Thursday, April 25, 2013

Nothing Wrong With Getting a Second Opinion

We all at one time or another question the opinion or recommendations of our physicians, dentists, veterinarians, plumbers, mechanics and countless others. There are many reasons for this.

One major reason is the lack of trust. For example, a patient will often come in for a routine exam. The patient may have not been to a dentist in years and does not have any pain. In many cases, after knowing us for only an hour or so, we tell them what we see and what our recommendations are. It's not unusual for the amount of dentistry they need to cost thousands of dollars. So of course the patient is often surprised by the assessment and recommendations--especially if they aren't experiencing any pain.

A lack of a perceived problem is a second major reason why opinions/recommendations are questioned. For example, if there isn't an obvious problem such as a broken tooth or any pain, then the patient simply does not perceive that there is a problem.

There is nothing wrong with getting a second opinion. If there is any doubt, I highly encourage my patients to do their own research and/or seek another opinion. The last thing I want is for a patient to feel they are being deceived into getting treatment they don't want or need. We only make recommendations and the patient can then determine what they do about it.

I perform many second opinion consultations at no cost from my colleagues' patients. I don't mind doing them at all. I'm not sure, but I think many of us are willing to do them at no cost.

I believe that vast majority of medical/dental professionals are very ethical and conscientious people. We were all inspired to be in a profession that helps our fellow man.

Dr. Cisneros maintains a practice in Freeburg and Columbia, IL. Both are in the Greater St Louis, MO area. For more information on a wide variety of subjects, please visit

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