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How soon does the staff at your office start before the first patient is due to arrive? Does anyone open and start their first patient before any other staff member gets there?



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If I have a patient at 8am (normal start time), I will arrive and start setting up by 7:45am. If Dr does not have a patient until 9am, he and his assistants will not be there until about 20 mins till their arrival. The office manager is always there by 8am regardless to get her day started. I have sometimes in the past opened and started with my first patient of the day before anyone else arrives but that is on very rare occasion.

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In my office, the first patient arrives at 8 am. The assistant and I arrive at 7:30 and the doctor and front desk are always there before me. The office manager comes in (unfortunately) whenever she wants – like 10 am. I clock in whenever I arrive – no rules against it as my doctor prefers us to be prepared and organized for our patients. Whether you can work without the doctor present depends on your state’s dental practice act and what supervision you fall under. Know your dental practice act!

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I worked in a office years ago that had hygiene pt starting at 7 am and the restorative pts weren’t scheduled until 8 am. I would show up at 6:30 and turn everything on and see my first pt. This office had a Front Desk-less-ness office. I had to collect money, file claim, present to plans, schedule next appts etc….
In 2014 I am not sure I’d want to be the only person there. What would happen if there was an emergency…. One person couldn’t handle an emergency. Also, if it’s a pt you feel uncomfortable around. Listen to Kara about knowing if the state dental practice act allows hygienists to see pt without dentist present etc…

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In our office most hygienists arrive 20-30 min prior to our first pt. assistants and front office generally arrive 15 prior to pt arrival. I have been there early and a pt has arrived early. However, it is our offices policy not to unlock the front door and let pts in or seat them until at least one other team member is present.

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