I took my 12 year old son to the dentist today for his first filling in about six years. I waited in the waiting room with my two year old while the worked on my older son. About half an hour later I noticed my son was standing at the receptionist's area and he looked really flushed like he had been crying. They called me over and my son looked at me and smiled. He asked for the car key and I gave it to him because he always waits in the car while I finish the checkout process. He left. The dentist told me that my son needed quite a large filling because it seemed as if his enamel was defective on that one tooth, but the other molars looked good. He then left me to deal with the receptionist who informed me that my son seemed a little anxious about the filling so they had given him laughing gas and it's not covered by my insurance. That my balance was $38. I was dumbfounded. Don't they need my permission to give him that gas and shouldn't they have asked before giving him something they knew was not covered by insurance? I just paid my previous balance from his sealants he had done two weeks ago and told them I'd get back to them in two weeks on the $38.
I got to my car and my son was sitting there giggling and his head was rolling from side to side. He said he really liked that stuff could he have it next time? He was saying that he couldn't feel his arms while they were filling his tooth and he kept shaking them to make sure they were still there. What if he had had a really horrible reaction to the gas? I didn't even know they were giving it to him.
I'm furious! I'm really thinking of calling them tomorrow and telling them I'm not paying for an uncovered medication they gave my child without my permission. What would you do?