There is no one simple way of scheduling a dental practice that works for everyone. The “art” of effective appointment control is almost unique to each practitioner and office. The manner and place that an appointment is made is somewhat different than decades ago. Patients can access websites that allow requests for appointments for some practitioners. In many offices, the patient makes their future appointments in the operatory with the auxiliary, hygienist or even dentist using the workstation there. Effective scheduling, therefore, requires the establishment of some practice guidelines and the cooperation of the entire team.
The day-to-day operations of a dental practice require a great deal of planning for effective scheduling in order for the practice to run smoothly. This section of the Practice Management Toolbox will attempt to help your office work together as a team for a comfortable and stress-free daily schedule.