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5 Tips to Make Your Dental Practice Run More Smoothly

3/3/2017 7:34:01 AM   |   Comments: 0   |   Views: 2179
Looking to streamline your dental practice? Check out this post! We're sharing everything you need to improve efficiency and increase revenue.


You spent years of your life studying dentistry for the sake of helping people take care of their teeth, and you can surely say that you love your job.

Despite all of the passion you have for dentistry, though, you can't help but notice that your dental practice hasn't been running too smoothly lately. The office has been in disarray, and your clients have been less satisfied than you'd prefer.

Needless to say, you need to address these issues, but you're so overwhelmed that you don't know where to start.

Luckily for you, we're giving you 5 tips that will make your dental practice run more efficiently.

Prioritize Time Management

You and your staff want to be as thorough and careful as possible when working on a patient's teeth. Still, there is one cold, hard fact that you can't deny: customers don't like waiting.

Yes, sometimes customers are going to have to wait. They'll even understand why they have to wait in most cases.

But if your firm's wait times are often unreasonable, no one is going to want to come back. Not only will people not return, but they definitely won't be referring your firm to anyone.

Invest In Billing Software

If you haven't invested in billing software yet, you might want to consider changing the way your firm handles medical billing. You and your employees are too busy to deal with something that could be efficiently handled by someone (or something) else.

Help Patients Finance Their Dental Care

Since we're discussing billing, we need to have a serious discussion. About what?

Helping patients finance their dental care.

Although we know that financing patients' dental care isn't in your job description, we also know that more patients would flock to your firm if they thought that they could afford the dental care you provide.

Simply put, the cost of dental care is too high for many people. That cost works as a rather unfortunate deterrent. 

That said, look for ways to help patients fund their care. That funding could amount to more business for you.

Engage With Customers

Even though you're going to drill into your patients' teeth on their visits, the dentist isn't some cold and heartless place that has to leave patients feeling both physically and emotionally drained.

That is to say, making your patients feel welcome should be one of your top priorities. Of course, we're not saying that you have to be superficially welcoming; you and your staff should be genuine.

If, however, you're not genuinely welcoming, then perhaps you should err on the side of the superficial.

Give Out Goodie Bags

Almost everyone loves free stuff, so when you can give something to patients for free, please do. The most popular choice for most dental offices is "the goodie bag." It comes stuffed with toothbrushes, toothpaste, and other items that promote dental hygiene.

You might think that these items are of small consequence to patients. Your patients, though, will be happy to save a few dollars.


Regardless of how chaotic your practice is now, it will get better if you take the time to improve it.

If you find that you need help getting things on the right track, don't hesitate to give Apex EDI a chance. They'll help put your firm back on the right path.

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