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E64: A Few Tips on Developing Scheduling Guidelines

A listener recently asked me about scheduling systems in a house call practice. This got me excited because I could simply refer her directly to A Day in the Life of a House Call Dentist. This is the free scheduling guide I made to show you exactly what life as a house-call dentist looks like. However, I thought in this episode I would offer up some simple tips and tricks that I’ve learned when it comes to scheduling your house-call patients. When you open up your eHR, when you look at a blank calendar for the week or month, it’s exciting to know that you can fill it in whenever you’d like. That’s an incredible privilege! It also can be very overwhelming. For your eHR, I recommend Curve, a cloud-based software that I’ve been using for my practice from the beginning. Visit the link for a great deal on Curve when you’re ready to get started!

One of the greatest perks of being a house-call dentist is the freedom to create a schedule This being said, Establishing boundaries around work hours is essential to maintaining a healthy work-life balance. In my journey as a house-call dentist, I’ve learned the importance of listening to my instincts and setting firm boundaries. By prioritizing my well-being and personal time, I can provide better care to my patients without compromising on my own needs. By considering procedure lengths and commute times, my assistant and I efficiently schedule appointments to optimize our workflow. Adopting the practice of appointment stacking has also helped us minimize gaps in our schedule and maximize our productivity throughout the day.

Another key aspect of scheduling is understanding patient preferences. I’ve found that starting appointments later in the morning, around 9:30 a.m. or 10 a.m. aligns better with most patients' schedules. By catering to their needs and preferences, we can ensure a positive and convenient experience for everyone involved. The flexibility and autonomy that come with a house-call dentistry career are so rewarding. By implementing these scheduling strategies and principles discussed, you can build a schedule that not only meets the needs of your patients but also allows for a fulfilling work-life balance. Thank you for considering house-call dentistry as a career path—a choice that brings gratitude from both practitioners and patients alike.


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