Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I just need to rant for a moment! Today four of my children had dentist appointments. We always schedule all their cleanings for the same day ... saves on trips to the dentists office. For many years we traveled over an hour to a pediatric dentist. I have no complaints about this dentist office ... at the time I can remember thinking it was crazy that I traveled over an hour to have the kids teeth cleaned. But the office was designed for children with lots of toys and a big crocodile with teeth on the wall that was whimsical and fun. The Hygienist would go over everything with you and your child at each visit (I can remember thinking, you know I do remember from six months ago) but anyways it was nice for the kids and they always enjoyed going!
Somewhere along the way I decided that it would be better to go to the dentist who had an office in our town. So I did all the paperwork and switch. The first time we went in was fine ... much quicker than the pediatric dentist ... no toys to pry away and no chit chat -- a cleaning and a brief visit from the dentist and we were done. I thought this was okay, easier than the hour drive, one way to the other place ...
Then today we went ... my four oldest children all had cleanings scheduled ... I went in with the first one because I wanted to chat with the Hygienist and make sure all was well. I was just so disappointed ... his cleaning lasted less than 15 minutes and she said he was done, he could pick a prize. I asked "Isn't the dentist going to look at his teeth?" She said "Oh no, there is no dentist on duty today, anyways his teeth look fine."
Okay so here is my question ... Who goes to the dentist and never sees the dentist? I can not wait to see what is billed to my insurance company, a regular "dentist" visit with NO dentist? Is this typical. I have never in my life known of a Hygienist who makes calls on someones teeth ... at the other place we went they were always adamant that the dentist had to tell us about the teeth! The Hygienist always provided great tips for brushing and such BUT never just said "hey they look good to me." I could have stayed home and had my thirteen year old do this type of cleaning.
Have you ever heard of such a thing?
Posted by Amy @ Six Flower Mom at 10:44 PM