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Open up and say ... You hate my job

Inside Dr. Toubian's office.

Dr. Katherine Toubian and Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal.

Even though the recession's technically over and the financial crisis started more than five years ago, fact is that people are still happy just to have a job. Almost any job.

But there are some jobs in this economy that don't get any love. Not the jobs, and not the people who have 'em. For our latest in our series, You Hate My Job, Dr. Katherine Toubian, describes the challenges she comes across as a dentist.

"Thoughout the years, I've learned that patients have a lot of anxiety, and it starts with their childhood experience," she says. "At some point, the dentist might have inflicted some pain and without even talking to them, basically strapping them down into the chair. So throughout their adulthood, they have a huge fear of dentistry. My goal is when they come into my office, I'd like to undo that. But you can't undo years of anxiety."

She says the recession has impacted the amount of patients she sees, and people are more often going online, carefully reading patients' reviews of dentistries.

"It used to make me crazy amongst all my colleagues; I used to lose sleep over it," she adds. "But you do the best you can."

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Kai Ryssdal is the host and senior editor of Marketplace, public radio’s program on business and the economy.

Dr. Katherine Toubian and Marketplace's Kai Ryssdal.

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Kai,
I am SO disappointed. As someone who understands knocking your front teeth in middle school and having terrible dental experiences, how could you not only open, but continue the horrible dental noises throughout the spot?! I had to turn you off, and I hate doing that, especially since I wanted to listen and give the dentist the benefit of the doubt.

Ugh! I'm still shivering over this...

We had a great family dentist. He was kind, polite, thorough. He didn't have a hygenist and believed in doing all the work himself because he felt that working this way, he would have complete knowledge of our dental health status. Even took the xrays himself! A few years ago, he committed suicide. It was a shock to everyone, of course. I heard he suffered from depression. But I also heard that dentists have a higher rate of suicide compared to other professions. I don't know if that's true but perhaps it is.
I never minded going to the dentist very much and have had MANY procedures over the years. But my spouse -- with excellent teeth -- absolutely hates going and would rather do ANYTHING else.

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