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Getting “comfortably numb” – a goal for you, a goal for me. Getting to comfortably numb, not one of your favorite things. The idea of being needle phobic, well, hey, I don’t like ‘em either. The thing is, with the gauge (thinness) and sharpness (beveled and single use) of our needles, it may come as news that our needle phobia is decidedly more due to the sting of the anesthetic itself rather than the prick of the needle. Add to that the occasions when an injection does not result in “comfortably numb”, thereby requiring an additional injection, and we have one of those “adding insult to injury” type of experiences. You have always been wonderfully complementary and grateful for my painless injection techniques and until recently, we did not have a method towards addressing comfortably getting to numb. Those days are now behind us! The utilization of Buffered Anesthetic, in combination with my learned, practiced, gentle administration of the drug, brings a faster, more dependable onset of the “comfortably numb” effects. Alkalinization or Buffering, allows a faster onset of the local anesthetic effect while reducing the pain of the injection – quicker, more efficient, more predictable, more comfortable – GAME CHANGER! So very grateful for our partners in Research and Development who bring us this wonderful adjunct to our care.
Our latest November Newsletter, "Smile, Smile, Smile" is out, and available online. Click here to read the newsletter online.
The Inter-County Connector Highway intersects less than a mile from our practice, shrinking the time and traffic between Gaithersburg and points beyond to our office.
No wonder that Pete Townsend and Roger Daltrey got it, as they penned the lyrics for “Bargain” (Who’s Next). Symbiosis, and more appropriately, mutualism, the inter-are/inter-being we have with each other that, when recognized, allows for our full actualization, the full realization of our “self” in the reflection of an other. Recently I viewed the Academy Award Winning movie, The King’s Speech. Initially, the client allows the therapist only the “mechanical.” Certainly, some success is realized through this level of partnership. However, it is only when the bodymindspirit is touched, the deeper depths of the relationship probed, does the client receive a comprehensive and ultimately effective therapy. The therapist, on the other hand, has exemplary elocution skills and those skills alone do not allow for his full manifestation of self. As example, he doesn’t get the part in his play audition, and never has gotten the elusive “major role.” However, when the student appears, as the WWI soldiers coming back to Australia were referenced in the movie, the therapist recognizes his self-actualization. He was realizing his “completeness”, if you will, in partnership with the shell-shocked veterans responding to his support. Similarly, when the client recognizes that he has a choice over his history dictating who he is and how he is showing up in the world, or waking up to new ways of being and doing and leaving his-story behind, he knows himself perhaps most deeply for the first time.
The future of dentistry is in good hands! How can I be so sure? I have just completed several hours of conversation with Senior students at the Maryland Dental School. Each year I offer a course titled "Transforming What it Means to be a Dentist in the 21st Century." During our time together, we consider the power behind our intentions, our values and the choices we make from each seat. Using Ancient Wisdom traditions as our resource, and good ole Mother Nature as our guide, together we explore practiced ways of being and doing for the sake of all those under our care; especially when it comes to our skills in minimizing the troubles, the stuck places, the hurdles in our partnerships.
I am always energized by the fresh passion these young professionals-to-be bring to our dialogue. I receive their gift of deep listening, and relish their challenges and discoveries as they investigate and consider how life may show up when they give themselves and another permission to be beginners; and when they uncover the stories that were not quite big enough to allow for more possibilities in life's relations, choosing instead to operate from stories 'big enough to live in;' and as they do the challenging work to identify values that guide them in each domain of their lives, in order to potentially lessen any confusion between some of the many roles (Dr./spouse/parent/neighbor) they embody now and into the future.
The Maryland Dental School is an amazing place where high-tech and innovation meet smack dab up against a group of brilliant young people with huge hearts. You folks out there will meet up with these students as they become your dentists, your neighbors or perhaps just the person next to you in rush hour. When you do, I can confidently tell you that they are folks who care deeply about doing the right thing and have studied and practiced diligently, learning to provide skillful care and support for your future wellness.