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SamwiseGamgee

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Do you guys think peds residency is worth it? I am very conflicted and go back and forth.
I love working with kids and don’t see myself working with adults. I currently work at a denti-cal pediatric office and make over $200k working 4 days a week. I’m happy with my job, but I worry about the long term, if my job is too niche. I would also love to be able to do sedation, but I want to continue working with the low income population as I find it more rewarding. This population tends to not want sedation and also can’t afford the extra fees denti-cal offices add since the reimbursement from denti-cal is so low for sedation.

So is going to peds residency worth it in the long run?
 

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You are asking the wrong forum. Most are pre-dent here or are dental students with limited perspective.

Speaking of limited perspective, if I was making 200k a year working 4 days a week I'd be spending less time on a dental forum and more time smiling
 
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Peds will be worth it as long as medicaid continues to pay for peds dentistry, which it most likely will. The fees are not terrible and in a Peds world where volume rules, it is a way to make some money. Sure, it's not a boutique practice, but those kids will not have the rampant caries you see in a Medicaid office, so they are more dependent on recall and hygiene. If you like doing the five main procedures, and don't mind the child/parent patient management, peds is a good bet.
 
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