Effective Dental Hygiene Scheduling With a Plan
Effective dental hygiene scheduling starts with a plan. What do we want our hygiene schedule to consist of? Where do our sealant patients go? What is the best time for active periodontal treatment? And is there a best place for elder as well as child care?
These are all great questions. Your answers will vary from another practice. Based on your specific needs and patient demographics. But every practice needs a plan. A hygiene schedule template to guide the team.
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The Advanced Dental Block Scheduling Guide is fabulous tool to help you create your ideal schedules. This e-book can be used for creating both your hygiene and restorative schedule templates.
Revisit this process once a year and revise your schedules. As your dental practice grows and changes, your scheduling needs do as well. Be sure to take advantage of the step by step process available to you here.
Effective Dental Hygiene Scheduling Reduce Stress
With the hygiene schedule templates that suit your practice needs, there is less stress. We have the format to follow before us. There are less surprises and greater consistency.
Leave room for some flexibility. Schedule templates that are too rigid are stressful. Set your parameters along with your template. Write your schedule policy and be sure the team knows where there is some wriggle room.
Effective Patient Communication
Communicate your reschedule policy when scheduling every hygiene appointment. Take the time to confidently explain that your doctor does ask for a 48-hour notice to reschedule an appointment. And ask your patient if they can do that for you.
There is less chance for misunderstandings with solid communication skills. Make eye contact with your patient during this conversation. Smile and get their commitment to your doctor’s request. Note this is your doctor’s request! Call in the big guns.
Effective Dental Hygiene Scheduling Use A Solid Confirmation System
Send reminder postcards the month before scheduled hygiene appointments. Yes, this is old school. But it works well. Use postcards that advertise your business. Design your own. Capture your patient’s attention. It’s a great reminder!
Then send your text and email reminders 2 weeks before scheduled appointments. With a sentence to encourage patients to call now should they need to reschedule.
Finally, a phone confirmation (or text & email) 2 business days before the appointment. With any unconfirmed appointments removed from the schedule completely. There are no excuses for unconfirmed appointments at this point.
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Included in the Dental Practice Management Bundle:
- Dental Hygiene Coordinator’s Manual
- Dental Hygiene Schedule Management E-Book
- The Advanced Dental Block Scheduling Guide
- Dental Hygiene Scripts Video Presentation
- The Dental Hygiene Schedule Master Class
- The Dental Office Operational Manual Template