Enduring years and years of careful planning and hard work to become a dentist and small business owner, you finish school, pass the boards, and feel ready to conquer the world. Eager to provide quality care and help patients, you create your dream practice. You build it, so the patients will come. Finding yourself in the school of hard knocks and learning by trial and error, you quickly realize that you do not have a clue about running a business! No one warned you it would be like this! Samuel cleverly uses sarcasm and humor to deliver pearls of wisdom that benefit any small business owner!
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Write a Review. Food for the mind increases your mental knowledge Samuel's book, I am sure we all can join our voices and say I would recommend that if you have owned your practice for many years OR if you have just opened your own practice OR you have a vision of opening your own practice It's humor grabs ones attention throughout the entire book.
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I recommend this novel to any future or current business owners that isle inspiring to run a more efficient and profitable business. Anonymous More than 1 year ago If you have ever sat in a dental chair or stood on the other side of the front desk helping with patients, discussed treatment and financial options with anyone, held suction or done any type of dental work, this book will hit home.
I have worked in the dental field for 15 years now at and insurance company and as an office administrator in a dental office and Dr. Teague Samuel's book had me nodding my head the entire time. She allows you to see the dental field from the point of view of not only the clinician, but as a business owner, too. I recommend this book to anyone in the dental field, and any small business owner.
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He had a back door in his office and would disappear for hours with a patient in a chair. When I finally brought this to his attention, that his staff was fine and he needed a career change, he was not a happy camper. I guess the moral is his frustration affected his patients and his staff. It was a very sad catch This is one of the worst stories I have heard.
How horrible to leave patients in the chair for hours and then to put you in the awful position of having to clean up his mess. If not only the message but also the actions coming from the top are negative, the business is doomed. It makes me wonder if there was something else going on with this guy in addition to burnout. I know a lot of people here who want out and I, myself, could never treat patients that way… no matter how much we hated working.
I just read an interesting article today about bad financial decisions that people have made in their lives.
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I guess the big question is how can someone know that before making the plunge? I thought I would be happy as a dentist but 15 years later, I am not. Maybe this is normal? Are there a lot of other people unhappy with their careers after a certain period of time? The issue is that it is not easy to get out. How would I have known this 20 years ago? I have more questions than answers but I am starting to think that maybe having more than one career is the track that more and more people will be taking. Just some thoughts for the day. That was a huge marker for me as to whether I could get out or not.
I paid off my student loans very aggressively, and once I was done, I really knew I could make the switch. Those are good questions about other careers. I know I did. Funny you mention the idea of being invested in 1 career. I find that this is how I view it now. I sort of have my hand in a few pots… just in case.
Thank you so much for this post. I was a pre-dental student. Well, technically, I still am until the semester is over. I have always had this dream of becoming dentist since I was in high school. Thanks again, I will continue reading your posts. Glad you found this helpful, Mayra. I can only imagine what you witnessed that day in the office!
I hope you do stick around the blog and when you decide what to do, share your decision with us. Hey, i stumbled upon your blog and thought you might be able to help me out. I am going through a very weird phase. I was a good student in school but never the kind who sits alone in one room and studies everyday. I got admission in a dental college, here in my country we do not require a bachelors degree beforehand at first seeing the piles and piles of books i got reallly scared and cried everyday. For 2 3 weeks in the middle i tried to adjust but then again i started to get so stressed out, faced severe panic attacks, lost my sleep and appetite.
My health was getting affected really badly. After looking at myself and giving it a lot of thinking i decided to quit it and opt for nutrition instead because i think its lighter, health related and it interests me. Now i have stopped going to my dental school since almost a month. Majority of my friends and family says that its better for my health and personality to leave it, My counselor says the same but i keep on thinking about it, about the respect, the title and all the pros you mentioned. Hi Hibba, Keep in mind that my response to you might be a bit biased. However, I have the feeling that even the dentists that LOVE their careers in dentistry might agree with me on this one.
It seems so clear to me that dentistry is not for you. If being in school gives you the feelings you describe which seem unbearable, than being out in practice will not be any easier. I think practice is harder and more stressful than school. It will not be easy or stress-free, and your personality sounds like a low-stress job is important to you.
If you read the comments here, you will see that many just feel that they are not cut out for dentistry. Decide what it is that appeals to you about dentistry. Is it working with people in health care? You can certainly get that in the nutrition field.
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Is it the mechanics of fixing teeth and smiles? However, if you love many things about dentistry, then maybe it is worth working through the tough times. They have seen how you respond to it, and they believe this is best for you. You are lucky to have such a great support system. Hey, Thanks for the reply. Yes you are right i am really lucky to have such an amazing support system and to be getting a chance to opt for something else not many people do.
I just like the clinical aspect of dentistry somewhat. The tools and the clinical setting attracted me. But i guess everything is not meant for everyone. A dentist of my friend told her that girls who are physically not that strong should not opt for dentistry because even extracting a teeth needs a lot of strength and right now dentistry was making me both physically and mentally drained, so i guess no point. I just hope i am making the right decision and i enjoy and excel in my new field. For a woman wanting to start a family and be able to be there for all the events and special moments, would a career in dental hygiene or cosmetic dentistry be better?
I think it really depends on the person. Hygiene is definitely a lot less pressure and responsibility. Have you read some of the comments here? I was given only two choices; medicine or dentistry, so i decided on dentistry because i did not want to pursue medicine.
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Now i feel trapped and i have no idea what to do. With this contract i have monthly targets to hit called Units of dental activity UDA.
So each time a patient comes in, i am forced to treat them in a very mechanistic fashion, as some kind of walking target. I see patients a day and usually have only a maximum of 30 minutes in which to complete most treatment. Treatment is divided in to bands; Band 1 is an exam, scale, radiographs. Band 2 covers any fillings, extractions or root canals. And Band 3 is anything involving lab work.