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Training Dental Teams How to Schedule Patients

Why Production is NOT the Most Important Thing in Your Practice

How to Get Your Dental Patients TO KEEP COMING BACK For Life

The Best Way to Plan for a Profitable Next Quarter

Real Example of How to Have an EFFECTIVE Morning Huddle

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Training Dental Team Members Who Are Not Good With Patients

3 Tips to Grow Your Dental Practice Quickly

Training for Dental Team Members That Ensures They Deliver WOW

How Much Should I Pay My Dental Team?

3 Ways to Train Your Dental Team to Collect Payments Well

How to Turn Around a Failing Dental Practice

How To EXPLODE Your Dental Practice Right Out of Dental School

How to Increase Your Income Quickly

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How To Build a Successful Dental Practice

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How to Present a Treatment Plan the Right Way

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

If there’s one thing that’s sure in a post-covid-19 world, it’s that the future of dental practice cash flow will be different. That doesn’t mean it has to be worse, just different.

So how do we position ourselves to ensure the future of our practices will be strong? One way is to be very intentional about how we open back up. We must take social distancing and PPE requirements into account when we open up.

If we plan our opening to minimize the impact of social distancing and PPE requirements on our patients and our practices, everyone benefits. Patients benefits by ensuring they get the best care as safely as possible. Our practice benefits by opening up with stronger cash flow to support our team members and operations. And we benefit by being in more control of the future of our practice.

Here are three ways to get cash flow back in your practice as fast as possible while continuing to provide incredible care for your patients.

1. Use block scheduling to maximize production.

 

 

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

 

When we operate at full capacity, it is easier for the patient and the practice to break treatment plans across multiple appointments. With limited capacity, this could cause issues to go untreated for months. It was also easier to mix less urgent care with more urgent care with so many available appointments.

With lower capacity and additional time required between patients, we will have fewer available appointments for patients. Thus, we must look through our patient population and prioritize.

That might mean prioritizing patients who need scaling and planing. These patients have infections or inflammation and have already delayed treatment. They need to be a high priority. It might also mean prioritizing perio patients. In my practice, we are also focusing on patients with more extensive treatment plans, such as crown and bridge patients.

In addition to prioritizing, we want to have conversations with patients about doing more care in one appointment because of our limited capacity. If they need to spread out the care to spread out the costs, we should be prepared to help them spread out the costs through financing even if they do all the care in one appointment.

Having your patients come in and do more per visit is going to allow them to be able to get their treatment done without gaps in time. And it’s also going to allow you to be able to have fewer patients in the practice. That will also increase cash flow because you’re going to be doing higher production and higher profitability types of procedures.

2. Minimize patients per day.

 

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

 

I’ve long been a proponent of block scheduling for your dental practice. It helps us maximize productivity by prioritizing high-value procedures. But with new PPE requirements, block scheduling also saves us money.

The more patients we see, the more PPE we need to buy. And with it being hard to get and more expensive than ever, those costs add up. Some practices are passing through the charges. We chose not to in my practice. Instead, we are minimizing the number of patients we serve as well as the number of appointments for each patient so we can minimize our PPE use.

We’re talking with our patients about how they can help us care for more people and minimize the PPE we need to serve people by maximizing their procedures per visit. With financing options available if they need to spread out costs, they understand. We’ve built amazing relationships with our patients over the years.

So we are asking our patients to help us minimize PPE use. We’ve gone from seeing twelve patients per day to six. That alone can cut your PPE expense down quite a bit. And your patients can get the care they need without having to take multiple days off of work.

Many doctors are uncomfortable having conversations about what’s going on in our practices with patients. But if you have always been there for your patients to take care of them, they’ll understand and support you.

But you can’t minimize your need for PPE without block scheduling for productivity and minimizing the both the patients per day you see and visits per patient for each patient to complete their treatment plans.

3. Set specific goals for your practice.

 

Post-Covid-19: How to Get Cash Flow Back as Fast as Possible

 

There’s an old saying in business: “What gets measured gets done.” If you open your doors without specific goals, you will never maximize cash flow and production, even with more efficient scheduling.

