A lot of dentists lose their “new dentist smell” and the excitement of doing quality work becomes old news. We used to get satisfaction out of the regular, routine work and now it is just Groundhog’s Day. We become stale – the honeymoon is over – the thrill is gone.
The trick to having long-term happiness and satisfaction in your practice is to try to remember why your patients come to you – they come to you because they trust you to use good judgment and deliver quality care. If we are meeting and exceeding our patient’s expectations then we should take great pride in that.
I know a lot of dentist who go build incredible new offices when things get stale and then wind up feeling stale again a few months later. The new office was like a middle age man buying a convertible – we are looking to feel young again (and yes I have a shiny convertible – lol). At the end – the only thing that can make you feel excited again about your work is going back to the mental place you were when you were young in your practice – that is to love doing dentistry and enjoy doing quality work. The joy is in the work being good.
By the way – I am not saying not to build a new office – build your new office and enjoy it, just don’t expect it to make you happy if you weren’t before you built the new office. As for convertibles – I love them J
Dr. Corey GoldPresident – advanced Continuing Education Systems