I had a nice post going in my head while I was at the dentist office earlier. I had a filling just fall out yesterday afternoon so I figured I needed to get it fixed. Yes, I was under the influence of nitrious oxide but it was going to be a hilarious post. I’ll see if I can remember what all went on after the nitrous mask went on. This was after an impromptu x-ray. I had no idea they were going to do that (and yep, I was billed for that).
Dental Assistant: Hi, how are you today?
Dental Assistant: So is this the only thing going on with your teeth? We haven’t seen you in awhile.
Me: (outloud) yep,this is the only tooth bothering me (in my head) Heck no you haven’t seen me here in awhile, do you people not realize how expensive it is?
Dental Assistant: Do you get the nitrous?
Dental Assistant: (Puts the mask on my nose and topical analgesic on my gum)
Dentist walks in
Dentist: How are you today?
Me:Good (or at least that’s what I tried to stay, I still had the qtip with the topical analgesic on it)
Dentist: Ok, let’s see what we have going on here
(just a note, I’m starting to feel pretty relaxed on the nitrous lol)
Dentist: Well, this was a big filling so you really need to have a crown put on that tooth. But I’ll try a filling but it probably won’t last. (it would have been nice if he had given me an estimate of how long the filling would last).
Me: (thinking in my head, I hope I was anyway) Of course I need a crown because they cost out the butt.
Dentist: talking with the dental assistant about billing. I thought this was kind of rude because they used to never discuss billing while I was in the room. They just let most people pay what they could. Anyway…
Dental Assistant: So, it’ll be $85 today.
Me: (thinking) What, do they want me to get my debit card out right now? (they didn’t, but I think the nitrous makes me a little paranoid)
The Dentist tells me to open my mouth and without warning starts giving me the novocaine. No warning or anything. I mean what, do I have to pay extra for a little bedside manner? Thankfully though,between the nitrous and the topical, the shot didn’t hurt. The dentist and dental assistant left the room while my mouth numbed up.
Me: (thinking, again, I don’t think I said anything outloud lol) They really need to paint this ceiling, I wonder if this Novocaine is going to wear off before they get back, I really want to watch the tv but I can’t because this mask is in the way. Hey, I can’t feel that hole in my tooth with my tongue anymore, maybe it disappeared, nope there it is. I really need one of these tanks at home, I’m so relaxed. I wonder if they will just leave me alone and let me sleep. Oh, just hurry up and get in here and fix my tooth so I can pay you and go home.
The dentist and his assistant walked back in. The dental assistant was talking about her knee hurting. I just kind of tune them out after that point. I think the whole cleaning/drilling/filling took 10 minutes, if that long.
The dentist was about to walk out and said “Oh, don’t forget to charge her for the nitrous.”
Um, helllo, nitrous oxide does not make me stupid or deaf. The dental assistant turns on some oxygen so my head can clear up from the nitrous. I sit there for a minute or so and go to the front desk. The dental assistant is apparently the front desk person today too.
Dental Assistant: Ok, it’ll be $100 since you had the nitrous.
I paid it but was thinking about how much $100 could buy me instead of a tiny filling. I had to stop though because I was just getting ticked off.
And I don’t want to argue because my mouth is numb from my chin all the way up to my eye. I probably would have just sounded like a wacked out cartoon character anyway and then I’m not sure they would have even taken me seriously. So I just got in my car, promptly texted my husband and let him know how much I had to pay, cranked the car, then proceeded to drive home.
I am really hoping this filling holds for awhile because I don’t even want to have to shell out money for a crown. I know it’s a lot more than $100 and I’m not sure what kind of payment plan they offer. So I basically paid $100 for a filling that may fall out at any time. Maybe I should have just packed the hole with some of that stuff at Wal-mart and saved up for the crown LOL.