I had an appointment with Dr. Speiler for two fillings (upper right teeth) and two overlays (lower left teeth). My experience was great until unbeknownst to me, I realized that a resident was going to perform the procedures. When I requested that Dr. Speiler perform the dental work, the morale of the office changed. The resident became very short, and essentially demanded that I allow him to complete the work, as Dr. Speiler was very busy. When I informed the resident that I was willing to wait, he left the room and returned, reiterating that the doctor was extremely busy. He then asked me to open my mouth so that he could "check to make sure that the overlays fit properly", and I complied. However, I soon learned that he had started the procedure, against my wishes. When I voiced my frustration, he informed me that he was instructed by Dr. Speiler "to just do it" and that if I had a problem with it, I should take it up with Dr. Speiler. Shortly thereafter, Dr. Speiler entered the room and again mentioned how busy he was and advised me that he would be another 45 minutes to an hour. I was disheartened, especially since it took five injections of the local anesthetic for my mouth to numb, and it generally wears off rather quickly. As a nurse practitioner, I understand the importance of students gaining clinical experience and I typically provide every opportunity for them to learn. However, as a patient who is still dealing with the complications of dental work gone wrong by a previous resident (at another establishment), I understand the importance of respecting a patients concerns and autonomy. Additionally, as a provider who precepts students often, I've never allowed a student/resident to perform a procedure, or even enter the exam room, without the patient's permission. The next day, I felt pain with biting down and chewing on both sides of my mouth, which made it nearly impossible to eat. So, I called the office to notify the doctor and was given a 1:00 PM follow-up appointment. I waited, in the waiting room, nearly two hours before being called back to the exam room. I never even made it in the exam chair before Dr. Speiler dismissed my concerns as "normal". He said give it some time and if it doesn't resolve in week to return. Now, I am really baffled, because that information could have been given to me over the phone. Moreover, this confusion could have been avoided if I was given discharge instructions reviewing expected findings after the procedure vs what warrants a follow-up visit. My biggest concern is that I've had filings before and never had residual pain/discomfort after the procedure. Additionally, if this is indeed a normal finding, then maybe my appointments should have been spaced one week apart, so that I am able to chew on one side at least. Needless to say it has been nearly five days without any improvement. It's been a terrible week for me, eating only soft foods. I am very disappointed.