Last year I published my rant against all dentists, when I broke my tooth and had no dentist to fix it.
Let me explain I am *terrified* of dentists due to the psycho one I went to as a child – seriously the man was evil!. Literally the though of even having to go to one has had me in hysterical tears. Last year when I broke yet another tooth (I’d gotten to 4 broken teeth at that point) and Miss L was moaning that at the age of 5 she’d never been, I realised that I probably needed to pull myself together and find a dentist.
So I tried a private dental clinic which frankly was so expensive, I could have flown to New York first class and done 4 days shopping to fix all my teeth! One of my friends luckily recommended me to the one NHS dentist in town who was still taking on new patients (for American readers that means you have to pay a bit towards your treatment, but the rest is state funded as a result NHS dentists are like gold dust). And although I had to wait 3 months to see the dentist, she’s been doing a wonderful job of fixing my teeth the last 3 weeks.
She get’s why I’m scared and is very patient when I have a freak out because I can’t breathe or whatever. So far we’ve redone 4 old fillings, a root canal on the worst broken tooth. Today she also popped in a tooth coloured filling which I had to pay extra for as the NHS doesn’t cover these. But all together so far I’ve spent £97 as opposed to the £700 the private dentist wanted for one root canal and filling!!
So as much as I bitch about the NHS, having worked in it for 7 years and trust me it could be run a hell of a lot more efficiently! This is why we have it, it worries me that there are so many people suffering because they cannot find or afford cheap dental care. The UK has 30% of their dentists retiring in the next 5 years so this problem is only going to get worse, I hope someone somewhere in the NHS is planning ahead and not ignoring it like the midwife crisis.