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Frustrating work environment

I know it’s probably normal but I’m very frustrated at work. I feel like I’ll go a long time and everything seems good and then just as I’m feeling like I know what I’m doing…BAM! If there is sub calc on an x-ray it is assumed I missed it and I get a lecture. It beats down my confidence and makes me hate going to work. I feel my expertise are sometimes not respected and that there is more to a situation than he may know. I feel so little appreciation that there are days I just assume I suck at my job. Any suggestions? I feel so frustrated. It seems there is a communication issue at my work most days.



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You should take the xrays first and scale by the xrays.

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There’s offices that will appreciate your expertise and offices that wont…find that fit…if one place is treating you more like a temp then a team member its time for a change…confidence comes with years in…when I was younger I did not assert my opinion on treatment but as I was practicing longer I now handle all aspects of treatment planning and am
secure in the fact that I do a much better and complete job then the dentist could ever do
themselves…pointing out calc on an xray is
crappy…we dont point out their crappy margins and overhangs in a degrading way…they should handle it better also…;) I always take a moment to touch
base with the Doctor on good and bad…being a
team involves respecting each other…he’ll catch
on…but sometimes a gentle reminder is in order…

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I am really sorry you feel the way you do! Work can definitely be a drag at times, especially if you feel like you aren’t being respected and appreciated around the office. I agree there is a communication issue, and I think it may be up to you to address it. The good news is that your doctor may not even realize how you are internalizing what he says. Sit down with him and give him a “sandwich criticism.” Start with a positive note where you compliment the doctor in a way that shows respect for him. As bad as he may seem, I’m sure there’s some redeeming factor you can find. Once you have given a compliment, be direct and let the doctor know you think there’s a communication issue. Don’t accuse him of speaking down to to you, but let him know how you feel when he lectures you. Finish the sandwich criticism with a positive note. Let him know you do appreciate the opportunity to see where you can improve your skills as a hygienist, it just needs to be in a more positive way.

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I say defend yourself, explain to him your side of the situation. Don’t let him bully you because that’s what it sounds like it happening. It’s really unfair of him to make you feel unfairly incompetent and unappreciated. Keep your eyes peeled for a more positive atmosphere in the meantime! GL!

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I’m sorry that you are having fustration at work. Unfortunately everyone misses calculus at some point (no one is perfert). I think what makes it hard for us is that we take pride in what we do and I would say most hygienists are somewhat of a perfectionist so when someone points out our mistakes we take it to heart. Don’t hesitate to admit if you make a mistake, but also stand up for yourself. When you are standing up for yourself be confident and allow the knowledge you have shine. On the other hand if the calculus is on the same tooth on the xray and you know it was left by you approach your doctor first and tell them you revisited that area. Your doc isn’t perfert either they should be understanding and positive. If they are not it may not be the right working environment for you. Best of luck and I sometimes feel like I suck at my job too we all have those off days.

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I too was in a situation of being constantly lectured and questioned. Both of those things can be positives if done correctly and are constructive. After three years at that practice I started to lose my passion for my profession. I decided to look elsewhere and have been glad ever since! I encourage you to find the silver lining and keep an open line of communication with everyone in the practice and lead by example! If worst comes to worst, start putting some feelers out and find a new spot, but “don’t go burnin no bridges!” Lol

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No one is perfect. We all will miss something at some point! We will miss calculus, the doctor will miss decay, the patient will forget some big medical change and say no change on their health history! Don’t beat yourself up. I agree you should discuss it with the doctor and if he isn’t willing to work more positively then maybe look for a better fit!

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Im so sorry 🙁 Is it possible to talk to your DDS? If that is not an option please consider looking for another position.. Losing your passion/enjoyment is just not ok! Good Luck 🙂

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