A dental professional in the UK who received a $300,000 payout from a US dentist for an orthodontic operation without a specialist said she was relieved she was able to “turn the corner”.
Sarah Jelon, who works for a dental practice in the north-west US state of Connecticut, had been diagnosed with osteoarthritis and had suffered several health problems since she was a teenager.
“It was a bit of a struggle when I started, but when I got better and got better at it, I started thinking that I could have a career as an ortho dentist,” she told the BBC.
I have had to learn a lot about what it means to be a dentist in the US, and that’s been hard.” “
But it was a tough road.
I have had to learn a lot about what it means to be a dentist in the US, and that’s been hard.”
Jelons teeth were removed at the age of 40, following a botched procedure.
She said the surgery cost $400,000.
After a second operation at a lower price, she was awarded a total of $300k by a Pennsylvania dentist who, despite receiving no specialist training, recommended her.
“The dentist said he was going to take it out of my hands,” she said.
“And it was the first time that he had actually done that.
I think it’s been really rewarding.” “
He was really professional, and he took my advice.
I think it’s been really rewarding.”
She said she now has her own practice and does her own orthodics.
“You’ve got to be careful not to get it wrong.
You can’t really tell a dentist what you need or what they want,” she added.
“Because of the stigma of orthodists in the States, people don’t think that a dentist should be able just do the standard things that a regular dentist does.”‘
A huge amount of frustration’ Despite being awarded her award, Jeloni said she did not feel like she had achieved anything.
“People are not aware of how much of a financial burden it’s placed on us.
I don’t feel like I’ve had anything to show for it, but I’m proud of the work that I’ve done,” she says.
Jelsons work at a local dentist practice and said her work has allowed her to travel the world, including Australia and Canada. “
To be able take that action and to give something back, I feel really good.”
Jelsons work at a local dentist practice and said her work has allowed her to travel the world, including Australia and Canada.
“Now, I’ve gone to the Caribbean and to the Middle East and to Africa and all over Asia, where there are a lot of people suffering with this disease,” she adds.
“They all want a dental appointment, and it’s so important that you have dental work done when you’re travelling.”
‘I am proud to have helped’ Despite the initial setback, Jelson said her experience helped her in her work and that it was important to do her part.
“When I was a young woman, I was told to be pretty, and not to talk about anything.
And I am proud that I did my job and I did it well,” she explains.
I’m really proud to work with people like that, because I know what it’s like to be treated with such disrespect. “
If people were not aware that I had been working and they had done a lot to make that happen, it’s very difficult.”
I’m really proud to work with people like that, because I know what it’s like to be treated with such disrespect.
“As a dentist, I’m so fortunate to be able help people.”