But i do consider the other work that I do it for my happiness. i too call them as work because it involves realtion building, inspiring people, Making others happy, stay connecting with large people and a quite lot more of them.
I would say, it depends!
Well, it depends on what kind of practitioner are you - So if you practice in a hospital, they have fixed hours for a checkup (OPD) & a fixed amount of hours for Operations. So it is not that hectic. I would say a dentist would spend 2 hours in OPD and 4 hours in an operation.
Now, if you also practice a personal clinic, then you would spend a lot of your time treating your patients in clinic which generally depends on your lifestyle.
I would also add that any kind of doctor and the medical profession, in general, is the most punctual and well-arranged profession. So, very low chances of flexibility.
the amount of student loan debt you have and how much do you want to make is another big factor, most new graduates try to stay busy all week to help them get out of the dental school debts and try to reach other goals early for example ( buying a house, a practice etc..).
also if you become a specialist like an orthodontist, you can work less with a more flexible schedule since you are going to see fewer patients for more income.
best of luck.