November 19, 2023

130. Are you Over Diagnosing or Poorly Communicating? – Millennial Dentist Podcast

In this episode of the Millennial Dentist podcast, I emphasized the importance of evolving dental treatment planning beyond traditional approaches. Acknowledging the gaps in dental education, particularly in communication skills, I urge you to align their clinical knowledge with effective patient dialogue. The episode covers the challenges of overtreatment and highlights the need for communication to keep pace with clinical education. I advocate for a patient-centric approach, urging practitioners to understand and cater to individual patient preferences and needs in a conservative yet adaptive manner.

@2:05 – Improve dental communication for patient understanding

@4:58 – Timing matters: When to recommend tire replacements

@10:36 – Mastering communication in dentistry to bridge gaps.

@14:23 – Stop the ‘maybe’ BS

@16:11 – Prioritize accuracy in diagnosis for effective treatments

Who is Dr. Sully Sullivan?

Dr. Sully is a fourth-generation dentist from Nashville, Tn. After receiving his doctorate of dental surgery from the University of Tennessee, he moved back to Nashville to practice with his father. By continuing to invest in his education through adult orthodontics, soft tissue grafting, dental implants, third molar extractions, and obstructive sleep apnea, he helped double his practice in just 24 months. 

As a millennial, he truly believes in working smarter not harder, which has led him to utilize technology to not only deliver better patient care but more efficient care. Dr. Sullivan regularly uses CEREC, 3D imaging with Galileos, 3D printing, and multiple lasers. In addition to his practice, he started the Millennial Dentist Podcast in February of 2017 to help push his fellow colleagues to take their dental careers to the next level. Dr. Sully lectures around the country on cone beam technology, cad/cam dentistry, obstructive sleep apnea, and practice management. He is also an ambassador for the 3D-Dentist teaching facility in Raleigh, NC.

As always, thanks so much for listening! If you like the show, we would love for you to review the show on Apple Podcasts as well as spread the word! If you have any questions or want to get in touch, shoot me an email at

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Richard Sullivan, DDS

Partner, Sullivan Dental Partners

Co-host/Founder of the Millennial Dentist Podcast

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