Patients: Do you like it when the dental assistant makes small talk with you or would you rather be left alone?
I am getting ready to intern for a dental assistant job and I am wondering if you prefer the dental assistant to talk to you or would you rather be left alone? I'm asking because I don't know if it can be awkward to be in the same room without talking or not. If you do prefer them to talk to you, what type of questions should we ask? How old are you?
Asked By: LuvPiglet - 3/23/2010
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It depends on the patient. When you go in the room to see the patient, just say 'hello, how are you?' etc. If the patient gives you long answers, that means that he is a talker. If he gives you short answers, that means that he wants to be left alone. It helps if the rooms have TVs in them, this way the patient is... More
Answered By: jud - 3/23/2010
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im 17 and i just got a root canal and a tooth pulled yesterday and the dental asst. was very nice and he talked to me. i like the conversation just don't talk to the patient when all the crap is in there mouth, b/c i couldn't respond and i felt bad. hope this helped :)
Answered By: Roxanne - 3/23/2010
Yep, I feel much more comfortable when the assistant speaks to me! You should not ask stuff. You should say stuff like dont be scared and stuff...
Answered By: Hayley! - 3/23/2010
I appreciate when the assistant is pleasant and gives instructions or explains what he or she will be doing (or what the dentist will be doing). A short conversation is OK, but definitely nothing that requires a response during any procedure. I'd prefer that any conversation be focused on my teeth, since I'm at the... More
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