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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Happy Dentists Make Happy Patients

Ever heard it said that "happy cows make better milk"? Well, according to a survey of some of America's top dentists, perhaps that theory applies to dentists as well.

In a survey that was conducted among several hundred doctors who are engaged in ongoing post-graduate dental education at the Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI), 85% of respondents said that they are happier in their profession since attending LVI.

The reasons why may be almost as varied as the number of respondents, but from my experience and observation, here's what I think. Dentistry, especially with the state of insurance and economic pressures today (particularly on young dentists who need help surviving from the get-go), can lead a doc down a self-destructive path of high volume, crank-em-out dentistry that feeds the bank account and takes focus off patient care. Burnout is certain; it's only a matter of time.

LVI preaches sticking by your ethical guns and doing what's best for the patient...and the curriculum is designed around HOW to do what's best for the patient. The coursework and hands-on experience at LVI equip the dentist with the technical skill to achieve excellent, long-lasting results with aesthetics and advanced restorative. It instills the confidence to reach for a higher level of professional performance.

Does this eliminate stress and create happiness? No, in fact, technically, the stress level should go up because you end up seeing more challenging cases and patients with problems you never even knew how to diagnose pre-LVI. But the stress is manageable because you have the knowledge, understanding and confidence to competently diagnose and treat these patients...and help them. Ahhh...therein lies the happiness. In knowing with certainty that you're doing a good thing, doing it well and being fairly compensated for that expertise.

-Julie

posted by MoreSmiles at 7:37 AM

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