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The Secret to Being a Happy Dentist

Neeraj Khanna DDSOne of the nice things about practicing complete dentistry is the ability to create a “balanced” life.  The Dawson Academy's dental ce courses teach that work, play, worship, and love are the core elements of this balance.

Regardless of what you do for a living, creating a balance is very challenging.  I was speaking with a patient during a routine hygiene examination, who is a clinical psychologist. I shared with her the concept of a balanced life and she interrupted me saying, “There is no such thing as a balanced life”.

Her reasoning was simple.  People have tendencies of feeling guilt or regret when they attempt to create a balanced life because they usually fail or cannot realistically fulfill all obligations.   She continued by asking me to think differently.

Instead of focusing on creating balance, focus more on the quality of time spent, rather that the quantity.   In other words, instead of questioning the amount of time spent with work or play, focus on the energy used and what you accomplished during that time.  If you truly believe that the time you spent was satisfying and you dedicated your energy appropriately, then it is fair to say that you may also feel content.  This feeling allows us to move on to the next element of life.

We all have busy lives, but sometimes it’s nice to have a different perspective on how to look at things.  Sometimes that’s all it takes to make things better.

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Dr. Khanna grew up in Toronto, Canada where he attended the University of Toronto and completed his Bachelor of Science degree (1989). He then continued post graduate school at the University of Detroit Mercy – School of Dentistry and earned his D.D.S. degree (1993). Dr. Khanna then completed a General Practice Residency at the University of Rochester-Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester, New York (1994). After being an associate dentist for several years, Dr. Khanna opened his practice (March 2000) in beautiful downtown Geneva, Illinois. Since then, Dr. Khanna has been extensively involved in continuing education, and recently completed training at the prestigious Dawson Academy (St. Petersburg, FL). Dr. Khanna has dedicated his practice to excellence in comprehensive restorative and esthetic dentistry. Dr. Khanna’s philosophy involves treating every patient in the four aspects of complete dentistry. This includes achieving harmony between jaw joints, muscles, supporting tissues, and teeth. Dr. Khanna is licensed to provide patients with conscious or moderate sedation for all dental procedures. He completed training at the University of Illinois-School of Dentistry [Chicago] in 2003 where he was trained by the head of the Oral Maxillofacial Surgery department for 9 months. Since then Dr. Khanna has been providing sedation to patients for all dental procedures. If you or someone you know is interested in dental sedation, please contact our office for more information. Dr. Khanna is dedicated to his wife Jeanie and his two children, Raj, and Maxime.