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TBS210 – First World Dental Practice Problem

Running a dental business isn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Despite the clean offices, the amazing staff, and the high-tech looking equipment, there’s a lot of work behind the curtains. From paperwork and systems efficiencies all the way to fees and dealing with insurance companies, owning a successful dental practice is by no means easy work. Most may consider our management tasks as ‘first world problems’, but they’re problems nonetheless.

Today, I discuss what I call first world dentistry problems and how I deal with mine. I share how attending a sedation seminar disrupted my daily routine and the scheduling changes I had to get used to. I describe how I am still productive despite working only 20-hour weeks. I explain how I promote a culture of accountability in my practice. I also share some of the reasons why being busy can be good for your health and why I don’t recommend running a dental practice by yourself.

“No one should be practicing dentistry alone in 2020 and beyond. No one. There’s just no reason to.”

This week on T-Bone Speaks Dentistry Podcast:

  • Recalling my experience shortly after the sedation seminar ended.
  • Why I consider myself a ‘dental diva’.
  • My thoughts on my ability to work a typical dentist’s schedule.
  • How you can earn the right to only work 20 hours a week.
  • Some of my shortcomings to my team and business as a business owner.
  • Instilling a culture of accountability across all team members.
  • Having fun with my level of fitness and how I’m working on it.
  • The two businesses I’m working on simultaneously.
  • The perks of staying busy for your health.
  • My tips to those who plan to practice dentistry alone. 

Our Favorite Quotes:

  • “It’s one thing to have somebody coach you that has everything perfect and it’s another thing to get it from somebody who’s never lived it.”
  • “Hold people accountable for some things, then let some things slide until they get in the way.”

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