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One of the primary root causes of the problems concerning private dental practice is the failure of the dental professional to treat it as a business. You may say that you strived to become a dentist because you want to provide high-quality dental care services and not because of your love of money. Though it may seem like a noble objective, it does not totally help you organize, manage, run, promote, and grow your private dental practice more effectively.
In today's Schultz dentistry desk we have listed some tips to help you run your dental practice more effectively and smoothly.
Make your exam rooms more organized, neat and tidy
As much as possible, always make your exam rooms organized, neat, and tidy. Minimize the use of cabinetry and other furniture that are not truly necessary for your day to day practice. Place everything you need within your reach.
You can use movable furniture like a wheeled tray for all your dental tools, devices, and instruments like your Schultz optical loupes to make it easier for you to reach them anytime you need them when performing dental procedures. Also, make sure that there is an easy traffic flow inside the room and there are no items that can limit your movements.
Keep your dental tools, instruments, devices, and facilities up to date
Many patients are looking for dental offices that use the latest dental technologies. Make sure that all your dental facilities, tools, instruments, and devices are always up to date. This will not only encourage more patients to patronize your services, it will likewise help you work more effectively, easily, and quickly.
For instance, patients will more likely trust dentists who use Schultz loupes than those who perform dental procedures with just their bare eyes. Dental loupes allow dentists to see the oral cavity more closely, accurately and clearly in crisp details making it possible for dentists, hygienists, and dental professionals to execute any procedure more precisely, and quickly.
Modify your dental office hours
Do not just stick with the typical 8:00 am to 12:00 noon and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm, Monday through Fridays office hours. Consider extending or modifying your office hours to accommodate those patients who work during this regular schedule. You can extend to 9:00 pm to 10:00 pm or schedule your rest day to mid-week rather than on the weekend to allow patients to visit your dental office without the need for them to take a leave from work or school.
Improve your customer service
One of the key secrets to a smooth and successful private dental practice is good customer service. Check if there is a need for you to improve your customer service. Make sure that you have someone in your team who is not merely dedicated to his or her dental office duties but is also genuinely concerned about the wellness and satisfaction of your patients. Patients, in general, want to be greeted by a front desk staff that is friendly, warm, and welcoming than someone with a frowning face.
This concludes the first part of our blog series. In the following days, we will continue to discuss about some other tips on how you can run, and manage your private dental practice more effectively and smoothly.