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Time Management for the Dental Hygiene Patient

By: Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

May 7, 2015

Knee to Knee Eye to EyeWorking in a dental office can often feel stressful; like you’re running on a treadmill.

I had no clue how rushed I would feel once I began working as a clinical dental hygienist many decades ago.

Now as a consultant, I find it rewarding to help other dental hygienists overcome some of the challenges they face daily. It feels like a grind for most dental professionals I talk to. It happens; patients come late and yet you want to do your very best to provide optimal care. Even when patients do arrive  on time, situations occur and you may still find yourself running behind.

To overcome these daily challenges and help dental hygienists provide optimal care for their patients, I have created this short training about time management for the dental hygiene patient. Please view the short video below.

When you watch the video you will learn about this “Down to a Science Practice Principle” which I have created to support you with staying on time and more easily do what you do best — provide optimal patient care!

After viewing the video and reading this my hope is that you will have more time to enjoy your day with patients. I remember how much I enjoyed my patients and I hope this information takes you to that next level, whether it is a higher level of satisfaction during patient care time or that next level of treating patients with optimal preventive care.

If you don’t have sixty minutes of patient time you will need to tweak this information to fit your hygiene patient appointment time.

DURING TODAY’S SHORT VIDEO I WILL WALK YOU THROUGH:  [video_player type=”youtube” youtube_force_hd=”hd720″ width=”560″ height=”315″ align=”right” margin_top=”0″ margin_bottom=”20″]aHR0cHM6Ly95b3V0dS5iZS9zQWZuRU83ckUzNA==[/video_player]

[bullet_block large_icon=”0.png” width=”” alignment=”center”][/bullet_block]Data collection and the timing of various important procedures you need to complete to provide optimal patient care

Please send me an email if you want to create your own protocol for the timing of your services during the data collection. mailto:support@dentalpracticesolutions.com

Be sure to view next weeks video and read the blog which details the Discussion with your patient about your findings. This is where you and the patient determine the correct treatment to completed that day – perhaps you discovered the patient needs perio therapy or you need to discuss resotorative treatment. Next week I will share more about Time Management for the Dental Hygiene Patient.

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Debbie Bittke squareAbout Debbie Seidel-Bittke, RDH, BS

In 2000, Debbie founded Dental Practice Solutions, a dental practice management business focused on creating profitable dental hygiene departments, as well as improving the total bottom line of the dental practice. She has been named as one of Dentistry Today’s Top Consultants for 10 years in  row!

Debbie is a former clinical assistant professor at University of Southern California where to taught the senior dental hygiene students skills to treat periodontal patients. She also co-taught the practice management course  at USC from 200o-2002. (Until the school start PBL – Problem Based Learning)

Debbie has a team of experts to guide teams throughout the world to provide quality, patient centered practices that sustain profits for the life of their dental practice.