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E43: Chairside vs House Call Dentistry - You Really Don’t Have to Pick

This week I’m sharing my thoughts on how house-call dentistry can fit into a traditional chairside dental career. I know there are a lot of dentists out there who are interested in offering house calls, but worried about missing out on the benefits of chairside practice. Well, I'm here to tell you that you don't have to choose one or the other!

In fact, many house-call dentists, including myself, still practice chairside part-time. It's a great way to keep using certain skills and techniques that you might not get to use during house calls. Plus, working chairside can be appealing for a variety of reasons, like the ability to see a lot of people every day and practice in one location. 

Of course, there are some things to consider if you want to work both chairside and offer house calls. For example, you'll want to ensure your patients know that you're a house-call dentist for people who cannot leave home and that you're not taking patients away from your boss. You'll also want to look into any non-compete clauses in your associate contracts. 

My advice would be to find per diem roles where chairside patients aren't confused about your level of commitment toward them or consider working part-time in an institutional setting where there are clear boundaries between your comprehensive house call patients and your chairside patients. 

I hope these thoughts are helpful to you! Whether you decide to offer dental house calls or not, please consider supporting those in need by contributing to the Home Smile Care Foundation. Thanks for tuning in!

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