Setting goals and actually monitoring and tracking them gets you results as fast as possible. Some of you have been through our past marketing and practice growth challenges, where we help you implement a whiteboard system and set goals for your dental practice and get your team on board. Others are just getting started.

No matter what your history is with setting goals, setting new goals for your practice can help you get all of your team members focused on the same outcomes. Once you set your production goals, bring your team together each morning, and take a look at your progress.

If you’re falling behind on some goals, ask team members what can be done to get back on track. What can the scheduling coordinator do? What can your doctors do? Do you need to jump onto Facebook and do a Facebook Live discussing a procedure you want to promote? Do you need to bump up your marketing?

Setting goals and monitoring production is the best way to get your entire team focused. With a focused team comes production. And with production comes cash flow.

What are you doing to maximize cash flow as you reopen from the Covid-19 pandemic?

Are you block scheduling, minimizing PPE needed, and getting all of your team members working together to achieve common goals? If not, now is the time to get started.

If you don’t want to go at it alone, we are helping hundreds of practices during this time in our Platinum Mastermind Gold Program, and are offering special value for you and your teams!

 

 

 

How Dental Videos Can Grow Your Practice with Channel D

How Dental Videos Can Grow Your Practice

Waiting rooms are far from being the most exciting places in the world. However, there is a way that you can make your practice’s waiting room entertaining, educational and even (dare we say it) fun for patients.

On this exciting episode of the Delivering WOW Podcast, I’m joined by Dr. Michael Sernik, the CEO of Channel D, a company that creates fun, engaging, and customizable videos to play in your dental office reception area. Their bite-sized videos are high-quality and designed to stimulate interest in the treatments your practice provides. You can even customize videos to incorporate things like your team’s photos, names, logo, and a call to action that drives engagement and practice growth.

Channel D is so creative and unique. By showing short, fun, and informative videos to patients as they wait in your reception area, you can keep them entertained while showcasing a consistent message that educates patients on your latest treatment options. This is an incredible service that I highly recommend, especially if you want to make sure your patients come back to your practice for their next dentist appointment.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Channel D was founded and what they are known for
  • How dental videos can create interest in your treatments
  • How to drive patients to accept treatment by focusing on the damaging result of the existing condition
  • The importance of using videos that contain emotional triggers and humanize the dentist
  • A brief overview of the process of working with Channel D
  • Tips to get patients to pay attention to your videos
  • How dental videos for your waiting room can help improve your team’s clinical knowledge

You can sign-up for a two-month FREE trial with Channel D by heading over to their website and subscribing (no upfront fees and no commitment – you can cancel your subscription at any time).

How To Find Gaps and Growth Opportunities in Real-Time

When running a dental practice, simpler is usually better. It’s true with systems and processes. It’s true with messaging. And it’s true with growth.

And these days, with so much going on, the simpler the better. We have more than ever on our plates. So, simple strategies to improve our practices are even more valuable.

There are few simpler growth strategies for your practice than to use a budget and profit sheet organized by procedure. If you don’t track revenue by procedure in one place, now’s a great time to start. Without it, you’re missing out on a lot of opportunities to learn what’s working best and what might be falling through the cracks, all in one place.

Once you have that set up, all you need to do is follow a few simple steps to identify gaps and growth opportunities for your practice.

Identify top performances.

 

 

Take a look at the past twelve months and identify your most productive months. Start with your best overall month. What procedures contributed to that? What procedures stuck out as low? You might be surprised at the answer to both of those questions. Many practice leaders are.

Did any procedures spike in on or two months? When you identify outlier performances for procedures, think back to those months and see if you can identify what was going on with those procedures that month.

When I did this in my practice, I noticed my best months had spikes in sealants, perio, and even dentures. That’s important because many practice leaders don’t think of dentures as a top contributor. We think high revenue will come from crown and bridge or clear aligners. But we did more than $10,000 in denture production during our best month.

Set goals and take action based on what you learn.

There’s a saying in business that people “vote with their wallets.” In other words, while it’s helpful to listen to what patients say, it’s even more helpful to watch what they do.

So, if you see production it tells you your patient pool is interested in those procedures. Take that information and use it to grow your practice and serve your patients better. 

