I don't have a problem with going to the dentist and have always visited my dentist regularly for checkups and treatment. A few years ago I moved house and signed up with a local dentist for NHS treatment. However after a couple of checkups, he kept cancelling my apppointments at very short notice which was very inconvenient as I had taken time off work. After this happened four times, I gave up and didn't bother making another appointment. I think he was just trying to ditch some of his NHS patients. After a couple of years, I find I now need some treatment. Nothing urgent yet, but if left too long it will become a problem. However I have tried virtually every dentist in my local area and none of then will accept me as a new patient. Although the local NHS dentist web site list many of them as offering NHS treatment, the usual response I get is 'We are full at the moment - call back in a couple of months" Of course when I try a couple of months later its the same story. I have managed to get one dentist to put me on a waiting list with a possible appointment in about 2 - 3 months time. I suppose my only option will be to go for private treatment, but the costs do concern me. Just wondering if anyone else is having similar problems around the UK? Anyone with experience of private charges and how they compare to NHS?