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Scheduling patients as a hygiene student

Any advice on scheduling patients as a second year hygiene student would be much appreciated. The school has an appt. request book, but when I call from the book to schedule patients that I don’t know I’m afraid of scaring the patient off by asking them if they only want to be there for half the day or the whole day. That’s a lot of time to sit in a dental chair and I feel like most people would be turned off by that question. Right now I only have morning appt’s booked hoping that they will want to stay the entire day, but I know that’s not a good idea and I will end up with no patients for the second half of the day. Any tips on how to solve this problem? Thanks!



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If patients are on a waiting list, they should be aware that an appointment is going to be on the longer side. Don’t be scared to be honest with them when calling. The worst that will happen is they don’t schedule an appointment. Also, don’t hesitate talking about your concerns with one of your instructors. I’m sure they have faced this issue and can give you advice. That’s what they are there for!

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