The majority of dentists are of the conscientious personality type. This means that many dentists sometimes struggle to make decisions that significantly change the way they operate their practices. That, combined with how busy we are plus regulatory, insurance, and liability issues, might explain why dentistry has traditionally not been known for innovation and change. 

Have you ever been interested in implementing new technology, new resources, or strategies but kicked the can down the road before making the decision? Or has your dental team not been as open to change as you once you make the decision? Or, have you been on the other side of it where you aren’t as open to an idea from one of your dental team members? 

There is often much resistance in a dental practice and it is holding us back from our potential. Here are three success factors that will help you implement change in your practice. 

1. Communicate 

When you want to implement change in your dental practice, you need to communicate well with your team and your patients. This means showing them the value of the product or resource that you want to integrate. 

Communication is key to showing your team how a new resource or technology could benefit your practice. If they see the value of the product, they will be more willing to learn how to implement it into their routine. 

It can be hard to approach your dental team with a new idea, especially if you don’t have an open work environment established. Communication should be easy with your team, and it is important that all ideas must be thoroughly considered. 

2. Coordinate 

Coordination is necessary once you have communicated with your team. Once your whole practice understands what you want to change, it is necessary to plan for what you’re implementing with team partners and patients. 

If you are integrating a new technology that involves the patient experience, this is when you would give clear instructions on how to use it with your patients. This could be a machine that helps you check-in, or even how to sign up for automated text messages. Either way, coordinate with both your team and patients to ensure everyone is on the same page. 

3. Conviction 

To deliver your idea with conviction is the most important aspect. Even if you communicate and coordinate with your team, if you don’t deliver your idea with conviction, your team may not see the value in implementing change. 

You have to believe in yourself and the product or resource you are promoting. You need to take the time to learn about the product, how it works, and its benefits for your practice. Most importantly, you have to be dedicated to ensuring everyone understands and is comfortable with implementing it into the practice.

Be open to possible criticisms and setbacks that might arise. This is normal, and this is when you’ll need conviction to be successful. Don’t give up if your implementation didn’t go as planned. Continue to learn more and push innovative thinking in your practice. 

Are you ready to implement change in your practice? 

It’s time to get comfortable with change. Your practice will benefit from new resources and technologies if you know how to implement them well. 

If you want more tips on how to navigate change in your practice, check out this training video from where Travis Rodgers goes into detail about how to implement new technologies that can improve the quality of your practice.