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10 Top Tips For Starting Your Dental Squat Practice

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For any ambitious dentist, the idea of opening a dental squat practice is an intriguing and exciting one. To get started you will need to take some steps that may seem daunting at first, but that can be broken down into manageable tasks which will see you well on the road to realising your dream practice in no time.

So, we’ve put together these 10 Top Tips to help you get started setting up your own Dental Squat Practice:

Top Tip #1 – Create a watertight business plan

Not the most thrilling place to start, huh? You just want to get on with the exciting stuff. Maybe, but sitting down and creating a comprehensive business plan doesn’t have to be like pulling teeth.

Setting yourself clear, achievable objectives will be key to your success AND prove invaluable if you need to obtain finance or attract business partners to your venture. Think about the business and personal goals you want to achieve over the short, medium and long term and write them down. It doesn’t need to be a weighty tome, but a little bit of upfront thought and planning now will save you time and money in the long run.

Top Tip #2  – Location, location, location!

Perhaps one of the most important and biggest decisions you’ll have to make is where to physically set your practice up.

Your surgery is nothing without patients, so think about how easily they can get to the practice. Ideally it needs to be easy to find and accessible. If the majority of your patients will travel by car, consider how easy it is to park nearby and whether there are parking charges. If patients travel by public transport, how good are the links? Where’s the nearest bus stop or train station?

The location of your dental surgery will also define your footfall from the surrounding area and passers-by. You’re more likely to get noticed on a busy road than a quiet side road or rural location.

Your patients should be front and centre of your location choice, but don’t forget your staff and even your own journey. How easy and far is your commute and is it easy for your team to get to and from work as well?

Also, it’s worth a quick scout around the area to see how close your competition is too. Are there other dental surgeries in the vicinity and how will you stand out from the crowd and differentiate your surgery?

Which leads us on nicely to…

Top Tip #3 – Your brand and identity

Here’s one of those exciting bits!

But there’s a serious element at stake here too. Everything from the way your surgery looks from the outside, the ambience of the reception area and waiting room, to the calmness and comfort of the treatment rooms will influence patient experience and their likelihood to recommend you to others. More on this later, but don’t underestimate word of mouth (No pun intended!)

Having a clever, funky logo and painting the practice your favourite colour is all well and good, but how the surroundings make the patient feel and the consistency of how you apply your brand are hugely important.

Some careful consideration upfront and consistent application of your brand from the start will go a long way to establishing you in your new neighbourhood.

Top Tip #4 – Choosing your equipment & fit out

Another area we all get excited about!

But this one really is of utmost importance and will affect the efficiency of how your practice runs, your workflows and patient experience. Ask yourself what equipment you really need to get your practice up and running.

Are you going to be offering chairside restorations and digital dentistry? Is space limited, so a knee-break dental chair may work better for patient access? What about decontamination workflows and the ‘unseen’ suction equipment every dental practice needs?

Do you need every piece of kit on your shopping list from the outset or can some be added or upgraded as your patient base expands?

Our golden nugget of advice here is to partner with a dental equipment supplier who has the experience and expertise of guiding you through setting up your first dental practice from its first inception to the day you open the doors to your first patients.

You’ll need someone who can help you with everything from dental surgery design & workflows, project management to make sure everything happens at the right time, in the right order and on budget to someone with the technical skills and expertise to execute on-site installation, commissioning and training, with the minimum amount of fuss and mess.

And, yes, here at Blueprint Dental, that’s right up our street and we’d love to discuss your project with you from an early stage.

Top Tip #5 – Financing your dream

 So, you’ve created that business plan, found your premises, thought about what equipment you need and even have some ideas about that funky logo…

Now it’s time for the really serious stuff…how are you going to pay for it all?

Well, the good news is there are some awesome specialist finance companies out there who can help you make the right financial choices as you start your business. They can provide you with illustrations and choices for lease purchase and rental options that will provide clarity for your payment plans and options as your business grows.

But, be sure to find yourself a good, reputable finance company, who understand the dental business as well as they do money matters.

In our eyes, you’d do well to find anyone better than Vector Finance, who we’ve worked with on many projects and will also be able to provide guidance on tax planning and efficiencies, as well as any government grants and schemes which you can take advantage of.

Cash flow is also an important consideration in the control of your finances. Make sure you are registered with all the right patient insurance providers and keep up to date with your treatment claims, as well as ensuring patients who pay for treatment do so before leaving the practice. That way, you’ll be in good financial health to make sure you’ve always got the cash to keep well stocked of the consumable items you need to run your practice and before you know it there’ll be enough left over to be drawing a decent income from the practice yourself too.

Top Tip #6 – Who’s in your dream team?

