Let’s get straight to the point. Yes, a dental hygienist can be an independent contractor, but if only he/she appropriately follows the rules.
If you own a successful dental practice, it usually means that you have a great dental team supporting your vision, goals, and core values. Finding skilled dental workers can be challenging, and sometimes a new hire is showing a lack of training in an area that is critical to operations in the office.
The best person to ask as what it takes to be an excellent dental assistant is a dentist. The dentist will spend about 90% of the working day with the dental assistant in the treatment rooms or in the lab area. Working side by side they get to know each other's habits very well.
Your top dental assistant has just pulled you aside to tell you she is moving to another state and is giving you a two-week notice. A sense of denial grips you at first as this cannot be true, and then the reality sets in as a cold sweat envelopes your body. It’s been a while since you had to think about this and now you are wondering how to find someone like her/him.
There’s no “fishing” for compliments when in the Cloud
The day starts with a morning meeting, and you are checking the first patient's chart for updated health history and checking the schedule against the treatment plan. Did you set up the syringe for an upper molar? The patient has problems with epinephrine, did you insert the correct carpule? The patient is in a wheelchair, and you will need help getting the patient into the dental chair. Your mind is doing a check and balance on each aspect of the patient that is about to be seated. Never the same day and never the same patients makes for a challenging and intriguing day of the dental assistant.
“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” (*John Quincy Adams)
The number of people visiting dental clinics is rising as more and more families appreciate the importance of good oral health. According to Gallup, a global analytic and advisory firm, nearly 67% of all adults in 2013 visited a dental clinic at least once, compared to just 33% of adults in the mid-1950s.
Short answer: never a dull moment!
Business, as usual in the dental practice, may look straightforward and profitable to the patients who have a seat in the reception room. After all, the fees seem high no matter what is provided in care, and patients think that dentists are wealthy and can afford luxury items like expensive cars and beautiful homes. What isn't known to outsiders is the struggle for success that ensues for years before a dentist can purchase the American dream of homeownership, lovely things, and money to invest.
The most challenging task of the dentist CEO is putting together the best dental team. Even though each person is hired individually based on their own merits, they must come together as a cohesive and synergistic team.