Category Archives: Patient Retention

Hiring a Scheduling Coordinator

You’re tired of dealing with a mess of a schedule every day, so you recently hired a Scheduling Coordinator to manage this system and set you up for success. That’s great, and will go a long way in streamlining your days – but do you know how to get the most out of this new …[Read More…]


Warning Signs Your Schedule Is Just Keeping You Busy, Not Productive

The schedule is one of the most critical systems in your practice, yet it’s also one of the most abused. A well-managed schedule will keep you on track to meeting daily production goals, without burning you out or adding extra stress to your day. But so many dentists I’ve worked with find themselves having to …[Read More…]


3 Ways to Update Your Practice and Increase Case Acceptance

While investing in the right technology certainly can give your practice a boost, it isn’t the only way you can impress your patients. Making a few updates can do wonders for your practice, making it more attractive and more comfortable for patients—and that makes them more likely to accept any treatment you recommend. Here are …[Read More…]


3 Ways Investing in Technology Can Help Improve Case Acceptance

Getting patients to accept recommended treatment isn’t always easy—even when you think they’re ready to schedule. Patients are pretty good at thinking up reasons to put off treatment, including the cost, the time they’ll need to be away from work, and the fear of post-op pain. Of course, this isn’t just frustrating, it’s also costly. …[Read More…]


Feedback From Patients Can Help Your Practice Grow

At a dental practice, feedback doesn’t just come from the dentist or other team members; it also comes from patients. Just like with feedback received internally, it’s important for team members to take concerns and comments from patients seriously. They also represent an opportunity for growth and can lead to positive changes that help the …[Read More…]


Use Scripts to Reduce Stress in Your Practice

Talking with patients over the phone can be pretty stressful for your team members if they don’t know what to say. This is especially true when the conversation has the potential to become confrontational, which unfortunately happens when team members call about past due accounts or if patients are upset about an error they discovered …[Read More…]


Are Practice Policies and Procedures Causing Extra Stress?

There’s no question it’s important to establish clear office policies and procedures in your dental practice—but it’s just as important to make sure these policies don’t cause extra stress or actually hurt your bottom line. Let me give you an example. You recently decided not to take calls during the lunch hour and have made …[Read More…]


Expectations When Signing On as an Associate

If you’re thinking about joining a practice as an associate, you probably have certain expectations. That’s great, but it’s important to know they’re very different from the hiring doctor’s expectations—which is why communication is critical to forming a successful arrangement. You likely want to become an associate so you can gain experience before venturing out …[Read More…]


Thinking About Retirement? What NOT to do Before Hiring an Associate

In my more than 30 years as a dental consultant, I’ve seen many late-career dentists make this mistake. They know they’re going to retire in a few years, so they start scaling back and only treating the cases they actually enjoy. Of course that brings practice revenues down but they’re not worried; they’re going to …[Read More…]


Want to Improve Patient Retention? Focus on Marketing

The thought of marketing tends to make dentists break out into a cold sweat. Most have no idea how to effectively market their practice and would much rather spend time doing what they love most: diagnosing and treating patients. Unfortunately, without a solid marketing plan, you won’t have many patients to treat. Marketing really doesn’t …[Read More…]