Monday, October 24, 2005

The early bird is a sucker

[Note: I'm on vacation, so posting might be light around here for the next few days.]

I had a dental appointment on Saturday, and I went despite still having a bad cold. If I'd canceled, I'd have been charged for it, and hey, they're wearing surgical masks, right? I overslept, though, and was actually woken up by the dentist's office calling to see where the hell I was. I didn't pick up the phone—I just read the number off the call display—and immediately threw on some clothes and made the five-minute walk to the office. And when I arrived, I found something interesting:

Every time I've gone to the dentist, I've showed up a few minutes early, only to be made to wait at least 15 minutes. This time, I arrived around 15 minutes late, and was ushered in to see the hygenist immediately.

The lesson? Screw courtesy. I've always called doctors and dentists by their courtesy titles. They always call me by my first name. Not "Mr. Lynn". Courtesy is for doormats. The dentist isn't doing you a favour. You're paying him (or your insurance company is). He works for you. Treat him like it. Make him wait. Make him call you "Mister". Make him change the radio station. It throws him off his game, and you get better service.

6 Comments:

Blogger TinaPoPo said...

I stopped calling my doctors "Dr." when I started to work for one. He also happens to by my father-in-law, but now I address all doctors by their first names. Why should they get the royal treatment? I mean, who goes to school for EIGHT years? That's just dumb.

10/25/2005 10:19:00 AM  
Blogger Seanachie said...

I don't think this is very sound advice, Mr Lynn. I'm not so sure I want to throw my dentist off his game.

10/25/2005 06:03:00 PM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Being of sound dental hygiene, all I ever need is a cleaning. My dentist is trying to make work for himself by suggesting I get my wisdom teeth removed despite the fact that they've never caused a bit of trouble. He's either bored or greedy. Either way, things need to be shaken up.

10/26/2005 11:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have to get my wisdom teeth out too...I just think the dentist wants an excuse to sedate me so he can have sex with me.

Marlene

10/27/2005 01:05:00 AM  
Blogger Peter Lynn said...

Hmm. I'd assumed my dentist's motive was either boredom or greed. Now I have to consider lust.

Why can't my nice, pretty eye doctor be more like my evil dentist?

10/27/2005 01:09:00 AM  
Blogger Steve Ely said...

You sure you want the eye doctor suggesting she take out your wisdom teeth? What if she's just bored or greedy?

12/20/2005 06:22:00 PM  

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