Grab a cold beer and join us as Dr. Casey Goetz sits down to discuss all things pediatric dentistry. Topics include uncensored and unscripted conversations with special guests regarding start-ups, practice management, finances, hot topics and clinical pearls in pediatric dentistry. Our profession might not always be pretty, so might as well drink beer and have some tipsy tiny teeth talk. New episodes released weekly.
Managing Anesthesia Emergencies, with Dr. Richard Marn, MD
Dr. Richard Marn is a dual board-certified physician in anesthesiology and pediatric anesthesiology. He trained at NYU and Johns Hopkins Hospital, and was on Mt. Sinai Hospital faculty as one of their pediatric anesthesiologists for 11 years. He works in New York providing pediatric in-office sedations for pediatric dentists and oral surgeons through his company New York Medical Anesthesia.
Dr. Marn is also unique because his wife Dr. Jessica Marn is a fellow pediatric dentist!
Drs. Richard and Jessica Marn recognized that medical education for dentists and oral surgeons is fragmented and incomplete. They co-founded an education company, Blue Pacific Medical Simulation, that teaches dental offices how to properly respond to medical emergencies in their office.
In this episode, we review why pediatric dentists and their teams often aren't well trained or equipped to handle in-office anesthesia emergencies when things go wrong. We discuss common problems, review a recent pediatric dental anesthesia death in the news, and talk about how Dr. Marn's company runs simulations to train dentists on how to be better prepared. More info on Dr. Marn and his services can be found at the website below.
Selling to MB2 instead of a DSO, with Dr. Jon Lindblom
Dr. Jon Lindblom is a pediatric dentist and practice owner from Bartlesville, Oklahoma. He's been a practice owner for 10+ years in his small hometown in Oklahoma, and enjoys the benefits of practicing in a busy and uncompetitive environment that a small town has to offer. He's a firm believer in reinvesting and becoming involved in your local community (he donated $50,000 to sponsor and build a disk golf course for his practice). We discuss what his practice is like, and also how he uses oral sedations with chloral hydrate to overcome the access barriers to traditional GA in a small town.
Dr. Lindblom tells us about why he decided to sell his practice to MB2. For those that aren't aware, MB2 is a dental partnership company that purchases equity and buys out dental practices. In some ways it's similar to a DSO, but in many ways different. Dr. Lindblom really did his due diligence, and he tells us about the benefits of his partnership and why it was a good choice for him and his practice.
Ditch the Alginate, Start Scanning Your Spacers! With Dr. Gerardo Martinez
Dr. Gerardo Martinez is a pediatric dentist who practices out of Milford, Delaware. After spending time in California, Florida, and Texas, Dr. Martinez decided to start a practice in rural Delaware. We discuss a whole range of topics on this podcast, including the differences in patient populations he has treated throughout the country. He believes the future of pediatric dentistry is bright, and he discusses how much need still exists in the more remote areas like Delaware.
Dr. Martinez has a unique practice philosophy. We talk about how he is okay with tougher/crying appointments and being aggressive with extractions while at the same time using SDF, Hall crowns, and glass ionomer products to manage decay.
I had heard that Dr. Martinez invested in and uses a scanner to take digital impressions for his space maintenance. I hate fitting bands and taking impressions, so we took a dive into the costs and benefits of purchasing and using an intra-oral scanner in a pediatric office. It definitely changed my perspective and is likely something I will purchase in the near future.
Busting Fluoride Conspiracies, with Dr. Johnny Johnson
Dr. Johnny Johnson is a pediatric dentist from Florida who joins us on the podcast today. Dr. Johnson practiced full time as a pediatric dentist until a bicycle accident in 2002. Over the next 6-7 years he continued to practice while undergoing multiple surgeries on his wrist. He eventually hung up the handpiece when his wrist needed to be totally fused. We spend some time talking about disability insurance and what that journey looked like for Dr. Johnson.
Dr. Johnson now spends his time advocating for public water fluoridation. He is a leader in the American Fluoridation Society and fights every day all around the country and world to promote the benefits of community water fluoridation.
I try to challenge Dr. Johnson with the current evidence of fluoride, and some of the conspiracy theories and claims that anti-fluoride parents present to us. Dr. Johnson gives us the evidence and rebuttals to counter these claims.
He encourages any listener to reach out to him at email@example.com for personal help in advocating for community water fluoridation in their own community, as he is very passionate about his work.
Pediatric Dentists Share 1-Star Reviews
Let’s be honest, 99% of our patient encounters are awesome and end with happy kids and happy parents. But then there’s that 1% of the time when things don’t go as planned and you end up with angry parents. We've all gotten those unwarranted one-star reviews, so now it’s time to share them to remind each other that you just can’t make everybody happy. This episode took a lot of time to put together, so thank you to all the anonymous pediatric dentists who took the time to share their stories!
Our State Doubled Its Medicaid Reimbursement, Here's How We Did It! With Dr. Aaron Bumann
Dr. Aaron Bumann is a pediatric dentist practicing in the Kansas City, Missouri area. He's is an active member of the Missouri Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and has been the leading voice advocating for improvements to our state Medicaid to provide better access to dental care for kids.
Dr. Bumann and I talk about his background and what his practice is like in the Kansas City area. We talk about the benefits of being an associate dentist, and how you can create a healthy professional work environment when you find the right office and surround yourself with good team members.
The focus of our conversation deals with the recent Medicaid fee increases that have been approved in Missouri. The governor recently approved a budget increase that will nearly double the current fees for dental services. To give context, a typical pediatric recall appointment that historically reimbursed around $90 will increase to around $180. This historic increase will allow more kids to have access to quality dental care in our state. Dr. Bumann discusses his role in making these fee increases happen, and gives some insight on what actions providers can do to advocate for changes in their own states.
EXCELLENT INFO! Please change theme intro!
9 Stars for the treasure trove of peds dental information and for the hard work by Dr Casey. 1 Star for the grating, screeching intro theme song. Please nix the shrill parts! My wife and I both agree the intro is just not a welcoming theme. Makes me grit my teeth and want to turn it off! Average out to 5 stars! ;)
Inspiring, educational & just.. real
Truly inspiring hearing so many success stories from pediatric dentists around the country. Casey comes up with great topics that everyone wants to learn more about. Feels like a great way to learn ways on becoming the best pediatric dentist you can be, not only as a clinician, but as a leader and business owner. Keep it up and can’t wait to see what else is in store!
Best podcast for pediatric dentistry
Awesome, relaxed podcast with excellent content and guests. Highly recommend, not just to pedo, but any dental professionals who are interested in tips to starting and/or running their own practice