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We recently purchased new direct digital xray sensors for my group practice. This is the first major technology purchase in our practice for a handful of years and we took the time to do our 'due diligence' to compare the products and make the right choice for our practice. If you're facing a new technology purchase, here are some ideas on how to evaluate competitive products, train your staff and then follow up to make sure you're making the most of your purchase.
Added by Jill Nesbitt on November 8, 2012 at 10:37am — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
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 — No Comments
Reminding your patients to come in for their bi-annual check-up is a very important task for all dental offices. Not only does it help your practice to maximize revenues, but it also helps patients to stay current on their dental care and maintain good oral health. At Weave we have specialized in scheduling overdue hygiene patients for the past 3 years and over this time period have found techniques to make dental recalls more effective. Here are a few tips from our experience on how you can…Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on July 12, 2011 at 12:08pm — No Comments
The American Dental Association suggests that people should visit the dentist at least two times annually. However, due to the recent downturn in the economy, many patients have been put under financial strain and have been forced to cut their living costs in order to make ends meet. One of the first costs that many people have chosen to cut is their visit to the dentist. According to a recent article published by the…Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on July 8, 2011 at 3:20pm — No Comments
Our goal at Weave is to provide you with the best dental scheduling services possible. We value our client’s feedback and do all that we can to resolve their concerns and improve our services. After a recent survey completed by our current clients we have made some improvements to our services according to their feedback. We are excited about these changes and the impact they will have on our dental scheduling services.
Weave’s new features:
Added by Jake Larsen on June 24, 2011 at 3:06pm — No Comments
There are more ways than ever to contact your patients. Appointment cards, dental recall cards, emails, text messages, phone calls, Facebook reminders are all commonly used methods of communication in the dental industry today. But what is the most effective use of these tools to contact your patients, schedule them for appointments, and get them into the dental chair?
First we need to understand the importance of working with your patient to establish which…Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on June 20, 2011 at 3:47pm — No Comments
Keeping a full schedule is vital to maintaining a successful dental practice. One key to keeping a full schedule is performing effective dental recalls. Having worked in the dental recall industry for almost 3 years we have become very familiar with what it takes to make effective recalls to overdue patients. Here are our top 5 tips for effective dental recalls.
Added by Jake Larsen on June 13, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments
Last week at theCalifornia Dental Association meeting in Anaheim a product that I think is pretty cool was introduced. The product is the G*U*M* PerioShield Oral Health Rinse from Sunstar Americas. This product provides a unique plaque-blocking technology which forms a shield to help prevent bacterial plaque from adhering to tooth and gum structures. The product breaks down the bacteria so that it is more…Continue
Added by Jake Larsen on May 19, 2011 at 12:30pm — No Comments