I am uninsured and have waited six weeks for my appointment at a clinic that charges fees on a sliding scale based on the patients income. Meanwhile, I went to a neighborhood dentist because my tooth became very painful. I explained my situation, paid $100 for x-rays and an exam. The dentist I saw said my tooth needed either extraction or a root canal/crown, and suggested the use of antibiotics and pain meds to help me until I could get into the clinic a week later, because treatment would likely be much more affordable if I could hang on till then. My question is this: I was prescribed enough pain meds to last only a few days. When I called to request a refill, the dentist I saw was off, and I was told since I would not be having the procedure done in their office, I would have to ask the clinic for a prescription. The clinic can not see me for three more days. Doesn't the first office have an obligation to treat me until I am able to be seen by the clinic?