I am a dentist, but, like everyone else, my teeth need regular care to preserve them and to make them as attractive as possible. So, just like everyone else, I go to the dentist to receive many of the procedures I deliver to you.
When I sat down to write goals for my practice, it occurred to me that the kind of dentistry I want to give to you was exactly the kind of dentistry I wanted to receive. And I can assure you that I would hold my dentist to some pretty high standards.
I would want my dentist to see me as an individual, to know me personally and not merely treat me as a chart number or “the next patient.” I would want my dentist to foster this relationship by knowing what is important to me and respecting me as a person. And I wouldn’t want to be taken for granted, even years into the relationship.
Although I am probably as brave as anyone else, I’d prefer, naturally, not to experience discomfort during my dental visit. I would want my dentist to have genuine concern for my comfort before, during and after my treatment. I would want my dentist to have thoroughly mastered pain-free dental techniques. Maybe I am spoiled, but I get annoyed if I have to do too much waiting. I’d much prefer it if my dentist and staff were ready for me when I arrived, and give me their full attention.
I am a stickler for quality. I would choose a dentist who could provide me with the highest level of care, which is what I feel I deserve. I would appreciate someone who is thoroughly accurate in all the details of my treatment.
These are pretty high standards by anyone’s measure, but I’m proud to say these are the standards I set in my practice. You can be assured that in my practice, I will treat you the way I would want to be treated. If you want this kind of care, I would be happy to be your dentist.
John Upton, Jr., DDS, CPC