If you are looking for a software for your dental practice you will be spoilt for choice. Depending upon your practice type you can choose the software that offers you features to cater to your needs. By and large, dental software packages cater to general dentists, implantologists, periodontists, prosthodontists, there are software packages catering to orthodontists, and then there are packages for dental surgeons like oral and maxillofacial surgeons.
The focus of this article is on dental packages catering to general dental practitioners. These packages offer general administrative and HR features as well as specific dental service features. In short, you get all your bases covered to run your practice with dental software.
Options available for dental software includes cloud based solutions or desktop based solutions. Also, if you are a multi-doctor practice you can choose a dental software specifically designed for such busy practices. With cloud based solutions you are able to store your files in the cloud and are able to access them from anywhere. Also, with this, you do not need to invest in any extra hardware. Dental software packages takes care of the administrative side of things so that you can focus on your patients.
Dental software with full integration makes it easier for everyone to be on the same page and this helps in providing the patients with accurate and efficient care overall. Integration between scheduling, charting as well as treatment planning makes this possible. While you are charting, the software creates a treatment plan without you having to worry about all the codes. Also, the integration feature ensures that the patient has been scheduled for the treatment.
On the other hand, software solutions where this integration is not present still allows you to easily schedule appointments based on patient criteria and provider of the service, locate schedule gaps, search for open timings and schedule appointments accordingly. Further, with pending page feature you can also schedule patients sooner if you find an opening due to cancellation.
If you have fully integrated software solution then you get everything in one system. Here where everything is in digital form it becomes easier for you to have images next to charts for comparison purposes. You also have all your notes and treatment plans in one place. Communication with specialists and patients also is easier when you have both your images and charts together. You can also discuss about the treatment plan and insurance coverage with your patients to make sure that they are able to get the maximum out of their coverage.
Keeping track and storing all this information is also easier with the help of dental software. If you want to automatically generate clinical notes you can do it with the drag and drop feature of the software pulling the information from the charts, patients files and the treatment plans. With the customizable checkboxes feature of the software note taking becomes efficient by populating content in your clinical notes.
More on to the administrative feature of the software with features like single screen displaying daily plan so that everyone on the team knows what to expect during the day and their individual responsibilities. You have all the critical information about your patients for the day and are able to handle and quickly resolve issues. With dental software packages you have the patient’s whole history including all previous visits, prescription history on the file stored in one place. This information is very useful for any future communication and/or treatment.