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How long do you wait on the Dr for their exam?

Just recently my Dr is requesting that I notify her when I start to polish then again when the appt is through. I often have to wait 15-20 minutes or more for an exam. I have requested that she come in when reaching a stopping point in her procedure but that has never worked out. How long do you wait for an exam ? &….any suggestions? =/



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I typically wait around 5 minutes. Half of the time I am still finishing notes and he is already coming in. Other times it can be up to 15 but that is only when he is in the middle of something he can not stop. ( of course we always finish exactly when they can’t get up!!!)

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My doc is usually is 10 min or less ! If she knows she is going to be in the middle of a procedure then she interrupts me and does her exam! Bonus for me…I don’t have to wait at the end!

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5 to 10 on a good day…………. But after 35 years of hygiene I would love to add up how many hours I’ve been waiting for exams! LOL

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My Dr never makes me wait more than 5 mins usually. It’s a practice builder that we stay on time! Sometimes he will interrupt me to do the exam as he has a few mins..works perfect. Mutual respect=)

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I typically never have to wait, because the doctor always comes in when he has a stopping point, usually when he’s waiting for his patient to get numb. This allows me to stay on schedule and never be behind!

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I typically don’t have to wait more than 5 minutes. I start getting anxious by the 5 minute mark because he’s normally in the room by now.

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I waited 15-30 minutes on average. Yesterday I waited 45 minutes! and the exam periodic or not takes at least 30 minutes due to social talk.

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There are times where my boss is involved in a long procedure and try to be aware of that. (I’ll call him in before he and I start to see if he’d rather do the exam prior to the cleaning/procedure). There are times where I call him and he forgets. And then there are times where I buzz him and he is STILL in his office checkin the sport scores or news. (Grrrr). Once I’m done I buzz him, do my notes, schedule their next recare appointment and if he’s not there, then I go hunting him down. If he’s in his office I give him the full report and then tell him that the patient is on a tight schedule (if it’s closer to the end of the appointment.). Yup, I said it…..I lie sometimes (that’s only if he’s knee deep into his sports updates on his iPad though.) you really do have to take everything that’s happening into account and be aware of not only your surroundings in your room but of the whole office as well Obviously, if he’s in any type of procedure, and he can’t break free at that specific moment, then you’ll have to wait!!

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We have a light system. I often light the doc when I am half way through polishing when I need them in quick. We use a ‘blinking’ light to let them know if we need them in ultra quick mode. If we are waiting more than 5 minutes, we are supposed to go and remind them we are waiting. Sadly my doc is sooooo chatty, that we wait most of the time just for him to stop talking ‘socially’. Very frustrating, especially working on a 45 min. schedule and sometimes ( most times) he has THREE of us to check at once! I swear I’m going to make him wear a stop watch around his neck! He has no concept of time! Argh!

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I usually wait less than 5 minutes or so depending on how busy the Dr might be!

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I work in a practice with 3 doctors so each is a little different. One prefers we come in to alert him we are ready before polarizing and the other 2 do not care and will come whenever they have time or pretty quickly after I tell them I am ready.

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Our office usually depends on what the dr is doing. He tends to come in when he’s available so we wont interrupt him if not necessary. There are times when we move the patient to his postop room so we dont run behind but there are also times he’s kept us waiting up to 20 minutes. It varies all day every day but more often than not it doesnt affect our schedules and he’s pretty good about it.

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We have CEREC in our office. When the doctor is in the middle of a crown he likes to only stop at certain points so he can stay on schedule for his 2 hour appt. If I need an exam and it’s not near a stopping point I know I will have to wait. I try to look ahead so I can let him know to come do my exam at his stopping point instead of waiting until I message him.
Also, the overall schedule can effect the wait time. If he has 2 new patients in hygiene and his own patient at the same time I know that will be tough on him. The key is to try and not let things get scheduled like that so he can spend the proper amount of time with the new patients and not make others wait on him longer than they should. I try to address everything in the morning huddle to keep the day running smooth.

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I work with two Dentists, both are very different. It is a father and son office. The father is more conscious of patient wait times(5-15) minutes. The son usually will not come to a stopping point and check my patients. With him wait time is usually (15-40) minutes. Needless to say, I choose the father more often.

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There are three dentists in my practice so the wait time can vary, but I would say usually five to ten minutes. T he last practice I worked at I would routinely have to wait a half hr to forty five minutes which I felt was ridiculous as it made me typically run a half hr behind!

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Usually 5-10 minutes, or when he reaches a stopping point. Occasionally he’ll interrupt me and do his exam when he knows he’ll be tied up on a long proceeded. And sometimes I’ll have to move a patient off to another room to wait for their exam, freeing up my room to see my next patient and stay on time.

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I may typically wait 5 minutes, but on occasion have waited up to 30 minutes. We have a light system and as soon as I have gathered all exam pertinent material, I will light my doctor up with a yellow light. This tells him he is free to come at any time. When I am finished, I light him up red. This tells him to come as soon as he can. He does not prefer to come before I have completed the prophy, but often will do so knowing that he will be starting restorative treatment. It really works well.

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We do a card system the doctors usually check within 5-10 minutes. If not we have a “waiting more than 10 minutes” card and they usually get to a stoping point and leave what they are doing. The card system works great!

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I’m lucky. Never more than 5, but usually only like 2 mins

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Omg! I doubt this question will ever be solved. Somedays are spot on. Somedays I run behind. My boss likes to come in when I’m finished, but she has interrupted while I’m working if she knows when she starts her patient she will run way behind. I think there will be good, bad and ugly days waiting for exams. Good luck.

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We always run behind, I have had many patients wait an hour for the dr. The parents aren’t happy

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Depends on the day, he tries to get in quickly but sometimes it just doesn’t happen. I work out of two rooms and when I am finishing up with the second patient and he hasn’t checked the first patient I get anxious. But he does try and sometimes will come in before I am done if he knows he is going to get into a long procedure.

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We have four hygienists and three docs. Each day we are assigned to a doc, so that is who does your exams for that day. One is great-5 mins or less, unless he is doing surgery. Second one is usually 5-10 mins. Last one is anywhere from showing up unannounced (which I don’t mind) to 45 minutes. I too try to check out their schedules and see where they are at to determine when best to message them for exam.

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We have little signs that we place on the inside of the door frame in whichever room Dr. Is in. I place the sign once the pt. Is seated and I have done my OCE and radiographs if needed. This way whenever he gets a chance during the procedure he can come and do the exam (the sign keeps him from forgetting) 😉

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