When scheduling an appointment, one of the options you set is the length of time it will take to complete the appointment procedures. In the Appointment Information dialog box, the Appt Length field allows you to specify how long the appointment will be. It also allows you to specify for how much of the appointment time the primary provider will be in the room, how much time the assistant will be in the room without the provider, and how much time the patient is in the chair numbing or waiting without a provider or assistant in the room. While the assignment length of time is not new to Dentrix, this feature has been improved with Dentrix G6 to make it easier for you to assign the time blocks as needed.
To set an appointment’s length:
By utilizing the Appointment Time Pattern, you can more effectively schedule providers in your office. For example, if an appointment is set for 60 minutes but the provider will only be with the patient for the first and last 10-minute time blocks, there are 40 minutes in between where the provider is available to be scheduled with another patient in another operatory, thus increasing productivity and making better use of the provider’s time.
Additionally, when searching for an available appointment time, Dentrix only considers provider time, thus allowing you to schedule your providers more consecutively and productively.
For information on how you can set up default appointment lengths for procedures, see the “Setting procedure times” topic in the Dentrix Help. For additional G6 Appointment Book enhancements, log in to the Dentrix Resource Center and search for article #71094.