You’ll need to decide what your staffing structure should be from the start and how you might look to add to it as the practice becomes more established.

As tempting as it may be from a financial perspective to minimise wage costs and go it alone from the start, you should consider whether that works on a practical level. You are a skilled clinician, highly trained to perform intricate dental procedures on patients, not a jack of all trades also managing patient appointments, payments and rotas.

We’re assuming you’ll need a dental assistant, but also consider whether some administrative support in the shape of a Practice Manager or reception team would be prudent. With the greatest respect, we all know some superb dental surgeons who freely admit that admin is not their forte. And that’s not to mention that it can be pretty lonely managing all elements of the business on your own.

Maybe you just need some part time help when you first start, building up to a bigger and possibly full time team as time goes by.

Are you offering hygienist services? Do you have a spare surgery you can rent out to other dental professionals who may want to treat patients in your area? These are all things which are good to consider and discuss with your dental equipment supplier from the outset.

Top Tip #7 – Marketing Matters

Marketing your dental squat practice can be difficult, but it’s worth the effort and will pay dividends.

Research the best channels to reach your potential patients. This is likely to be a combination of digital channels like a website and social media, together with non-digital channels like advertising in local newspapers, leaflet drops and word of mouth (we said we’d come back to that and here we are!)

Make sure you make it easy for people to contact you. It might sound obvious, but make sure the telephone number and email address are easily seen. Check, recheck and then check again for spelling mistakes and typos (…we’re back to that brand and patient experience again)

And keep it simple. You don’t have to spend thousands on the swankiest website in town, but you should tie everything in with your brand and keep at it. Regular postings and contact with your potential clients will get people through the door. And as soon as you can get patient testimonials, do so,  and don’t be afraid to ask your satisfied patients to spread the word and recommend you to their own friends and family. Word of mouth really is a hugely powerful and wholly under-rated form of marketing.

Top Tip #8 – Get the legal stuff sorted

Taking on premises open to the public, whether you’re renting or buying, entering into financial agreements and potentially employing staff all come with legal implications.

Make sure you’re clear from the start what your legal obligations are and take legal advice to make sure you have everything in order. You don’t want any nasty shocks or surprises further down the line.

The same goes for any building regulations you may need to have in place before starting work on your practice, indemnities and liability policies when dealing with the public and dental-specific legalities around treatments and hazardous waste disposal.

Top Tip #9 – Keep your equipment in tip top working order

The smooth running of your practice once opened will be vital to your reputation and stress levels. The last thing you need is to have to cancel dental procedures due to faulty or unreliable equipment.

Talk to your dental equipment supplier about on-going maintenance routines early on when you’re specifying and choosing your kit.

Get an understanding of what the preventative maintenance schedules are, choose a supplier who has experienced and factory-trained engineers and maximise the uptime of your key pieces of equipment by choosing a dental maintenance team who can service your kit around your schedules to minimise the impact on your working day.

You may even be able to factor in maintenance costs to any lease purchase agreements, but however you’re financing your kit, don’t overlook this element and be sure to include it in any cashflow forecasts you create.

We’re pretty confident at Blueprint Dental that we tick all the boxes when it comes to keeping your squat practice in tip top working order too.

Top Tip #10 – Take time to enjoy your dream

So, you’ve done it! Your very own dental practice, all set up and running; a steady stream of patients coming through the door, some even recommended by their friends and families.

It’s been hard work, you’ve learned so much and you’ve worked incredibly long hours to get to this point, but we hope that with the help of an experienced and reputable dental equipment company, it’s been worth it.

Stop. Look around you and give yourself a minute to take in all that you’ve created, all that you’ve achieved for your patients, your team, your family and yourself.

Congratulations!

At Blueprint Dental, we’d love to be part of your journey to realise the dream of your squat practice. 

Drop us a line to discuss your dream today.

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Dr Soni discusses his decision to partner with Blueprint & Planmeca

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Dr Soni, Implantologist & co-founder of the Practical Implantology courses takes us through why he chose to partner with Blueprint Dental & Planmeca as he introduced digital workflows to his Simply Dental, Twickenham implantology practice.

Watch the video to see how with the experience and expertise of Sharaz and the Blueprint team, together with Jonathan Hampton, the Planmeca technical team and a trip to the surgery with the Plan Demo van, Dr Soni was able to choose the right equipment to increase the number of referrals made to him and ultimately the quality of the treatment offered to patients.

The knowledge was phenomenal. He’s accelerated my digital experience, otherwise I probably wouldn’t have gone digital.

