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A Step to Better Health: Managing The Impact of Stress in Dentistry

Supporting patients, managing staff, and growing a dental practice are unique stressors of the dental practice. And they can take a toll on mental health and wellbeing. Today we’re exploring the effect of stress on the body and how to better manage stress as a dentist with Dr. Sally Safa who here to share her knowledge, expertise, and personal experience to the unique issue of stress in dentistry.

About Dr. Sally Safa

Dr. Sally Safa is a board-certified Periodontist and alumnus of the University of Toronto. She was a Clinical Instructor at the U of T Faculty of Dentistry for ten years. Her private practice is situated in North York, where she grew up.  Her focus is on her patients’ periodontal health in achieving a stable foundation. Dr. Safa practices all aspect of Periodontal and Implant dentistry, supported by a diligent effort to always stay current with an emphasis on continuing education. She also has a passion for Mindfulness and is working on her certificate in MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction).

During this Oasis discussion, Dr. Safa talks about:

  • The key stressors dentists face in their practice and day-to-day lives.
  • Acknowledging and understanding dentist anxiety.
  • The impact of the dentists working environment on the sympathetic nervous system over the long-term.
  • Strategies for dealing with chronic stressors affecting dentists.
  • Learning to cultivate a mindset that allows us to respond rather than react to stressors in our workplace.
  • Practical tips and steps for building an awareness of our stress level and changing our mindset.
  • The difference between mindfulness and meditation.
  • The importance of building a like-minded support network.

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Until next time!

CDA Oasis Team


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1 Comment

  1. Grant Rawstron June 27, 2019

    Thank you for bringing this to dentistry. I do hope more of our colleagues take this in and seek out others that are working to keep themselves mentally and emotionally fully connected to their purpose that includes stress management in their own lives. As a former principal of the office I am still working for as an assoc, I see the difficulties of being a sole practitioner even more clearly and its effects on the whole office team. My principal is struggling with so many aspects of running a practice and is very isolated in struggling to make good decisions. I know those feelings and responses from my own life in dentistry. I am working to provide support but I am challenged to get enough quality time to explore the mindful issues that are derailing our efforts to grow the practice.


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