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Recent Survey of Dentists
on Sources of Stress
A survey from the U.K. finds a lot of commonality; Townies weigh in with their causes

Timmy G
Member Since: 04/14/02
Post: 1 of 65

The British Dental Association recently held a survey regarding stress among British dentists. I'd say it's not all that different than what we'd find in the United States.
"55% of dentists surveyed indicated they were experiencing very high job stress, with general
dentists reporting the highest levels."
The greatest sources of stress were listed as:
* Threat of complaint/litigation.
* Dissatisfied patients.
* Fear of making a mistake.
* Red tape/bureaucracy.
* A general sense of a feeling of persecution.
Previous surveys listed "running behind schedule" as a primary source of stress, but that one
dropped out on this survey. ■
3/3/2019

ToothDesign
Member Since: 06/09/14
Post: 4 of 65

"A general sense of a feeling of persecution."
This is why I don't like telling people I am a dentist out in public or in social situations if
they don't know me. ■
3/9/2019

ToothNinja99
Member Since: 01/07/10
Post: 5 of 65

Holy crap! I couldn't agree with that list more than if I had written it. Just received a
complaint today. Very young husband of a patient I performed surgery on felt disrespected.
I asked him to sit down and stop walking around my small operatory during surgery. I fi nd
myself walking on pins and needles around patients lately, never knowing who I'm going
to offend. ■
3/9/2019

theangrydentist
Member Since: 03/30/14
Post: 6 of 65

Whenever I'm in a group setting and tell people I'm a dentist, all the people come to me and
tell me how horrible of an experience they had with their dentist. Also, if I'm around MDs or
health care professionals, seems like I get a lot of passive-aggressive remarks about how fat our
wallets are. My stress for me is I feel like people disrespect me for being a dentist. Seems like
public hates dentists until they have a toothache and you get them out of pain, and then the
cycle goes around again. ■
3/9/2019

Dentite489
Member Since: 07/06/14
Post: 7 of 65

I don't think their intention is to criticize you when they complain about their own
dentist. At least when you tell people what you do, it is a topic that can easily start a conversation. Whenever anyone tells me they have an office job such as a network administrator or
accountant, etc., it can be a bit awkward, because I might have little experience with their
field. ■
3/9/2019

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