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You can dispute the bill or part of the bill with the first dentists office. You need to write back to them and state that you refuse to pay the bill because you believe the care your received was substandard and that the office seemed more intent on up charging you then providing the service you needed.
Be prepared for the dentist to forward the bill to a collection agency. They may also file a report to the credit reporting agencies. If so you will want to dispute any such report.
You should know that it is unlikely (but possible) that they would sue over $175.00. But they will send you bills.
You may also file a complaint with the State Board of Dental Examiners:
They do not do billing disputes, but can look into any improper practices.
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