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Medical Office Fragrance Survey

Hello Everyone

Before I go into what I plan on asking in my survey, let me tell you that I am suffering from one of my sinus infections.  And my husband has some kind of cold with cough (wearing a mask that doctors use in the house).  As I am trying to get this infection over with, I am praying that I don’t get what he has.  Fingers crossed.

Okay – I have roughed out a few things that I would like to put on my spreadsheet for the survey along with the questions I am going to ask.  Here is what I have so far.  I don’t want the list to be too long so that I might be able to get answers.  My plan is to ask the questions of the office managers.  Please let me know what you think.  I am going to work up my spreadsheet, copy a page from the telephone book, and make a call or two each day.

Name of Doctor/Dentist/Surgeon, etc.  (for my info only and not to be released)

Practice Specialty


  1. Do you use air fresheners or burn candles in your office?
  2. Does the doctor/dentist, etc. wear cologne?
  3. Would the doctor/dentist, etc. be willing to not wear cologne for an appointment if the patient is sensitive to chemicals?
  4. If you use air fresheners/burn candles, are you aware of the hazards these chemicals pose on not only your patients but your staff?
  5. Would you be willing to consider stopping this practice?
  6. If not, why?

By the way, my daughter asked what kind of rights I might have with these doctors and their fragrances under ADA.  She asked me if perhaps I am being discriminated against.  Hmmm!  I am going to ask my attorney that question next week.


Okay, I am stepping up on my “soap box”.  Everyone, beware!!

I have talked about the problem I have with a tooth and the decision I have had to make regarding pull it out or suffer through a crown lengthening procedure and having a crown fitted again.  Recently I made the decision that I would just pull the tooth and get a bridge.

Last month I phoned the office of my biological dentist and spoke with his assistant.  I asked her for the name of the oral surgeon he was wanting me to see and a phone number.  Last week I got brave enough to make the call to his office (which is nearly an hour from my home).  I asked if they had experienced any water leaks (mold) or if they used any fragrances in the office.  She replied we burned candles but we haven’t burned them in about three months.  REALLY?  Like not burning the candles for three months is going to suddenly remove the chemicals from the carpet, the walls, the furniture.  I thought maybe I would just drive there and check out the office.  Night before last when I couldn’t sleep I began using my intuition and asking my self if this was a wise decision.   I got the horrible electrical sensation I get in my head when I am deciding if an action is a good one.  This electrical sensation means no.  I know this may seem strange to many of you but I learned how to listen to my body several years ago as part of my energy balancing treatments. If a decision is good, my body remains calm.  I have also learned that my intuition (gut feeling, sixth sense whatever you may call it) does not lie.  NEVER!

Yesterday I phoned my biological dentist’s office and said that I would not be seeing the oral surgeon recommended because of the candles and that my intuition told me it wasn’t a safe place for me.  I was told by his wife that she wouldn’t use anyone else.  They are supposed to call me back with other ideas.

Meanwhile this morning I phoned my regular dentist where I get my cleanings done and asked for a name.  I phoned this oral surgeon’s office this morning as well and was told they use “air fresheners”.  I decided since I had to be across town to check another office I would pop in.  It was horrible.  I asked to be taken into an exam room to see what it was like.  I didn’t feel well in there and once I removed my mask the hoarseness, the tightness in my throat, and the brain fog came on me.  I asked them why they used the air fresheners.  The response is that they deal with often very disgusting smells coming from decaying teeth and they use the air fresheners and additional spray air fresheners to cover the smell and so it won’t smell like “a dentist’s office”. They offered to try to make some arrangements prior to me coming but let’s face it there isn’t anyway they can make it safe enough for me.  I can’t even imagine sitting in there for 30 minutes without my mask to have my tooth pulled.  By the time I got back to my car I needed a histamine shot.  I haven’t used one in a very long time.


I had a similar experience when visiting a dermatologists’ office about a year ago.  They finally helped me to the surgical area where there weren’t any air fresheners.

OKAY-Here I go!  Why in the world do doctors, dentists, or any medical professionals put so many chemicals in their offices when they are dealing with sick people?  I am curious what percentage of medical offices use candles or plug-ins etc.  For that reason, I am going to start making phone calls and ask this question to many offices in my town.  I will be reporting back on my findings and will be writing a letter to the editor.  I am sure writing this letter to the editor won’t solve my problems but it will make me feel better having made myself heard.  When I get this done, I will be posting the draft letter for your review.  I am sorry to ramble on (part of it is anger and most of it is my body dealing with all the chemicals and the reaction).  I really needed to vent somewhere that I knew I would be understood.  It is a good thing this is not an emergency to have the tooth pulled but I can’t wait indefinitely.