The Dental Learning





Empathy, Prayer, and Patient Care

An entertaining description of the science behind empathy, compassion, relationships, healthcare outcomes, and prayer. Mindfulness, empathy, sympathy, and compassion are defined and explained as a process in the brain.  Each element is critical to relationships and healthcare outcomes. The connection to the scientific study of prayer is revealed in a review of current research.

The video is 64 minutes long; it can be replayed or reviewed as necessary. The video is accompanied by a 14 page handout. We encourage you to print the handout and take notes. This video course is suitable for all members of the dental team.

Educational Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Explain the types of prayer, how the brain responds to prayer, and how prayer is studied in a scientific setting.
  • Discuss how mindfulness is essential and empathy and sympathy are not the same but are both important for good outcomes in a dental healthcare relationship.
  • Understand how the medical community has changed their training approach in response to very clear research that has demonstrated that mindfulness and empathy result in better outcomes for dental healthcare providers and their patients.
  • State how empathy can be objectively studied, is inherent in almost all people, and can be extinguished in dental healthcare training.
  • Demonstrate how prayer can be used in dental healthcare settings in ways that result in improved outcomes.


Dr Dave


David L. Carsten, DDS, MAGD, FADI, FACD, Dentist Anesthesiologist

David L. Carsten, DDS, MAGD, FACD, FADI. He holds a BS in Biochemistry from Washington State University, a DDS from the University of Washington, and a certificate in anesthesia form Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. He was recognized with the Award of Distinction in Continuing Education from the Academy of Dentistry International in 2005. He lectures and writes on many topics His particular interests are the science and psychology of empathy, nutrition, pharmacology, and perception. He serves patients in the Spiritual Care Department at Salmon Creek Legacy Hospital in Vancouver, Washington and maintains a private mobile anesthesia practice.