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’ve been working as an RDH for a while, there’s a good chance the thought of being an independent dental hygienist has crossed your mind at least once. Choosing this career path means you get to continue doing the job you love, while gaining all the liberating freedom of becoming a freelancer. Before you make a rushed decision, it’s important you’re aware of all the additional responsibilities which come with that freedom.
There’s a lot more to running a successful dental practice than first meets the eye. From an outsider’s perspective, it might seem that all you need to do is supervise the dental staff to ensure they’re doing a good job and follow up with patients to make sure they’re happy with the treatment they receive. But even if you’ve only been a dental office manager for one day, you’ll already know this isn’t the case at all.
Being a dental hygienist is a hugely interesting, challenging and gratifying profession. You get to do interesting tasks, work as part of a close-knit team, educate people about their dental health and literally bring smiles to thousands of patients’ faces over the course of your career.
When you qualify as a dentist, two paths open up in front of you. You can take one path that leads you down the road to opening up your own dental practice and working for yourself. Or you can take the other path and work as a dentist in someone else’s practice.
From your specialist dentist who is a master at a handful of important tasks and your dental hygienist who does a thorough cleaning quicker than anyone else to your dental assistant who is incredible at placating anxious staff and your dental receptionist who tries to make sure everyone attends their appointments on time, there are many moving cogs in the machine that is your dental practice.
According to dentistryiq.com, a career as a dental hygienist offers one of the best work-life balances there is. But no matter whether you’re just starting out in your path as a newly-qualified RDH (registered dental hygienist) or whether you’ve done the job for years, things can get on top of you and you can quickly lose the wonderful work-life balance that first attracted you to the role.
Deciding to sell your dental practice is a big thing. But making sure you get the best deal that makes all the time, skill, money and effort you invested into your practice worth it is an even bigger thing. This is why it’s important to prepare yourself both mentally and financially, so you can reap the biggest possible rewards from what is likely to be your entire retirement nest egg or at least a significant part of it.
It’s no secret that people don’t enjoy going to the dentist. This is especially true for those who’ve let their oral care slip. But even if your patient takes really good care of their teeth, there are definitely some things they do inside the dental practice that drive you crazy.
In the modern world, dentistry is changing much more rapidly than it did years ago. And with it, insurance plans, benefit schemes, reimbursement rates, rules and regulations are all changing at a fast pace, too. Keeping on top of the seemingly endless changes can feel like an impossible task, but it’s something you’ve got to do in order to maintain a successful dental practice.
Although the dentist is often the person who steals the show, a dental practice simply couldn’t function without at least one competent dental hygienist and dental assistant. While these two roles are distinctly different, they’re both incredibly important when it comes to patient care both in the dental practice and after the patient walks out the door.