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#5 Legend Trek- Treatment Planning Part 1
#5 Treatment Planning Part 1 On today's episode we'll discuss the foundation of our treatment planning system.Much of the information in the podcast comes from Don Barden, author of The Perfect Plan. It starts with 3 lessons:Social Buyers...  Read More
What’s the Secret to Successful Dental Treatment Planning?
All successful dental treatment plans really depend upon the person who is involved in the treatment plan.The idiom“Different strokes for different folks,”can be used to explain a successfulpatienttreatment plan.What I saying here is that it really depends upon the person delivering the...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Handling a False Perception about Money During Case Presentation
Some people may think they cannot afford dental care when actually they can. Most people are very poor financial managers and when their money getstight they think in generalities and even fool themselves. They may even have a small amount of money in a savings account earning a very low percent of...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Appointment Wrap Up
Follow these steps at the end of each appointment with all patients to make sure you "wrap up" the patient's visit with positive communication while preparing them for their next appointment.STEP 1: Raise the chair so that the patient is in an upright position. You should remain seated facing the...  Read More
Consultant Tip: Be a Good Listener
One secret of good human relations to to ask questions, but to also be a good listener. People can tell when you are listening and they can also tell when you are truly interested in them and what they are saying.Encourage the other person to talk about themselves and to share their interests and...  Read More
If a Patient Does Not Have Insurance, Do Not Mention It
When talking to patients about their needed dental treatment and financial arrangements, one of the first things we notice is whether or not they have dental insurance. It is very good if they do, of course, and this makes our job easier.However, if they do not have insurance you can make a patient...  Read More
If You Promise Some Patients the Moon, They Won't Believe You
One of the most difficult things in human relations is convincing the pessimist they need something (including good dentistry).Many patients have experienced failure with their past treatments and have privately given up hope that anything can be successful. This is the reason they do not follow...  Read More
A patient walks in the front door late... The Conclusion
THE PROBLEM Now keep in mind we are creeping up to a half hour past this patient's appointment time. Although I appreciated the phone call to let us know he would be late, I also was keenly aware that in order to clean his teeth, I would be in a rush. His lack of an apology and presence of a...  Read More
Financial Coordinators are Salespeople for Dental Treatment
The late Dr. Harold Wirth once said, "The people of America have the money to buy what they want; it is dentistry's responsibility to have them buy what they need." The Financial Coordinator and every other staff member in the practice should adopt the attitude above. First for the well-being of...  Read More
Handling Complaints of High Fees
When a patient says, "Your fees are too high" show surprise and say, "Our fees are too high?" and wait for their response to see what they have on their mind. Sometimes people do not say what they mean. They might think it should cost less, or they may think they cannot pay the whole fee now. This...  Read More

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