Thursday, June 15, 2006

Dubai's 'Funkiest' Dentist - dare to try?

I'm one of those people who has always had terrible experiences with dentists...but my tooth was begging me for some help... so my colleague suggests a dentist that his nephew goes to...apparently this kid is frightened from anything... but the doc managed to treat him nicely..

so I go ahead and book this appointment and I'd leave the rest to fate...

I walk in the clinic with this very old wrinkly filipina with a really hoarse voice asking me to fill out a 4 page application form asking me about my complete history including the prescribed AND over-the-counter medicine I've taken the past 6 months... I ignored some of the questions such as the 'admitted in hospital' and gave the lady my form... she looks at the paper and eyes me again.. ' you've never been admitted to the hospital? you've never had an operation' I said I did.. and to my surprise she says frigidly ' maam I don't want to lose my job, PLEASE answer all the questions' ... 'But I had my operation in 1996... 'It doesn't matter, you write everything here' and I'm thinking 'O.Kaaaay!!! better do as she says'...

as I was filling out the form... this uhm.. 'being' with grey slightly-long hair comes out of the dentist's room wearing tiny white tennis shorts with a T-shirt... and not only that... There was loud techno-lounge music streaming from his office..
I handed in my papers and sat down like a good girl...
'You have got to be kidding me.. is THAT the dentist.. I don't know whether to be scared or not...'

waiting observing waiting anticipating...

'what the hell did I get myself into?'

I mean this guy was a character and a half.. he was literally dashing between the waiting area and his office..leaves the apartment to have a smoke every 5 minutes between patients and between injecting the patient and the actual 'ZZZZzzzzzzzZZZzzz Deal'
and 'Boov Boov Boov!! the music played hard and high'

So I'm still waiting and observing... The guy looked absolutely 'chaotic'... maybe someone who killed way too many braincells when he was in college.... and the receptionist 'OH me dear he's very good he was in New York for a very long time'...
'RIIIIIIGGGGHHHHTTT!!!'
the patient leaves.. she looks happy.. but then again he says 'say hi to your mummy'... they're family he'll be gentle with her...
he looks at me and sways his head to his office just like a footballer would do if he had to hit the ball with his head... not one word uttered... I understood the signal... 'lady, your turn... come in'

'GULP!! here goes nothing.. ' deep breath...
I walk in his office and quickly scan the room.... every wall painted a different color .. I think I counted 5 different colors.. all the shades from yellow to orange to red..
The CD player is stacked with CD cases and around it 5 CD 'pillars'...

I lay on the examination chair... he looks at me... 'ok what do u want?'
'Extraction and implant unless u think otherwise'...
...
...
'By the way, who told you about me?
'long story.. my colleague's brother kid comes here'
he gave me a strange look and dismissed the idea of asking anymore
...
...
after 3 x-rays, one injection (and I didn't feel the needle), and one other tooth fixed..
I thinkin'.....'hey, this guy's not bad!!'
as for my initial predicament... well that tooth is gonna have to wait...
According to my doc I need to come in early in the day.. and in 4 sessions I'll be done with that as well...
*two thumbs up*
verdict:
as psychotic as the guy behaved and looked... as a dentist performing, he was really good...
I just hope it wasn't only for this session...

15 comments:

BuJ said...

wow.. sounds good!

name, address, and number please!

this is an excellent review.

Cosmic girl said...

name Dr. Ara something...
04-2284863 Dana Centre on Maktoom street...

* and this is what I call free advertising *

CG said...

a good dentist is hard to come by in Dubai. How was the price....in comparison to others? Not that I care, if they can do pain free....yeeeeee

BuJ said...

thnx for that cosmic.. will save it for later.. coz as CG said.. good dentists are hard to come by.

Cosmic girl said...

actually the price was not bad..(not quite sure how other dentists charge since I don't like the visits)...so given the fact that I took three x-rays and got one tooth examined and the other fixed, I think 300 deez is ok...

BuJ said...

ooof! 300 deez only? that's nothing.
parking and petrol costs more!

each x-ray usually costs 100'd, and a filling 100 to 150'd plus 200 or so for the doc.. but the doc i goes to charges 250 for a filling (just to give u some idea of costs).

he's very good though, and takes it easy on my mouth!

CG said...

That does sound like a fairly good price. I am impressed, and shall keep the info handy for desperate moments.

Thanks for bringing me to this blog Buj.

dhaheri said...

please can I come in your next appointment & watch

promies I wont laugh......









much

Cosmic girl said...

I'll bring you on one condition...
You let the doc examine your teeth first...

at least that way I can laugh first..

Anonymous said...

You should also probably try out Noa Dental Clinic. Went there the other day; its like a spa and very professional.

Had a tooth ache; the doctor sensed my anxiety and informed me as and when he was performing something. Was very very satisfied . . lenny

Anonymous said...

When i was young many said my teeth resembled that of Austin Powers.
After years at Dr.Ara's dental clinic, I am now a model for Crest Toothpaste. I get paid for every smile, thanks to Dr.Ara, a living legend.

Thank you Dr.Ara

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