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September 1, by Randy Lang. DDS, D. Recent Studies reported in dental literature confirm that dentists are subject to a variety of stress-related physical and emotional problems. These problems included an alarmingly high incidence of cardiovascular disease, ulcers, colitis, hypertension, lower back pain, eye strain, marital disharmony, alcoholism, drug addiction, mental depression and suicide.

Why is our profession so prone to stress-related physical, mental and social problems? Since it is unfortunately too late for most of us to switch into law or engineering, at least we can examine some of the causes of stress in dental practice and then see if we can find some solutions to them and hopefully live a little longer and happier.

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The average dentist spends most of his or her life confined to a small, sometimes windowless, 7ft. The work is intricate and meticulous and is performed in a small, restricted oral space. The procedures are both physically and mentally taxing and as a result, strain, back troubles, circulatory disorders and fatigue are common. Most dentists practice alone. Consequently they do not have the opportunity to share and solve problems with their colleagues the way other professional groups do through peer support.

The problem of isolation is compounded by the fact that dentists tend to be competitive with one another. This trait is unfortunately a bi-product of our competitive dental school training. It is then reinforced after graduation by the intense competition created by the surplus of dentists that now exists in many cities and large metropolitan areas. The relentless pursuit of perfection and permanence in an inhospitable oral environment is a major cause of stress and frustration for dentists. The stress of perfection is instilled in dental school.

However, it must be tempered with the realization that the most perfect restoration will ultimately be rendered imperfect by time and patient neglect, despite the efforts of the dentist. During the early part of his or her career, the typical dentist is paying off huge loans to cover the cost of dental school and the cost of setting up a private practice.

Once in practice, the dentist soon learns that office overhead rises to meet income. It often then surpasses it. Economic pressure forces many dentists to work through their lunch — an hour that is the single most important period of the work day. Instead of using the time to get proper nourishment and much needed rest, he or she will often accommodate an additional patient or two.

This inevitably leaves the dentist tired and exhausted by the end of the day. Another result of the economic pressure of practice is that dentists often feel that they literally cannot afford to be sick or take holidays. When a dentist is absent from the office, the income totally stops, but the high overhead expenses continue to grow relentlessly. And when dentists burnout, they become emotionally and mentally exhausted, develop a negative, indifferent or cynical attitude towards both their patients and their staff, and evaluate themselves negatively.

Attempting to stay on schedule in a busy dental practice is a chronic source of stress. And as we all know, once we are behind schedule there is no way to catch up. The result is that the dentist is continually forced to compromise treatment and is frustrated in not being able to reach his or her ideal treatment goals. The dentist then ends up emotionally carrying the responsibility for less than ideal while the patient continues to express unrealistic expectations.

The psychological stress of working with apprehensive and fearful patients can be devastating to the dental practitioner. There is now considerable evidence that dentists experience patterns of physiological stress responses increased heart rate, high blood pressure, sweating, etc.

This in turn can lead to an early heart attack for the dentist. Researchers are finding that many personality traits that characterize a good dentist are also traits that predispose to depression in mid-life, drug and alcohol abuse and the attendant risk of suicide. Among such traits are:. The Pankey Institute in Miami evaluated the health of 2, dentists. Also, dentists do not exercise enough to prevent progressive deterioration of connective tissue, small blood vessels, muscles and circulation in general.

Stress can never be totally eliminated from dental practice. However, it must be minimized as much as possible in order to avoid the many stress-related physical and emotional problems that it causes. The key to managing stress successfully is to first recognize and understand its causes. Once the causes have been identified and understood, preventive steps can be taken.

Some of the preventive measures that could minimize the stress of dental practice are as follows:. Courses on managing stress should be made available to all dentists and should also be included in the dental curriculum at our dental schools. Stress-related suicide by dentists and other health care workers: fact or folklore? JADA ; Washington: American Psychiatric Press; Stress in dental practice.

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New York: Wiley; Dentists grow richer but feel the pressure: suicide rate is high. Wll Street Journal, Dec. Stress and suicide among dentists two-part series. Perceived sources of occupational stress in general dental practitioners.

Lang is an orthodontic lecturer at the University of Toronto and past president of the Ontario Association of Orthodontists. He maintains an orthodontic practice in Mississauga and Etobicoke, ON. Super political-correct article. But informative also. I will go the rest of my life with bad teeth.

I wonder if that also bothers dentists. Something should be done.

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It amazes me that after reading this, you still feel no empathy towards the dental care providers. You completely missed the point of the article. Why is it that some patients feel so entitled for free dental work. Understand that dentists work extremely hard, spend ridiculous amount of money and energy to be able to provide the best possible care for their patient. Get a job and pay for the care u need.

To be honest running a dental clinic is really hard beyond what people thinks since running the clinic would require great knowledgeable dentists plus a team and staff to support the management and patients. Currently, we are running a dental clinic in Orlean, ON, Canada and this article has been passed to the entire team to be aware of points that you have mentioned about stress. As a private practitioner for 27 years, I have never had so much stress as nowadays. Health professionals are walking on a thin line everyday, it will take a toll one day for sure.

We should not assume that it is the practice of dentistry that can kill you! Perhaps it is not dentistry that causes so much stress that one would contemplate suicide. Could it be that there are other causes — other causes of stress — that may help shape the minds of people as they are growing up and this type of person is attracted to dentistry because of the way it is practiced.

Not saying that dentistry is not stressful — it is. But it can also be very rewarding. It is important to highlight the importance of psychological therapy when needed. Perhaps it should be mandatory for anyone treating patients who are fearful and in pain.

With a much deserved increased awareness of mental illness, all people should do a lot more talking about any pain or discomfort they feel. This article is very spot on…although it covers in good detail about reasons why dentistry is stressful it leaves out literally another reasons.

Good article. Not going to list reasons why except blew out L4L5 disc. Moving to another state, will not mention it going fwd in whatever I do. I was a patient of the doctor. The time I was hired was because a front office just walked out on the doc. The phone lines were blowing up so he asked if I could answer them. I had experience answering phones so he asked if I was interested in working and I said yes and he hired me on the spot. We would always get yelled at when he was having a bad day.

I also walked out on him twice but he called and Apologize. I knew he was having a bad day due to his profession or to some picky patients that expected perfection with their procedures which I understand. Dentistry is not for everybody. I have done everything in the field from assisting to billing and everybody goes through the same stress. I have to agree with this article and now I understand why I have a bad lower back lol!!!! Nice job! I practiced as a private practice dentist for 25 years and now practice for the corporation I sold to last year.

Stress is quite a bit, but still the work is not rewarding for all of the reasons listed in the article. I am overjoyed that none of my children have chosen dentistry as a career. None of her kids are going into the field either. We are the last of the dentists in the family. We have had practicing dentists in my family continuously since For me, it was increasing costs of practice and my own income decreasing over the last 10 years, as well as absolutely oppressive government regulations and continuous threats of more regulation from our regulatory body and countless arms of the everpresent provincial government that made me seek a way out.

I practice in Ontario.

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