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Burn out!

I work in an office where they give me 40 min to bring my patient back, go over medical history, take vitals, take BW (not digital) develop them (I get 10 extra minutes for FMX 🙂 adult prophylaxis or perio maintenance, perio chart oral screen, fluoride, OHI, move patient to another room for exam and turn room over. Just doesn’t seem right. Getting burned out! On one day out of the week I work 7 1/2 -8 hrs by the time charting’s all done…. without a break…. No scheduled lunch on that day! Give me you’re thoughts. Thanks



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Whenever you feel that standard of care and patient care is being compromised, it might be time to look for employment elsewhere. If there is anything unethical or illegal happening, it also might be time to contact your state board.

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I’m glad I get to run my side like it is my own business. Some offices run around making sure the schedule is packed full of adult prophies when if given the appropriate time you could educate and get pt on the same page for restorative procedures, Perio program and maintenance and new patient appts. Production will improve for the office as a whole and not just a Prophy mill. Dentists and hygienist need to get up to speed with either a consultant or learn how to be more profitable with educating and allowing time and training of a hygienist to be more than the cleaning lady or guy. I have been trained through LVI, Jameson, Pankey Institute and many CE courses to improve as a hygienist etc…..these places do work and if your dentist will take the plunge and train themselves and the whole staff they will enjoy dentistry on a whole new level. I’m not saying that I don’t have burn out though. Sometimes we need to take a vacation and come back refreshed. For the most part I love my boss and my job and enjoy handling patient care with the amount of time I need and any help or assistance that I need.

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That’s a lot to expect in a 40 minute appointment! Have you discussed allowing more time or having an assistant? I don’t know how some employers expect quality care when not allowing enough time for it. I worked one day a week for an office that gave me 30 minutes adult prophy working with an assistant. I hated it!! I did not stay long because ethically I felt that I couldn’t continue. His dentistry was horrible so quality care wasn’t a priority. I would suggest talking with dr and scheduler, maybe start looking for other employment too. Good luck

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I know, it’s crazy but i think their focus isn’t on quality patient care, more about the $$. I believe the problem begins…. the scheduler. She seems to run the practice, probably working on a commission based on the production. Thank you for your input. Appreciate it and luck to you as well.

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Nothing illegal or unethical per say I just feel like they don’t give me the necessary time for the expectations because they want a certain amount of production. What is the norm (average) at other offices?

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And I guess what I should have said was was not that they are more interested in production than standard of care because the dentist spends all the time he needs on a patient and is a great dentist but the expectations from me seem like they are just too much!

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I have the EXACT problem at my office. I get 50 minutes and I thought that was bad. however, whenever the scheduler needs to, she shortens the appointments in order to fit more patients in. The doctor takes as much time as he needs, but expects me to work like I’m on speed. Really? It’s absurd. I am considering looking for other employment. I work for another office 2 days a week, and that office is amazing. 60 minute appointments always. 75 with an FMX. Runs so smoothly and I actually feel like I have time to do what I want to do. Not just rush rush rush to get patients in the door.

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That’s entirely too much to be done in a 40 minute time period. You can’t possibly be expected to work like that day in and day out and not get burned out. You need more time!!

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Wow that’s a tough wed.schedule! Aren’t there labor laws to protect the emplyee where you live? It seems only right that you have to have a break after working a certain amount of hours? To be honest, I don’t even know what the law are here where I live. Comments??

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No breaks and no lunch is probably NOT legal. Work breaks and meal breaks are required by employment laws. Check with your state. I agree your schedule does not seem right and I would NOT be a patient in such a practice. Ever.

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