junebug80 (junebug80) wrote in thequestionclub,
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Should I switch Dentists now or after my next appt?

I just went to the dentist to get my teeth drilled. I was really anxious about it and I was asking the nurse a lot of questions about what they were going to do. When the dentist came, I asked him like one question about what the procedure involved. He was very curt with me and I said well I just like to know whats going on when you're doing it. then he went to numb my teeth and he was going to put the shot in but it didnt feel numb yet. So, I said it doesn't feel numb at all yet. And then he stopped and sighed and said sternly to the nurse, will you excuse me for a second. He pulled my chair back up and said to me in a very stern voice as if talking to a misbehaving child, I understand that you are anxious but you cannot be asking me any questions during this procedure at all. He seemed extremely annoyed with me. He then went on to ask if I wanted the gas but I couldn't afford it because I can't afford anything. So, then he said now I don't know what happened to you before but this is a painless procedure (painless, my ass....) and I'm going to need you not to talk. We hadn't even done anything yet. All I did was ask him like one question. He didn't even say hello to me or make small talk or anything. Well, he was so stern with me and so annoyed with the fact that I was feeling anxious that it made me ten times more upset. I felt like it was somehow wrong of me to be anxious about the procedure and really wrong to ask questions about it or want to know whats going on. Then he went to put the shot in and it lasted forever and it did hurt. I started crying silently because I was so upset about how he was so harsh with me about being anxious and scared and also because it hurt. And I was really upset that he made me feel so bad about being anxious and asking questions. Then when he took the shot out, he said, maybe you should come back another time when you're less anxious. It made me so upset. Like he was threatening me to stop feeling bad because I was making HIM feel annoyed. I said well its not going to be any better if I come back another time and I dont have the money for all of these office visits so just get it over with.

The way he treated me made me really angry, but here's the problem. He didn't finish working on me and I still have to go back to get three more cavities filled on the other side of my mouth.

If I switch dentists, It'll take the insurance a month to send me a new card and I have to fill out a bunch of paperwork and then it takes a month or more to get in as a new patient at the other dentist's office. Then I'll have to pay co pay again while they do the x rays and the check up and all that and then finally the other dentist will finish up the work.

So, should I not give the jerk anymore of my money and switch dentists now or should I go one more time and then switch dentists for my first check up next year?
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