We are a group of dentists who created an app (Dental Republik) aiming to increase dental access, reduce anxiety and prevent overselling of treatment. Ask us Anything
Hi everyone we created the Dental Republik app as we found lot s of friends, family and patients were having unnecessary treatment or more costly work carried out.
We also want people who otherwise may not be able to afford to visit a dentist or are too scared or anxious to use our app to ask dentists their questions or concerns so they are then able to visit their own dentist better prepared for actual treatment.
Our app is Dental Republik available on both andrioid and IOS https://dentalrepublik.com/ with charges starting from $7.99. (Our dentists are paid a flat $4 per question and are not carrying out any treatment on you themselves so there is no incentive to recommend costly treatment)
Please ask us anything
Proof is on our twitter: https://twitter.com/DentalRepublik/status/1021372824844455938
Edit: Thank you all for your questions so far. We are all off to spend time with our families. We will be back in a few hours to carry on.
Edit 2: This post went crazy and we are now staying on app for questions. We deleted the controversial post that got gold. Thanks for your support.
Edit 3: To all the dentists who signed up with us. We will process you application in due course. We have had a huge response from the dental community wanting to be involved so we are processing applications and will approve dentists as the patient demand increases.
Edit 4: We fully acknowledge we are no replacement for a clinical exam. We hope to provide more information to patients so that they are able to have a constructive dialogue with dentists in what is otherwise a very paternalistic relationship where dentists have the power, knowledge and financial motivation. By providing this information we hope patients are less anxious when it comes to treatment as well as able to feel more comfortable with their dentists. Thanks for all the support and the huge response.
Edit 5: Paternalism means the health care professional acts as a parent and makes decisions for the patient on the basis of what the professional believes is in the best interest of the patient. Paternalism should never be applied primarily to benefit the professional at the expense of the patient. Thus paternalism and autonomy may be seen as in conflict.
The responsibility of the dentist and dental hygienist is to educate the patient about the balance of benefits and risks of treatment, which often creates a conflict between autonomy and beneficence. This aspect of providing ethical care is most important and requires the clinician to take the time and effort to ensure the patient has all the knowledge required to make health decisions. We see the app as part of the process in educating the patient to ensure their autonomy is maintained and to ensure they receive all the knowledge and options for their treatment. Of course there is the element of a fiduciary relationship too which we do not dispute.
Edit 6: We are available globally. For UK users paypal converts to pounds at the checkout process and all other currencies are supported.