First, set big goals for those procedures. Several years ago, I hired a coach who challenged me to set bigger goals. It started with me setting goals. I was so proud of my goals. She was happy with them, too. But then she told me to double them. I was thinking too small, she explained. If you think too small, you act too small.

So I’d encourage you to set goals for those procedures that start at your best performing months. Set out to make your best month over the past year your lowest month over the next year. When you think bigger, it forces you to take bigger actions.

Once your goals are in place, identify the actions you need to take to make them happen. Identify patients who need those procedures. Get them scheduled. Talk with them about those procedures. 

Turn on some marketing relating to those procedures. Do Facebook Lives about the procedures. Email existing patients about the procedures. 

Talk with your team members about your goals, so they can be on the lookout for patients who might need those procedures. 

Update your sheet weekly and review results at least monthly.

Once you set goals and devise a plan to achieve your goal, have a team member take five minutes per week to input real-time results. It takes just a few minutes for a member of the team to take the production by procedure code report and input the numbers for each service once a week. Update your numbers each week so you have the most up-to-date numbers and can adjust as needed.

At the end of each month, review the results from the past month and adjust goals for the following month as needed. As you hit your goals, you might need to set even bigger goals for the following months.

Are you looking for gaps and identifying opportunities?

If you don’t maintain a sheet of revenue by procedure, you’re missing a big opportunity to find gaps and discover hidden growth opportunities. These simple steps can help you turn that simple information to high growth for your practice in any environment.

If you don't want to go at it alone, we are helping hundreds of practices during this time in our Platinum Mastermind Gold Program, and are offering special value for you and your teams!

 

 

 

How to Increase Hygiene Profitability with Jennifer Turner

How to Increase Hygiene Profitability with Jennifer Turner

On this episode of the podcast, I’m thrilled to be joined by Jennifer Turner, our very own Dental Hygiene Profitability Coach at Delivering WOW.

Jennifer helps dental practices drive growth with key metrics, KPI's, scorecards, and business process improvement systems. Essentially, she gives you what you need to run a successful dental practice. Jennifer has had many incredible accomplishments throughout her career, including her former role as the Editor in Chief of Preventive Dentistry Canada, developing numerous webinars and authoring articles within the dental hygiene industry.

Nowadays, Jennifer’s primary focus is helping dentists get ‘the lightbulb moment’ where they learn to believe in themselves, grow their careers and scale their dental practices.

 

How to Increase Hygiene Profitability with Jennifer Turner

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Who Jennifer is and what she’s accomplished throughout her career
  • Why Jennifer enjoys making dental professionals see that they are capable of achieving more
  • How Jennifer can help the hygiene department increase revenue
  • The importance of focusing on education to help scale your hygiene department

 

How to Increase Hygiene Profitability with Jennifer Turner

 

If you’d like to learn more from Jennifer and find out how you can grow, scale, and market your dental practice, consider joining the Delivering WOW Platinum Mastermind group, where Jennifer is an active coach and you’ll learn about practice growth, marketing, and so much more!

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

Dental practices around the world are navigating unprecedented times. Some practices have been forced to close completely. Others are open only for emergency care.

Now, practices are beginning to reopen. But reopening doesn’t mean going back to the way things were before. We have new knowledge. We have new concerns. And we have new challenges and opportunities.

If we navigate those well, we can come back stronger than ever. Here are three keys to coming back strong.

Invest in the physical safety measures for your team and patients.

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

 

Physical health and safety is the top concern of patients and team members, and reasonably so. As practice owners, we must address the physical health and safety of everyone who comes in contact with our practices as we reopen.

Our options are limitless, too. We can make physical adjustments to our practice to promote physical distancing, such as plexiglass barriers at the front desk. We can change policies and procedures. For example, you could only allow patients in our office and doing all intake and paperwork in the operatories. You could also check the temperatures of all team members and patients. Finally, we can invest in additional safety protocols.

In my practice, I invested in three USA NanoCoat air purification systems, which utilize NASA-developed photocatalytic oxidation technology to actively purify the air and sanitize surfaces throughout indoor environments. They also destroy viruses and bacteria both in the air and on surfaces by more than 99.6%. If you’re interested in investing in the same air purification systems, use the code WOW10 to get a 10% discount. I recently interviewed their executive director, Jason Field about how their systems work in the free Delivering WOW Facebook community if you want to learn more.