Dr Mukesh Soni, Simply Dental, Twickenham

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Dr Sam Mohamed tells us why he chose Blueprint Dental & Planmeca on his journey to digital dentistry

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Dr Sam Mohamed, Principal Dentist at Wolds Dental Studio tells us the reasons he chose to partner with Blueprint Dental and Planmeca when he embarked on his digital dentistry journey.

Watch the video to see how our own Sharaz and Chaz, along with Jonathan and the Planmeca team, helped and guided him to the best equipment and workflow choice for his practice and patients.

 

 

When I started thinking about Digital Dentistry, I took Sharaz’s advice and, to tell you the truth, it was the best advice ever.

Dr Sam Mohamed, Wolds Dental Studio

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Real World Testimonials with Blueprint Dental & Planmeca – Here’s what you say about the ProMax 3D Classic!

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We’re excited to share the first of our ‘Real World Testimonial’ videos with you!

We’ve had such great feedback from our recent installations of the Planmeca ProMax 3D Classic imaging unit, that we thought we’d make a new series of videos so that everyone can see what dentists who use it really think.

VIDEO 1 - Dr Sundeep Photay introduces us to his first unit and tells us why he's installing a second one!

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Step into Digital Dentistry with Blueprint Dental – Our new video series is here!

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We are excited to launch our brand new series of ‘Step Into Digital Dentistry’ videos!

Designed to give you an insight into the benefits of digital dentistry, with the help of the highly acclaimed Medit apps, the videos focus on just a few of the treatment possibilities now available with a streamlined digital workflow.

VIDEO 4 'Biteguards, Retainers & Aligners' - in the final video in this series we take a look at the digital workflow needed to create Biteguards, Retainers & Aligners

VIDEO 3 'Surgical Guide' - here we take a look at creating and fitting surgical guides

VIDEO 2 'Same Day Crown' - see the advantages of single visit treatment for both patient and dentist.

VIDEO 1 'Image Acquisition' - the vital first step whatever your speciality or treatment plan...

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Introducing ROKO – Quality, cost-effective lab products for 2021

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We’re excited to kick off the new year with a new range of products to add to our dental lab portfolio.

Roko are a producer of dental laboratory equipment with over 25 years’ experience based in Poland. Renowned in their home market for the quality of their products and outstanding customer support, we are now delighted to be able to extend this offering to our UK based lab customers.

There is a wide range available from casting machines, vacuum mixers, model grinders and trimmers to ceramic presses and furnaces and sandblasters, as well as laboratory workstations and benching.

For more information, please get in touch using the form below:

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Blueprint Dental and Sirotech announce strategic alliance

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Chessington, UK – 21st October 2020 – Blueprint Dental Ltd and Sirotech Ltd are pleased to announce they have entered into a strategic alliance, combining Blueprint’s sales and service experience and expertise in both the UK dental surgery and laboratory markets with Sirotech’s expert service and support capability for Dentsply Sirona equipment. The alliance will also include Dentsply Sirona’s CEREC® range of CAD/CAM chairside reconstruction solutions.

With digital dentistry playing an increasingly critical role in every aspect of both dental surgery and laboratory life, both companies recognize the need to expand their capabilities for digital solutions to broaden their excellent reputations for first class customer service, knowledge and technical support.

The Blueprint-Sirotech partnership brings together extensive skills in the design and workflow of all types of dental environment, providing world leading equipment brands and technical support to help clients in their adoption of digital technologies and workflows.

“This is an exciting time for Blueprint Dental,” says Sharaz Mir, Blueprint’s Sales & Marketing Director. “The strategic alliance with Sirotech aligns two highly talented, experienced teams and offers dental professionals across the UK a superior option in terms of expertise and support for design, equipment supply and service support as they implement new digital solutions, whether they are working in Restorative Dentistry, Implantology or Orthodontics.”

Sirotech’s Managing Director, Steve Latter adds, “We are delighted to be working more closely with Blueprint. Our new alliance broadens our offering for clients wishing to embrace digital solutions for either chairside or clinic to laboratory workflows and we look forward to being at the forefront of the advancement of digital dentistry.”

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About Blueprint Dental

Blueprint Dental is one of the UK’s leading distributors of dental equipment and services to both the surgery and laboratory sectors, representing some of the world’s leading dental brands. We work in partnership with our clients to design the best workflows, install the best equipment and provide the best after sales service, freeing dental professionals up to concentrate on what matters most – their patients.

About Sirotech

Sirotech is a family-owned and friendly company specialising in the sale and support of Dentsply Sirona products. With a long history of first-rate customer referrals, we are a leading service and support centre for CEREC systems and have an enviable reputation for technical support that is second to none.

Our services are guided by an in-depth knowledge that comes from two generations of experience and our engineers have a high level of certification, through factory training and long-term experience.

