Sleepy Dental Practitioners

Sleepy Dental Practitioners

Many dentists travel for vacations or speaking engagements. This can present jet lag. Dentists could have trouble if they do not prepare ourselves for it. Interestingly enough, car accidents have increased during these times of daylight savings because the changes that occur in our sleep patterns and even our circadian rhythms. This alters our alertness in everything that we do, especially dental practitioners, and can cause accidents, loss of focus and concentration and turn us into mush if we’re not ready for the changes.

Workplace Injuries Increase

Workplace injuries during daylight savings time have been known to increase because we’re all a little sluggish if we do not hit the hay early during the time where the time is supposed to go ahead or back. This is more for miners and those who work physically taxing careers and jobs, but it even affects dental practitioners as well. When we do not get enough sleep, we become time bombs that can go off at any moment, which means that we have to be extra careful in everything we do.

Dental practitioners run the risk of harming their patients, even if it’s just with the scraping tool that removes plaque and tartar buildup. Yes, we have all been stabbed in the gums by accident at one time while in the dentist’s chair, but during daylight savings time this risk increases, so dental practitioners must be extra careful during procedures and treatments with patients.

Increased Headaches and Migraines

Dental practitioners are at a higher risk than others for increased headaches and migraines because of the work that they do, which is staring into people’s mouths for long periods of time. Focusing on something for hours at a time strains your eyes, especially if what you’re doing is on a screen or where a bright light is being shone in, such as the mouth. During daylight savings time, it’s important that dental practitioners wear some sort of protective eye gear, such as the glasses that they give their patients, to ensure that no migraines or headaches develop.

Yes, these glasses are sunglasses and are meant to dim the light, but if it’s a procedure or a treatment that can be done while wearing these glasses, then they really should be on their eyes. Straining your eyes while tired is just asking for a headache or a migraine for the rest of the day, which means that dental practitioners must be extra careful.

How to Prepare for the Change

Dental practitioners should be preparing themselves for the change at least a week, or even just a couple of days before daylight savings time comes into effect. This can be done by going to bed an hour earlier if it’s during the spring, for example, so their bodies can be used to the change before it can happen. Even slowly starting to get ready for bed an hour before you normally would will help greatly because it will slowly ease your body into the change.

Dental practitioners have important jobs; to keep our mouths clean and healthy. To do this, they really have to be on top of their game and be as healthy and well rested as they can, so they do not miss anything during treatments, procedures and especially examinations.

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