The One Where You All Tell Me “I Told You So”

Posted By on October 21, 2008

Guess where I was today? I was at the dentist. I know, you’re all saying “SHUT UP! You did not go to the dentist! You never talk about going to the dentist! I need to sit down because this is such a deviation from what you’ve ever talked about before. I am feeling faint!” But please, everyone, get a hold of yourselves.

When we last left our heroine, Kristabella, she was in immense pain from a rotting tooth and had thrown a tantrum and stormed out of her dentist’s office. This left her back at square one with the task of having to find a new dentist and one soon before she burned a whole in her stomach from all the Advil she was taking.

Today Kristabella had her sorely needed root canal appointment. After hugging her new dentist and not letting go for an inappropriate amount of time, she is now recovering just fine in the comforts of her own home after having many fruity drinks named The Tootie and Blair at the Reagle Beagle tonight with Hotfessional, Kim and Stephanie.

And now since Kristabella cannot keep up this whole third-person nonsense, she will totally break all sorts of rules of writing and switch point of view. Because she is lazy and stupid. And hopped up on alcohol and pain killers, wheeeeee!

I would like to say how much I love this new dentist. I was a bit afraid of telling her my sordid tale of storming out of the last dentist’s office because I was yelled at. Because seriously, when you say it out loud, I really look like a fucking wuss. But then this new dentist lady, who was only my dentist for today because she’s a root canal only dentist, was all “no, you were very brave for what you did. People already hate going to the dentist, you should feel comfortable there.” And then I was like THANK YOU! I LOVE YOU! IS IT OKAY IF I LICK YOUR FACE?

I explained to her the situation with my tooth. I told her that this tooth had quite a deep cavity in it, and yet the old bitchtastic dentist put the crown on anyway. I told her that it had always been sensitive and it has just gotten worse.

Then new dentist was all “so when old dentist did this filling and put on this crown, you felt everything didn’t you? You couldn’t get numbed up, right? You felt the whole filling? The Novocaine didn’t work.” And I just looked at her, mouth agape, and whispered “yes, how did you know?”

So she says “because it is CLEAR AS DAY that you’re tooth is irritated and has been for some time and that dentist SHOULD HAVE KNOWN THAT AND NOT PUT ON THAT CROWN IN THE FIRST PLACE!”

And then I hugged her again. I felt so relieved and vindicated that it wasn’t me. I didn’t overreact. There was a problem there that should have been fixed back months ago. And I was right to question it and then SWITCH to a more competent dentist. I could have shed tears of joy.

The procedure went awesomely. I didn’t feel anything. She made sure that if I felt anything, she gave me more Novocaine. And even better was the fact that she talked to me during the whole thing. She told me what she was doing. Old dentist never did that before and it is so frustrating! It is so hard to tell me what you’re doing inside my mouth? No, old fucking asshat dentists, IT IS NOT HARD.

And then when I left they gave me some pain medicine, a breath mint and a little bottle of water. It was just so thoughtful.

I know you all told me months ago to switch dentists. And I didn’t because I didn’t want the added costs for switching.Β So I just wanted to tell all of you today, that you were right. I should have switched MONTHS AGO. Today I realized how a dentist appointment should go. How you should be treated at the dentist. It was worth the large sum of money I had to pay out of my pocket. I just wish I would have listened to all of you all those months ago. You are welcome to say “I told you so.”

And really, I knew I would love her when her magazine collection included Food & Wine.

So would it be weird to send her a thank you note? And maybe a cookie basket?

About the author

Kristabella, who also answers to β€œHey! Drunk Girl!”, is a reformed band geek with an amazing ability to drink most people under the table. You can read her inane ramblings here, where she talks about her exciting life as a spinster with two cats and a fascination for Bacon.


33 Responses to “The One Where You All Tell Me “I Told You So””

  1. Best. Blog. Ever.

    Really I mean that, and I’m pretty picky about blogs. Usually they will have one exclamation point too many, or worse, not enough curse words, and I forever damn them to the Blogs That Suck category.

    I bow down to you.

    And your tooth.

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  2. slynnro says:

    I wanted to hug my endodentist too. Sucks that you had to deal with all of that horror because if I had to deal with a mean dentist on top of all the other embarrassment and pain my teeth have caused me this year, I probably would have just continued to ignore my long term dental care again.

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  3. jodifur says:

    I think a thank you note would be very nice. A fruit basket may be a bit much.

    jodifurs last blog post..It’s My 600th Post!

  4. Jen says:

    I think a thank you note would be really nice; don’t worry about sending a cookie/fruit basket. And, I’m sure everyone is NOT thinking “I told you so” – everyone is just happy that you got out of your toxic dentist relationship and into a healthier one.

  5. Jenn says:

    I think she would appreciate a thank you note!
    And, you could send her a container of candy corn…good to have candy in a dentist’s office πŸ˜‰ Keeps them in business!

  6. I’m so glad that this worked out for you. I am petrified of the dentist, like your new dentist said, you shouldn’t feel anymore undue pressure when you are there.

    Dutchess of Kickballs last blog post..Checking My List Twice

  7. moo says:

    look, it’s hard to switch. At least you KNEW what kind of service you were going to get at the old place.

    But I’m glad you love your new dentist. A thank you note would not be out of line. But probably not the muffin basket. After all, you don’t want to SLEEP with her … merely thank her for being so great.

