German Arzate Complaints: A Dentist can’t really be a dentist if he has never had a toothache (Part 2)
If you are going to see a dentist, ask him or her if they have ever had a toothache, if they say no, think about it as they may not understand what you are going through. If that dentist has never had anything major done on his teeth or had a tooth pulled, never felt that pain, he just can’t understand. He will lack compassion for his patients; I am not talking about pity, but real empathy for another human being. Even though a dentist has that gift to fix your teeth, if he doesn’t have that compassion he can’t understand you. I am convinced if you are a doctor and you have felt that pain, you will be more understanding of your patients.
There are 2 kinds of dentists, the ones that have felt the pain themselves and show it with their patients and those that have never had a tooth ache and might just keep pulling on your tooth or drilling no matter how much pain you are in. If you have ever felt a drill in your mouth you know what I am talking about. I also feel that women gynecologists that have had at least one child must be able to understand their patients better. I don’t mean to put down the men, but how can a man understand what a woman goes through during birth? I also don’t mean to go so far to say that a neurosurgeon would need to have a brain problem to be able to do his work right, but I am just making an example to prove a point concerning dentists and pain.
If you are a dentist and are reading this and have ever had a tooth ache, you know what I am talking about and I would like to invite you to join me in treating our patients in a more humane way. Once you make that connection with your patients through compassion you will have won them forever. They will want to stay with you because of that personal touch that you give them. When it comes to pain compassion is such an important factor, in this way you can offer your patients the care they need and deserve.