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Need to Find Ways to Increase Production

I have been practicing for about 2 1/2 years now and in September got my anesthesia license because my employer threatened my hours without it. Until that point they were scheduling me hardly any Perio patients because I couldn’t give anesthesia. Now they say my production is the lowest out of all the hygienists (no duh) and are decreasing my days. I’m at a loss. I feel like my office is soley production focused and now I need to find ways to increase mine. I have been recommending Perio Therapy to patients and they have been accepting, what more can I do?



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I am not production based but recommend fluoride to almost every patient – pretty much everyone could benefit from it and just educate them and they end up agreeing. Also whitening trays, electric tb, making sure pano/fmx are always current. invislalign or night guards if your office does that. We place arrestin at 6wk perio re-evalbid pockets aren’t healing properly. I find that if you offer adjunct services people usually say no right away but if you educate them while you are scaling or show them in the mirror they come around.

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First, you should never be threatened hours because you don’t have an endorsement if it wasn’t clearly laid out in the hiring process. I know jobs are scarce, but do you really want to work in a practice that is so production based? I know dentistry is a business, but there’s no reason there shouldn’t be a good balance. If you recommend what you truly feel is needed and most beneficial for your patients then there really isn’t much more you can do (if you want to sleep at night). Have they showed you your production numbers? If you are making 33-35% of what your bring in it shouldn’t matter where you fall compared to the “other hygienists” as that is the standard. I do like Slpelinka’s comment too!

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I don’t think it’s fair to cut your time. I’ve been working for two months now and want to be the best hygienist that I can be. I’m full time and I work for a large company, so patient care and production is a must. I make sure xrays are current, Velscope exam is current (oral cancer screening due once a year),Arestin placed if needed, SRPs,prophies, periomaint and fluoride.
If anyone else has other ways, I’d love to hear also. I am also looking for ways to increase and tips on becoming an even better hygienist. Educating my patient and seeing them smile, is my passion. 🙂

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