Market your practice with Teledentix
Market your practice with teledentistry. Medical patients are utilizing the convenience of telehealth consultations. Eventually, all dentists will need this capability, even if it is only used occasionally. Why not get ahead of the curve and find those patients who want it now? Teledentix is the impressive total solution.
Expand your practice into the local community
In some states, the dental practice act allows hygienists to initiate treatment based on their assessment of patient treatment needs without the presence or specific authorization of a dentist. In these states, dentists can expand their bricks-and-mortar practices by working with field hygienists using teledentistry technology.
In this model, hygienists with mobile equipment set up temporary treatment locations in remote settings like schools, senior homes, etc. The hygienists gather diagnostic information, enter data online into specialized teledentistry software. They perform preventive services and other minor treatment. Live secure teleconferencing is available. The dentist reviews the data remotely and creates a treatment plan. If further treatment is needed, the patient is referred to the bricks-and-mortar location.
This model requires:
- Agreements with the locations where treatment will be rendered
- A trained hygienist who is appropriately trained and willing to work in a field setting
- The proper mobile equipment
- The proper software to support remote communications and out-of-office workflow management
- An understanding of the workflow needs of a field operation
Virtual Dental Care can help guide you through the process.
Work with a healthcare facility
Get creative with the video conferencing capabilities of Teledentix. Add local ERs or Urgent Care Centers as one of your user group and let them contact you when they have a dental-related question. Or, take the next step and arrange for a hygienist to do preventive services and gather diagnostic records in a medical facility and refer to your office if further treatment is needed.
Create a hygiene practice to act as a referral source to your existing practice
In certain geographical locations, a part-time hygienist-run satellite office can make sense. The hygienist can perform preventive services and take diagnostic records. Patients needing further treatment are referred to your primary office. The satellite office can be built and operated at much less expense than a full-fledge dental office.
Most routine preventive services and preliminary dental exams do not require a dental office. Hygienists and other dental auxiliaries, using mobile equipment, can come to any location where people live, work, and gather. For some patients, on-premise treatment is a necessity, for others, it is a wonderful convenience.
If you are an organization that would like to offer these services on-premises, Virtual Dental Care can arrange for hygienists, paired with local dentists, to supply teledentistry services. We will walk you through the steps, arrange introductions with the dentist and hygienist, create the necessary materials to communicate with your constituents, and train any administrative staff if necessary.
Please be aware that each state has its own dental practice act which defines the scope of care that can be offered by a hygienist working in a remote setting. We will be happy to discuss with you the abilities and limitations within your state.