10 Tips to Reduce Stress for Dentists

The dental profession includes stress that can impact a dentist’s physical and mental health as well as their ability to concentrate on work. Dentists can experience stress in several ways throughout a workday, including handling an anxious patient, managing the intricacies of your patients’ health insurance plans, facing competition and challenges from other dentists, and surviving the recent economic impact created by the coronavirus outbreak. However, with the right measures, you can get rid of the stress. 

Tips to Reduce Stress for Dentists

Here are a few stress relief tips for dentists that will help you manage the occupational stress in dentistry:

1. Exercise

The dental profession is physically demanding as it involves long hours of standing and bending over. You need to exercise for at least 30 minutes a day to stay physically fit and maintain your energy level. Some simple exercises you can do are running, cycling, and strength training to boost your immune system, improve your mental health, and reduce your risk of future health problems.

2. Manage Your Time Effectively

Time management and efficient patient scheduling are important to enhance the productivity and success of your dental practice. Managing your time effectively will help you provide a high level of care to your patients and minimize downtime.

3. Automate Your Dental Office

Reduce your stress by automating your dental office. Use a system or software that automatically handles patient scheduling and reminds patients about their appointments and follow-up care. Automating your dental office will save your time, operating costs, and increase patient satisfaction.

4. Take Regular Breaks

Working continuously can lead to depression, stress, and exhaustion. To avoid this, take short breaks between your work schedules to rejuvenate your physical and emotional health. You can use your break time to meditate, go for a short walk, or engage in a self-care activity.

5. Build a Professional Support Team

Create your support team by joining professional dental associations and networking groups where you can share your ideas, challenges, and solutions with. Also, you can have an experienced dentist who can serve as your mentor and listen to your problems to help find solutions.

6. Stay Mentally Fit

Working for extended hours can be difficult and lead to stress and depression. However, you can stay productive and get rid of your stress by doing some activities that enhance your mental health. Try reading a novel, taking a short nap, drinking a cup of coffee, or meditating.

7. Know Your Triggers

The factors that trigger your stress won’t be the same as other people, so you need to know what causes you to feel more stressed. If you know your stress-causing factors, you can limit your exposure to them.

8. Take Time Off

You can take off weekends to rest and refresh your mind. During holidays, spend some quality time with your friends and family, play with your kids, watch movies, indulge in a hobby, and make time for the things you enjoy.

9. Simplify Your Marketing

Managing your practice’s marketing requirements can be difficult. It is good to hire a marketing service that has more expertise in managing dental marketing needs. Your marketing team will manage your patient reviews and social media presence, send targeted emails to patients, update your practice’s website, and more.

10. Reduce Patient Anxiety

Some patients fear visiting the dentist, which can be a significant source of your stress. You need to handle patients’ anxiety otherwise procedures can take longer, which can increase the wait times of other patients and ruin your schedule. You can use medication, entertainment, and a soothing environment to try reducing their anxiety. 

With these stress management tips, you will be able to better manage the occupational stress in dentistry and your everyday life.

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Steffany Mohan, DDS

Dr. Steffany Mohan, DDS is a highly accomplished dentist, speaker, and coach in dentistry and has been practicing for around 22 years in West Des Moines, IA. She is renowned for her achievements in implant practice management and has established Plaza Dental Group as among the busiest and most thriving dental offices in Iowa