I need your opinion on an important matter. First, the back-story.
Earlier this year I went to the dentist. I don’t like the dentist – this is something you need to know to truly understand where I’m coming from. In fact, “don’t like” is really a mild way of saying I’m a wuss.
It was my first time at this particular dentist and my first time in a long time at any dentist. I needed a filling. It all started great but then the dentist noticed my tooth was cracked. It needed some special attention. I, being who I am, let the dentist know in no uncertain terms that I wasn’t happy about what he was doing in my mouth. Suffice to say I said, “ouch” a few times.
It had already been determined that I needed two more fillings on the other side. The dentist suggested, quite strongly, that I should go to another dentist and get a general anaesthetic. I told him fine, I’d check and see how much it would cost.
So, I went back to the first dentist (to get a cleaning this time) and when I saw him I told him that I wanted him to do the other two fillings. He didn’t think this was a wise choice.
“But I can’t afford a general anaesthesia,” I told him.
“Well, you were in a lot of discomfort last time,” he said. “And besides, we have the other patients to consider…”
The other patients? I didn’t think I was that loud.
Dentists, even ones who don’t put you under, are expensive. The cleaning alone cost me hundreds of dollars, not to mention the fillings which were more costly. So here’s where your opinion comes in:
A) If you’re emptying your wallet at the dentist, do you have the right to be as loud as you want?
B) If you’re emptying your wallet at the dentist, do you have the right to a peaceful visit without someone in the next room
wailing like a banshee/ complaining that the dentist is trying to kill her/saying ouch?
C) Would you trust a dentist who had separate soundproof rooms?
D) All of the above.
E) None of the above.
Here’s a poll:
Please vote and add your two cents (or five, if you’re Canadian) in the comments. I need an answer to this conundrum!