The American people aren’t imagining things. They pay more when they get any kind of dental service done nowadays. According to this News 4 video, there are several reasons why this is happening.
The first is that people didn’t go to the dentist for a long time during the Covid-19 pandemic. That meant that despite their best efforts with brushing and flossing, they still fell behind in their oral care.
As a result, they would need to have more expensive procedures.
Secondly, there was a shortage of hygienists, since most of them were women that stayed home with their families. The dental industry is still trying to catch up with that shortage. Lastly, dentists found themselves having to pay significant money for masks and other PPE equipment. That cost is being passed along to their patients.
Will the market correct itself and people will soon not have to pay as much to get a dental service? Only time will tell. Hopefully, everyone will be better prepared in the face of another possible pandemic.