Virtually unknown among the occupational community of dentists and their business handlers, the recent events were literally the most important events in the private practice of dentistry since Chapin A. Harris, MD, DDS started the profession back in the 1840s. These dramatic events changed dental practice forever. Yet, most dentists and their practice management advisers are not fully prepared to cope with the threats and to capitalize on the opportunities. Continue
Added by Francis A. Toto on December 17, 2011 at 11:16am —
Editor's Note: At the recent Dental Trade Alliance meeting in Washington, D.C., I had the chance to hear thoughts on technology from Peter Leyden. Leyden is the Founder and CEO of Next Agenda, a new media startup helping organizations solve complex challenges by connecting offline and online worlds through the innovative use of video and then scaling up online collaboration through the use of next generation web tools. He works with clients who are wrestling with large-scale public… Continue
Added by Kevin Henry on November 23, 2011 at 11:54am —
When you search for dental marketing tips you will most certainly find the following:
Dental marketing needs to be…
Added by Dr. Madlena Kantscheff on November 14, 2011 at 8:00am —
We all live in an information age. It seems like on every corner we turn we are flooded with tips on how to grow our business,how to make it successful and… Continue
Added by Dr. Madlena Kantscheff on November 13, 2011 at 8:00am —
It is estimated that as many as 75% of US adults experience some degree of dental fear, from mild to severe.Approximately 5 to 10 percent of U.S. adults are considered to experience dental phobia; that is, they are so fearful of receiving dental treatment that they avoid dental care at all costs.Many dentally fearful people will only seek dental care when they have a dental emergency, such… Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on October 31, 2011 at 8:35am —
Dental anxiety seems to be an increasing phenomenon these days. A lot of people do suffer from dental phobia or fear of dentist and dental work, most especially the kids. And I never exclude myself to dental phobic children. When I was a kid, I never received any dental treatment because having a dental checkup is always among my greatest fears. I constantly feel the tension, during my young age, each time I see a dentist in white lab coats or medical scrubs at the same time holding dental… Continue
Added by Penelope Rock on October 26, 2011 at 10:00pm —
Could someone explain to me why you would pay the high price for an apple computer and then buy a windows operating system to put on it? What would be the advantage of this? Despite popular belief the components in the systems are not manufactured by apple they are just assembled by apple. Meaning you could get the same or better components in other systems.
I know everyone says that apples are more reliable and maybe that is partially true if you are running an Apple OS that… Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on October 21, 2011 at 12:00pm —
I frequent the dental town message boards and was posed an interesting question after asking one myself. A Dr had mentioned that he has the digital over film discussion a lot and that he couldn't justify spending the money to outfit his practice since he didn't think he would see a return on it. So I informed him that with our technology solution and staff training our doctors see a production increase of at least 15% within their practice and that the practices are able to cover the cost… Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on October 20, 2011 at 7:30am —
We have been having a lot of my clients come to me with the issue of getting rid of their old working equipment when they make the move to digital.
There are a whole bunch of options and few of them work well.
Craigslist, Ebay, Hoping and Praying and donating.
I know of lots of offices that have tried all four options. The problem in most cases is the dentist does not have time to sit around answering the constant craigslist and ebay… Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on October 18, 2011 at 7:30am —
Nothing is more frustrating for a dental technology integrator like myself than going into a new network that is just a complete mess. I just did a basic install of some digital x-ray sensors in an office that already had prof.suni and dentrix. As I am going through the workstations loading drivers I see that windows firewall is on, anti virus real time scan is on with no exclusions set, and the current IT guy has like 5 mapped drives all mapping multiple ways to get to the same location. It… Continue
Added by Jacob Scheiterlein on October 7, 2011 at 11:00am —
We all live in an information age. It seems likeon every corner we turn we are flooded with tips on how to grow our business,how to make it successful and profitable.… Continue
Added by Dr. Madlena Kantscheff on September 15, 2011 at 8:00am —
My conversations with colleagues and working with coaching clients have shown me where the biggest challenge for every dentist lies:… Continue
Added by Dr. Madlena Kantscheff on September 14, 2011 at 8:00am —
“Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other.” (John F. Kennedy)… Continue
Added by Dr. Madlena Kantscheff on September 13, 2011 at 8:00am —
Motivating employees and patients is a key part of managing your dental practice. To motivate is to provide with an incentive, to move to action, or to impel. Your patients need an incentive to bring them into your office for treatment. Whether that incentive is to prevent cavities, take care of a toothache, or to take advantage of a coupon, they all keep your patient coming into your practice and keep your schedule full.
Motivating your employees is a much different task. A… Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on September 8, 2011 at 12:13pm —
Are you feeling the crunch in your dental business? With the economy showing no signs of losing its sluggishness and the unemployment rate continuing its gradual rise, it's no wonder everyone in the business sector is feeling the painful pinch.
As a dentist, you might assume you'd be spared from feeling the effects of the economic slowdown. Unfortunately, that's not the case. Gone are the days when being a dentist simply meant being a… Continue
Added by Dr. Madlena Kantscheff on September 7, 2011 at 8:00am —
Every dentist knows that it is very important to build patient loyalty within their practice, but how much effort and resources are actually put towards doing so? Here are a few tips for you to apply in your office to help build patient loyalty and grow your practice.
1. Be a Friend First: A patient who feels comfortable and at home in your office is a patient who will come back. Make your patients feel like your friends rather than another customer. Care about the… Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on August 22, 2011 at 2:33pm —
Having a reminder card has become pretty standard throughout the dental industry. Anytime a patient leaves the dental office with an appointment (and they always should have an appointment when they leave), they are given a small card to remind them of the day and time of their scheduled appointment. This is a good little tool and has worked for many years but nowadays, a reminder card more often than not ends up getting ruined in the washer rather than hung up on the fridge to serve its… Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on August 12, 2011 at 10:00am —
As the office manager for a 6 dentist, 20 staff, 18 operatory dental practice, I am responsible for the business-side of the practice. When I was hired (almost 15 years ago!) my first task was to select the best dental practice management software for our practice – and after an exhaustive review, we chose Dentrix. On top of the basics of scheduling, billing/insurance and treatment planning, we use Dentrix to help…
Added by Jill Nesbitt on August 4, 2011 at 11:50am —
The nation's leading provider of continuing education and training on the administration of sedation for dental and medical procedures announced today that they are now providing IV sedation training for dentists. Continue
Conscious Sedation Consulting, the Missouri based company will be providing this training at a facility in Los Angeles, CA, beginning this fall. This program is a "mini-residency" and will be 60 hours of didactic education and participation in the administration of…
Added by Randy Pigg on August 2, 2011 at 2:04pm —
It can be very frustrating to have patients miss their appointments. There are legitimate excuses that patients may have, emergencies and other unpredictable factors will always exist, but what can you do to motivate your patients to not miss their appointments?
Many practices have implemented cancelation policies that include charging patients a fee for missed appointments. While this may work for some practices I don’t believe this to be the most effective solution because… Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on July 18, 2011 at 4:35pm —