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  8. Melissa says:

    Ahh, sweet relief and satisfaction. Who knew you could find both at the DENTIST office. I hope your tooth starts to feel better soon!

    Good on ya for switching…even late is better then nevah! πŸ™‚

    Melissas last blog post..The Underwear Chronicles….

  9. Candy says:

    I am very jealous. I may need to move to Chicago so I can get this dental work taken care of by someone competent. Either that, or I need serious drugs. Like Xanax. And that, just so I can call and make an appointment without passing out.

    Candys last blog post..How it Went Down

  10. Elle Charlie says:

    Given how dentists feel about processed sugar, maybe send her a fruit basket instead?

    So glad your tooth is okay, and that you are vindicated! That is so important. Scary dentist and doctors can be traumatizing, so I’m glad you had a better experience this time around!!!!

    P.S. I love pain killers. Not like addictive love, just like they’re so fun love.

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  11. ali says:

    how about you send ME the cookie basket? πŸ™‚

    alis last blog post..I went to bovine university and all i brought back was this lousy blog post…

  12. -R- says:

    I am so glad you had a good dental experience!

    My favorite part of this post is the first paragraph. I actually laughed out loud.

    -R-s last blog post..Family Politics

  13. Scarlet says:

    Oh man, I’m so glad this time was a better experience. I had something similar happen when I was younger (not the same pain, but the same fear and hate) and I was so scared to try another dentist.

    Scarlets last blog post..The Fear

  14. Oh hon, I am SO GLAD that you found a good dentist to take care of your tooth. Now, is there any way that you can get your money back from the old dentist in light of everything the new dentist told you?

    La Petite Chics last blog post..Operation BΓ©bΓ©

  15. Aww, yay. See? Dentist dreams DO come true.

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  16. Christina says:

    Who did you go to see? I am looking for one in the Northside.

  17. Send her the thank you note. After all, she helped more than anyone ever has.

    Glad you’re on the mend!

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  18. Noelle says:

    Good on you for switching! Now if only I had some money, I’d travel to your town to visit that dentist. Alas.

    Noelles last blog post..Happy birthday Dad!

  19. Alic says:

    oh hooray!! what a happy ending!

    i don’t know anyone who WOULDN’T appreciate a thank you note, especially if it’s thanking them for doing their job well πŸ™‚

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  20. Ree says:

    And now a word to Kristabella’s readers: She didn’t EVEN slur or anything! I expected, y’know, her face to be lopsided or something, but NO! Not even close. AND she didn’t tell you about the 1/2 price pizzas!

    To Kristabella: Love ya!

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  21. Evil Genius says:

    Go with the thank you note; I’m sure she’d appreciate knowing how much she helped and relieved you. And thank heavens your tooth is now better! Now, when you go out drinking you can really enjoy the liquor instead of just using it to mask the pain! HA!!

    (That’s kind of an inside joke around our house. Hubby keeps asking if I want a glass of wine because I’m having a bad pain day or just because I really want one!!)

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  22. I’m so glad things went well for you at the dentist! I love my dentist. LOVE him. He is so kind and compassionate, and when he says “pain free” he means it!

    After one particularly grueling procedure, where I felt virtually no pain, in spite of the fact that it was GRUELING (did I mention that already?), I brought in a small basket of cookies for him and his staff, and a thank you note telling him how much I appreciated him.

    They still mention the cookies every time I come in for a clean and check – – I think they are wanting me to do it again . . . πŸ™‚

    Liz J in Central Illinoiss last blog post..Tomorrow

  23. chibi says:

    Can I lick your face = WIN!

    And I think a thank you card would be excellent.

    chibis last blog post..Calm down, dude

  24. Lori says:

    I am so happy that your tooth is all better! I’m a firm believer in giving people recognition when they deserve it, so definitely send her a note if you want.

  25. Yes, send a thank you note, it will seriously go a long way. Once, when I was in a position of some sort of pseudo authority, I LOVED the thank you note. And if new dentist is anything like me, she’ll stick that thank you note on the fridge and caress it every time she goes for a single serving sized pudding. Which she can rationalize because hey, people thank her!

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  26. heather... says:

    I would never say I told you so because I do the same thing when it comes to dentists. I’m just so glad you feel vindicated – and that your tooth is better, too!

    heather…s last blog post..Doomed

  27. Sarah says:

    I’m glad you finally found a dentist you like. I love mine.
    As someone in healthcare, I know they would appreciate any thank you’s that you feel like sending! You’d be surprised, we hardly ever hear it.

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  28. Cathy says:

    You should at least send a thank you note! A cookie basket? Maybe. I probably wouldn’t, but it couldn’t hurt!

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  29. Kimberly says:

    Send a basket of pretty pink Trident πŸ˜‰

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  30. Kristie says:

    I would totally send her a thank you note, I bet she’d really appreciate it. We don’t thank our dentists very often, do we?

    Kristies last blog post..It’s that time of year again.

  31. Cindy from Cincinnati says:

    Since this dentist is “Root Canal only Dentist”, you should call her office and ask them who she recommends for a “normal” dentist. And definately send a Thank you. They are always appreciated!

  32. Angella says:

    Send a note for sure. Excellent service deserves a reward.

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  33. A thank you note and cookies? Not weird. A marriage proposal and face licking? Maybe a bit weird.

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