This office needs to tell patients, that they do not prescribe any narcotic pain medication, when going through, DENTAL IMPLANTS w/ bone grafting.
If you cannot take NSAIDS, like me, and you are sensitive to dental and facial pain, then go someplace else. I had facial/sinus, right temple, and right eye throbbing agony, for 10 days! The implant that had INFECTED grafting SCRAPED away, and then the titanium implant, DRILLED into my upper jawbone. He gave me an ice pack, a 2 oz bottle of Listerine, and an antibiotic, that I ended up barfing up.
He never asks, "on a scale of 1-10, what is your pain level?" Every surgeon asks this, because as patients, we have the right to not suffer. Leaving me like that, was beyond cruel.
The antibiotic(s) (a total of 3 were tried) did not actually stay down, until 3 days after the second "redo".
He blamed my primary care doctor, who told me to get a new dentist. Dr. Laporta said my primary care doctor told him to give me nothing. That is not true at all. He was not honest about all the scraping and DRILLING, that was going to happen. Dr. Laporta, asked me to call my osteopath, and have him prescribe. What is that? What surgeon, tells you to call another doctor to prescribe for his surgery? Is that even medically ethical?
Dr. Laporta told me from the beginning that, he did not have "nitrous" available, until he had to "redo" it on his dime. Then it was "cheaper" for him, and way less comfortable, for ME! Complete disregard for how you feel. I was on nitrous oxide for an hour and forty five minutes, twice. I ended up having a vitamin B-12 deficiency to the point I was, clammy, spacey feeling, dizzy,weak, tingly extremities, and this lasted for a month!
I was never told or warned about that either. I was so dizzy in Rite Aid one day, they got me a chair and the pharmacist actually informed me up of this! I then Googled it and sure enough, I had EVERY symptom and I was on it for more than 40 minutes, plus I have Hashimoto's.
He disregards your medical history altogether.
The IV sedation, did not give me any terrible, lengthy after effect.
I had to pound Vitamin B-12 several times a day, for a month, and I am still taking it!
Money trumps the patient.
He required that I use, IV sedation the first time, which was pricey, but necessary. Thank you Dr. McDonald for understanding people with "chronic pain".
Those that require bone grafting, have more pain than those who do not. I ended up cutting Lidoderm patches for my back and neck, into strips, so they would fit where the temple was throbbing so terribly.
I will say, he did call, one hour after I got home, to tell me to switch to heat after 48 hours. I found an expired KADIAN from 2013, after he hung up with me. I only had the one, but it allowed me to cook dinner for my family. 12 hours after that, I was back to tears, agony and barfing up the antibiotic, along with my morning medications. (1 was for cervical fusion pain)
"You could stop breathing", was his excuse. Good thing he is not an anesthesiologist. Prescribing for a week of dental pain, is the bare minimum. People getting root canals get Vicodin or some form of narcotic IF they need it.
This office is not for "wimpy, scared of drills, needles and blood". Your complaints will fall on deaf ears.
Go to an implant seminar, find an office that does it "all under one roof", and make sure they will deal with pain, should you require anything for it. Going from office to office leaves the "blame-game" wide open.
Most surgeons prescribe antibiotics, before and after, because our mouth is loaded with germs. Plus,then the "clot" has antibiotic in it, so chances of infection, drops even lower. I did not get that service.
The "redo", I was told, "did not go so well...I really struggled." Now what am I suppose to do with that lovely gap on my profile, that cost me $13,000.00? There is no back up plan, if it does not work.
Worst pain ever in my life, and I endured this (4) separate times, during various stages of this, long, drawn out 18 month process.
I filed a complaint with CT. State Dept of Consumer Protection. They contacted Laporta Periodontics and told them they need to give me some sort of a refund.
Once again, DCP was doing all of this on my behalf and still, DR LAPORTA'S OFFICE never called me to tell me this. That is because they had no intention of giving me any refund. When I called them, "Chris", the office supervisor acted like she has no idea, that they were corresponding with DCP about the refund. I read her FAX back to her and she still played dumb. Blatant liars every step of the way.
They have no character or integrity. Its all about covering up Laporta's disgusting behavior.
He even called other potential dental surgeons, and told them I filed a complaint, so nobody would help me.
CT. Dept of PUBLIC HEALTH was then contacted by DCP, as they forwarded my complaint to that office. Public Health has been calling me back, trying to help me find someone they have not bad mouthed me to.
I called the woman back at DCP, who handled my complaint and she called "Chris" back asking why they were pretending, they did not offer to refund half of my money?
Now, LAPORTA periodontics has sent a waiver (twice so far) for me to sign, to get $3,000.00 back. Problem is, they keep spelling my name wrong and they are purposely writing in wrong dates of service in attempts to lose my statute of limitation on suing his behind.
I just received the "corrected" waiver, with the EXACT same errors!
Even when they are compelled by a STATE AGENCY to do the right thing, due to a terrible outcome, they still play stupid and suddenly cannot spell or see on the bill, when I was actually there!
At this point, I am crossing out, initializing the error(s), and will send it back with the actual dates Dr Vincent Laporta did see me.
Based on all of that, I would not tell my worst enemy to go to this office for dental implants.
Clearly, he does not stand by his work, unless you file a complaint.
Thank you CT. Dept of Consumer Protection & to Ct. Public Health.
I appreciate all the time and effort you put into getting me some compensation.