I'll start out by saying that I am on temporary disability because of a back injury, and I only get enough money each month to pay for rent and food, and not that much extra spending money. My medical insurance only covers doctor visits and prescription medication, and emergency dental visits (emergency extractions) - fillings and cleanings not included.
About 8 months ago I was in a similar boat; I was having massive tooth pain and could not find anyplace with a sliding scale or who could help. I did find a place, but it was really ghetto and I had to wait 8 1/2 hours for help, and they found I had like 4 other cavities but because of the kind of business they were they could only treat one, the one that was causing me so much pain, and they had to remove the tooth.
So yes, I still have those 4 other cavities, and I'm starting to experience pain again. Can anybody give me any advice on where to look for a dental office who can fill all my cavities, and possibly even give me a cleaning (I haven't had one in 5 years)... a dental office who doesn't require insurance, or for me to wait in line for 8 hours for one tooth, and no pay up front or at all.