Why I No Longer Dread Dentist Appointments

Why I No Longer Dread Dentist Appointments

The world of Zoom boils down to two types of people: those who primp for calls, and those - like me - who shy away from the limelight.

I can't stand seeing myself on screen because I've fallen behind on all my essential in-office, self-care appointments. For instance, I haven't seen my dentist since a few months before lockdown and there was some plaque building up. Truthfully, I don't want to go back to Dr. Miller's ancient chair, harsh and blinding lights, and - worst of all - the obligatory lecture on my lackluster oral-care.

My friend suggested that I try Tend, a dental studio that's in our neighborhood. Why not check it out?

I hopped on the Tend site and was blown away by its cool, almost spa-like vibe. Tend offers a full range of dental services – everything from preventative care to implants, adult braces, and veneers. They're intent on providing a soothing environment for dental work with modern suites, next-level professionals, and state-of-the-art tech.

But what totally sold me was Tend's focus on hospitality. Their team puts my feelings first and promises no judgment ever.

My main concern is insurance. A dental experience this personalized must cost a lot, right? Turns out, Tend accepts most insurance and is in-network with major insurers like Delta Dental, Aetna, and Cigna.

Tendis also super transparent about the price. Their online calculator lets you know how much it'll cost before the appointment so you can sort out any potential out-of-pocket bills. So I just did it. I booked an appointment for the following week. Amazing - I couldn't believe how soon they could accommodate me. Plus, the entire process took about 5 minutes.

Within 24 hours I received an email with the good news that my insurance is in-network and that my appointment would likely be 100% covered.

Can I say that this was the first time in my life I ever looked forward to a dental appointment?!?

When I arrived at the gorgeous, sleek studio I was immediately put at ease by Tend's positive hospitality and safety-first attitude. Just imagine it: Contactless check-in. A room of your own with your name on it. A personal flatscreen with full Netflix access.

The real test was the exam itself. With their top-rate clinical team and noise-reducing equipment, Tend works hard to assuage your fears. I knew I was in good hands from the moment I took my place in the dental chair.

Also, Tend's doctors are compensated based on your decision to book again, so they only offer the care you actually need. Tend's staff payment model only benefits you.

Tend has locations all across New York including Grand Central, Chelsea, Wall Street, Flatiron, the Upper West Side, and Williamsburg - with more on their way.

Tend's friendly staff, transparent pricing, and soothing environment made me so happy I smiled all the way home.

While I may not join the ranks of those primping on Zoom, I'll be a much more active participant, thanks to Tend.

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