||[Aug. 14th, 2006|09:05 am]
Toothachefully Delightful (Dental gift book)
Sorry I know no one's replied to my first post yet but here I am making my 2nd one within a day!|
So I live in the UK (Fife, Scotland) and am not registered with a dentist. Last week I had to get an emergency appointment when I had toothache. The problem is that I suffer from a chronic illness and also very severe agoraphobia (so much so that at times that both can leave me housebound for weeks or even months). The chronic illness I have is an auto-immune disease that causes a lot of bladder and pelvic pain and discomfort, as well as anxiety, dizzyness and bladder frequency and urgency. The vibrations of being on transport adds to this.
The first appointment I managed to get last week was in Kirkcaldy which is one hours drive for me, longer on the bus and being really unwell at the time, plus my agoraphobia made me hysterical at the thought of travelling so far, I ended up cancelling it even though I was in so much pain. Luckily the next day I managed to get an emergency at my local dentist. However I was told that should I need any follow up treatment I would HAVE to travel to the access clinic which is in Kirkcaldy.
I just wondered are there any exceptions to this rule for people with medical/emotional problems that make travelling very difficult? I'm not really sure who to ask about this as I don't think the emergency helpline would appreciate me wasting their time to call and ask questions, and I'm not sure if my local dentist would talk to me about it since I'm not registered.