Monday, August 3, 2009

The Worst Day at the Dentist!!!!

I am taking a brief break in updating my blog to pay tribute to the worst day I have experienced at the dentist in my life. Now, don't get me wrong, the dentists themselves were nice and their was fancy technology which was fun (I got to look at the xrays of my teeth) but despite all of this I still call it a bad experience! Why? I hate the dentists because I am a bad patient and don't floss but Nate and I have never had much work done on our teeth since being married. Here is my story, sorry it is long... had to vent.

Well Nate and I had appointments at 1:30 p.m. This was our first visit to the dentist since moving to California. We arrived at 1:30 and signed in. The receptionist asked if we pre-registered online ahead of time and I said "No, I didn't know about that." (because I didn't). So she asks us to go to the computer in the reception area to do this. No problem. It takes like 10 minutes. We are done and waiting in the waiting room by 1:40p.m

At 2:15pm we are still waiting, so I ask Nate to ask them how much longer because we have another appointment at 3:00pm. (I didn't think it would be a problem because I have never spent more than an hour at the dentist before). Nate asks and they check and say that we are next and it shouldn't be much longer, oh and the exam doesn't take too long. So I think ok 45 minutes should be ok. Nate calls our second appointment to tell them that we will be late, more like 3:30pm. No problem.

Finally at 2:20pm I get called back..... to get xrays of my teeth. I have had xrays of my teeth before. No problem. Now they took about 12 sets of xrays. AND then they took actual pictures of my mouth and then my face! What?!?! Oh and she made me gag like 5 times! Almost vomited...

At 2:45pm I get to the exam room, waiting for the dentist. Oh they offer movies on the little screens so I start Runaway Bride while waiting. Dentist comes in, very nice, takes a 5 minute look at my teeth and says, "not bad, you need one filling. I will send one of the girls in to talk about this and then I will be back to do it." Ok

"Girl" comes in and explains the options with my insurance. She knows we are on a time crunch and I ask How long it should take and she responds "about 30-40 minutes". I ask her what they said about Nate and she responds "Welllll, ..... I am going to let him tell you about that." Weird. OK where is he? Across the hall and she takes me there.

Nate and I then find out that Nate needs approximately $1500 worth of Onlay work (what the heck is Onlay???!!!) Long story short..... Nate's dentist comes in and explains to me what the heck is going on with Nate (something about failed filling and crack in tooth) and her recommendations.

In the meantime, my dentist is confused where I went and is waiting around for me to do my filling. Keep in mind that neither of us has had our cleaning yet!

3:30 pm (2 hours after scheduled appt): Ok, so after a thorough convo with Nate and his dentist we make a decision and I go back to my chair to get my filling. My movie is gone. My dentist comes back in.... is not so nice and friendly this time... takes another look says that someone will come in to clean my teeth..... enter in mean old lady that didn't say more than 2 words to me..... "Open and Close". She also was very harsh, hit my lip with her instruments, and didn't even floss all my bottom teeth! To rinse I have to get up and go to a sink outside the exam room. They don't have the portable sinks to spit into in the exam rooms. What?!?!

Dentist comes in to do my filling. I am done at 4:40pm (3hours 10minutes after appt time).
Nate isn't done until 5:35pm.

Wow what an experience! That was long.... but I feel better!


  1. I just read your and Nate's dental experience. I was laughing out loud! I think I would just plan my dental visits around your trips to Oregon, if I were you! That all sounded hideous and hilarious all at once! I feel like I need to make a monetary contribution to you guys now!!!

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