The worst day of my life came one day when I arrived in Singapore from my January vacation in the Philippines.
My wisdom tooth was aching and it didn't let me sleep for one night. I went to work the next day with my aching tooth, pumping pain to my veins. Even if I pull my hair, the pain will be intense. My goodness, I don't want to go to a dentist not because of the fear, but it's for the costs it may hit my pocket.
So, I asked my boss if I have any Dental benefits. So she replied that I can avail a S$100.00 for a year. Knowing the benefits, at a split second, I packed my things and hurried to the dental clinic.
I can't even drive a car because the pain is unbearable. I waited for the bus to arrive holding my jaw to decrease the pain. The bus arrived after 20 minutes and the sun was soaring hot, imagine what I felt at that time. The pain spread through the neck and at my head. I fell like I was tortured to death.
At the Dental Clinic
I went to the Dental Clinic below the MRT Station and is near to our HDB so I could go home after that. I went in the clinic and ask the receptionist if the doctor is in.
"Do you have any appointment?" said the receptionist.
"Hi hdon't hhave hany happointment", imagine hearing my voice that way. I want to be angry with the clinic receptionist but I can't do anything. She checked the appointment list and informed me that I need to come back for an hour, which is the earliest at that time.
I was so disappointed...the ache was at the peak. I went to find other clinics and found one, but it will open for about an hour. Grrr..!!!
After 30 minutes of seeking and waiting outside the MRT Station, I came back to the first clinic and asked the new shift of receptionist. She told me that I can now have my dental check-up. Lucky!
The doctor called me and he talks so fast...I sat down the dental chair and at one push of a button, I realized that I was lying at my back almost upside down. Then his assistant positioned the lamp and the doctor checked my tooth and told me that my wisdom tooth is infected. He pulled down the x-ray and the assistant quickly placed the metal jacket on top of me, like a blanket. At a split second, he showed me the x-ray result.
He suggested that he will remove it to prevent it from future infections. So I humbly asked him how much.. he told me that the price for Singaporean/PR is usually around S$950...since I'm a foreigner, he will charge me S$450.
Oucchh, the price hurts..!!!I told the dentist if he can find a way to have a temporary remedy for the pain and I will still consider the tooth removal.
So, he cleaned my infected wisdom tooth with a tooth water spray and it hurts badly. Then he applied a liquid, some sort of anti-infection medicine.
How much did I pay for the Dental Check-up?
For all the work that the dentist have done for my tooth was already billed at the reception area. I received the medicines and some advice from the pharmacist. She gave me the bill and I almost fainted.
Check-up - S$ 20
X-ray - S$ 20
Cleaning - S$ 45
Medicine & others - S$ 50
Total - S$135
My Dental benefit is only S$100, so I need to shoulder the S$35.
It's so difficult to be sick here in Singapore because nobody will take care of me. From now on, I will take care of my teeth and body as well...*sigh*