Dr. David E. Nelson

Dentist (DDS)

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Rating: 1.6 out of 5 (5 is best), based on 14 reviews. Dr. David E. Nelson has a poor overall rating on RateMDs.com. frown

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Dr. David E. Nelson
Dentist-related: cavities, gum disease, teeth cleaning, dental care, gingivitis
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Date Staff Punctual Helpful Knowledge Review Comments
24/02/14 SYSTEM: City changed from "Homer" to "Milwaukee", State changed from "AK" to "WI" 
29/01/14 "Dentist surrenders license after investigation" - http://homertribune.com/2014/01/fyi-news-briefs-anno...  Respond
RID: 4290823
25/01/14 1 2 1 1 Under pressure from multiple investigations of substandard dental care David Eugene Nelson dds of Homer, Alaska has offered to surrender his license to practice dentistry. The Alaska Dental Board accepted his surrender on January 22, 2014. Dr. Nelson can no longer work as a dentist in Alaska. David E. Nelson DDS has opened a new dental office in Wisconsin where he has maintained his old license. He is treating patients at a strip mall located at 6900 W Brown Deer Rd, Milwaukee, WI (414) 355-5502. RATEMDS.COM should be congratulated for allowing Dr Nelson's patients the opportunity to share their experiences. Their site contributed materially in removing this dentist from Alaska. The fate of his Wisconsin patients will only be known in time. Perhaps they will find this website and let us know what kind of dental treatment they received from this dentist. Lets hope he learned his lesson and doesn't continue to provide substandard treatment. 
Paid (or co-pay): $7000
12/01/14 "nelson business for sale and he has left the state" - http://www.kenaipeninsulahomes.com/listing/mlsid/3/p...  Respond
12/01/14 "nelson charged by state" - http://homertribune.com/2014/01/local-dentists-licen...  Respond
11/01/14 "Local dentist's license in jeopardy" - http://homertribune.com/2014/01/local-dentists-licen...  Respond
RID: 2684917
20/06/13 1 5 1 1 I went to Dr. Nelson's office and he was accommodating. The problem was his wife. When I arrived we were told private information about another patient (wife did this) and that they still owed money ($300). I was then consulted and asked for a flat fee for the services. Sat down and was told an amount of $2500. Wife got involved again and after paying the amount, it increased 850.00 before we could leave. To Dr. Nelson's credit the funds were returned, but then the $300.00 that was owed by a different family member became $2,000. Dr. Nelson requires the entire payment in advance and then bill's the health care provider, this creates a situation where the healthcare provider and the patient are billed substantially more. Another Dentist handled it with an easier to understand amount of the estimated payment upfront and then did the work and it was only 13.00 more than what he said. He did a good job and did not disclose information about anyone else's records. 
Insurance: HealthFirst
05/04/13 "Alaska Dental Board minutes (line 281) ordering inspection of Dr David E. Nelson's Patient and Professional Records for five complaints - This inspection was done this past weekend. Anyone wishing to file a complaint can contact the state dental investigator Ms Brit at 907-269-4964." - http://www.dced.state.ak.us/occ/pub/DEN_Meeting_Minu...  See Responses
RID: 2533222
16/01/13 1 1 1 1 Though I am not leaving this comment directly following a procedure received at the office,I will say, I never even made it that far. I was extremely rudely and inappropriately turned away at the door due to a medicated and healed staph infection. I was told I was a threat to the health, safety, and welfare of everyone there. The dentist, receptionist, and wife all sat me down and told me I had to leave or would be escorted out and I had to go strait to the ER if they were to help me in any way (despite the fact I had already seen docotrs and been on antibiotics for several weeks). My parents have also endured the insurance fraud at Dr Nelson's office, they were denied a right to see their bill, insurance was over charged by several hunred dollars for procedures that weren't done, and they attemted to collect full payment though insurance had already covered it. WORST denitist in Homer, and believe me, I do not say it lightly.  Respond
21/10/12 SYSTEM: 2 negative duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 2332133
07/07/12 1 1 1 1 Did implants...implants fell out. Told me he quaranteed his work but so far he has not refunded me and when I called him about the refund he said he would return my call but so far he has not called me back to resolve the matter. Had to pay another dentist to fix my problem and he confirmed my problems with this dentist. After I had the problems I looked on the internet and found that he also had poor ratings in Wisconson...the sate that he came from. 
Paid (or co-pay): $10000
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RID: 1810741
27/03/12 1 1 1 1 I can only echo what others here have written about the office manager/wife who handles the insurance billing. She refused to bill the insurance company, demanded payment before she would let me see a copy of my bill, denied receiving payments that I know my insurance company paid and was the rudest, most infuriating person I have encountered in years. I have tried unsuccessfully to sort things out for months. I will be calling the state dental investigator first thing in the morning. 907-269-7189  See Responses
RID: 1732656
09/03/12 5 5 5 4 I have a unhealthy fear of visiting dentists. His front staff were very helpful and accomodating. The techs were friendly and well trained. The doctor was open and would discuss anything. I have had extreactions in the past that, because of my root structure, were nightmares. His proceedure was quick, mostly painless, and I had little need of the pain meds. First class service. 
