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Job satisfaction.

I’m a recent graduate and have been at my job for 5 months. And so far I’m miserable. I’m trying to find out if I’m just at the wrong practice for me, or if I’ve made a terrible career choice. The current problems I’m having are: poorly laid out rooms, I’m unable to sit at the 12 o’clock position, there’s no time in between patients, I’m constantly taking back my next patient while my previous is still checking out, I have less than optimal instruments 1 anterior and 1 posterior scaler (there is no sharpening routine in the office), a probe, single sided mirror and a cavitron (most past their working length). There’s constant pressure for production but they say that’s not true. And the exams are scripted with most doctors not even touching the patients (io cameras used). The final straw is they’re shortening the appointments, 70 minutes for np and 50 minute cleanings. So have I just found myself in an awful office or are these normal dilemmas?

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Your description of your work environment leads me to believe your misery is coming from the office you are working at and not necessarily the job itself. To be blunt, yes, I think you have found yourself in an awful office. I could go through all of the points that are red flags and tell you why I think they are, but I have a feeling you already know.
Not all offices are like this, so I wouldn’t consider this “normal.” With that said, some are like this, so you have to be aware, and if you find yourself at an interview at one like this, it’s best not to accept the position if its offered. All offices have their quirks, but they shouldn’t make you miserable.
There are good offices, but sometimes it takes some time to find your forever dental home. The positive part of your experience at this office is that now you know what you are looking for in your forever office. My first permanent position was at a not-so-great office, but it showed me really fast what and what not to look for in an office, which did lead me to much better environments.
I’m not going to sugar-coat it and say finding the perfect office will happen fast, but from the sounds of it, it might be time to start getting your resume out there and find a better fit for you. Keep your chin up!

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