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Assisted hygiene and anesthetizing for the Doctor too

Id like to ask a question to the RDH community. I work for a highy productive office. While working 2 chairs with an assistant we are expected to leave our patients to numb doctors patients all day long. This can run hygiene schedule behind, interrupt patient care, and make for stressful days. Are any other hygienist required to do this? And if so is there any pay increase or bonus incentives included? Thanks, Stephanie RDH



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I temp at a practice where we do this all the time. The assistants are fantastic about either taking films, polishing or doing the exam with doctor while the hygienist is giving anesthetic. It works great at this office and I enjoy breaking up my day with this.
It may be that your schedule and the help from the assistants need to be tweaked a bit. 🙂

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I used to work at a high-production office where I had 30 minutes with patients, worked 2 chairs, with NO assistant, and was expected to help anesthetize the doctor’s 50-70 patients per day. It was beyond stressful and I was paid well below average. The quality of care for these patients was not to my standard, nor was it worth the burnout and damage to my body. Needless to say, I’m no longer there. In my opinion, it’s not fair to you or the patients just to pad the doctor’s bank account. If the system is constantly making you run behind, there definitely needs to be a change! Maybe another RDH needs to be hired to do anesthetic for the doctor or the doctor needs to see less patients so he/she can keep up on their own. To be pulled away from your patients to anesthetize for the doctor doesn’t seem fair to your patients in the slightest. Just my opinion!

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Thanks for the input ladies. I actually work 3 chairs with another hygienist. And dr almost refuses to numb his own patients. I can relate Kara.

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How awful to be interrupted all day long like that. However, having to get up and walk to another op might do your body good (trying to be optimistic here). Don’t allow it to run the hygiene schedule behind. We try too hard to maximize our patient’s care and run behind and stress ourselves out. Some things will not be completed that day- just let it go for the next appt.

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