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I didn't see you mention, nor have I seen it asked, so, do you enjoy dentistry? Having multiple offices is terrific at this stage in your career. Hats off to you.
As for adding an associate, if you could get that person trained to run an office or specific
days, you could step back a little and enjoy family a little more. The same can be done for
blocking schedules. With sedation and implants, people want those services and understand
there is more to those appointments. That said, telling them you do them on specific days would
be understandable. You may even see that you can level out your day rather than ride this roller
coaster of varying appointments.
Taking control of your schedule is a big deal, especially when kids are involved. I had one
graduate this last week and intentionally stepped back when I could from work to not miss
certain things. People asked how I could miss, and I would tell them I can work the rest of my
life, kids are kids for a short time. I enjoy what I do-perhaps because I do take some time to be
rigid in schedule at times to be able to make those memories. ■

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Member Since: 11/15/16
Post: 24 of 30

5/17/2020

I had a three-op office for 17 years. Don't even think about doing your own hygiene. Both
you (financially) and your patients will suffer. You make peanuts doing hygiene. I don't get that.
Maybe if you are debt-free. So what if hygienist breaks even? You get quality treatment from
them. You must use two assistants, with one being an RDA or expanded. You can be incredibly
productive with two rooms. I do it all day long. I have four rooms now but two are hygiene.
Your problem may become that you can see all your recall patients. That happens if you
par with PPOs. Too many patients, not enough income.
I have been through it all. I lasted 17 years at three ops,
went to five by myself , but the fifth op was a bonus room.
Now down to a four-op office. Tried PPOs and an associate. Lots of hours, lots of overhead, lots of headaches.
No going backwards, dropping the PPOs, less staff, slower
pace, and way more profits I am anticipating. Maybe get
an associate to work the less desirable office and offer a
buy deal? ■

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Member Since: 12/13/01
Post: 25 of 30

5/18/2020

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