I got an email from a prospective patient asking what he could expect as a patient.  I’ve seen different versions of Patient Bill Of Rights which often center around your right to choose your own dentist, your right to be seen in a timely manner, etc.  But I look at this question more along the lines of “what should a patient expect from a dentist?”.

I posed the question on our Facebook page and got the following replies:

  • “A friendly atmosphere and very knowledgeable staff.”
  • “A very thorough experience from the best Dentist(s) and staff in the WORLD!”

I think a couple of our loyal patients were just buttering us up to be nice to them at their next visit.

Here’s what I think a patient should expect from a dentist:

  1. You should expect us to make your dental health our top priority.
  2. You should expect a very thorough exam when you first come in.
  3. You should expect an honest evaluation of what is good and bad about your teeth,
    gums and surrounding areas.
  4. You should expect clear explanations of the pros/cons of the different treatment options as well as the costs so that you can make the best decision that is right for you.
  5. You should expect that when you come in for treatment, we will provide technically excellent treatment as comfortably as we possibly can.
  6. Oh, and you should expect a friendly atmosphere and very knowledgeable staff and a very thorough experience from the best Dentist(s) and staff in the WORLD!

Dr. Steve

Dr. Steven Lee graduated from the UCLA School of Dentistry in 1985. He was a dental examiner on the National Health and Nutrition Exam Survey (NHANES III). And he is the leader of the American River Study Club. Dr. Lee has been practicing general dentistry in Roseville CA for the last 18 years.