More On Thai Service

Yesterday I accompanied my other half to the dentist where he was meant to have some work done on his braces (which should have taken about 20 minutes in total).

When we arrived, one of the staff acknowledged him (she was a dental nurse who happened to be having a nice chat and eating her lunch) and we sat down, waiting to be called in. Luckily for us, there was a television to provide some mind numbingly dull entertainment while we waited.

After 30 minutes the dental nurse stood up and started to wander around a little doing minor things here and there and I started to feel sleepy, nodding off a few times on the sofa they provided.

After an hour I forced my other half to ask how much longer it would be, only to be told that the dentist would arrive at 6pm (it was 4pm by this time).

I was dumb-struck! I couldn’t believe she had let us sit there for so long and not told us! The other half asked why they had made an appointment with him for 2:30 if that was the case? Some schedule ratifying quickly occured, upon which much ‘sorry’ was heard. She was apologising profusely, probably because a moment before I had been swearing my head off about the amount of wasted time we had just lost and was about to walk out.

It seemed that it was the dental nurse my other half was meant to see and NOT the dentist, but she hadn’t realised, leaving us sitting there for an eternity.

Anyway, after finally getting seen to, we were out of there. Unfortuntely, getting braces ties you to a certain dentist so we’ll have to go back there again next month.

7 Comments so far

  1. Paul (unregistered) on May 1st, 2005 @ 1:04 pm

    I bet if you went to Starbucks to get your teeth done, they would have given you much better service (and remembered your regular drink order to boot)

  2. Ben Harris (unregistered) on May 1st, 2005 @ 4:02 pm

    Now if only StarBucks would look into dentistry, it would solve all my troubles. Maybe they could call it StarBuckTeeth or something similar?

  3. ColaBear (unregistered) on May 2nd, 2005 @ 2:12 pm

    I changed my orthodontist 3 times during the time I had braces. Of course, I was moving to a different country each time. But its not entirely impossible. You just need your current orthodontist to refer you to the next guy. As for reason? Perhaps its easier for you, convenient travel, closer to home or office…

    But then the next clinic might not be that much better than the current one anyway.

  4. Bonifide (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2005 @ 9:45 am

    I’m always afraid to piss dentist/doctors off, because the next time I see them they might yank a tooth or a spleen out by ‘accident’. :O

  5. Paul (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2005 @ 12:02 pm

    yeah, that whole “dentists accidentally ripping out spleens” thing is reaching epidemic proportions here in Thailand =D

  6. Bonifide (unregistered) on May 3rd, 2005 @ 4:00 pm

    Paul, That’d be hot news if that happened though!

    Almost as bodacious and rad as watching the video coverage of the maggots and parasitic worm being extracted on every news program… over… and over… and over…


  7. that guy (unregistered) on May 5th, 2005 @ 12:47 am

    you need to go to a better dentist.

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