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DentistryIQ: Why Office Manuals Do Not Work

DentistryIQ: Why Office Manuals Do Not Work

As Originally Published in Dentistry IQ on February 9th, 2021. Here is the problem with the idea of buying an operations manual “off the shelf”: Every office is different. Every business does things differently. Each task is done specifically the way that particular...

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The Best Way to Train A New Dental Hire

The Best Way to Train A New Dental Hire

When a new person is hired, typically the team is excited as it not only offers a new, fresh face to add to the team but it means additional help.  The issue with the new fresh face is that when it arrives at your office, most of the team has not prepared for the...

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When should we hire back or replace team members?

Q: When should offices replace team members that have left because of child care, or other obligations, due to the effects of COVID 19 even though production/profits are down?   A:  Add team members as needed.... just like when a practice grows. There is no need...

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How Do You Handle Patients with COVID Contact?

Q: We had a patient (nurse ) get very upset . We asked the COVID-19 screening questions when she came in and she answered that she saw a COVID-19 patient yesterday. We told her we couldn’t see her for the prophy until after 14 days or if she tests negative. She thinks...

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Pre-Covid Schedule and 6 Months Out

Question: We have added about 4-5 hours per week, per hygienist to fit in urgent patients who missed an appointment while we were closed. I'm wondering if you would recommend that we schedule in 6 months with our pre- COVID 19 schedule, or plan on keeping this...

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What should my team do during downtime?

Question: What should I have staff do during this down time? The office is slow staff has done a lot of cleanup of supplies and rooms already. Answer: If your team has opportunities (I don't like using the word down time) available during the day and you feel all...

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New Patients During the Pandemic

I understand that right now we are all trying to survive and we are just in the moment trying to push through. We are hoping for things to get back to normal soon! You don't want to change the way we would handle our patients and the care that we provide for them....

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Help: I’m afraid to ask my employee for feedback

Ask Laura: Help I'm afraid to ask my employee... Help! I am a doctor and I am afraid to ask my employee how she feels about certain things at our office, and with her job honestly, because I am afraid of what she will say.  How do you suggest I have this conversation?...

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Post COVID19 Front Desk – What does it look like?

*** Special Edition *** Every week we answer individual questions from offices, but the below answer is a result of multiple offices asking about what a re-open looks like at the front office. Things will not be “typical” in the dental office when we ‘re-open’ our...

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What Would Laura Do First

What Would Laura Do First? I have been an office manager during the good times and the bad times, and I can tell you that we always come out of it.

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How to create amazing newsletters

How to Create Amazing Newsletters! I had a member recently ask me about communication with patients and what we should be communicating in letters and emails. It made me think about the value of sending newsletters to our patients and how important regular communication really is.

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What is assisted hygiene and does it really work?

QUESTION: What type of schedule have you seen work where the doctor incorporates assisted hygiene into their schedule? The reason they want to do this is because they are having trouble finding a good hygienist willing to see eight patients a day. They are in San Francisco and have a super competitive market for new employees. ANSWER: What assisted hygiene means is the hygienist works with a dental assistant so they can see more patients per day. In this type of schedule the assistant is doing part of the duties during the appointment.

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We want to offer something to parents/kids for referring friends to our office. Any great ideas you can share?

Question: We want to offer something to parents/kids for referring friends to our office. Any great ideas you can share? ANSWER: I will start by saying that since I have never worked in a pediatric office, I am not going to claim that I am an expert in this area, however, I do have some thoughts. What I am about to say on this subject pertains to all offices that are running some sort of a patient incentive program.

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