Taking Charge at the Dentist's Office
There is a complex relationship between an informed patient, and trust your dentist. On the one hand, you have good reason to know that every bit of detail about what type of treatment your dentist may recommend. On the other hand, if You doubt every step of your dentist to paralyzing point him in his treatment of your teeth, it will not be able to do their job, in which he is a specialist.
Dental office, a terrible place. My best advice is to take responsibility in the dentist's office to bring a friend. Now you have a witness. Call the hotel in advance to make sure that your dentist accepts it. Since this is not the usual Protocol, with the exception of parents and children, there may be some hesitancy on the dentist. Your friend can ask questions and you did not think, and watch your back if you become disoriented from dental procedures. Good to have another drive from dental procedure is also a good idea.
When you are in the dentist's office, share how you feel is fair. If you feel fear or uncertainty, please let them know. Also try to specify your boundaries in advance. Usually this can be done by telephone with the Registrar, so you can avoid unpleasant situations in the first place. You may ask the Registrar to such questions as : "I'm looking for biocompatible procedures; not a doctor so-and-so to perform serum testing for compatibility, electrical or muscle testing?" When face to face with a dentist, tell them what you want and need from them. Examples would be, "I want minimally invasive procedures; that is something you can do?" or "please be honest with what you think about my teeth, so I can choose the best treatment based on your opinion". Another approach is to create visits for "consultations". Basically consultation when you pay the dentist for his time and to diagnose the condition and to offer his opinion on what to do, but you understand that you don't need or expect treatment. Consultations are a good way to see a doctor and find out how much they rely on their diagnoses and recommendations for treatment.
It can add value wise if you consult several doctors-stomatologists. This is also a good time to ask your dentist questions and get an education, and you pay for their time to talk. Advice can be difficult to perform if you have a serious disease, and just want dentist opinion. Dentist want to follow their legal and probably a moral obligation to treat you.