Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Second Opinions

If you follow my blog you know I have received second, third and even more opinions regarding the dizzy spells....with pretty much each specialist giving a different opinion or theory as to the cause.  Even so I would suggest to anyone experiencing any kind of ailment that it's always good and even helpful to get other opinions.

So it should be no surprise that a visit to the dentist today resulted in a difference of opinion from the other dentist I saw back in Spring.  Back then the dentist informed me I needed two root canals, two crowns or could opt to have the two back teeth pulled.  Given my dental phobia it sent me into a major panic at the time, not to mention the cost was something I simply could not afford.

Fast forward to the present, finally secured dental insurance which may not be the best plan but it's better than nothing.  Found this new dentist in my insurance plan's directory.  His perspective happened to be completely different.  He felt there was decay in the one tooth but that he could go in remove decay, seal it up and crown it.  Though he did say if the root didn't look healthy it's possible a root canal may need to be done.  The tooth next to it he felt needs to be cleaned out, old filling removed and new one put in.  It was surprising as the previous dentist acted like there was no hope for either tooth.

And it's yet another great example of how different opinions can and do matter.

Overall this dentist seemed to have a lot more input and suggestions than the other.  Since I have  dental fears, which mainly center around Novocaine, he also felt the more on top of things he could stay the less serious stuff he would have to do. 

For instance my bottom two teeth have slight decay so he wants to try to take it off the top and seal it up to try to prevent what happened to the top teeth.  Which makes me wonder why the first dentist suggested more drastic measures and why didn't she suggest such preventatives?  Of course the skeptic in me also thinks maybe this new dentist is trying to make more money or does he seriously care about doing all he can to help?  It's just interesting because he had much more detailed advice, input and suggestions.

In reality second opinions can feel confusing too because if they do have differences of opinion, which one is essentially right?

How to decide becomes the even bigger question. When I googled those sentiments this is what I found.
  1. Research your options
  2. Ask trusted advisors
  3. Step back and look at the big picture
  4. Evaluate the pros and cons of each option
  5. Play with best and worst case scenarios
  6. Ask for wisdom
  7. Check within for the answer
  8. Set aside the voice of fear
  9. Trust yourself and move forward
  10. Acknowledge yourself for doing your best
And suppose if a decision is really a struggle one could wait to give it more time until they feel confident in their decision or just leave it to chance by flipping a coin.

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