Together, these adjustments help us create a safe environment for everyone who comes into contact with my practice.

Maintain consistent communication with your team members and patients.

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

 

While we know what we’re doing to ensure our practice is a safe place, our patients and team members might not know everything we’re doing, and why.

This is important because other doctors, team members, and patients are rightfully concerned about their physical safety these days. Thus, not only is it important for us to invest in safety measures, we should also communicate what we are doing to our team members and patients.

Use every channel you have to communicate with them. Do a Facebook Live walking through the safety measures. Then, boost your video to patients and your community to spread the word.

Put a new page on your website that shares everything you’re doing to keep your practice safe. Send your patients an email or text message directing them to that page.

And make sure your team members know what you’re doing, too, so they feel safe and comfortable coming to work.

Don’t let it be a one-and-done communication, either. Communicate regularly about what you’re doing so everyone knows you take their safety seriously.

Be a leader in your community.

 

Three Keys to a Strong Dental Practice Reopening

 

I’m consistently asking myself how I can be a better leader in my community, not just in my practice. I challenge my Delivering WOW Platinum Mastermind members to do the same, too.

So, how do we be leaders in the community? We start by creating a safe environment and staying in communication with our patients and team members. In addition, we do things such as investing in the best and latest technology and top systems and processes to keep everyone safe. We research PPE. We research air quality. And we research tools and technologies to help create safe spaces.

We then share that information readily in the community. We connect with other business owners in the community and share what we found out and are doing for our businesses. This helps them make better decisions for their businesses, too.

Are you preparing for a strong dental practice reopening?

As you prepare to reopen your practice, invest in safety, communicate with your team and patients, and continue your role as a leader in your community. That will help you come back strong as you reopen your dental practice.

If you want to learn more about the purification systems I got for my practice, visit USA NanoCoat’s website and check them out. Be sure to use the code WOW10 at checkout to save 10%.

And, if you want more help improving your business, join me and thousands of other practice leaders in my free Delivering WOW Facebook community!

 

 

Protect your Practice in Difficult Times with Dental Safety Net

Protect your Practice in Difficult Times with Dental Safety Net

Have you ever worried about what would happen to your dental practice if you were unable to work?

Jordan and Bryan Brenner wanted to create a safety net for dentists so that they would be protected in their time of need. So, they co-founded Dental Safety Net, a company that connects dentists to help support each other during difficult times.

Dental Safety Net is a network of dentists and practitioners who are willing to go above and beyond for their fellow doctors. Their mission is to provide peace of mind for dentists and their families in times of need. If you have to unexpectedly stop working for whatever reason, Dental Safety Net has your back. They make sure that your business is protected as well as you and your family’s financial well-being.

In this episode of Delivering WOW, I talk to Jordan and Bryan Brenner about their company and how they can help dentists when life takes an unexpected turn.

 

Protect your Practice in Difficult Times with Dental Safety Net

 

In this episode, we discuss:

  • How Bryan and Jordan launched Dental Safety Net
  • What Dental Safety Net is and how they can help give dentists peace of mind
  • The power of forming groups of dentists to support each other
  • What it’s like to be a member of Dental Safety Net
  • How Dental Safety Net has helped real dentists in difficult times
  • How to become a member of Dental Safety Net

 

Protect your Practice in Difficult Times with Dental Safety Net

 

To learn more about Dental Safety Net, you can visit their website or give them a call (206) 880-0513.

 

Watch a short video from the episode below:

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

With all that's going on with the pandemic, many practices have been forced to close or stay open only for emergency care. Times are tough. There's no doubt about that. But we will recover. As we do, there's plenty of work we can do behind-the-scenes to prepare our practices for the future.

That means putting the right preparations in place to make your practice stronger than ever once things start coming back. Your practice can grow again. And it will grow again if you build growth into your recovery plan. One of the best ways to build growth into the day-to-day operations of your practice is to offer services that generate repeat visits and recurring revenue. Here are three ways you can promote recurring revenue in your practice.

Offer and regularly promote teeth whitening.

