Here in Canada, we have free health care. Unfortunately, that does not include dental. I had to go to the dentist today, and now I am very cranky. And sore. And broke. I have go back again, and in May I get to see the oral surgeon. I think I might hate the dentist.
I paid $35 for an "exam". The dentist looked in my mouth. He even used a mirror thingy. He said "Hmmmm. Have you seen your regular doctor? Are you sure this isn't an ear infection?" I estimate his rate at 3.5 dollars per second.
I paid $65 for a "full circle" x-ray. That's where you stand still and the machine goes around your head. Guess what? The dentist DID NOT LOOK at this x-ray. It was "just in case it's needed".
I paid $35 for a small x-ray of the area that is actually hurting. I guess I probably paid for the small steel square that I got to mash into my gums during the x-ray, too. The dentist DID look at the small x-ray. He even showed it to me, so I could point out to him the shard of tooth that used to protrude out of my gums, but is now hidden by the swollen-ness. Is that a word? Who cares. The dentist was kind enough to tell me that I should really have had this tooth root with the pokey shard removed when the tooth itself was taken out. He asked "Where did you get this done?" and I said "Here. You did it."
The dentist pointed out another cavity in my mouth, and I asked what we should do about that. Thinking that he would, I dunno, DO something. He said "You'll have to get an examination first, to see what other decay is happening." Call me crazy, but I thought I WAS being examined. At the bargain price of $35. Turns out I have to return another day, pay a different type ($70) of fee, and get another exam. That way I can go yet a third time to get the actual work done.
Did I mention the oral surgeon? He will be here in May. I get to see him, too! He is going to put me to sleep, and cut a hole in my mouth, and remove the offending pokey thing. If he says he wants me to be examined first, I'll punch him.
As I was leaving, the dentist told me to please go see my doctor, to rule out any other ear/throat/lymph infections. I dropped into my doctor's office to make an appointment, but my doctor is in France until June. I love my doctor. I hope he's having a good time. I sure wish I was in France until June. The nurse told me to go to out-patients at the hospital, so off I went. Good thing I had no plans today other than sitting around at home, trying to shake the flu. I sat in the hospital for just over an hour, and then got to feel like a complete idiot when the doctor said "Ummm. I think it's probably your swollen, red, inflamed gums. Have you seen the dentist?" Nice doctor. She even smiled when I told her the story of my morning. I have no ear infection. No throat infection. Just like I told the damn dentist.
I hate the dentist. I really, really do.