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But before I was invited to the wizard's lair, I had to (or at least thought I had to) submit to nearly an hour in the dentists' chair. Although not the most pleasant way to spend a morning, my technician and Dr. Lee made it much more bearable than it should have been: When it was all over, Leigh—the dental assistant sent from heaven—actually thanked me. I promised them that I would never miss another six-month cleaning; but next time, I'll request a chair with a view of 42nd street—it's Dr. Weiss's favorite.
All told, I managed to glimpse into five of the offices on the floors just above and below the dentists'. They all look like they could be covers for CIA operatives or organized crime—a generically named pharmaceutical outfit and a travel agency come to mind—and none were nearly as welcoming as our dentist friends.
The Formosa Dental PC accepts a variety of insurance providers (although not mine); a teeth cleaning—before X rays—will run you $175-250. If that's too steep or too scary, starting this week they are providing the H1N1 vaccine—free of charge—to anyone who requests it.
All photos by Ned P. Rauch
A Root Canal With A View