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Episode 377

The Lip and Tongue-Tie (ankyloglossia) Laser Release Procedure with Ford Gatgens DDS

Host: Gary Takacs | Published Date: April 10, 2019 | Listening Time: 01:02:29

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Gary’s experience as a Coach gives him a first hand opportunity to see what is working in exceptional dental practices all over the country.

In this Thriving Dentist Show, Gary interviews his friend and client, Dr. Ford Gatgens from Dickson, TN about some things that are producing excellent results in his practice.

Ford Gatgens DDS

In this interview Gary and Ford discuss;

  • the lip and tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) laser release procedure he has successfully implemented in his practice,
  • Ford’s personal experience with his son Charlie that created an interest in learning more about the lip and tongue-tie release procedure,
  • the type of laser that Ford uses for this procedure,
  • some great examples of the lives he is changing by adding this service in his practice,
  • Ford’s recommendation to become a member of the Academy of Laser Dentistry, some of the steps that Ford is taking to reduce insurance dependence in his practice,
  • how he has enrolled his entire Team on reducing insurance dependence,
  • Ford’s involvement with Smile Source and how this has improved his practice,
  • how Smile Source is committed to preserving the private practice model of dentistry.

Ford provides an excellent example of a young Dentist who is continually working to enhance and improve his practice by always focusing on providing an excellent clinical and behavioral experience for his patients!

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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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