Stress in Dentistry

It is clear that most of our clients experience some sort of stress daily. Using a service like Concierge Contact Center shows that they are worried about something. They may be worried that they are missing too many calls which equals missed opportunities. They may worry that their staff members are too busy or too distracted to do their job to the best of their ability. Whatever the cause of stress may be, it is preventing the dentist from succeeding in all aspects of the practice.

Stress-related health issues are the main cause of death in dentists. Statistics reveal that the suicide rate of dentists is more than twice the rate of the general population and almost three times higher than that of other white-collar workers. I also found in these statistics that emotional illness ranks third in order of frequency of health problems, while in the general population it ranks tenth. *

There are a few different factors that causes this kind of stress in dentists. One being confinement. Imagine spending most of your time in a space smaller than a prison cell. Performing diligent work such as dentistry in a small confined space causes a great deal of strain to the back, eyes and hands. As a result, the dentist will become mentally and physically fatigued. Isolation is another major cause of stress in dentists, mainly being social isolation. Dentists practice alone and are very competitive. Most do not have the ability to share and solve problems with other dentists, unless they are fortunate enough to have a study group in their area. To resolve this, try joining some sort of special online community of dentists that are not in your area. In groups like this, you can talk with other dental professionals that are experiencing the same problems you may be having. You will be able to talk to others about these problems and come up with a solution together. A well-known social connection site for dental professionals to check out is Dentaltown.

Most dentists will also deal with a lot financial stress. Dentists will spend most of the early years of their careers paying off loans for school and from starting a practice. This economic pressure tends to keep dentists from spending valuable time with their families and often working eight to ten straight hours a day without lunch breaks. Working this hard in the beginning will cause dentists to “burn out” very early in their careers and prevent them from having long and prosperous lives in dentistry. Not only that, they may not invest as much in their patients as they could be. Dentists may find themselves just going through the motions each day to quickly finish their job and go home. Neglecting patients will drive them away which will cause more stress and financial strain for the practice owners.

Concierge Contact Center knows this and strives to remove the major causes of stress in dentists. We can help with your worries and even help relieve you of your financial stress. We are extra staff to assist with the workload of your in-house staff. One appointment made by us could pay for one year of service. Relief will soon begin to spread across the office.



Guest Blogger:

Shea Davis

John Ross