I broke a tooth last week. Bummer! (That one day after my car battery inherited a bad cell when I was out in the middle of BF Egypt visiting Curley. This called for a tow and a repair bill over $200.00)
So, this week I decided to call my dentist to make an appointment for tooth repair. I was told politely that Dr. H no longer had her practice in that office and that she had moved it to such and such town. (About 35 miles north of me.) The receptionist refused to give me a number where Dr. H could be reached, or the name of the practice or an address. She wasn't snarky about it, and I gathered that she had been told by her boss not to convey that information. After searching the internet for Dr. H, I located her new practice, new address and new phone number. I called and she could see me today.
She took one look at my tooth and said that I really needed a crown, but she could do a "buildup" and I could do the crown later on. I opted for that choice. So, now the tooth is at least fixed for a while, and I am $386.00 poorer.
Now, I know that I could have chosen to go to a dentist closer to home. Logic tells me that. But, over the course of years, I have had lots and lots of bad experiences with dentists, and Dr. H is the kindest, most gentle dentist I have ever gone to. She's young, vibrant and a wife and mother. She understands my fears and is tolerant of my having her stop what she is doing and letting me take a few deep breaths. She knows my fear of shots, and I sweat she can numb me and it doesn't even hurt. So, I want to stick with her. Besides that, she's just a good Christian person.
Going into her new digs was an experience, too. The place is new, beautifully appointed, and comfortable. The waiting room looks like a living room. The staff were so kind and welcoming, and when I left, they were encouraging me that all is not so bad. (When I am numb, everything seems out of sync.)
So, I will continue to drive the extra miles to a dentist who is willing to "go that extra mile" to make me feel safe and comfortable.
Still numb 4 hours later, but at peace,