Sedation Dentistry as an Excellent Practice Builder

with Dr. Michael Silverman - Episode 313

The reality is that many patients experience fear or apprehension when it comes to visiting the Dentist. Recent studies reported that 49% of the adult population in the U.S. put off a visit to the Dentist because of fear and 22% of the adults in the U.S. won’t visit the Dentist at all because of fear.

Running time: 62:44 minutes

To help you successfully incorporate sedation dentistry into your practice Gary invited his friend Dr. Michael Silverman on the Thriving Dentist Show. In this interview, Gary and Michael discuss; The current State of the Sedation Union today, current ADA guidelines and state regulations governing sedation dentistry, the demand for sedation dentistry by patients, great tips for Dentists to make sedation part of their practice or a bigger part of their practice, training and safety measures, the concept of the IV sedation permit as your ‘forever permit’, support available from DOCS Education and Michael’s forecast for the future of sedation dentistry.

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How I Became a Practice Owner and Lessons Learned Along the Way

with Ryan Lepore DMD

The ultimate career goal for many Dentists it to become a practice owner. However, there are many younger Dentists who feel that practice ownership may be out of reach given their student loan debt and concerns about managing a practice. As inspiration, Gary wanted to bring a young Dentist on the Thriving Dentist Show who has successfully navigated the path to practice ownership early in his career.

Running Time: 63:01 minutes

In this Show, Gary and Ryan Lepore discuss how Ryan became a practice owner.

They discuss: what motivated Ryan to become a Dentist, Ryan’s experiences as an Associate Dentist in both a Corporate setting and Private Practice environment, tips on how to improve clinical speed, efficiency and diagnostic skills, how Ryan ultimately found the right practice to purchase, the lessons that Ryan has learned in his first year of practice ownership and the interview concludes with Ryan sharing some great CE resources that have been very helpful for Ryan. You will enjoy Ryan’s story and his genuine desire to help his colleagues!

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Changes in the World of Dental CE

with Elijah Desmond

Elijah Desmond

It is no coincidence that Dentists who take more CE have more successful practices. However, not all Dental CE is the same. Dental CE that provides excellent educational content in a unique location and networking opportunities with the speakers and attendees can be truly powerful learning experiences.

Running Time: 37:38 minutes

In this Thriving Dentist Show Gary invited his friend Elijah Desmond to share his thoughts on the changing world of dental CE. In this interview Gary and Elijah discuss; 3 major trends that are happening in the dental profession today and how Dentists can respond to these trends, why traditional dental conferences are struggling to remain relevant today, new CE opportunities for Dentists today, Elijah’s motivation to start a charity called ‘A Success Story for Kids’ with the mission of helping children realize their potential, Elijah’s Smiles at Sea Program and the interview concludes with announcing Gary as the featured speaker for the 2018 Smiles at Sea Alaska Cruise. You will be inspired by Elijah and his commitment to truly make a difference in the world!

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The New Dentists Guide to Real World Dentistry

with Dr. Neha Garge

Making the transition from Dental School to the real world of practicing dentistry can be a challenge. To help Dentists succeed in that transition Gary interviews Dr. Neha Garge in this Thriving Dentist Show.



Running Time: 59:34 minutes

Neha is the author of the book; The New Dentists Guide to Real World Dentistry. In the interview Gary and Neha discuss; Why Neha wrote the book, her experiences in transitioning from Dental School to a practicing Dentist, excellent resources so you don’t feel like you are practicing alone, awesome CE resources, the importance in investing in yourself even when it seems like you can’t afford it, the importance of understanding the business side of dentistry as early as possible and a host of other recommendations to help launch your career. You’ll enjoy Neha’s honest, straightforward approach of sharing her challenges and successes!

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The Future of Independent Dentistry

with Dr. Lance Timmerman

News Flash: Dentistry is changing! If you are a regular listener to the Thriving Dentist Show you know that Gary is ‘bullish’ on the future of dentistry. His guest in this interview, Dr. Lance Timmerman, shares Gary’s positive perspective on the future of dentistry.


