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In the Beginning ...

Updated: Sep 1, 2020

In the beginning there was darkness that was then broken by the light. The darkness is a symbol of the chaos in the world and the light is symbolic of the order and good we can bring into our lives by taking that first step in the right direction. What sparked that light? How can we muster the courage to step out into the darkness to then illuminate the way ahead? Often doing something good requires a leap of faith. Such is the case with starting a business, starting a new school year, trying a new adventure sport, starting a relationship, or deciding to have children.

Do something out of your comfort zone

Often we have to do something that makes us uncomfortable to move forward on the right path. I had an amazing choir professor while I attended Brigham Young University years ago. He taught us to go out of our comfort zone to do something good. He gave us homework called "comfort zone assignments." I actually saw this same professor about 15 years later. He asked me if I was still doing my comfort zone assignments. I said I had forgotten about the assignments but that I had integrated this principle into my life.

I had also tried to live by a similar theme: "Do something that scares you every day." I often try to do something new that is out of my comfort zone. For example, the first time I tried to go off a jump with my mountain bike. I have a good friend who will help push me to try new rock climbing routes or canyoneering rappels. Going out of your comfort zone could be something that is an intimidating social situation like asking someone out on a date or making a new friend. You can do something that is mostly safe but involves a bit of calculated risk. Nothing in life is risk free. Even the avoidance of risk is risky.

Overcome your fear

Most good things in life require a little courage. I have always been afraid of heights yet I chose to take up mountaineering, rock climbing, and skiing. I have always been afraid of the dentist yet I chose to become one. Don't let fear paralyze you into not living your dreams or serving your community. For me to start this business was a big leap of faith--I had a comfortable job as an associate dentist that I had enjoyed for over ten years, I loved the neighborhood where we lived and we had set down roots with our wonderful friends.

If you have anxiety about getting dental work done you are not alone. I am a recovering fearful dental patient. I was terrified of the dentist when I was young. It's funny I even became a dentist because I hated going to the dentist when I was younger. I faced my fears and I continue to force myself to do so.

We will do everything we can to help you have a good and comfortable experience at Copper Mountain Dental even if it is a little scary for you. Facing your fears of dental treatment is essential because if you wait too long the simple and less expensive procedures become more complicated and more expensive as the teeth and gums get worse. Paradoxically the longer you wait because of fear the more you have to fear about the procedures themselves and the prognosis for your teeth. There are ways we can help you overcome anxiety: laughing gas is an excellent drug for reducing anxiety. Music, podcasts, or movies are also excellent for helping you take your mind off the dental work you having done. I continually strive for ways to make the experience for our patients less painful and more comfortable. Hopefully you will be pleasantly surprised when you get your dental treatment done that it was not as bad as you anticipated.

Call us at 385-237-5252 to set up an appointment today!

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