Pleasant Surprise

Gift cards from dentist
@AmbiePam (87432)
United States
May 25, 2023 4:09pm CST
A few years ago I had an appointment with my dentist for noon on a Friday, and at 10am that Friday I got a call that the dentist's sister went into labor, and would I mind coming in that coming Monday instead? She said the dentist felt bad about it so she'd give me free teeth whitening to make up for it. I was like, sure! Today I had a six month cleaning, and after the X-Rays it felt like forever waiting for the dental hygienist to come in, but it was probably because I was having a hard time sitting upright with the pain in my body and all. When the dentist came in with the hygienist, she called out to the lady at the front desk to have a gift for me on my way out. She then asked about my dad, which was really sweet. She hadn't known he'd had 6 vertebrae replaced; she'd assumed it had been only a few. When I got to the front to check out I had been there for an hour and a half, which wasn't bad, and left with a $5 gift card to Sonic, and a $5 gift card to Starbucks. I guess I'll need to start visiting those places! I would love for every doctor to give out something for running behind or having to put you off. They certainly aren't obligated to do that. She's a good lady, with really kind employees.
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@Juliaacv (49311)
• Canada
25 May 23
That was awful nice of her to give you those. I suppose it is in an attempt to keep her patients, there must be a fair bit of competition in the dentistry field in your area.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
25 May 23
I’m not sure. My old dentist was great, but we switched because she was cheaper, and just as good. She’s actually not in my area technically (30 minute drive). I’ll just say outright that dentists in my area will charge you an arm and a leg because they know they can get away with it. My old dentist wasn’t a rip off like most around here, but he still kept his rates up. We stayed with him so long because bless his heart, when I needed a bridge during my mom’s dementia drama, he and his dental lab covered the cost themselves (I’ve never had dental insurance). They knew my dad would be stuck with the bill, and they knew he was struggling financially. So we rode with that dentist until we just couldn’t justify it financially anymore. I felt horrible about switching, but I think we expressed over the years how much we appreciated him.
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@JudyEv (331047)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 May 23
How nice is that? But that's a long time to sit if you're in pain.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
26 May 23
Yes, it was tough. I made my next appointment for the first thing in the morning so hopefully next time it won't be a long wait.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
26 May 23
@JudyEv I like the thought, but it is a thirty minute drive. I think I should probably start scheduling my appointments first thing in the morning before they get behind. I thought I was safe with a noon appointment. Does your dentist run behind, or is that an American thing?
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@JudyEv (331047)
• Rockingham, Australia
26 May 23
@AmbiePam Have you told them are painful it is to sit? Perhaps they could ring when they're nearly ready for you. Just a thought.
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@allknowing (131826)
• India
25 May 23
I cannot imagine any doctors doing that here.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
26 May 23
It isn't common at all, but I appreciate it.
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@sjvg1976 (41239)
• Delhi, India
26 May 23
I would like if a dentist provide me gifts like you got. I am ready to bear the pain. I won't feel bad
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
26 May 23
I'm happy to report there was no pain.
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@just4him (313768)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 May 23
I've never had any doctor give out free gifts for their tardiness. You have an awesome dentist.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
26 May 23
I agree! She’s a Christian too.
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@just4him (313768)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
26 May 23
@AmbiePam Whoa! That's awesome!
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@LindaOHio (164806)
• United States
26 May 23
Wow! That's surely not the norm. All my dentist wants to do is schedule me for unwanted crowns. Enjoy and have a nice long weekend.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
26 May 23
I hope you enjoy your weekend as well!
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@LindaOHio (164806)
• United States
26 May 23
@AmbiePam Thank you very much.
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@snowy22315 (173991)
• United States
25 May 23
Yay, win, win! I wish all dentist's offices would do that.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
25 May 23
They really should!
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@ptrikha_2 (46087)
• India
27 May 23
Yeah not all are so kind hearted or good but some are. Yet in some ways, personally I am beginning to be good or not so good case wise. Else you know that some folks do take advantages! Anyways enjoy your day !
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@rebelann (111918)
• El Paso, Texas
25 May 23
What a nice surprise. If I got gift cards to places like that I'd give them as gifts to friends who frequent those establishments.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
25 May 23
That was my first thought.
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@RebeccasFarm (87158)
• United States
26 May 23
What a nice caring practice.
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@LadyDuck (466017)
• Switzerland
26 May 23
That was so nice from them. I would really like should they do the same here.
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@wolfgirl569 (99455)
• Marion, Ohio
26 May 23
That is very nice of them
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@sallypup (59016)
• Centralia, Washington
25 May 23
They sound like nice folks.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
25 May 23
They really are.
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@arunima25 (86479)
• Bangalore, India
26 May 23
They are not obligated to do so but still doing it to show that they care. And they own the responsibility of being late. I would call that a professional gesture. I am sure that it does help her build a good rapport with her patients.
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@Jenaisle (14079)
• Philippines
25 May 23
Bravo for that kind and generous dentist. I'm glad your dental appointment was okay, anyhow.
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@kaylachan (62078)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
25 May 23
That's a true surprise. A good one.
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@Tampa_girl7 (49636)
• United States
25 May 23
Those are nice gifts.
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@mom210 (9041)
• United States
30 May 23
that's very unusual, most don't care if they use up all your time. Keep that dentist.
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@AmbiePam (87432)
• United States
30 May 23
I think I will!
@Deepizzaguy (97505)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
25 May 23
Your doctor is a wonderful person to give gifts to their patients as a thank you for being their clients.
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@RubyHawk (99410)
• Atlanta, Georgia
26 May 23
That was very nice of them.
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