Just before Christmas I woke one morning with incredible pain in my tooth. Isn't toothache the pits, it has to be one of the worst pains you can endure. Thankfully there is so much that can be done to relieve it.
The first step of course is to call your dentist. It was at this point that I realised that I'd not yet registered with a dentist since I moved house! Darn it, I'd written a list, I'd worked my way through it, how could I have forgotten the dentist? We'd been moved more than six months too so no excuse, I had already missed a check up appointment.
So I found my nearest dentist and went to register.
Yes, we can take you on and your family. Phew! Your first appointment will be in April 2015!!
Seriously, they could not do any better than that. I rang around a few other dentists but none of them could see me sooner and the answer was always the same, "you'll have to go to the dental hospital"
I've been to the dental hospital before. You arrive as early as possible in the morning, preferably before 8am, then sit and wait until they can see you. It can be half an hour, it can be three hours! Then you go into a room and are seen by a dentist with someone else being seen by another dentist in a chair right next to you. I felt so uncomfortable I left without treatment. I was later told that they do have private rooms, but the whole experience was unpleasant, particularly if you find going to the dentist unpleasant anyway.
I decided to suffer for a while until I could find something better. I brought some Oraldine and it really helped so I think I may have had a gum infection. The tooth still hurt but it was bearable.
Then, just after Christmas my eldest son woke with toothache. I phoned the dentist but was given the usual reply, "go to the dental hospital"
There had to be something else. I had searched online before but without success but in actual fact you just need to look in the right place. There is help available and all you need to do is find an out of hours dentist
Both myself and my son were helped with 24 hours and are now pain free. We are still waiting for our regular dental check up in April.
This is a collaborative post. All thoughts and opinions are my own