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

 

People aren’t always coming to our dental practice to receive treatment. They're not always coming in to improve their dental health. Often, they’re coming to make their smile shine brighter. And while many practices offer teeth whitening, many still do not. Of those that do, many leave a lot of opportunity on the table by not promoting it consistently. If you fall into either one of those categories, now might be the time to start offering or promoting your teeth whitening.

Teeth whitening is easy to do.  It's nice and quick and can create a great source of recurring revenue for your practice. It might be a low-ticket offer, but it can bring in a high volume of patients. And it can add additional revenue opportunities from existing patients who might have no idea how easy it can be to leave your office with a bright white smile.

Teeth whitening services can be very helpful in growing many parts of your practice, too. You could offer a deal for a first-whitening. Or you could offer it as a free add-on service for high-value procedures.

But teeth whitening is also just a great add-on service you and your team can offer all patients who come through the door. They will leave feeling better about themselves while you enjoy being able to grow your practice and earn recurring revenue from future whitening sessions.

Conduct oral cancer screenings.

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

 

Preventative care in dentistry takes many forms. Hygienists can find periodontal disease before it progresses. They can offer treatment methods to preserve a patient's gum health and subsequently preserve their heart health. Dentists can extract teeth in order to avoid crowding as well as the pain and dental issues that will result from the crowding. 

All of those things can lead to health problems down the line, which helps patients in many ways. But we can also help patients while growing our practices and adding recurring revenue to our practices by conducting regular oral cancer screenings. 

Offering oral cancer screenings won’t only help save lives, but it’ll help you create recurring revenue for your practice. Patients often readily agree to screenings and both you and your patients sleep easier knowing you're helping them catch issues early.

Create a dental membership program.

 

3 Ways to Create Recurring Revenue for Your Practice

 

Offering membership plans for your dental practice is a great way to better serve your patients while simultaneously generate recurring revenue for your practice.

Dental membership programs give patients an alternative to insurance, which often gets in the way of dental care instead of helping patients get better dental care. Frequently, the complications of dental insurance causes many patients to pay more out-of-pocket than they should. Many times, patients choose to forego treatment they need for financial reasons.

With dental membership programs, you can offer patients more choice and freedom with their care while simultaneously generating regular monthly income for your practice. This will be especially important for patients who lose their insurance and need an alternative way to get the care they need.

What options have you implemented in your practice to unlock recurring revenue?

There are many ways to strengthen a dental practice. You can invest in leading your dental team well. You can invest in Facebook marketing for your dental practice. And you can build dental marketing funnels. The list goes on. But some of my favorite ways to strengthen a dental practice are the ones that simultaneously help patients improve their health while generating recurring revenue from your practice. These three strategies can help you do both of those things in your practice. What are you doing to unlock recurring revenue?

And, if you want more help improving your business, join me and thousands of other practice leaders in my free Delivering WOW Facebook community!

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

Reopening a dental practice post COVID-19 is a welcome event. But while opening the doors is a welcome event, it's not as simple as opening the doors and getting back to normal.

We have new guidance to follow. We have new demands from our government, team members, and even patients. Expectations of our practices have never been greater. Our patients need to be confident that they are safe in our offices. Our team members need to as well. Thus, we must take very deliberate steps to ensure our practices are a safe, welcoming place for everyone.

We've been monitoring the best and latest information for you to help you successfully reopen your practice. Here are key steps to minimize health risks when reopening your practice post COVID-19.

Prepare Your Dental Practice for New Oversight and Regulations

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

 

Regulations and oversights used to move slowly. COVID-19 changed that. In a matter of days, we were told to cancel elective dental procedures. That forced many dental practices to close completely. Others were open only for emergency visits.

As we reopen, consider whether you want to perform emergency procedures or even virtual consultations should COVID-19 flare up again. Put a plan in place should regulations return over the summer months or even next fall or winter. Will you perform emergency procedures? Will you conduct virtual consults? If so, how? Who will handle those? Will you promote that your office is open for emergencies and virtual consultations? If so, have your messaging in place so you can get started quickly.

Similarly, connect with communities of practices, like the Delivering WOW Dental Hangout Facebook group. There, you can connect with other practices navigating the post-COVID-19 world. You can share resources and information to maintain flexibility and be in a better position to navigate any future disruptions.

