Last week we sent the email below to all AzDA members. Because so many questions came in, AzDA Executive Director Kevin Earle recorded a special Audio Amalgam podcast to provide some additional clarity and to address your questions.
To access the audio file, click the button below. The podcast is only about six minutes long. 

Want to jump to a specific section? Use the timestamps below.

  • Overview :44
  • Are you just finding out about this now? You've missed AzDA's communications to you: 3:06
  • Can I get an extension past January 1, 2020: 3:33
  • Are there free services out there: 4:23
  • I only prescribe maybe 4-5 narcotic (opioid type) prescriptions a year, do I really have to do this: 4:33
  • The waiver will buy me twelve more months. Do you think AzDA will have a solution by then: 4:41
  • Wrap up: 5:13
Direct download: ePrescribing_update_from_ED_Kevin_Earle.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:25pm MST

(14min) People fear public speaking more than death. “This means to the average person who has to be at a funeral, you’d rather be in the casket than doing the eulogy,” noted TV comedian Jerry Seinfeld. If you’ve made the leap to promote your practice through online video, there’s far less pressure than giving a eulogy.
Direct download: Tips_for_being_on_camera_for_Audio_Amalgam_JeremyTuber_final.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 10:58am MST

(31min) As a teaser to her lectures and workshop on Oct 5 and Oct 6, 2018 at the Arizona Dental Association (Scottsdale), Dr. Batoon shares insights on how to incorporate sleep medicine into your dental practice; is there one appliance that works for most sleep disorders; should you just treat patients for snoring; how to accurately give a patient exam for sleeping issues; building relationships with the medical community; what mistakes to avoid when treating a patient for sleep issues; and where sleep medicine is headed.

If you're looking for hands-on training, register for Dr. Batoon's 6CEU "Wake up your dental practice" course on Friday, October 5 at



Dr. Batoon is also offering a 3CEU "Pediatric airway and sleep disorder breathing" course on Saturday, October 6. Register at:



***Register for both courses and receive a discounted bundle price. Register at http://bit.ly/BatoonBundle

Direct download: Audio_Amalgam_Podcast_Dr_DianaBatoon.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:47pm MST

(1hr) Increased awareness about the growing problem of microbial resistance with related challenges of treating infections caused by resistant organisms has resulted in a global initiative to improve the appropriate and safe use of antibiotics. This podcast is a discussion of strategies to promote antibiotic stewardship among dental professionals.  Practical considerations for reducing unnecessary antibiotic use, including the need for antibiotic premedication, are provided along with suggestions for resources to aid dental professionals with their clinical decision-making.

Do you ever think: Am I doing what I should be doing to prevent infective endocarditis? What do I do with my patient that has a prosthetic joint replacement? This podcast features Dr. Ann Spolarich, a leading expert and international speaker on pharmacology. She shares a very informative and lively conversation with Dr. Mai-Ly Duong about the current issues with antimicrobial resistance, the importance of antibiotic stewardship, as well as the most up-to-date guidelines for infective endocarditis prevention and managing patients with prosthetic joint replacements. 

If you have questions about what is covered in this podcast, feel free to reach out to Dr. Ann Spolarich at aspolarich[at symbol]atsu[dot]edu

Direct download: Dr_MaiLy_and_Dr_Ann_antbiotics_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 4:08pm MST

(33min) Dr. Marty Margetis shares a cautionary tale for any dentist who is looking to build out, remodel, expand office space, move and renovate, etc.

Direct download: Audio_Amalgam_Podcast_Dr_Marty_Margetis.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:21pm MST

(1hr10min) If you've been to a Women in Dentistry (WiD) event or even on their Facebook page, you know one thing about this group: it's a vibrant, supportive community. In carrying on that tradition, WiD recorded its first roundtable discussion podcast, featuring Drs. Onika Patel, Vanessa Marinho, and Elizabeth Fleming—moderated by Dr. Mai-Ly Duong. The conversation (work/life balance, mentors, pressure to be perfect, and more) is lively, engaging, and insightful, so check it out.

Direct download: WiD_podcast_FINAL_hosted_by_Dr_Mai-Ly.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 12:35pm MST

(36min) Dr. Pruzansky shares an honest and engaging look at her transition from large group practice employee to practice owner, and what she learned along the way (debt mgmt., what she looked for in a practice, patient attrition, etc). For new dentists considering ownership, you’ll want to make sure you catch this podcast.

Direct download: Audio_Amalgam_Podcast_Dr_Dawn_Pruzansky.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 2:53pm MST

If you've been in practice long enough, you've had a patient look to file a complaint about you, which potentially means you'll need to appear in front of BODEX. However, if you're an AzDA member dentist, mediation services might be available to you. If you have no idea what this benefit is about, or how it works for you, have a listen. —Jeremy Tuber, AzDA Manager of Communications

Direct download: Jeremy_Tuber_podcast_mediation_services_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:08pm MST

If you've been told email is dead and that all the action is on social media, you've been lied to. Email is far from dead, and a lot of your colleagues are leveraging it (along with social media) to stay in contact, educate, and even personally connect with their patient base. If you're not getting the traction you'd like from emails you send to patients, this podcast is for you. —Jeremy Tuber, AzDA's Manager of Communication

Direct download: Jeremy_Tuber_podcast_email_marketing_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 3:07pm MST

My daughter's teacher had a simple class assignment: provide step-by-step instructions on how to make a PB&J sandwich. This got me thinking about communication—patient communication—and exactly how much of what I share with patients is actually retained.

Direct download: PB_and_J_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:34am MST

AzDA Editor Dr. Eric Curtis' Safford, AZ office was twice overrun by local Boy Scout troops looking to earn a merit badge. What the kids learned and what Dr. Curtis took away from the unexpected visit.

Direct download: Merit_Badge_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:30am MST

After providing a quick history on specialties, Dr. Roda tackles specialist referrals from the new dentist perspective (who is looking to keep cases in house) as well as the specialist (who wants to be respected and not dumped on). From years of experience as a GP and then an endodonotic specialist, Dr. Roda has a distinct perspective on how this multifaceted relationship should work.

Direct download: Dr_Roda_podcast_GPs_referring_to_specialists_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:24am MST

Dr. Curtis shares his uninhibited thoughts about the "mindless bovine open-mouth smacking" that has made gum chewing an indelible pet peeve for him. As a fair-minded clinician though, he’s can't pull himself to claim it's completely worthless...

Direct download: Chewing_Gum_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:16am MST

If you're on the dental speaking circuit or maybe just considering it, international speaker and 2018 AzDA President Rob Roda offers you some invaluable first-hand insights, humor, personal stories from the road, and advice on how to break into the speaking while juggling a busy practice. 

Direct download: Dr_Roda_podcast_the_speaking_circuit_FINALtoUPLOAD.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 11:04am MST

AzDA Executive Director Kevin Earle explains the recent bill signed by the Governor, introducing dental therapists into Arizona, and exactly how they will (or won't) affect our member dentists' practices.

Direct download: EDP_dental_therapy_06-14-18_updated.mp3
Category:podcasts -- posted at: 9:43am MST





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