What is Relationship-Based Dentistry?

added on: May 31, 2013

You, Dr. John and our team are partners. You are treated with care and as a whole person with unique values, experiences, fears and goals.

What does it mean to be a patient in a Relationship-Based Dental Practice?

When you come into our practice you will see that we do many things that other dental practices do (the same dental procedures):

  • If you have swelling, bleeding or pain we will care for you.
  • If you have gum disease or dental decay we will treat it for you.
  • If you want to maximize your dental comfort, function, health and smile we will create and discuss a plan with you.
  • If you want to prevent dental problems and learn self care techniques we educate you on to do this successfully.

The environment we practice in and our beliefs are different from most practices:

Shaking hands

  • We believe it is more important to learn about you before we learn about what problem you may be experiencing.
  • We emphasize listening to your concerns, goals, fears and expectations before examining your teeth.
  • We ask: What are your long term goals? What do you know about your condition? What are your concerns about dentistry? Do you prefer long term or short term solutions? What are your expectations of us?
  • We focus on creating health, not just reacting to disease.
  • We believe that helping you get and/or stay healthy requires taking the time to know your goals.
  • We emphasize long term health planning. This long range health planning occurs in a partnering relationship that helps you define your personal lifestyle goals.
  • We emphasize a learning environment
  • We believe that pain and disease provide information about conflict and disharmony.
  • We are a value based, philosophy driven practice – our purpose is to serve you.

Dentists and other health care professionals have at their disposal more knowledge, more sophisticated techniques and better technology to help people return to health if they are ill or injured than at any other time in recorded history. In the midst of all the knowledge, techniques and technology there is something lacking. Like lost souls, some dentists have lost touch with the human dimensions of dentistry; especially the caring doctor-patient relationship built upon a reciprocal compassion, caring and respect between the doctor and patient.