T-Bone Speaks Dentistry

T-Bone Speaks is a dental podcast dedicated to helping you achieve clinical, financial, and personal balance in dentistry. Dr. Tarun "T-Bone" Agarwal and his co-host Mr. Chuck McKee bring years of practical experience and a unique 'in the trenches' view of dentistry to the podcast. Thanks to their entertaining demeanor and down to earth approach, you’ll be looking forward to each episode. For more great resources on dental learning or to submit a question to the hosts please visit .
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Jun 30, 2016

Today’s question ask us about what procedures can we do owning a CEREC and how we can learn and training to work with CEREC.

Jun 28, 2016

On today’s section of Ask T-Bone we are going to answer two questions. First we will talk about various ways to offer financing and then, how to determinate a fee for implants.

Jun 27, 2016

We've been discussing sleep apnea on this podcast for quite a while now, but in today's episode, we're going to dig deeper into this topic. And to help us understand even more of the intricacies of sleep apnea in dental medicine, I have with us Pat McBride. Pat has been dealing with sleep apnea for quite a while and has an extensive experience with diagnostics, therapies, and training staff become an integral part of the practice. There is so much to learn in this episode and Pat has been kind enough to provide us some literature available for you to download. 

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • Consistency is really important in terms of the people who are caring for them.
  • Yes suck it up and move on because by far the most important thing you do is to realize you have the ability to save somebody's life.
  • If you walk through a program that you can teach every single staff in every single office who wants to do these, you will make people better and the long term goal for this is that you make people feel better.
  • If you have AFib you have sleep apnea
  • Sleep apnea is a progressive and a process type disease
  • Every person is different in their physiological need
  • What you're looking at is a long-term improvement in their health status
Jun 23, 2016

In today’s episode we have been submitted a question regarding Medical Billing. We talk about how to start billing medical, how to ask for patients cards and what we do and explain when our patients ask questions regarding this subject.

Jun 21, 2016

On previous episodes we talked about our flat fee implants, but what happens when the fee may be different depending on the plan that the patient has?

Jun 20, 2016

Practicing dentistry and managing it as a business is not without challenges and struggles. The truth is, many dentists get stuck with these struggles and challenges that eventually chokes not only their practice but their professional growth as a dentist. In this episode, I've had the pleasure of having some straightforward conversation with a great friend, Dr. Ross. He's been generous in sharing his insights about the topic and how he personally tackles his struggles with his team and his professional growth as a dentist. It's absolutely a must listen to episode especially if you are at a similar stage.

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • It's not about luck. Everybody has opportunities and they simply don't make the most of it.
  • "Bother people" and you let it be known that you were a person looking for a mentor
  • You have to realize if your stuck
  • The easiest best way to get reinvigorated is to go to a real meeting
  • Dentists, in general, are people who look for comfort and routine.
  • We need disruption. We need something that dramatically disrupts our thinking because disruption creates action.
  • If you never have that pressure you never want to do it
  • Patients don't know what we can provide and even more important they don't know the questions to ask
  • Find a mentor who's doing the things that you want to do whether be a specialist or hyper GP.
Jun 16, 2016

As an startup, It is a good decision to invest in technology? Up to how many years is good to finance the cost of technology? On this episode we will talk about some important aspects of having technology equipment in your office.

Jun 14, 2016

Our question today is about our medical billing course. We will describe our course, why we say is essentially free and also all you need to bring and some other important aspects of medical billing.

Jun 13, 2016

The challenge of building your practice in a small suburb may seem to be a big hurdle, but for someone like Dr. Erin Elliott, the solution is simple, find a niche and stick to it. In this conversation that I had with her, Erin shared her insights and experiences on how she's used sleep as the springboard to grow her practice. It was not smooth sailing all the way, in fact, it's challenging especially when you have a team with diverse characters, attitudes, and habits. But at the end of the day, she was able to put together a team who has supported her visions and took ownership not only of their roles, but also of the business. 

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • Our hygiene is the bread and butter
  • Why you ought to keep an open block for new patients
  • We should always be accepting new patients
  • I try to limit my marketing dollars into something that works and in just a word of mouth. 
  • Identify people that really are organized but also passionate about it.
  • Everyone is replaceable
  • Be careful who you trust - be sure to implement checks and balances
  • Money isn't always the best motivation for your team
Jun 9, 2016

In today’s episode we talk about offering in-office financing and payments plans.

Jun 7, 2016

In Today’s episode we will talk about insurance and hybrid PPO plans.

Jun 6, 2016

If you are looking for a fresh new source of inspiration, you're in for a great treat in today's episode of T-Bone Speaks. I am joined today by Dr. Dhaval Patel, whose life story and journey as a dentist can really ignite your passion for the practice and at the same time, can help you (and me, included) be reminded that time and again, preparation is essential, both in our practice and in our personal lives.

You will learn from this interview that Dhaval is full of passion and a persistent learner and I believe you will gain a lot of insights that will add some positive impact to you as a person, as a dentist, and as someone who strives to become better at what you do.

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • Why patients love everything about their oral health being taken care of in one office.
  • Having the collaboration within the practice is great.
  • How working in DSO can give you more flexibility
  • Preparation is a key ingredient to success - failing to prepare is preparing to fail
  • how emphasis was put on building relationships with patients for the long term
  • The Five C's of CEREC
  • It's not about the money
  • Digital photography is a must
  • Continue to learn so that you can bring them up even more.
  • You got to learn and you got to master it yourself (first) and then you can bring other people up along with you
  • When you talk about learning more and kind of expanding your skills, if you just keep that to yourself, you’ll never grow
  • You got to have thick skin
Jun 1, 2016

Today we will be sharing some thought regarding to having your own office. Big city, rural, tips for buying offices and the work itself as an office owner.

Jun 1, 2016

In today's episode of T-Bone Speaks, we are joined by Dr. Shawn Van de Vyver of He is the man behind Great Lakes Dentistry and we've had a great chat on some very interesting topics that you'll definitely find not only interesting but more importantly, useful in your practice.

Some of you may probably have an idea when you hear the buzzword marketing automation, but if not, then this discussion is something you'll have to listen completely.  In addition, we've also delved into sleep dentistry and why you should include this in your practice. So be sure to stick around and listen to this episode.

Key Takeaways You'll Learn From this Episode:

  • How marketing automation can benefit your patients and you practice
  • How to use automation to subliminally sell to your existing pool of patients
  • If you're not into marketing and you haven't done marketing education, you're not going to know where is most of the money in your practice. It's in the maybes.
  • Why I think 90% of the people are wasting money in external marketing
  • Very few people come to your practice excited about getting a filling or a crown
  • Marketing is communication
  • Why Facebook video, Facebook live are the next big thing in marketing
  • Which areas you can implement automation in your practice
  • Why personalization is a must in marketing
  • The people listening are the people we need to touch the most because, a) they're clearly interested and b) they’re clearly looking for something.
  • Incremental leads to monumental
  • Why the taste of possibility can be the greatest motivator
  • How to significantly increase your Facebook and Google reviews