I have fibro, ibs, chronic hives, allergies and a whole slew of other issues. I've battled it for years, and am now beginning the process of applying for disability. I explain this, because for the last years my income has been absolutely tiny.
20 months ago, I broke two molars in one week. The dentist thinks it may have been tmj / grinding / clenching related. I got temporary fillings - which were only to last a couple weeks - but I still have them because I can't afford the crowns he wants to put in.
Well, last night one of those teeth started acting up. I'm having swelling and pain, and although I'm rinsing every hour with baking soda/salt mixture, I'm worried this may need a dentist's intervention.
One Problem: it took me these 20 months to pay off the last bill - which was around $400. Two crowns will run $2400, together.
Second Problem: My dentist is a nice guy, but his receptionist is a dragonlady. She's rude and won't even let me get through on the phone to ASK him if I could make arrangements to pay for the crowns slowly, or have just the basic crown work done and wait until later for the expensive permanent crowns. I even thought of offering to barter the professional skills I have - not that he needs me, but I wish he'd take me up on it. Last year, I even started crying on the phone with her, but she still wouldn't put me through to him. Once, I called and the dentist's hygienist, who I think is his wife, answered and said, "If you're in pain, I'm sure he'd rather see you than have you suffer ...." She suggested I call back - but when I got the receptionist again, I couldn't get past her. :(
I feel so trapped!
How do I reach the dentist - and not get my message eaten by the dragonlady at the phone?
I am terrified of dentists as it is - but I'm less terrified of him than I am of other dentists. I'd like to stay with him, if I can. I'm also super terrified of medications and such - since I'm hypersensitive and allergic to so many. But I'm trying to force myself to be brave.
Just hoping you'll have an idea for how I can reach my dentist - and not the dragonlady. Maybe he'll be angry it took me this long to pay off a smaller bill and he'll refuse me, but I need to try to convince him to help. How do I do this? I only owe $18 on the original balance - and was hoping to pay that in August.
Post Edited (TheChickenPrincess) : 7/3/2010 1:58:17 PM (GMT-6)