Q: How does your office deal with phobic patients?
A: If you have been reading my column since 2004, you might recall the story of Dr. Friedman, the psychologist from NY. He and I shared the waiting room on Central Park West and 95th Street. He had more ivy league degrees on his wall, to the point where you couldn’t see the paint. (To be honest, I think one diploma was from his third-grade art teacher.) Let’s just say the guy was EXTEMELY well educated and apparently, an award-winning tie-dye artist.
One slow summer day with a very light patient schedule, he approached me with a look of annoyance and asked: “Don’t you have any dental phobic patients to refer to me?”
I looked perplexed and told him: “Hey Sigmond! OBVIOUSLY, those patients never make it into the dental office!” He smiled and responded: “PURE GENIUS; YOU’RE RIGHT!”
For those with fear of the dentist, here is what we can do:
“And wait there’s more”……… You just have to show up!