Paid (or co-pay): $157
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RID: 1555207
06/10/11 1 1 1 1 My experience with Dr Nelson was a nightmare on multiple levels. Medical work was shoddy and I feel he overcharged on the work done. His office manager was offensive and uncooperative while trying to sort out problems with the insurance company. For others who have similar problems you can contact a state dental investigator at 907-269-7189 for assistance.  Respond
RID: 1528022
01/09/11 1 2 1 1 I foolishly trusted this dentist's advertising ("awards" I later discovered were purchased, not earned). After a nightmarish experience in dealing with his wife/office manager, I sought the opinion of another dentist---and discovered that the billing of the work done on my teeth was exorbitantly high and the work itself was shoddy. I will now need to consult an oral surgeon to correct what was done. I am appalled that people like this can stay in business. BEWARE!  See Responses
RID: 1521478
24/08/11 1 3 1 1 Extremely rude receptionist who would not give me my records once I decided to transfer because she would not accept my insurance and at the suggestion of my insurance company who directed me to a dentist who accepted their insurance. Poor knowledge base. Extremely hostile environment generated by receptionist wife who did not know how to bill insurance and who went out of her way to make it as inconvenient as possible for me to get my records and then called the police when I went to pay my bill and said I was trespassing on private property. At no time was I impolite or had done anything to generate this reaction. Very scary place.Lots of talk around town about bad experiences there. 
Insurance: Delta Dental
RID: 1501017
01/08/11 5 5 5 5 I had a very positive experience at Dr. Nelson's office. He was very competent. My children got their teeth cleaned, and he was very good with calming my children down. The staff was friendly and courteous. He didn't clean our teeth the way most dentists do, he used a "laser" type instrument, so I did not have to go through the pain and discomfort of having them scraped. I also had two wisdom teeth extracted, and he called me at home to see how I was doing, and to make sure I understood the instructions he had given me in the office for taking care of my mouth at home. I would definitely recommend this dentist to friends and family! 
Paid (or co-pay): $2500
RID: 1476042
29/06/11 1 1 2 3 I agree - the wife is horrendous. she cashed my insurance check then denied getting it; i had to call my insurance from the office and put her on the phone to get the money back. possibly the worst front office demeanor i have ever experienced. as for the dentist, he's married to the wife, so there's that. and i'd give him a middling C on work quality. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
RID: 1448690
24/05/11 1 3 1 1 Having several root canals pales in comparison when dealing with the office manager/billing dept. of Dr. Nelsons. She was without doubt the rudest, most self-righteous person I have ever dealt with. With several discrepanies over the past year, this past mistake was them, not processing or overlooking an insurance check. When this was brought to her attention she assured me they never make mistakes and it was the insurance companies fault. After finding the check and accusing me of being upset, (ummm, of course), she stated that I was very rude instead of telling her thank you for the hours she spent on our account. She then stated they never make mistakes everything was our mistakes. They bill us... we don't bill them. I deeply regret ever going to this dentist. I feel sorry for Dr. Nelson that he could have a better business if not for his proud, rude self-righteous office manager.  See Responses
18/04/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
30/03/11 SYSTEM: 2 positive duplicate or disallowed ratings automatically removed 
RID: 1355720
05/02/11 1 1 1 1 Had similar experience to first poster. Office manager/wife handles billing and insurance claims with a high degree of incompetence bordering on fraud. Refuses to give bills when asked and directs insurance payments to dentist even when full payment has been made. My dental work was poor. Crowns installed by Dr Nelson failed. Had to be replaced by a second dentist. Oral surgeon said implants were incorrectly installed. Diagnosis verified by a another dentist and a reputable school that teaches dental implant procedures. Have talked to several other x-patients with similar stories. Best to stay away from this dentist. 
Insurance: Blue Cross / Blue Shield
Paid (or co-pay): $6000
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RID: 1223767
06/08/10 1 1 1 1 Dr. Nelson is a competent dentist. However, his wife, who does the billing is anything but helpful. We have had nothing but trouble in dealing with her. They will only bill one insurance, which is fine, but her handling is basically incompetent. In January she submitted paperwork to our insurance company, but did not include all of the required documents, (a x-ray copy). When we asked her for the information she refused to give it to us saying that the insurance company had it and that all insurance companies lie. We paid the bill in full, but she still would not deliver the information. Finally, almost 3 months later we got what we needed, but only after going to the office when she was not there and asking an assistant for it. We submitted and it was paid within 14 days. Of course the money went to the dentist who was already paid in full. She sat on the money until we went in and asked about it (2 weeks). Today more of the same. Stay away, the care is not worth the hassle.  Respond
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