No more dentist appointments!Posted: June 13, 2012
If you follow me on Twitter (and you should: @bogofdebt), I was extremely happy because I had my last dental appointment. No lies. Okay, not really my last one as I have a cleaning scheduled in six months but my last one where I have to get fillings. I have no more cavities—either old ones or new ones. It was a one and a half hour-long appointment but they filled three and a half teeth and did my cleaning. I had to push for it to be scheduled like that but can you blame me? (Read about previous dental appointments here)
I ended up sticking with the old dentist. Yes, the one who made my mouth hurt. Why? Well, partially because I kept getting credits from past appointments and mostly due to the assistant/hygienist who really made a difference. After I had informed her about some of the issues I’d had after my teeth were worked on (if you haven’t read that post here’s some highlights: having bad reaction to the Novocaine, missing work due to that reaction (thankfully I’m not hourly and was able to kind of work from home), multiple trips due to inability to numb me properly which led to me mostly feeling the drilling), she made it a priority to be the one who assisted the dentist for me. I even heard her tell another assistant that I was HER patient, and it was said in a nice way.
So the awesome news about sticking with this dentist besides the credits I kept receiving? Notice how I said .5 of a tooth up there? They didn’t charge me for it. I think they felt bad about past appointments and just did the little bit of drilling and filling free for me. So it saved me $25. I know this because I was that patient. You know the one who asks the receptionist to give her an estimate for the work as she is scheduling it? Yeah, that was me. But hey, it let me budget it correctly and figure out when I could have the appointments. Everything was paid for in cash and it never broke my wallet. In fact, this was kind of like when I had my car fixed!
So I’m a happy girl with no cavities and we can now focus on my guy’s teeth and eyes and, of course, then my eyes. (Just so you know: I had insurance first which is why we did my teeth first. His glasses and lack of contacts are more of a priority as I just had new glasses a year ago. No playing favorites just because I do the budget)