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Taking care of patients and caring for patients are not the same thing….

In my recent blogs I have discussed aspects of dental treatments and presented some cases of advanced dental treatments performed on our patients. In our clinical practice we spend a significant proportion of our time communicating with our patients, this may be discussing dental treatments or building rapport. In reality, dental care is not just about dental treatment and it is also about how we care for the patient’s emotional experience.

Taking care of patients

Taking care of patients emphasises the objective and professional care, such as the medical and psychological aspects their treatment. This is an objective process centred around the patient’s medical-surgical needs.

Caring for patients

Caring for patients is a humanistic way of interacting with patients that demonstrates sincere care and concern for patients simply because they are human beings.

The emotional investment of patient care

In Dentistry, the provision of care to our patients extends well beyond the immediate dental care. We are very passionate about the medical treatments we provide ranging from routine dental fillings to more advanced dental implant treatments. Alongside all of this, we make a big emotional investment in to our patients.

We must put the patient at ease during each procedure. We spend a lot of time getting to know our patients and understanding their specific needs. This sincere care for each individual patient is what enables us, as clinicians, to provide the optimum care for our patients. Without this we cannot treat the patient effectively.

At Infinity Dental Clinic, we aim to get to know our patients as individuals. It makes a significant difference to the patient’s dental experience if they are taken care of and being cared for!

  • Mohsin Patel BDS MJDF RCS (Eng)
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