Establish Additional Safety Procedures for Post-COVID-19 Heath Risks

Review the ADA Interim Guidance for Minimizing Risk of COVID-19 Transmission. In there, you will find guidance for minimizing risks before dental care starts, during dental care, and after dental care is provided.

For example, before dental care begins, the ADA recommends you address the following three issues.

1. Dentist and Dental Team Preparation

We must have procedures in place to ensure the safety of the staff. This includes ensuring all dental health care personnel have received their seasonal flu vaccine. Any team members experiencing influenza-like-illnesses should know to not report to work. Those who are of older age, have pre-existing, medically compromised conditions, or other high-risk qualities should take extra precautions.

Practices must also ensure team members self-monitor, check their temperatures, and remain alert to symptoms of COVID-19.

Other preparation suggestions include:

  1. Being diligent in ordering personal protective equipment. These items may be in short supply from time to time.
  2. Removing magazines, reading materials, toys, and other objects that may be touched by others and which are not easily disinfected.
  3. Printing and placing signage in the dental office for instructing patients on standard recommendations for respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette and social distancing.
  4. Scheduling appointments apart enough to minimize contact among patients.
  5. Preventing patients from bringing unnecessary companions to their appointments.

Together these preparations will minimize the spread of COVID-19 for everyone in the office. Communicate these procedures to all staff and patients so they can comply. They will also be comforted that you are taking these precautions.

2. Screening for COVID-19 Status and Triaging for Dental Treatment

While minimizing the spread is important, the ADA also recommends putting in place screening and Triaging procedures.

Specifically, the safest way to reopen is a phased approach, focusing only on emergency or urgent care.

While doing so, the ADA suggests making every effort to interview patients by telephone, text, or video before their visits. Utilize these COVID-19 interview and assessment guidelines from the CDC when interviewing patients. Review the ADA interim guidelines for how to handle patients with various symptoms. The ADA recommends that only asymptomatic patients, patients who have tested negative for COVID-19 infection, or recovered patients (after 3 days since the resolution of signs and symptoms) be seen in dental settings.

3. Take precautions upon patient arrival.

When a patient arrives, permit them to wait in their personal vehicle. Communicate this policy before the appointment.

Ensure team members keep adequate supplies to reduce the spread of germs, such as appropriate hand rum, tissues, and no-touch trash receptacles.

Take precautions during dental care.

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

 

The ADA recommends taking extra precautions during dental care, as well, including the following.

1. Adhere to both Standard and Transmission-based Precautions and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Standard precautions are the minimum infection prevention practices. This includes:

  1. hand hygiene
  2. use of PPE
  3. respiratory hygiene/etiquette
  4. sharps safety
  5. safe injection practices
  6. sterile instruments and devices, and
  7. clean and disinfected environmental surfaces.

In addition, implement transmission-based precautions, such as:

  1. patient placement (e.g., isolation)
  2. adequate room ventilation
  3. respiratory protection (e.g., N-95 masks) for team members, or
  4. postponement of nonemergency dental procedures.

The ADA also recommends replacing PPE frequently, with surgical masks being replaced between each patient. Wear face shields to protect yourself, especially during procedures likely to generate splashing or spattering of blood or other body fluids.

2. Adjust clinical techniques.

Ensure all team members review the ADA's guidance for clinical techniques that minimize risk of infection. These include guidance about handpieces, equipment, disinfectants, and taking other important precautions during treatment.

3. Address suspected unintentional exposure quickly and schedule appointments to minimize risk.

Follow CDC recommendations in the event of suspected unintentional exposure. This includes having instructions on hand regarding when and where to go for testing. Include information about how to justify the need for testing and how to contact the dental practice to report results. If a test is positive, the office needs to report the exposure to all team members or patients at risk.

Additionally, schedule appointments to minimize risk. For example, the ADA suggests aerosol-generating procedures should as the last appointment of the day.

Put post-dental care procedures in place to increase safety.

Put policies in place to ensure safety post-dental care. This includes both practice procedures in between patients as well as adjusting post-operative instructions for patients.

1. Enhance safety procedures in between patients.

While practices regularly engage in cleaning between patients, take extra care to reduce transmission risk. This includes cleaning or replacing PPE and disinfecting non-dedicated and non-disposable equipment.

