Mini Rant About the DentistPosted: May 3, 2012
This has very little to do with finances so you can skip it if you want it. Remember my post on the price of having no health insurance? I can honestly say that I dread going to the dentist now.
I told the assistant after the first time that I was having trouble breathing after being given the numbing stuff. She told me (in front of the receptionist) that it was normal and if it didn’t go away after a few hours to let them know. Silly me didn’t think anything of it. Even though I was extremely loopy, my heart was racing and I was having issues with my breathing I thought it was normal. I went home and slept.
Take the second time I went. Same issues only this time the pain was worse in my bottom teeth because they weren’t completely numb. Drove home and went to bed. Third time I went they didn’t even complete my other bottom teeth do anything but numb me and drill partially through one cavity. This meant I needed a temporary filling. This last time I went I finally said something (again) about my issues and they chose a different method of numbing me. Well, the heart and breath issue disappeared. However, I still wasn’t really numb. I basically just told the dentist to do it because I wanted it done. I just held my breath, tried not to jump and squeezed the chair arms. And they did 2 of my 3 bottom teeth. The third one (same one that they did the previous time) they drilled most of the cavity out but decided to stop because I was in pain. I asked him to just continue but apparently I was also out of time. Which was weird—I always thought they finished the patient in the chair but I guess not?
To top it off, I was told I have three more appointments. I’m sorry what? Yes you read that right-three more. I have a cleaning in a week, and then have another appointment to “concentrate” on the trouble tooth where they will “try” to do the top teeth and then a third appointment to finish everything off. First, I’m not going to do that cleaning appointment until after all the cavities are finished. I don’t see the point to it. Second, I’m calling a different dentist to see how soon they could potentially get me in—I really don’t want to go back to this dentist.
Ugh. Really dislike going to the dentist now.