dollars out of pocket expenses to me.
I drilled them about why I would need a "Major" cleaning that would have to be done in two separate dentist appointments and cost me an extra $200 out of pocket. Especially since I could see the pictures of my own teeth ... and sure some build up ... but nothing out of ordinary. Their response didn't satisfy .. nor was I happy that suddenly I needed 2 wisdom teeth removed (that had NEVER bothered me) and a crown (Again, the tooth had never bothered me). I did set up the appointment to do the first "major" cleaning. I later canceled after I thought more about the whole thing.
I later had to go to another dentist and pay out-of-pocket expenses since my insurance only covers certain expenses 1x a year. Sure enough ... basic cleaning, no need for crown and my wisdom teeth could stay in since they actually fit just fine. All the extra things Pacific Harbor wanted me to do were not even mentioned.
It was very eye opening for me to go to a dental office that "sells" or perhaps "upsells" their patients. This dental group is making profits by overbilling our insurance companies ... and many times us, if we have to then pay out of pocket. No wonder insurance costs are out of control ... because of companies like this! Think twice about going here ... or at least think twice about agreeing to the procedures they recommend.
GREAT OFFICE!!! – THIS OFFICE IS GREAT BUT TO EACH IS OWN... THEY EXPLAIN EVERYTHING THATS NEEDED AND DONT PUSH YOU INTO GETTING ANYTHING YOU DONT WANT. THEY MADE SURE TO GO OVER EVERYTHING MY INSURANCE COVERED AND WHAT OTHER CHOICES I COULD GET. I LOVE THEM!
Patient – I would get a second opinion on what ever they say you need. My husband went into the office with alot of pain, he was talked into spending alot more money then he needed to (and was mislead into believing it was a better product) for two crowns. He is still in pain, may need a root canal, may have been the wrong tooth. I was told I needed a treatment for periodontal disease, payed out of pocket for a second opinion and was told I did not need the treatment.
I understand they are a business, sit in their office before you go and you will see how they SELL there patients.
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