Darrell broke a tooth a few weeks ago and it's been causing him a lot of pain. He went to our dentist here in town and was told he'd need a root canal (which we figured). They said they wanted to refer him to another dentist to do it. Okay, fine. They sent Darrell home with a prescription for antibiotics and painkillers, and an appointment with the new dentist that was two weeks away. Two.Weeks.Away. He had to get refills on the scripts because the pain wasn't going away and was even causing his ear to feel like it hurt, too. It's been keeping him up nights and really, really bothering him.
So... Finally, his appointment for the root canal was yesterday. He gets there and the dental assistant girl wants to do a bunch of stuff to check the tooth. She starts tapping each tooth, wanting to know which ones hurt. Well, duh, the one that's broken with the root exposed is the one that hurts. But that's not enough experimentation for her. Next, Sadie the Sadist sticks a cotton swab with really cold stuff on it into the broken tooth. Darrell was about to rip the chair's arm off, it hurt so bad. He's sitting there thinking, "Why do they have to do all this crap? Just get on with fixing it." The girl finally determines that Darrell does, in fact, need a root canal. Darrell was getting confused and frustrated and thinking, "HUH? Didn't we all already know that? That's why I'm here!"
When the dentist finally came in, he went on and on explaining to Darrell what they would do to the tooth. Darrell was trying to be patient and let him know that he had had a root canal before, and knew what to expect (in other words- Just flippin' get on with it, already!). Next, the dentist walks out, the dental assistant girl says, "Thank you. They'll schedule your appointment up front," and Darrell is thinking, "What the %&*#?" He gets to the window, wanting to know what is going on, and was told this appointment was just for an evaluation and they now need to schedule an appointment for the root canal. Oh, and that will be $132.00, thank you.
Darrell was not happy. Poor guy- telling himself for two weeks that this is the day it will be fixed, just to be sent home still in pain- AND getting charged 132 dollars to have a cold Q-tip stuck down into your pitiful little stump of a tooth.
They got him back in this morning (only because they had a cancellation) to do the actual root canal. Another $437.00. AND he still needs to go back to our regular dentist to get the crown put on. They only did a temporary one today.
I'm ready to go all redneck and whup me five-hunnerd-n-sixty-nine dollars worth of dentist buttocks.