Dental Procedures

Trip Start May 22, 2009
Trip End Feb 16, 2010

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Flag of Egypt  , Alexandria,
Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A feared prospect for many and usually avoided at the best of times.  If not for the uncomfort, then for the price.  We’ve avoided it for years - especially without any type of dental plan.  But Brian’s been suffering some pain and it was time to address the issue.  It was a complicated series of procedures, but we got through. 

Procedure One:  Find a dentist
Our dear friends knew a friend who knew a dentist who spoke English (helpful in this situation).  When trying to call, we couldn’t get through.  After several attempts, a few days, and a new number there was success.  They were even willing to fit Brian in between appointments. 

Procedure Two:  Find the Office
First step was taking the bus to downtown.  There are several minibuses that rush along the Cornish - all packed to the hilt and driving at breakneck speed.  The hardest part is hailing one down and fitting yourself in.  Then the next challenge is trying to get it to stop! 

Procedure Three:  Entering the Office
Wandering around with some vague directions, our friend stopped to ask what appeared to be a homeless person for directions.  I’m sure he wasn’t as he gave perfect directions along several streets, and soon we were climbing a narrow dark staircase up 3 flights while Brian joked about what Egyptian dentistry might be like. 

Walking through the doors, we were greeted with bright wide open rooms.   Not just a dentist office, it could belong to a high end lawyer.  The first thing I noticed was the sign showing directions to the coffee lounge which also had WIFI?!?!?  Gleaming wooden furniture with colorful paintings and artistic flower arrangements.  A short registration where Brian had to spell out his 4 names (doesn’t matter if he only has 3, you must provide 4!) was all that was needed.  Then we were led in to the special waiting room where elegant cappuccinos and espressos were served while you waited.  Wow, if only Dentist offices were like this in North America, people might not be afraid of them!

Procedure Four:  Get Teeth Checked
Called into the office almost immediately, Brian was amazed at the high tec equipment and efficiency all around.  Who would have thought that we would travel to Egypt to go to the Dentist!  Not only was it beautiful, efficient, and competent, it all came at about a 5th of Canadian prices.  And just to ensure that we return someday…there is a gigantic bowl of candies sitting at the reception desk before you leave.
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