Your patients are at the heart of your dental practice. Without them, you simply wouldn’t be in business. While providing great dental care is fundamental to the success of your practice, strong dentist-patient relationships keep patients coming back time and time again. Although you only see most patients twice a year, there are different ways to instill trust and enhance patient relationships. These five tips can strengthen the relationships you form with your patients.
Have you ever walked into an operatory to find a patient chatting happily with their hygienist, only to shut down when they see you enter the room? If you have, you’re not alone. Although you are there to help your patients, many people dread going to the dentist, and the sight of a white coat can trigger them to clam up.
It can be extremely baffling and frustrating when dental patients ignore recommendations or simply fail to act. Throw into the mix a fast-paced practice environment and dental patient motivation can seem like the Bigfoot of the dental realm. Patient motivation is a challenge, but is necessary in order to get patients to accept and comply with treatment plans and self-care.