KDA Today

KDA Today

For Immediate Release

Date: Oct 16th, 2017
Contact: Dr. Beverly A. Largent
Phone: 800-292-1855
Email: info@kyda.org

August Eclipse

On a warm glorious day in August, my husband and I sat in the parking lot of my office and watched the world go dark. No crowds this eclipse day, no traveling to get a better view. Mother Nature showed her awesomeness, just as had been promised in the heart land. We had a turkey sandwich, wore our eclipse glasses and stared at the sun. The sight was exhilarating from beginning to end. For me, the partial eclipse, and the promise of the show to come was the most exciting. Much like the warm-up band at a concert, it primed the audience for the performance just a few minutes away. We watched the moon trek across the face of the sun, and faced the burning ring without the necessary sun glasses. We experienced the eerie, half-darkness of the eclipse, counted the stars, and sat awe struck for a full two minutes. Unlike many who have shared their thoughts, I cannot count this a spiritual episode, for I have grandchildren who have already taught me the wonders of the universe. I did however think of one of the families in my office that morning, and wondered what darkness covered the fiery reality of their personalities.

I have long held the belief that there is a magnetic field surrounding the entrance to my office, causing a change in logical thought for some who enter. I have never determined if it is fear, embarrassment, a lack of discretionary funds, or overall sadness that their children must endure dental treatment, or merely tolerate an examination. It’s just a fact that some folks arrive with a bad attitude. They challenge me to “love thy neighbor”. And it is just not the special patients who challenge us with neighborly love, families test us as well. Just ask anyone who has ever had a mother-in-law, or better yet, anyone who has ever been a mother-in-law. We are called to love on a global level as well as a familial level. Somewhere in between we are called to love, or at the very least respect, those we meet daily.

This daily love is where I get into trouble. I have a special muscle on my forehead that twitches when a parent has a personal phone call while in my operatory, in spite of the numerous signs posted asking them to refrain from cell phone usage. I find this most insulting, but have learned that the perpetrator is often oblivious to this personal affront. I cannot seem to erase the word “stupid” from the loop in my brain that runs continuously. I have found the best remedy is to ask them a direct question about their child, or ask them to observe something in the child’s mouth. Somehow they get the message that their purpose is to pay attention to the child in the dental chair. I have learned to choose my words carefully when dealing with a parent who brings a child with multiple abscesses, and pain. As I face the parent, often mother to mother, I wonder what darkness has caused this person to neglect their precious child, who has undoubtedly cried many days and nights with the throbbing pain of a tooth ache. Without a doubt my countenance often betrays my words, and I struggle not to offend but to find a way to fix the child without disengaging the mother from future treatment. Dentists, no matter their scope of practice, are not generally educated in the counseling field, and feel uncomfortable holding someone accountable for their or their child’s oral health. Lisa Knowles states this fact very well when she says, “We (dentists) typically do not have the communication training to take part in this potentially dangerous dance around the truth with parents.”(Dr. Bicuspid.com)

An emerging science for dental practitioners counseling patients is Motivational Interviewing. This technique of behavior modification was first described by clinical psychologist William Miller and Stephen Rollnick in the early 1990s. MI is non-judgmental, non-confrontational, and non-adversarial, and seeks to increase the client’s awareness of the potential problems caused, consequences, and risks in continuing the behavior in question. (Wikipedia) MI is goal oriented rather than directive, and deals in the present, where the patient lives, not where the dentist expects they should be. For dental professionals who tell patients what to do, MI can be a very difficult task. We are not prepared to ask open ended questions and direct the responses, so that the patient comes to the conclusions we desire—that is, oral health. There are on-line courses available, and live courses specifically for dentists and hygienist to develop the skill sets necessary for MI.

Finding a place of love for our neighbors requires that we first walk in their shoes, and see life from their perspective. This is true for our families, our geographic neighbors and our patients. As I ponder these thoughts, a mom brought her seven-year-old, autistic, non-verbal son for his appointment. She explained that she and her husband were not strong enough to brush his teeth, if he did not want to brush. I cannot imagine how this can be true. I know from years of experience that having a special child brings challenges that I cannot conceive, and that day-to-day living is often a trial. I am nevertheless speechless. That, I am sure, is the most appropriate reaction.

Merely reading the definition of MI (non-judgmental), helps me show more understanding to the people who enter my day. I am a realist and I know that no matter how positive my attitude, I will not be able to please everyone, or even make a positive impression. I can only deliver the best dentistry possible. With lots of practice, maybe, just maybe, I won’t have to worry about my face betraying my words. In the end, I hope to be able to remove my eclipse glasses, and see the brightness of the people I meet. We can all take a lesson from the wise Old Owl when speaking to Pete the Cat. “Pete, you don’t need magic sunglasses to see things in a new way. Just remember to look for the good in every day.” (Pete the Cat and his Magic Sunglasses by Kimberly and James Dean)

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