Starting a Dental Practice Key Terms
Understand dental practice terms to ensure proper setupStarting a dental practice is a big step for any dentist. Some dentists start their own practice from the ground up and others opt to purchase an existing dental practice. Regardless of the method you choose to start your practice, there are some key terms you must understand to ensure that your practice is legal. Once you understand the terms associated with opening a dental practice, you can help your staff to understand the terms. This, in turn, will lead to a more efficient office.
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Licensure by reciprocityDental licensure refers to the type of dental license you have. Licensure by reciprocity means that although your license was issued by one agency or board, another agency or board is honoring it. This is done only by a formal agreement between the two and is only valid when both agencies have similar requirements.
Sedation dentistryIn sedation dentistry, you provide your patients with a way to overcome dental anxiety through a combination of medications and other relaxation techniques. When you start a dental practice, you have to find a way to stand out from the crowd. Sedation dentistry, which requires a special license, provides this opportunity.
Dental insuranceA common misconception is that dental insurance is comprehensive insurance. However, unlike traditional health insurance, dental insurance is structured more as a discount plan than insurance. In almost every instance, a co-pay will be required from your patient. Knowing the specifics of dental insurance can help your staff to prepare your patients for the financial impact of the visit ahead of time, which can help to decrease delinquent accounts.
Infection controlInfection control is necessary in any medical setting. It is what prevents illnesses and contagious diseases from getting passed from one person to another. Ensuring that your employees wash their hands, and using sanitizing equipment and disposable instruments are ways to encourage infection control.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website offers information, including slide slows, to help you to fully understand all the infection control measures necessary for a dental office.
Dental assistant vs. dental hygienistA dental assistant is a person who helps the dentist by preparing equipment, sterilizing instruments and ensuring patient comfort during an office visit. A dental hygienist is licensed to perform certain procedures, such as routine cleanings on patients.
U.S. Department of Labor offers in-depth information about dental assistants. The information includes education requirements and normal job duties. American Dental Hygienists' Association provides an overview and educational requirements for dental hygienists.
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