Dentists playing doctor

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Dentists playing doctor

Postby Pyrrho » Thu Nov 28, 2013 8:37 pm

So when I went to my usual teeth-cleaning appointment, they wanted a medical history. Okay, well, whatever. Then it's "The doctor will give you a free wellness evaluation." Huh?

The dental assistant tried and failed to take my blood pressure. Then the hygienist tried and got a nice 145/100 after pumping the damn thing so tight I was about to pull it loose just on general principles.

Then they wanted to take blood drop samples.

Fuck off. I have a doctor for that.

Then they used their new computerized gum evaluation machine. Damn droids. "4. WARNING. 6. DANGER." "Oh, that's a bad reading." The way she was jamming the probe into my gums I'm surprised it wasn't a 10. There was bleeding. Well, yes, you are jamming a pointy object into my flesh, what do you expect?

Apparently now certain things are covered by major medical instead of just dental insurance, so the dentist is trying to use that to his financial advantage. They are talking consultations for laser treatments.

I'll opt for a second opinion from a dentist who is content to be a dentist, thanks, just relax.
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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby Rob Lister » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:05 pm

Pyrrho wrote:So when I went to my usual teeth-cleaning appointment, they wanted a medical history. Okay, well, whatever. Then it's "The doctor will give you a free wellness evaluation." Huh?

The dental assistant tried and failed to take my blood pressure. Then the hygienist tried and got a nice 145/100 after pumping the damn thing so tight I was about to pull it loose just on general principles.

Then they wanted to take blood drop samples.

Fuck off. I have a doctor for that.

Then they used their new computerized gum evaluation machine. Damn droids. "4. WARNING. 6. DANGER." "Oh, that's a bad reading." The way she was jamming the probe into my gums I'm surprised it wasn't a 10. There was bleeding. Well, yes, you are jamming a pointy object into my flesh, what do you expect?

Apparently now certain things are covered by major medical instead of just dental insurance, so the dentist is trying to use that to his financial advantage. They are talking consultations for laser treatments.

I'll opt for a second opinion from a dentist who is content to be a dentist, thanks, just relax.


Your dentist must by my brother-in-law. Has he offered you the sleep apnea monitoring and electronic mouthpiece package? Your insurance will cover a fractional majority of the cost. <--parse that!

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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby asthmatic camel » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:27 pm

Fucking dentists. Mine recommended a £180 electric toothbrush, which I said I'd consider, (yeah, right, but it's kinda sensible to be polite to your dentist.) Next time I went, he was impressed by the state of my dental hygiene and asked "So you bought one of those toothbrushes then?"

I nodded, having paid £4 for something similar at the bargain store.
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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby Doctor X » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:42 pm

I had one, about ten years ago, declare he could detect "softening" with his laser, which meant I had to be scheduled for a pro-active and preventative filling.

Still no cavity.

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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby Bruce » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:04 pm

asthmatic camel wrote:I nodded, having paid £4 for something similar at the bargain store.


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About 3 months after I had my wisdom teeth removed, my jaw started getting sore and swelling. After a couple of days, it started rapidly swelling and I got concerned. I lived too far away from my old dentist, so visited a random one in town (it was college, couldn't afford a doctor.

The dentist looked into my mouth and said, "Oh my god. This is the worst infection I've ever seen in my life. How are you feeling right now? Do you feel like you're going to pass out?"

He spent the next 20 minutes lancing and sucking the puss out of my jaw.

Not good bedside manor, but I lived.
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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby asthmatic camel » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:11 pm

No wisdom teeth in Camel Land; I belong to an advanced species.

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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:15 pm

asthmatic camel wrote:No wisdom teeth in Camel Land; I belong to an advanced species.

:)



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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby asthmatic camel » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:19 pm

George Orwell was correct.

The fewer teeth you have, the more porridge you are forced to eat.

And that's healthy.
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Postby Abdul Alhazred » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:23 pm

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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby Pyrrho » Thu Nov 28, 2013 10:24 pm

Rob Lister wrote:
Pyrrho wrote:So when I went to my usual teeth-cleaning appointment, they wanted a medical history. Okay, well, whatever. Then it's "The doctor will give you a free wellness evaluation." Huh?

The dental assistant tried and failed to take my blood pressure. Then the hygienist tried and got a nice 145/100 after pumping the damn thing so tight I was about to pull it loose just on general principles.

Then they wanted to take blood drop samples.

Fuck off. I have a doctor for that.

Then they used their new computerized gum evaluation machine. Damn droids. "4. WARNING. 6. DANGER." "Oh, that's a bad reading." The way she was jamming the probe into my gums I'm surprised it wasn't a 10. There was bleeding. Well, yes, you are jamming a pointy object into my flesh, what do you expect?

Apparently now certain things are covered by major medical instead of just dental insurance, so the dentist is trying to use that to his financial advantage. They are talking consultations for laser treatments.

I'll opt for a second opinion from a dentist who is content to be a dentist, thanks, just relax.


Your dentist must by my brother-in-law. Has he offered you the sleep apnea monitoring and electronic mouthpiece package? Your insurance will cover a fractional majority of the cost. <--parse that!

In network or out of network?

My new dentist will be in-network. For great cheapness.
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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby Bruce » Fri Nov 29, 2013 1:34 am

asthmatic camel wrote:No wisdom teeth in Camel Land; I belong to an advanced species.

:)


And you lost a game of Wabble to a Neanderthal.

The future is doomed. :nope
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Re: Dentists playing doctor

Postby asthmatic camel » Fri Nov 29, 2013 11:14 am

Only because the Neanderthal was cheating.

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