Crisis management in the dental office calls for handling the patient’s chief complaint, pain and suffering.
A colleague at a local hospital has called our dental office to refer a young female, that has just been through a traumatic episode
causing multiple fractures of her incisor teeth. The patient has been stabilized medically, and is in need of pain relief.
When teeth are fractured, the dental concern is resolving toothache pain attributable to the traumatic episode. We have several ways of evaluating nerve damage within teeth. 1. Sensitivity does not decrease. 2. The release of blood pigment
deep within the tooth, a possible ruptured blood vessel, creates pressure and pain. For this reason the tooth will discolor.
Root canal therapy will be performed.
I render emergency dental care in Kansas City.
In my mind I can visualize restoring the fractured teeth back to a great cosmetic effect. A1 The priority is pain relief
for this patient.
As an orderly in the radiology department of an Osteopathic hospital, I would see the relief obtained by patients after
receiving an adjustment and manipulation of the spine. My second encounter was on the table of a great chiropractor, who
keeps the dental community functional. We suffer from back trouble, a hazard of our profession.
What do you do when an emergency comes into your life? I’ve been taught initially, just breathe. People appreciate and
sense the fact that you truly care. The person in crisis will have a decrease in their energy level. The same is true when we
are stressed and just trying to make it through a stressful day when bad news comes your way. So again just breathe, nice slow, deep breaths that will help you focus on the problem at hand and allow you to relax. There’s a saying that you have to
go within yourself to find yourself. Because our make up is predominantly spirit and a small portion is the physical body
that you see and touch, it only makes since that you seek greater strength from the spiritual self. As difficult as it may sound, you can place a little space between what’s stressing you and the the inner you, your true self.
You must have some knowledge of this concept before you are in crisis.
Maintaining proper nutrition by eating fruits and vegetables with quality supplements, will boost your immune system.
In dentistry, it is often seen where a patient could not fight off infection with success due to a weakened immune system.
Things that weaken our immune system are stress, cigarette smoking, overindulgence of processed foods, lack of adequate fluid intake, and not getting adequate rest to name a few. Like the patient in crisis in the dental office, the same will apply to the person who is under attack through stress.
Many things stress us in life. Being over- worked, lack of rest, people bringing their personal problems to your footstool and
dumping them upon you. Traffic in the morning and evening will all run your blood pressure up. Invalidation for whatever
reason will stress you. The person in crisis just may say things they don’t really mean. Stay supportive of the person in crisis.
If you are under stress, you don’t always have to leave the group to relieve the stress.
The process of closing your eyes and escaping to a place in your mind that brought you comfort and joy will do the trick in the short term. If time permits go out for a walk to clear cob webs. To place your attention on nature will cause you to brighten up. It’s difficult to feel a ton of bricks upon your shoulders when you’re out walking feeling light as a feather.
If you feel you can’t get over the barrier of stress by yourself, there are great counselors on the planet found within a friendly referral.
I heard a minister at a funeral state, “No one has enough muscle to carry the burden of grief alone.”
Your presence speaks for you. Just stay supportive. A Bible verse states, There’s a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time for war and a time for peace.
What gets us through a time of crisis?
Sometimes when you don’t feel you can help yourself, you can always help someone else.
Providing a quality service with skill and caring does not go unnoticed by our patient/clients. Helping others will make you
feel better. The positive energy associated with helping does wonders for your psyche.
When you are able to endure a crisis that comes into your life, it will make you stronger getting through it.
Focusing on the negatives in a given situation seems to draw more negativity to you as in the Law of Attraction.
When we come out of a passing storm there will be brighter days. There are the seeds of opportunity within our problems. The universe rewards the man or woman who can persevere to see opportunity sprout from your garden of the good seed
that you sow.
As in the Bible there are times the winds of adversity will rise against you. There are also times of great harvest and prosperity. Build on the times of prosperity. When famine enters the land have store houses ready to ride out the times of lack or famine.
Like the body builder that strengthens his physique, we can strengthen our mental muscle with the input daily of good reading materials for spiritual food.
Stuart Wilde said, “In a time of crisis we all have the potential to morph up to a new level and do things we never thought possible.”
Henry Ford told his engineers he wanted them to build a car engine that would perform like no other engine on the market at that time. The engineers told Mr. Ford such an engine does not exist. He said exactly. Six months later they designed his engine.
It’s only because of problems that we grow both spiritually and mentally. It is through the pain of confronting and resolving problems that we learn.
In a book by Harold Sherman, “Developing Your Passion,” he gives a Code of Persistence. Here are some of his points.
1. I will never give up so long as I know I’m right.
2. I will believe that all things will work out for me if I hang on to the end.
3. I will be courageous and undismayed in the face of poor odds.
4. I will not permit anyone to intimidate or deter me from my goals.
5. I will fight to overcome all physical handicaps.
6. I will try again yet again to accomplish what I deserve.
7. I will take new faith and resolution from the knowledge that all successful men and women have had to fight defeat and adversity.
Manage the crisis in your life to thrive and survive.
Crisis management can be resolved defeating adversity.
From the Diary of my enlightenment,
Artis L. Clark, D.D.S. http://dentist4you.biz