How to Save Money on Dental Procedures

A health savings expert shares research and negotiating tips to reduce your bill.
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dentist about his Monda T theatre on "Gma." Lowe'sresents Mat" How ch money you thk we sed today a lo Come io Lowe's for Off hgthome™ By srwin-wilams Showse® almost half say that cost is the number one reason why. ABC's T.J. Holmes is at a dentist's office in the chair not looking thrilled but here to help us, show us how he helped one woman save thousands. T.j., you're a good man. Look, Lara, a lot of people don't like going to the dentist. Count me among them but it causes a lot of people pain in the mouth but pain in the wallet but if you know the secrets can you save thousands of dollars, one of those secrets, would you get your dental work from someone not officially a dentist yet? It's the crack of dawn. And 48-year-old Kimberly Williams of cedar fall, Iowa, is making breakfast for her always spying family but it's what's behind her own usrgeo grin threatening to drill a hole in their wallet. A dull constant ache. Reporter: She has $4500 worth of out of pocket dental work she needs done, an extraction, two crowns and a root canal. As a mother you want to make sure that your kids' needs come first. I think you just kind of forget, you know, that maybe you need to take care of yourself too sometimes. Reporter: We brought in health savings guru Jason szcuka. First up, Jason says, shop around. What you pay out of pocket can vary hundreds to thousands of dollars at each dentist. Reporter: Using websites like and his site you can compare prices of participating dentists in your area. He found several highly rated dentists who would treat her for 2,000 in co-pays, a savings of 2500 bucks. Exciting. Reporter: Next negotiate discounts. If you can help them by paying cash for your services most dentists will be more than happy to give you an additional 5% to 10% off. Reporter: In minutes that $4500 bill now just $1800. But if research and negotiating aren't your things -- There is another option I'd like you to look at but for that we have to go for a little drive. Reporter: At the college of dentistry at the university of Iowa. Predoctoral students under the close supervision of some of the best dentists in the state offer top quality care up to 50% off the cost of traditional dental offices and after some initial costs for screening and prep work her out of pocket costs with insurance for those procedures, 1640 bucks saving her almost $3,000, something the family really can smile about. All right. Lara, one of those secrets, do Monday and Friday morning appointments. Those are off peak hours and you can usually get a discount. So, guy, I'm going to need the rest of the day off. Did she treat you with novocain or something? Gas. Yeah. Still smiling. Laughing gas would be funny. Taking one for the team, T.J. Holmes. Great tips. Thanks, teej. Coming up on "Gma," one

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