RETP - Rapid Efficient Treatment Planning with Dr Lincoln Harris
We have to begin with treatment planning. No great dentistry is ever accomplished without it.
Course Topics... (Click on each heading for more info)
Patients rarely tell us what they actually want. They tell us what they have. “My upper right tooth is broken and my lower one hurts” tells us nothing of what the patient wants. Learn efficient techniques to cut through to the patients prime motivation. Without finding a motivator, the patient just won’t go ahead with treatment.
These days, very comprehensive examination of the patient is required and very thorough documentation. Traditionally, this was so time consuming that it limited the number of new patients that could be seen. Learn how to do extremely thorough examinations very efficiently through high level training of auxiliary staff. How staff training can help you do much better notes. And how informed consent procedures can be improved with no extra time.
Learn how to integrate photography into every single patient visit and why it’s incredibly important. Why it’s worth taking a full set of photographs for every toothache patient.
Learn to treatment plan concepts before specifics. Find out why most dentists treatment plan back to front. How to keep the patients goal front and centre of the treatment plan. Balancing idealism with pragmatism. When you can compromise and when you can’t.
Have the basics of your treatment plan in place before the end of the first appointment.
The biggest difficulty is marrying;
Learn techniques to talk about money. Discuss budgets with confidence. Scale up and down treatment plans without doing poor quality work. Learn staging techniques to break up the cost. Find ways to mix and match techniques to meet a budget.
Some patients are ready to go straight away and delay will just turn them off. Other patients will need time to process the information.
How do you decide whether to go straight to final treatment plan, and when should you take time. What tactics have you got to delay treatment when necessary.
What records do you need to treatment plan? What records do you need to demonstrate planning?
Treatment planning only becomes second nature with a lot of practice. Much of the second day will be spent treatment planning cases. Initially slow detailed treatment plans will be done. Techniques to improve your speed will be studied and further exercises will be done to improve you skill and speed.
What people are saying...
Dr Harris is a very engaging speaker and has a wealth of knowledge. Thankyou for the great course and hope to participate in further courses!
Dr Lincoln is concise, composed, relatable and funny. Excellent course, relevant to all practitioners of all experiences.
This is THE one course to take by all dentists involved in clinical dentistry in Private Practice. The whole 2 days were full of ah-ha moments. After the first 10 minutes of the course, I knew I was in the right spot! It is one of the best courses I've attended this year. Incredible value for money and principles that are easily put into practice the next day. The amazing clinician shares all his expertise in a fun and easy to understand way. The big plus of this RETP course is the simple and down to earth tips and tricks you get to add to your own treatment planning thinking/presenting workflow. I loved every minute of it and is highly recommended to all my colleagues.
Invaluable advice for communicating with patients- To give patients options and to guide our treatment plans. One further case accepted covers the cost of the course.
Before attending Lincoln`s course, I was doing things by "The doctor knows best" mentality and was sort of forcing my treatment plan on the patients. Now I listen to their problems, let them know what I see additional to that, give the patients options,risks and cost and they choose what they want to do.
I learned- Better communication in regards with costs with the patients, especially costly treatment plans. - Not to be "emotionally" attached to the patients tooth. 🙂
Lincoln covered everything!