Running Time: 53:23 minutes

In this Show, Gary and Lance discuss; The challenges facing independent Dentists and how to position yourself for success, why you should consider treating sleep apnea in your practice, other clinical services to consider adding with advanced training, why investing in yourself in the form of CE is the best investment you can make and some additional treatment areas that Lance is excited about now. You will really enjoy Lance’s positive perspective and his appetite to learn more to best serve his patients!

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World-Class Dental CE Resources

with Dr. Alex Shalman

One of the common denominators of Thriving Dentists is they are deeply committed to attending quality Continuing Education Courses. Thriving Dentists quite literally embrace the spirit of ‘Lifelong Learning’.



Running Time: 51:48 minutes

In this thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend, Dr. Alex Shalman on the subject of Continuing Education and how important it is to embrace a spirit of lifelong learning. You may remember an earlier Thriving Dentist Show where Alex ‘hijacked’ the Show and interviewed Gary. Well, that format proved very popular with our listeners and we will make the ‘hijacked’ format with Alex as host a periodic feature here on the Thriving Dentist Show. In this interview Gary and Alex discuss some high quality CE resources and Gary provides a document listing some of his favorite CE resources to the listeners of the Show.

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6 Most Important Lessons of 2014

with Gary Takacs

As we wrap up another year, Gary spent some time reflecting on his own practice and the offices of his clients to identify the most important lessons from the year.




Running Time: 38:06 min

In this Thriving Dentist Show Gary defines the 6 most important lessons he learned in 2014. They include; The importance of B.H.A.G’s (Big, Hairy, Audacious, Goals), the importance of constant team-building activities, marketing is more important than ever, developing a culture of adding treatment into your schedule each day, the need to audit your 24 practice systems on an ongoing basis and the fact that more CE = more enjoyment. Wishing you all a New Year filled with Good Health, Happiness and Prosperity!

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The Most Interesting Topics in Clinician’s Report Dentistry Update Courses

with Dr. Gordon Christensen

Dental Podcast

Dr. Gordon Christensen is one of the most respected educators in dentistry.





Running Time: 53:49 min

In this inspiring interview Gary and Gordon discuss the most requested topics that Gordon presents in his 2014 Clinician’s Report Dentistry Update courses, the most common questions Gordon receives in his courses, Gordon’s views on the current and coming effects of the corporate dentistry model on techniques, materials, devices and concepts and current and future technology of interest to Dentists. You will really enjoy Gordon’s unbiased perspective and his thoughts on the future of dentistry!

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The Future of Digital Education in Dentistry

with Dr. Dhru Shah

Dental Podcast

As a regular listener to the Thriving Dentist Show, you know that Gary and I are quite passionate about technology and digital content. After all, it is through the magic of digital technology that allows us to bring you this podcast! And the truly amazing thing is that this technology means that Dentists from 102 countries have now downloaded the Thriving Dentist Show. Gary gets frequent emails from Dentists in remote countries saying they Love the Show and thanking his for providing this useful content. The world truly is shrinking and technology makes it easier to connect with people throughout the world.

Running Time 50:05

Today we have a very special guest on the Show who is as passionate as Gary and I about digital technology. Dr. Dhru Shah is the co-founder of Dentinal Tubules, an online community based in the UK that is a learning portal for all things dentistry. The site is truly amazing and we are very excited to have Dr. Shah on the show.

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Dentistry is Back!

with Gary Takacs

TDS Logo 600X600Gary recently returned from an absolutely incredible conference, the 148th Annual Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting. You’ve heard Gary discuss the importance of continuous learning and attending conferences. He has identified a spirit of learning as one of the characteristics of a thriving Dentist. In this episode Gary shares some of the amazing things he learned at the Chicago Mid-Winter Meeting and why attending top conferences is such an important part of your business. It’s important to note that there was an energy level in Chicago that he hadn’t seen in quite some time. You’ll learn why some of the best learning at a conference happens in the exhibit hall and we also talk about why Gary encourages clients to stretch their horizons and travel to dental conferences outside their local area.

Running Time 29:48

Green Dental Conference:

We are thrilled to announce the first Green Dental Conference sponsored by the Eco-Dentistry Association May 3-4, 2013 in Sundance, Utah. Gary will be one of the featured speakers along with a host of other outstanding speakers.

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