Well Being Programs
The single most valuable asset in any dental practice is the dentist. Optimal health and work-life balance are essential to the dentist and dental practice.
The practice of clinical dentistry is physically, mentally and emotionally demanding. Many dentists thrive on the challenges and benefits of dental practice. For other dentists, things happen, circumstances change, life doesn't always go according to plan.
Concerned Colorado Dentists
Concerned Colorado Dentists (CCD) is a group of dentist volunteers, most of whom are in recovery from chemical dependency and other former impairments. They work to help impaired dentists address their afflictions before patients are harmed or other damage occurs. CCD complements the Dentists Peer Assistance Program (DPAP) by providing additional services and support that only peer recovering dentists can provide. There is no cost for these confidential services. Call Dr. Michael Ford for information at 303-810-4475.
CCD Services Include:
- Peer support and practice help from dentists who have "been there."
- Information about addiction, treatment and recovery among dentists.
- Colleague interventions to gently urge voluntary corrective action before consequences occur.
- Speakers for dental, assisting and hygiene school meetings.
Dentists Peer Assistance Program
Alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse are the nation's top health problems. The general population has at least a 10% incidence of addiction, and studies show that dentists are no different. The Colorado State Board of Dental Examiners has a contract with Peer Assistance Services, Inc. to provide services for dentists and other members of the dental team who are dealing with emotional, psychological or physical problems that could become detrimental to their ability to practice dentistry. This program (funded through license fees) is an alternative to the traditional disciplinary process. The board may refer a dentist to the program in lieu of discipline or a dentist may enter the program voluntarily. Some costs may be the responsibility of the individual. More information is available at www.peerassist.org or www.codrugfreeworkplace.org.
ADA Dentist Health and Wellness Program
The Dentist Health and Wellness program supports disabled dentists, promotes activities related to ergonomics and dental practice, and provides resources to help dentists be more proactive in looking at their own health and wellness. The program also has resources to help dentists with substance abuse and mental health disorders.