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MrsJennings
Member Since: 05/20/09
Post: 10 of 65

I think a major one was missed: stress related to managing staff. I find this much more
stressful than managing patients. ■

3/9/2019

ToothDesign
Member Since: 06/09/14
Post: 11 of 65

I don't tell people I am a dentist; I tell them I am in city maintenance or a janitor. Neither is
a lie! Otherwise, if I'm feeling really saucy, I tell people I am an actuary. ■

3/9/2019

Jen Harvey
Member Since: 02/02/17
Post: 16 of 65

I find myself on pins and needles walking around in general, wondering whom I'm going to
offend! Actually, I and my "no-filter attitude" really don't care, but it seems everything offends
somebody these days. Be yourself. You can't please everyone. I've learned life is too short to
worry about what everyone else thinks! As long as I can lay my head on my pillow at night
without any regret, I'm good to go. ■

3/10/2019

Sunrise
Member Since: 09/17/05
Post: 19 of 65

I did not know most dentists feel the same way I do about "not revealing" your profession. I
usually encounter stay-at-home moms. If they don't know me, I don't tell them anything I do. If
they know me well, they know I work my A off. But every time I tell the group of moms when
asked, there would be a momentary silence ... like thoughts of me making a lot of money and
how lucky I am. Only moms who are married to a dentist or worked in a dental office would
understand the high stress involved. When I travel, I tell them I am a teacher, and for some
reasons I don't get those wondering eyes. Maybe they might think I am lucky to marry a rich
husband.
Some professions can relate to the high stress level. Two weeks ago at Boy Scouts, a mom
who is a physicians assistant asked me and I told her I have my own dental business. She immediately said, "That's hard work." Last week, a financial advisor asked why dentists have had the
top suicidal rates for the past 30 years? I responded, "Maybe we have to wear so many hats,
dealing with different personalities of patients plus their 32 teeth, staff, the business side, the
insurance companies. Ultimately we are responsible for so many people. Then we go home
and have to work some more (maybe more for the working mom dentists)." For me, dealing
with patients' expectations regarding finance and results is the hardest; next is the insurance
companies. My old loyal patients who appreciate and understand the nature of their dentition
are forever grateful!
So now I try to refer out the PITAS (usually bad new patients). I work like I don't need their
money. The environment in dentistry is tough for the past several years. I expect to work more
(physically and mentally) for less.
I guess we all have to lower our expectations as well and accept the changing dental pace/
environment. Then we should feel more able to cope with the changes in today's environment,
or make a change. But for sure it won't be like years ago. I tried to force myself to think positive
thoughts when I have a bad day. Gratitude overcomes attitude. Eventually, we will know when
it is the right time to make a move-or not at all, for those who are content. Every situation is
different, and no one can judge or decide for one's life! Goal is to stay healthy, not wealthy, and
everything else should fall into place. ■
3/10/2019

waffles
Member Since: 02/28/11
Post: 21 of 65

Whenever I meet people, I tell them I'm selling insurance and ask if they have enough life
insurance. If not, I can set them up with a great whole life policy. It works like a charm to get
rid of people really quick. ■
3/10/2019

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