"...9/10 Patients say YES to CONFIDEX™ treatment."
- Dr. Jaswinder Gill
The question of consent arises increasingly at the heart of complaints made under the NHS Complaints Procedure, and complaints to the General Dental Council on matters on professional ethics and conduct. In order, both to understand the information provided, and to give the necessary authority for consent, a patient must be competent. Competence in this context means the patient’s ability to understand the explanations given about:
- The nature and purpose of a procedure
- It’s likely effects and risks
- Any alternative treatment and how these alternatives might compare
Recently, I was asked by Six Month Smiles to try PreVu cosmetic simulation software in my practice. The company – PreVu Software in Ft. Lauderdale, FL –was filming a new corporate video in my area the following week and searching for a provider to offer real-life feedback. Being a Six Month Smiles mentor and open to evaluating tools that could potentially increase case acceptance, I said “Yes.” However, up until that point, I had no interest in using dental treatment simulations in my practice.
Topics: Dental Practice Tips
Getting new prophy patients in your office is good, but acquiring a steady stream of high-value cases is even better for dental practices looking for a boost in their bottom line. To earn these high-value patients, “marketing experts” typically say that you need to spend large amounts of money on their particular solution. These “experts” highlight their unique ability to identify these clients, drive them to your practice and ultimately turn your practice into the highest-grossing practice in the history of dentistry: “Just sign here, pay up-front for the first year, and watch the clients flock to your practice”.
Oral appliance therapy, a practice focused on the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea, is a growing dental specialty that is quickly becoming widely accepted as an effective treatment option for patients, particularly those who cannot - or will not - tolerate a CPAP machine. Dental professionals around the country have adopted dental sleep medicine into their practices as a way of addressing a need for their patients, as well as expanding their revenue generating potential.
If you’re already a Six Month Smiles provider, oral appliance therapy is a perfect complement to enhance your services. Consider these five reasons for incorporating it into your practice:
You’re excited! You have a new revenue stream with your Six Month Smile offering. But...you are not getting any new cases. Fear not. Continue reading and you’ll be on your way to securing more short term ortho cases.
Customer service is an essential aspect of dentistry. In the past, a dental practice could be seen as being a great dental practice because it provided outstanding dental care. Times have changed, and a dental practice not only wants to provide outstanding dental care, but it also wants to outweigh the competition when it comes to providing customer service.
Use marketing materials.
A major barrier to selling patients on aesthetic treatments such as Six Month Smiles is that they have zero idea you offer them. Let’s be real, sometimes when you work in the back it’s easy to forget what patients experience in the waiting room.
Whether you're getting a shower before the big prom, or are shaving in the morning, your personal hygiene is always important. After all, first impressions are lasting ones, especially when you're hanging around groups of people. However, it's amazing how many people shave and shower on a daily basis, but don't take care of their dental hygiene as well.