I moved to a new city and went to a recommended dentist for the first time today. It was a very disappointing and sometimes frightening experience. People were moving everyone in and out quickly. The dentist worked fast and hard, but the appointment was painful, something I had never experienced before. Do I say something or look for another dentist? How do I ensure I’ll get a more persoanable approach?
Melissa L. – Phoenix, AZ
There is nothing worse than feeling like an item on a conveyor belt when you’re going in for health care, especially if the warehouse ends up being painful.
You could try talking to him, but if he is a cookie-cutter dentist who is just trying to get as many patients through his office as possible, you probably won’t get very far. In fact, he might be so busy trying to move everyone through that he never really hears you. However, it doesn’t hurt to try.
If you find that this office isn’t for you, you’ll want to look for a dentist who is more personable. Sometimes, dentists who like to tailor their dental care to the needs of the individual patient will advertise as a “Cater to Cowards” dentist. However, there are many other dentist who don’t advertise that who are just as sensitive to their patient’s needs.
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