Dentistry has one of the highest burnout rates of all professions. Like many other dentists, I have experienced burnout firsthand.
If you are feeling burnout right now, or if you feel like you are on your way there, I have good news for you. There is a cure!
The first thing you need to understand is what causes burnout in dentistry.
Dentistry is a very high-stress and high-risk profession. As you know, it takes many years of higher education to become a dentist. It then takes years of experience and continuing education courses to become good at dentistry.
We work on fearful patients providing restorations that will succeed or fail based upon microns. These restorations often do not get cleaned very well. Dentistry requires a working knowledge of medicine, physics, materials, and artistry — all with great attention to detail. This is stressful.
If you own a practice, then you are also a business owner with the associated risks and responsibilities. You have the stresses that come with employees, capital expenditure decisions, marketing decisions, overhead control, bank notes, lease payments, dental insurance headaches, supply bills, lab bills, etc. We also have the ever-present professional liability risk that requires constant attention.
The bottom line is that clinical dentistry and the business of dentistry are difficult and come with high risks. Therefore, you deserve a financial reward that is equal to or greater than those risks you are assuming.
Check out Dr. Mike Kesner’s insight on how to run your business without burnout.