Dr Kinnar Shah
Stress Management for Dental Professionals - Flossing Away Your Worries
Dental professionals are no strangers to the occasional biting situation.
Now some stress is normal should I dare say. I haven’t met anyone in my life who is completely stress free. Perhaps I’m climbing the wrong mountain!
Jokes aside. Living a stressed life isn’t fun. Not just for you but for the loved ones around you. Perhaps you’ve felt and observed that.
In the dental profession, stress comes from numerous sources. We bear a profound responsibility for the well-being of our patients and are tasked with swiftly and accurately diagnosing a multitude of issues. Emergencies elevate the urgency and physical demands of our roles. Furthermore, the looming spectre of potential litigation is always at the back of our minds. Factors such as the fatigue and competency of our dental assistants contribute additional layers of concern. For those who own their practices, there are unique stresses tied to financial management, overseeing staff, handling insurance, and navigating legalities. These combined responsibilities, layered with inherent emotional and psychological challenges, make our profession particularly demanding, even just reading about it can induce tension.
As George Bernard Shaw quipped, “The only man I know who behaves sensibly is my tailor; he takes my measurements anew each time he sees me. The rest go on with their old measurements and expect me to fit them.”
Like the ever-evolving landscape of a patient’s mouth, stressors in a dental professional’s life evolve and shift, demanding a fresh approach each time.
I intend to give you some ways to reduce this stress or at-least manage your aura. Because you matter. You are the biggest asset you can invest in. Perhaps take some of these points to help you get back in control and start enjoying more of your life in 2023 and moving forward .