I have been talking to family members in the dental field and although I am driven and excited about applying to dentistry (for the second time) their experience is making me wonder. Basically they are just telling me that it is a huge decision to take on so much loans unless I get accepted to my in-state school. They are very stressed working in the field to pay off their loans and are explaining to me that if I have 300-500K loans after graduating I will need to work full time in a high stress environment for 7 yrs at least to just pay off loans. For insight, I am pursuing dentistry because I really am interested and excited about the actual hands on work and also because it is a stable job market demand that offers a stable income with potential to build wealth after loan repayment. I really hate to say this but I am slightly starting to doubt if this is worth it mainly because dental school will be highly stressful but on top of that I will have a debilitating loan to repay as I enter the job market. Any thoughts from current students or practicing dentists?