I am a dentist, but I am a human just like everyone else. My teeth need regular care to preserve them and to make them as gorgeous as possible. So, just like everyone else, I go to the dentist to receive many of the dental procedures I perform on my own patients.
When I sat down to write goals for my dental practice, it occurred to me that the kind of dentistry I want to give to my patients was exactly the kind of dentistry I expected to receive. And I can assure you that I absolutely hold my dentist to some pretty high standards.
I would want my dentist to see me as an individual and to know me personally. I do not want to be merely treated as a chart number or “the next patient”. I would want my dentist to nurture this relationship by knowing what is important to me and respecting me as a person. And I wouldn’t want to be taken for granted, even years into the relationship. Furthermore, I would never go to a dentist just because that is where my insurance company told me to go. I would want the choice to decide what dentist is best to take care of me and my family.
Although I consider myself brave and fairly tough I’d prefer, naturally, not to experience discomfort during my dental visit. I would want my dentist to have an authentic concern for my comfort, before, during and after my treatment. I would want my dentist to have thoroughly mastered pain free dentistry.
Maybe I am spoiled, but I get annoyed and frustrated if I have to wait too long past my scheduled appointment time. I’d much prefer it if my dentist and staff were ready for me when I arrived. Also, I would really like it if I were the only patient there, so the doctor and staff could give me their full attention.
I’m a perfectionist for quality. I am even willing to pay a little more if I am receiving top-of-the-line treatment for myself and family. These teeth are the only ones I’ll ever have. I would never choose my dentist because his or her fees were the lowest. I would choose a dentist who could provide me with the highest level of care, which is what I feel I deserve. I would be thankful for someone who is meticulously accurate in all the details of my dental treatment. So what I want as a dental patient is what I hope you want, because the result of this kind of treatment is my true goal: optimal dental health and appearance. If you want this kind of care, I would be happy to be your dentist.
Michael Nugent DDS