Dr Mark HassedIn efforts to be efficient some dentists go about it all wrong.

They set up multiple surgeries, hire lots of staff then go from room to room. In each room they do a little bit, then hop to the next like a hyperactive grasshopper that has been drinking Red Bull.

This is amazingly inefficient. For each patient they may have to glove and de-glove three times. Instead of working in a systematic manner they do a little bit here and a little bit there.

Working in this way annoys patients (a lot!) and wastes your time.

So, what is the most efficient way of working?

Having been in many offices and having seen many dentists there is no doubt in my mind that the best way of working is as follows:

When you sit down with a patient give them 100% focus and finish their work completely before moving on.

Articaine only takes a minute or two to work. Leaving the patient alone for 10 minutes is totally unnecessary. You can even use the time it takes for LA to work to take an impression or polish a filling or anything else.

But getting up to go to another room wastes your time. 100% guaranteed.


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