2. Update post-operative instructions to patients.

Review the latest guidelines regarding appropriate post-operative treatment. For example, there is controversy regarding whether ibuprofen is appropriate to take in light of data suggesting it might harm patients with COVID-19. Thus, you might consider recommending other medications to manage pain in case a patient has COVID-19 but is asymptomatic.

Teach team members to protect themselves and their families after work.

 

How to Promote Safety When Reopening a Dental Office Post COVID-19

 

The ADA suggests team members should change from scrubs to personal clothing before returning home. Upon arriving home, they should take off shoes, remove and wash clothing, separately from other household residents, and immediately shower.

These activities will help reduce the risk that a team member brings COVID-19 to their families.

How are you preparing to reopen your dental practice post-COVID-19?

While reopening your dental practice post-COVID-19 is exciting, it must be done with safety in mind. Not only will that protect you, your team members, and your patients but it will also help you make everyone feel safer in your office.

How are you preparing your practice to be reopened? Let us know in the comments or in like the Delivering WOW Dental Hangout Facebook group.

 

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

Running a dental practice is a team effort but, as dentists, sometimes it feels like we’re doing all the work. The reality is, that’s not the case. In fact, your practice wouldn’t be as amazing as it is without your team members contributing greatly. Your practice might not feel amazing right now. But with a few simple shifts, you can experience incredible growth and fulfillment. 

While these challenges are important to overcome in any environment, now is an even better time to help get them done. The covid-19 crisis, and the resulting pause to our practices, gives us an unprecedented opportunity. During this pause, work on putting simple strategies in place to come back stronger and with an even more productive and motivated team.

Here are two daily challenges many practice owners express and how to solve them.

“My team member isn’t getting done what I want them to get done on a daily basis.”

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

 

With this one, sometimes the cure is a dose of hard truth. When this feeling comes up, are you sure the issue is with the team member? To find out, ask yourself, “What did I not do to make this person as good as they could possibly be in their position?”

Oftentimes, frustrations cause us to only focus on a team member's mistakes. That causes us to think about taking measures to replace them. When that happens we need to take a step back, take a deep breath, and remember the value of that team member. They’ve surely done a lot of amazing things for your practice. If not, it's possible they need to be transitioned out to protect the rest of your team. But many team members just need better direction and management from us.

A great way to point your team member in a better direction, and ensure they get done what you want them to get done, is to create a task list. Reprioritize their responsibilities. When you do this, you might even realize that your current expectations are unrealistic. You might be asking them to do too many things. You might be asking them to do low-value tasks that cause high-value tasks to go undone. Or, you might ask them to do things that are too difficult for them to do.

Create a realistic, prioritized task list that has your team member focusing first on what you want them to get done every day. That way, they’ll get the high-value items complete first. They’ll also be much happier and motivated. They aren’t being given a daily list of duties that leaves them feeling unproductive and overwhelmed.

“My team members aren’t implementing my processes.”

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

 

When you strive to deliver a WOW experience to patients, you’re going to do unconventional things. You'll hand patients warm towels when they come in or offer them gourmet coffee. You might spend a whole lot of money to get all these processes put in place. And then you might get annoyed when you realize your team members aren’t giving the patients what you want them to give them.

If your team members aren’t implementing your processes, educate them as to why they need to put those processes in place. To use the example of handing out warm towels, explain that patients come back to your practice for the experience rather than the dentistry. Talk about how this motivates people to get dental care they need and improve their health. Your team will be more motivated knowing handing out towels helps people avoid big health issues in the future. All of your processes can be tied to a motivating positive outcome. Your team members will begin to see the importance of them. 

Motivate them further by telling them that increased productivity will result in an increased bottom line, which will result in them getting bigger bonuses. Dangling the carrot of a big bonus is an incentive many dentists use when trying to get the best work from their team.

What issues are you having that we can help you with?

 

2 Daily Team Member Challenges and How to Solve Them Now

 

Are your team members regularly completing their tasks or following procedures? If not, ask yourself whether a shift in the way you lead them is the answer. And try these tweaks to the way you lead them. They might be just what you need to take your practice to new heights.

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