According to the 2021 Dentist Health and Well-being Survey, the majority of dentists are reporting moderate or severe stress at work. As a result, many dental students and dental professionals are dealing with burnout, substance use disorders (SUDs) and other conditions that may impair their abilities to practice competent dentistry.
If you, or someone you know, is battling stress or substance abuse, the ADA is here to help. The ADA's Dentist Health and Wellness Program, along with state dentist well-being programs, are composed of people who are concerned about the health and well-being of their peers. The ADA Health and Wellness Program will connect you with your state dentist well-being program director.
You can also contact your state dentist well-being director directly. Members can download the ADA State Well Being Program Directory
to find their contact information. Your call or email will be strictly confidential.
Non-ADA members can purchase the State Well Being Program Directory through the ADA Catalog
There are signs that you or someone you know may need help. The ADA has created a free resource sheet that offers some symptoms of distress.
You'll also find information about accessing help.
The ADA's Health and Wellness Program is here to help. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.