How to avoid the “torture room” as a dentist
Posted by Newsbusters on Thursday, April 10, 2018 09:29:11It’s hard to get a dentist to talk about anything that’s uncomfortable.
I have to keep reminding him of the “no touching” rule and that there are no gloves on the job.
It’s hard for people to understand that I’m not going to put a hand on their shoulder and they’re not going be in pain, he said.
I’m only going to give them my attention, he added.
But I also have to make sure that I do a great job of making them feel safe.
I need to keep them as comfortable as possible, I’m told.
My biggest challenge is getting my students to understand the rules that I set.
I think I’m trying to do it in a way that I feel comfortable with them, he explained.
They need to understand what’s expected of them, how to communicate with me, what’s acceptable and what’s not.
But, for the most part, my students do what I tell them.
They’re not being coerced or threatened or anything like that.
My job is to make them feel comfortable, and to be there for them, I try to do that every day, he says.