Tips from the NEW Treatment Planning Workshop

Our new Treatment Planning & Case Presentation workshop will help you gain a comprehensive understanding of how the Dentrix Treatment Planner and Presenter work to help you effectively create, customize, present, and manage patient treatment plans. The workshop covers a range of Dentrix features that can be used to effectively present patients with treatment options, educate them about disease, communicate effectively about costs and insurance coverage, and document patient consent or refusal. Here is a sneak peek at some of the tips you’ll learn at this in-depth workshop.

Tip: Use Patient Friendly Procedure Descriptions
You can build rapport with your patients and help them better understand the treatment they need by "speaking their language" when you present a treatment plan to them. This in turn will help improve case acceptance.

Patient–friendly procedure descriptions use non-technical language to describe procedures in in a patient’s treatment plan. Dentrix comes with many patient-friendly descriptions already created. Some examples include:

ADA Code ADA Description Patient Friendly Description
D2140 Amalgam-1 surf. prim/perm Silver-colored filling of a cavity of one surface of a tooth, typically caused by tooth decay
D2750 Crown-porc fuse high noble mtl Crown restoration made of porcelain fused to high noble metal (has a strong, hypo-allergenic base)
D4341 Perio scale&root pln-4+per quad Cleaning and removal of plaque from four or more teeth and root surfaces as therapy for gum disease

To turn on the Patient Friendly descriptions, simply go to the View menu in the Treatment Planner, and click Use Patient-Friendly Descriptions.

Tip: Make your descriptions bi-lingual
If you commonly treat patients that speak a language other than English, you could include both languages in the description. For example: "Dental exam for overall oral health. / Examen dental para la salud oral en general." Descriptions will need to be kept brief to fit both versions in the field.

Tip: Add or customize existing patient-friendly descriptions
You can easily add new patient-friendly descriptions, or customize existing ones, to meet the needs of your patients.

  1. In the Treatment Planner, click the Settings button in the Navigation panel. The Settings section of the Navigation panel appears.
  2. Click the Patient-Friendly Description button. The Patient Friendly Description Setup dialog box appears.
  3. Select a procedure from the Procedure list.
  4. Enter a patient-friendly description in the Patient-Friendly Description field.
  5. Click OK to save the changes to a procedure.
  6. Repeat this process to add as many descriptions as you need.

Dentrix Patient Chart

Tip: Other uses for patient-friendly procedure descriptions
Patient-friendly procedure descriptions are also helpful when you print treatment cases, patient treatment cases, and practice treatment cases.

Learn more tips like these and gain a comprehensive understanding of how the Dentrix Treatment Planner and Presenter work to help you effectively create, customize, present, and manage patient treatment plans at our new Treatment Planning & Case Presentation workshop!

For a detailed course outline and a list of dates and locations, visit www.dentrix.com/workshops.

Save $40 per seat when you register at least 3 weeks early!



Author: Patty Reay
Published: 02/01/2013
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