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Starting a Conversation with a New Dentist

Posted on 7/23/2017 by Boeckel
Lisa Gitelson, DMD is happy to answer any questions you might have.
Relationships with healthcare professionals are very important. It's hard to get a problem solved if you find it hard to carry on a conversation with your doctor or dentist. Of all the service professionals that you deal with on a daily business, your health care professionals hold very special places in your life. Frequently they are the holders of secrets. Your doctor knows you are pregnant even before you are sure. Your dentist knows you wear a mouth guard at night because the new boss is causing you so much stress you started grinding your teeth at night. They know your medical history, past and present. They may know something about your personal life if it is pertinent to your health care.

That is one reason it so hard for a new patient. You are starting a relationship that is very personal and very private. This relationship requires trust and confidence. It is important for both the dentist and you to establish a good basis for the beginning of that relationship. So how do you do that?

How Do I Start the Conversation?

Dentists probably understand this relationship better than doctors because many people are simply afraid of any dentist. That means that starting a conversation with a new dentist is almost expected. Most dentists will begin this conversation themselves, if they don't, you can. They won't be surprised.

On your first visit, you will likely be introduced to the dentist’s staff when you first meet the dentist. Your dentist may ask you what brings you there. This is the opening of the conversation. You can start by letting your dentist know why you are there. You may have just moved to the area, or your former dentist may have retired. Why you are changing dentists is helpful for the dentist to know. If you had a bad experience such as a poorly handled dental condition, let the dentist know. If you have anxiety when it comes to procedures, tell your dentist that as well, and let him or her know what they can do to alleviate the anxiety. This would be a good beginning. If you have any questions, or if you would like to learn more, please call us today at (503) 985-8945.

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