It is not unexpected news, but it is still quite sad. Dr. Oliver Sacks has lost his battle with cancer, and passed away. A very well known neurologist and author, Dr. Sacks has shaped our national conversation about what it means to be a physician and a patient; his investigations of how humanity manifests itself in myriad unusual ways has vastly expanded our understanding of what being a ‘normal’ person means.
Dr. Sacks approach to his patients has influenced most health care providers in one way or another. As your Quincy dentists, we’re convinced that our job is far, far more than caring for your teeth. While our obvious and top priority is to bring our skills and expertise to meet both your medical and cosmetic dentistry needs, we believe that dentistry is about far more than caring for your teeth. Other questions, including alleviating anxiety, improving the overall quality of life, and helping families thrive because they know everyone’s needs are being met are all important to us.
When PBS asked Dr. Sacks how he would like to be remembered in 100 years, his words were a great guide to all dentists and health care providers. “I would like it to be thought that I had listened carefully to what patients and others have told me,” he said, “that I’ve tried to imagine what it was like for them, and that I tried to convey this.”
Understanding is conveyed actions and words. It is our most sincere hope that when patients come to our Quincy dental practice that they have an experience Dr. Sacks would have appreciated: one in which every individual is recognized and treated with respect, where the entire patient is considered, where children and people with anxiety and fear can have their concerns addressed compassionately, and where superior care is provided each and every day.