Originally Posted by blueash
When an office buys an expensive piece of equipment they have to be sure they increase their income to cover its costs. Orthopedic offices with MRI's do more MRI's than offices without one would order. Gyn's with bone density machines will tell you than you need a scan more often than those without one. You've got to make money on the investment. I am very cautious about any medical professional who encourages use of their own shiney new machine when last year they didn't tell me to go elsewhere to get the service they were not able to supply in house. When did dentists become spa directors? Is that covered in dental school or marketing school and what does it say about the priority of the people running the office
The term "spa" has many implications, some of which are sorely needed in most dental practices where many of us have been brutalized over the years by dentists that should have been limited to working in a blacksmith shop, shoeing horses.
Spas typically promote whole-body and mind wellness, not pain quadrupled by the stress and insult
of being told "you can't be feeling that....the novacaine is working" (never mind the high pitched drill sounds piercing thru every nerve in your body).
Spas promote relaxation
, not fear of being worked on by somebody who denies they're causing horrendous pain and apparently cares nothing about that.
Spas would also not have that horrible antiseptic smell
smack its patrons in the face as they walk in, reminding them of every horrible dentistry experience they've ever had. Smells can remind us of past experiences just as much as old songs on the radio remind us of all the details of where we were 40 years ago when we heard it first.
I think the dentist mentioned is a caring, compassionate person to set up her practice as she has. If patients thought it were a farce, they wouldn't be going there and recommending it to others as is the case many times here.
And if you think the dentist has bought newer, digital/computerized imaging equipment only to rake in more bucks, maybe when it's time to get a mammogram, you or your wife should look for a provider that uses the mammogram machinery of 20-30 years ago instead of the state-of-the-art digital/computerized ones in use today.