Dentists and dental staff, imagine this: You’re a patient and you’re about to visit the dentist. Maybe you’re not so fond of going to one, so you’re feeling nervous about the treatments you’ll get. But alas, that isn’t the only thing you’re worried about! You’ve still got the big issue of costs weighing on your mind. How will you ever get through your visit when you’re feeling so worried?
This is when Dental Planning comes to the rescue. Many dental and medical clinics use Dental Planning/Financial Counselling to lay out the total cost of a treatment and help patients understand the steps involved in their treatment. Dental Planning happens before the treatment starts, ensures the patient understands the total cost and steps of the treatment, and documents their agreement. Often clinics will use a Word or Excel document to manually track and key in new charges. They will then have their patients sign off on the document and save it onto their hardware. Plato however, offers an easier method.
Still sceptical about Dental Planning? Here are some ways on how it can help:
Now imagine this: Because of Dental Planning/Financial Counselling, your patient feels comfortable with the treatment and all related costs. Neither of you have a nagging feeling at the back of your mind about potential disputes down the line. You are able to treat your patient with confidence and your patient feels empowered about the choices they’ve made.
While many clinics do Dental Planning in Excel, Plato manages this process in its software. Using Excel or Word for Dental Planning can increase the risk of error. For example, you may accidentally key in the wrong charges. However, this is avoidable with Plato. Instead of manually typing in items, Plato allows you to pull out a list of items, and swiftly select charges from it. This saves dentists time, keeps documents safe from misplacement and reduces the risk of error. With Plato, patients’ agreement on the treatment is recorded into the system and easily accessible if you need to remind patients of it.
In other words, Plato’s Dental Planning = peace of mind for everyone!