The business of having a dental office is very competitive. It is important to provide good dental care, but there is more. The one tool that must be used effectively for a dental office to rise above its competition is customer service.


One of the best ways to make a patient happy is for a dental office to be organized and efficient. Patients are able to get their dental services, pay and leave as quickly as they need. The time spent in waiting rooms is short, and schedules are kept. Patients will recommend such a dental office to friends, family, and others.

Waiting Room

One of the first experiences a patient has with a dental office is the waiting room. One of the most common complaints by patients is not about their dental care, but with the dental office waiting room. Many dental offices designate someone to periodically check for anything in the waiting room that may need to be addressed. Many online reviews about dental offices include a statement about the condition of its waiting room.


This involves more than just telling a patient things about their situation. People in a dental office also need to develop the ability to know what their patient is communicating to them. This involves making an effort to know the patient realizes what is being said. This effort can avoid misunderstandings and result in better care.


There are many different types of services a dental office can provide. Some of them may be unique to an office in a particular area. It’s important for a dental office to have a good amount of knowledge concerning the products and services they offer. Patients will have questions. Some of the questions will be common, and others may not have previously been asked. A dental office should take the time to know the most current information concerning the products and services they offer. Especially when it comes to things like selling dental gold from excess scraps that come from fillings. These can build up in an office and start collecting dust. You can always sell this scrap and make some extra cash for the office. A patient who has their questions answered quickly and thoroughly will develop a sense of confidence in what the dental office recommends.


There is a lot of pressure involved with running a busy dental office. This can cause situations where the focus is on the next patient and not the current one. Nothing is worse than when a patient is interrupted when trying to speak with someone in a dental office. It can happen and the person doing this may not be unaware of it. This can cause frustration and hurt feelings with some patients. It’s important to focus on the current patient and listen to what they are saying. It’s also important to ask relevant questions and be attentive to their need for understanding.

Positive Language

A dental office needs to be aware of the language they use with their patients. It is important to work on using language that encourages patients to know they’ve had a positive experience in the dental office. When a dental office can’t provide something a patient wants, it may be best to tell them how they understand why the patient would like to have such a service, but they can’t provide it. This will be the right time to tell a patient what the dental office can provide them. The proper use of proactive words can make customers more open to purchasing what a dental office does offer.

It’s important for a dental office to focus on customer service. The patient experience of a dental office needs to be regularly reviewed. Necessary changes need to be made when required. This is the most effective way for a dental office to stand out from its competition.

Author's Bio: 

Rachelle Wilber is a freelance writer living in the San Diego, California area. She graduated from San Diego State University with her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Media Studies. She tries to find an interest in all topics and themes, which prompts her writing. When she isn't on her porch writing in the sun, you can find her shopping, at the beach, or at the gym. Follow her on Twitter and Facebook: @RachelleWilber;