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Do you think its unreasonable to ask for not scheduling back-to-back SRP?!

The office I work for is FINALLY getting to where I am allowed 2 hours for SRPs, however not everyone is yet. For example: I have a 9 o’clock schedule for full mouth SRP, and then the next one is at 10 o’clock- blocked off for 2 hours. Obviously I don’t finish an SRP in 1 hour so its just annoying that they even scheduled it that way.

Do you think its unreasonable to ask the front office NOT to schedule back-to-back SRP?! I did and I felt they were really annoyed. I told them I do not like the scheduling like that because it hurts my hand! (I had hand surgery on my dominant hand.) Am I just being a drama queen?



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First off, full mouth SRP in an hour is unreasonable…IMO. Then to do another one immediately?! Whether you have had hand surgery or not, that sounds like too much. Not only does your hand and body pay for it, so can the patient care.
I would talk with the boss…the clinician knows best, not the scheduler.

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Can you can schedule the patients yourself? Then you won’t be at the mercy of the front desk people. And 1 hour for full mouth SRPs is unreasonable- unless it’s 3 teeth or less.

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You aren’t a drama queen! It may be worth a sit down with your office manager and doctor to discuss this. I would explain just what Sue Halverson mentioned, it’s not only hard on you, but it’s not in the patient’s best interest. Focus the conversation on patient care and don’t place blame on the scheduler, just express your “concerns.”

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You are not a drama queen at all, I have actually asked that at my office and my dentist answered it with “other offices do that all the time” so I just switch with the other hygienist so we don’t get burnt out all the time. We are smaller. We also assist our dentist in OP so it’s okay for her and I to switch back and fourth as long as there are only a max of two hygienists working at a time.

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