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I am contemplating going to a new office. Everything seems to be falling into to place….for the most part. It’s closer to home, they are flexible on working with me on hours since I have a daughter to pick up in the evenings, etc. However….The biggest drawback is that they only allow 40 minutes for an average adult patient. I am used to getting 50 and can change that depending on the difficulty of the patient. Is this time frame common? I feel like I would have to skimp on patient education or other aspects to cut 10+ minutes off of my time.



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40 minutes is not very long. Maybe you can change that after you’ve been working there for a while. I don’t understand why and how others can tell us it should only take 40 minutes especially if you are not fully supported by the whole team and aren’t using multiple rooms. So you show 40 minutes, but I bet there is not extra time blocked out for exams and room turnover. So…..what? You have less than 30 minutes to fit all that you are suppose to do. No wonder so much is un-diagnosed….such as Perio. Good luck and hope you made the right choice.

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I would totally take it. Being closer to home and flexible hours to accommodate your family obligations are priceless. For the 10min being cut, I would try to streamline everything and ask the assistant’s help if patient shows late or you run behind. 1 hour for an adult patient is more common (I’m in southern CA).

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