When you’re facing the biggest case of your professional life, you may need more than a little help to survive the emotional ups and downs.
How to Relax for the Biggest Case of Your Career
It’s bound to happen eventually. That serendipitous patient walks through the door: They’re looking for a complex restoration or a full-mouth rehabilitation. You’ve turned down cases like this before, but now you feel you’re ready. One comprehensive exam later … and you decide it’s finally time to take the plunge.
The largest case of your life brings with it a unique set of hurdles, most of them mental and emotional. We’ve put together a list of techniques to help you keep things in perspective. You’ll stay calm and feel a huge confidence boost when the case is successfully completed.
Call (or Facebook Message) Your Mentor
Inaction can sometimes be worse than action. So get your wits about you and call your mentor for a much needed dose of advice.
Even if you have all the skills to make the situation a success, you can still benefit from hearing how capable you are from a trusted source.
Get That Shoulder/Neck Massage You’ve Been Needing
The daily grind of the dental profession is notorious for creating neck and shoulder pain. Treat yourself to a massage in the week leading up to the biggest case of your life.
A massage will temporarily decrease stress and could lessen some of the physical burden of a complex treatment.
Review Your Notes From a CMS Course
This could be the perfect opportunity to try a method or technique you learned during a dental continuing education course. That new way of treating occlusion you discovered in a Clinical Mastery Series course? Why not try it now!
Look back through your notes, review examples of educators’ approaches, and use this knowledge to your benefit.
Seek Reassurance From Your Lab
The lab is one of your closest partners in providing amazing care to your patients. Call us up to go through expectations, materials, and anything else that’s on your mind.
We want to help you through this new experience.
Most of all, remember why you got into the dental profession in the first place. Change is unavoidable and eventually you’re bound to grow tired of doing the same ol’ same ol’ at the office.
Think of this case as an unparalleled learning opportunity. Any mistakes will only serve to make you a better dentist.
Are you debating whether or not to take on a complicated case? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!