Episode 567

Avoiding Burnout in Your Career

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: November 23, 2022 | Listening Time: 00:47:43

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Dentists encounter numerous professional stressful situations, beginning from education to day-to-day practice. The resulting stress tends to have a negative impact on their personal as well as professional lives and causes burnout.

The main reason for this is their practice’s nature and personality traits, especially while pursuing dentistry as a carrier. Stress may lead to a negative impact on dentists’ personal as well as professional lives. In this episode, Gary shares tips to help dentists avoid burnout!

This episode also features a clinical tip on Injection tips from Dr. Greg Tuttle, DDS.

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Greg Tuttle – Video on Injection tips


  • 00:00:26 – Introduction to the episode.
  • 00:01:49 – Announcement about the last Masterclass for 2022.

Today’s Clinical Tip

  • 00:03:58 – Injection tips from Dr. Greg Tuttle, DDS

Coaching In Action

  • 00:10:12 – Why do practices that are insurance dependent cause burnout?
  • 00:11:40 – Is burnout a common thing amongst dentists?
  • 00:12:30 – What is the most common reason for burnout?
  • 00:12:57 – What are the 4 things dentists need to know to avoid burnout?
  • 00:16:05 – What is one of Gary’s tips to avoid burnout?
  • 00:16:40 – Gary talks about a tip in a different direction for dentists to avoid burnout.
  • 00:20:33 – Gary talks about an experience he had when was at a DSO leadership summit.
  • 00:23:47 – Gary talks about another work style for dentists to avoid burnout.
  • 00:25:07 – Why do dentists often feel isolated? How can they overcome this to avoid burnout?
  • 00:26:40 – The last tip from Gary to avoid burnout.

Q&A Segment

  • 00:29:17 – Question 1 – I am a practice owner and currently work five days per week and would like to cut back to four days per week. Can I produce the same or more working four days per week?
  • 00:33:24 – Question 2 – I would like to add an Associate Dentist to my practice so that I can reduce my clinical schedule. How can I determine if I have enough production to support an Associate?
  • 00:36:01 – Question 3 – I would like to do some charity dentistry. Can you recommend a good charity that would allow myself and my team to help those in need?
  • 00:41:56 – Question 4 – I really enjoyed your episode about finding your community in dentistry. Any suggestions on specific communities that are worth engaging with?


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Gary Takacs

Gary Takacs Gary became a successful practice owner by purchasing a fixer-upper practice and developing it into a world-class dental practice. He is passionate about sharing his hard-earned insights and experiences with dental practices across the globe.

As a dental practice coach, Gary provides guidance for dental professionals on how to create a healthier practice style that lets them deliver excellent patient care while reducing depending on insurance.

More importantly, Gary’s insights are not just based on theory – as a co-owner of a dental practice, he has first-hand experience in making this transformation from a high-volume and low-fee insurance model to a fee-for-service approach that is more sustainable and promotes a patient-centric and financially healthy dental practice, and he is dedicated to sharing this knowledge with other dental practitioners via the popular Thriving Dentist Show!
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