I see a lovely dentist who “cares for cowards,” plays hot jazz and gives me nitrous oxide – it’s fabulous, like going to a pleasant nightclub where you can’t talk or dance because someone is fiddling with your mouth. Until you get the bill. Open wide, wallet. Last time it cost $3300 for a crown and a filling.
I have tried and tried but I don’t understand why dentists are so expensive. If I go privately to see another sort of medical specialist who has trained for a squillion years – a neurologist or a dermatologist, say – they are likely to charge me about $400 an hour. Even factoring in the fact that the dentist has an assistant, a whizzy chair and more technology the, difference in fees seems startling.
Yes, it does – especially to one whose profession would kill to charge $400 an hour!
And dentists only have to tell people to floss, not that they have a brain tumour.
Now, I have a confession to make. I’m a coward when it comes to dentists too – I blame a bad experience back at the school murder house many years ago at the hands of one of its badly-trained institutional torturers – and the twin pains of drill and wallet-ectomy have made me a very reluctant visitor to dentist’s offices since. I’m sure I’m not the only one.
So here’s your chance to talk up your own favourite angel of dentistry: who can you recommend to readers like me who need their fangs fixed, but are reluctant to pay through the nose for another pain in the mouth?
And feel free to explain why all the others are so gosh-darned expensive.