Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Why Can't I Trust My Dentist?!

For the first 28 years of my life I actually liked going to the Dentist. I never had a cavity and I take great pride in my teeth. I love all the compliments that I get whenever I get my teeth cleaned. "Wow! You have great teeth!" "Keep up the good work!"

Two years ago we moved to Indiana I went to our new Dentist. I went to the office and a girl took me to get my x-rays done. She rolled her eyes at me when she told me I needed to take our my earrings. "Um... okay. That's not a problem."

She then took me to my chair where I watched Pawn Stars until my Hygienist showed up. She was awesome! I love it when they really get in there and clean. She said that my teeth looked great and that I would just need to wait for the Dentist to come look at them. I continued to watch TV and then all of a sudden my chair was going down and back and someone had their hands on my face. "Oh! Hello." The Dentist had arrived. He said nothing to me. He proceeded to do his exam and he told me that I needed to have one of my sealants* filled and that I had a few cavities and then he left.


*Side story: I've never had a cavity, but when I was younger my Dentist did fillings (or sealants) on some of my molars because I have deep grooves. It was a preventative thing. So yes, I have had shots in my mouth, I have had drills in my mouth, and I know what it feels like to have a filling.

Ok. So now I am shocked! SHOCKED! I didn't even have time to ask him about the cavity or anything!

I then went over to the lady who schedules they appointments. She said that because all of my cavities are in different quadrants I would have to come back four different times! FOUR!

So I came in for my first appointment a few months later. My first cavity. I was told that at this time the Dentist was going to fix one of my sealants and do one of my cavities at the same time. Alright. Two birds, right?

The rude girl from before came in and put a couple of q-tips in my mouth. I know what these are! Numbing agents! Yeah! I was watching TV for only a few minutes in my chair when this hand grabbed my face. I knew it was the Dentist and I figured he was just checking on the numbing agents. NOPE! Here comes the needle! It hurt so bad! SO BAD! He gave me a few shots and my mouth was throbbing! 

Then he laid me back and had the rude girl and another lady come over and help. It seemed like he was teaching them. He let them do some of the procedure. Which was fine. But it would have been nice to know. 

Also during my procedure he and the girls would be laughing and flirting. It was so strange. After the procedure he left and I was told to go make an appointment for my next cleaning. 

My head, not mouth, HEAD was numb for the rest of the day. I really think he hit the wrong nerve with that shot. So stupid. 

Well, a few weeks went by and my tooth still hurt (it didn't hurt before the "cavity", but it hurt during and after). I didn't think this was normal so I called the Dentist. They told me it shouldn't hurt and that I needed to come back in. Fine.

I went back in and the Dentist attempted to fix my cavity. He seemed angry and proceeded to blame me for it. What could I have done?!

So I sat down in the chair and the rude girl came back with the q-tips. I told her that I didn't think they worked last time and she just rolled her eyes at me. Great. Good job, Court.

The Dentist came back and I prepared for the shots (even though he didn't tell me they were coming). They still hurt but at least they didn't scare me this time.

Well, a few months went by and my tooth still hurt! I called the Dentist again and they said to come in when I had my cleaning and they would look at it then. Fine.

I went back in and had my cleaning. Again, the Hygienist did a great job. Then the Dental Assistant came over. I told her about my tooth. She told me that they were going to put numbing agent on it and if it didn't get better I may need to get a root canal. A ROOT CANAL?! She then told me that I had more cavities. 


I got mad. I told her that that was not possible. She just rolled her eyes at me and told me to get a second opinion if I wanted to. Why would I need to get a second opinion?! BAH! 

On my way out of the office I was told I needed to make another appointment. "No. I'm never coming back here. Tell me what I owe you and I am leaving and never coming back."

So, here we are. I didn't go to the Dentist at all in 2015 because I was so freaked out by my experience in Indiana.

When we moved to Illinois in December, I decided that I needed to go get my cavity checked out and to get a cleaning. 

A few days ago I went to the Dentist. I was so nervous! I told the Dentist there and the Hygienist about my last experience in Indiana. They listened and were very nice about it. After my cleaning the Hygienist told me that my mouth looks great and that I didn't have any cavities! What?! How is that possible?!

The Dentist then came in and had a look around. He said my mouth was very "boring" and that was a good thing. He then poked around my mouth trying to find where my tooth was hurting. He said that he could see the filling and he could remove it and try to fix it but he didn't want to if it wasn't hurting any more. I told him that it only hurts if I bite down on something hard (like granola). He said to keep up the good work and that he will see me in 6 months. 

So here we are. I don't even know what to think. I am so happy that I ended up getting that second opinion. I don't have any cavities. I probably got all that work done in Indiana for no reason. 

AND, Josh also went to that Dentist in Indiana. He has fine teeth, but he has had some cavities and he has a tooth that needs to be pulled. He got one of his cavities filled and he had the same problem I had (still hurting and can't eat anything hard). I'll have to set him up an appointment with this new guy. 


Leslie Elaine said...

I'm so sorry! That is awful, I hope you gave that one place bad reviews online! Since moving, I haven't found a new dentist yet and we moved close to when we were supposed to have an appointment so now its been almost a year since we've gone. Its there in the back of my mind but how do you know the good ones from the bad?

Courtney N said...

It's so hard to tell! I think the best thing to do is get a recommendation from a friend. I actually read online reviews about the Dentist we went to in Indiana and he got either REALLY positive reviews or REALLY negative ones. It's hard to take online reviews seriously sometimes. I hope you find a good one too!

Rebekah Stay said...

That sucks, girl! I just had my first horrible dentist experience and yours puts mine to shame! I was having a filling done and she hit a nerve pocket in my jaw with the needle (I really don't like needles) and my filling hurt afterwards, which I've never experienced. The dishonesty and poor bedside manner you had to deal with must have been so glad everything worked out in the end and you are happy with everything now!

Katey Leatham said...

Hey court, just barely read this. Sounds like the 1st dentist wasn't the most awesome. Some dentists are more gentile then others, some are better than others, and some are more aggressive about doing work than others, and there is no easy way to tell what you are going to find. If you ever need a good honest 2nd opinion come to Tucson and visit me, Paul will take a look and let you know what really is going on. (and do any work you might need) But I know how careful you are about hygiene, and to all of a sudden have lots of cavities does not fit in line with what you would expect to find in your mouth. The 2nd guy sounds much better for you.