2007-12-27

Oral Surgeons for Agnostics

Nope, it's not a new group seeking converts to a cause. It's me, seeking an oral surgeon who won't pray over me while I'm knocked out on anesthesia. Seriously, people. I really don't mind christianity. I have a seriously christian dentist. But my seriously christian dentist is a few shades more respectful of non-christians than the guy they've referred me to for oral surgery. And I just can't support it with my money.

So, please please please provide me with the name of a good localish oral surgeon, preferably the kind who won't ply me with a Chick tract while I'm wonked out on painkillers or pray over me instead of, say, paying attention to ensure I don't die while I'm under. Thanks.

9 comments:

Adrian said...

This sounds wacky, though I understand the desire to find a non-evangelical service provider.

If we want to really talk about religion invading healthcare, how about St. Mary's Health Care System's policy of asking women to have their husbands sign consent forms before performing a hysterectomy?

Nicki said...

Yeah, that bothers me, as well. But I also don't patronize St. Mary's. I would if I had to, but I live near ARMC, I know from hard experience that they're very well-equipped to deal with trauma, and I prefer a secular environment.

I think we're lucky to be able to make choices like these. And I wouldn;t make them at all if I weren't concerned about how they affect my care.

Model Consumer said...

Would you mind telling us who the oral surgeon is so that like-minded folks can also avoid him/her (I assume it's a he...)

I've been referred to a local oral surgeon to have a wisdom tooth removed, but I keep rescheduling it because of the high cost. (We have insurance but there's a rather outrageous co-pay, due " at the time of service " .

Also, the tooth doesn't bother me. I only intend to have the surgery because the dentist has told me I need it. ...

Anyway, I'd like to avoid this dude also...

Adrian said...

I have recently been told to get my wisdom teeth taken out -- though I wonder how important it is since such surgery is conventional "wisdom" offered to many dental patients.

66 said...

y'all are crazy..."open minded" people often end up being the most close minded

shouldn't you be more concerened with his reputation as an oral surgeon than his religious preferences?

Model Consumer said...

While your point about a physician's professional record and competence is well taken, I'm not closed minded; I don't want my physician praying (an ancient superstition) for me (which I don't want or need him to do) while I am under anaesthesia. Indeed, if what Nicki is saying is true, then that alone is reason for me to not want that provider.

The criticisms of the St. Mary's policy are also quite valid. Just because we disagree and aren't afraid to say so does not mean we are "closed minded."

hillary said...

Nicki, he's really good. Crazy or not. I would totally refer people to him.

Nicki said...

Sorry for not getting back here for an eternity, ya'll. I assume you're referring to Satterfield? I do think he's nutty, but competently so. I'm glad to hear the same from you, Hillary. Still not sure if we're going to use him, though...

hillary said...

Yes, Satterfield. I was wigged by his office, but I also never had to take any codeine. So, you know, I recommend him a lot.