For more information, please contact:

Sharaz Mir, Sales & Marketing Director, Blueprint Dental Equipment Ltd on 0800 228 928 or sharaz@blueprintdental.co.uk

Steve Latter, Managing Director, Sirotech Ltd on 01784 335871 or steve@sirotech.co.uk

 

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DAC Universal S

The new DAC Universal S: All-in-one and all-round protection for cleaning, lubricating and sterilizing dental instruments

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An effective practice reprocessing workflow for infection prevention in dentistry is a top priority worldwide. Hygiene systems with a clear and effective workflow are essential to guarantee a high level of safety for patients and practice teams. As the world’s largest manufacturer of dental products and technologies, Dentsply Sirona offers solutions for the entire infection control workflow in dental practices and clinics that are designed to meet the different needs of each country. With the new sterilization function, the DAC Universal S completes the DAC Universal product portfolio.

Charlotte, NC (September 1, 2020) – Dentsply Sirona launched its new DAC Universal with a modern look and numerous changes based on the needs of the customers, e.g. Touch-Display, LAN interface, guided Check & Clean last year. This year the new DAC Universal S is ready to take things even further. The beneficial features of the DAC Universal are continued in the DAC Universal S and now supplemented with a complete sterilization function – especially for markets that require sterilization instead of a disinfection of unwrapped medical devices.

Comply with hygiene regulations by simply pressing a button

With two programs to choose from the automatic program selection of the DAC Universal S continues to provide maximum process reliability: The Pink Lid Program is specially designed for rotating instruments such as turbines, straight and contra-angle handpieces. The reprocessing process starts with a cold pre-wash. After an internal cleaning of the spray and gear channels a fully automatic lubrication follows. External cleaning with the pulse-wash method removes dirt and deposits from the outer surfaces of the instruments. The cleaning performance is excellent the results far exceed the standard values (80% better) required by the Robert Koch-Institute. Finally, instruments are sterilized at 134°C with three minutes holding time, and then cooled with cold air. The second program, the White Lid Program, is used for instruments that do not require lubrication: e.g. ultrasonic handpieces and tips or nozzles of multifunctional syringes and powder jet devices as well as powder jet handpieces. The cleaning steps are almost identical to the Pink Lid Program, but with lubrication step removed.

The DAC Universal S uses only demineralized water for all cleaning and sterilization steps, and does not require chemical cleaning agents, therefore preserving the lifespan of instruments. The guided maintenance workflow Check & Clean and the LAN interface for electronic documentation systems are also integrated into the DAC Universal S. The complete process takes approximately 21 minutes for each program – a fully compliant hygiene cycle with just a press of a single button.

“For me the DAC Universal S is the best solution on the market today for fast reprocessing of contra angles and turbines. Information given by the display is easy to understand as well as cycle time remaining”, explains Dental assistant Jane Mikkelsen, Hinnerup, Denmark. “The cleaning performance is very good and the sterilization function of the DAC Universal S fulfils our needs required in the sterilization process of unwrapped medical devices. A huge upgrade to the previous DAC Universal regarding total reprocessing time as the instruments are now cooled. The design of the lids of the new DAC Universal are excellent as risk of burns when touching are minimized.”

DAC Universal S: Safety and infection control in dental practices worldwide

“With the development of a combination device with a sterilization function, Dentsply Sirona is addressing the needs of dentists whose markets require the sterilization process of unwrapped medical devices,” says Michael Geil, Group Vice President Equipment and Instruments, Dentsply Sirona. “With the success of the DAC Universal over the past decades, we are now completing our portfolio in the infection control/instrument reprocessing sector with the DAC Universal S and the now available sterilization function. This enables our now complete DAC family to meet all requirements worldwide. It is our commitment to guarantee and uphold safety and infection control in the dental practice and in accordance to legal and technical standards across different countries. I am extremely proud that we stay true to this promise with the DAC family, most especially during these times when infection control is an indispensable requirement.”

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Still Working!

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Service Offering

Given the unprecedented situation in the UK regarding the COVID-19 virus, we felt it was important to reassure you our customers AND prospective customers that we remain operational and that our Technicians and Support Staff are working tirelessly to maintain service at this time, in every way possible.

We appreciate the difficulties you currently face with your patients and dental clients with concerns over cross infection and safety. We understand that it is paramount to decrease or even cease human contact at this time. We also appreciate that as a Dental Facility you operate in an environment where the prevention of the spread of a whole range of infections is woven into everything you do. Nevertheless, we like yourselves are paying particular attention to the latest government guidance on the transmission of Covid-19.

During this time, we continue to offer breakdown calls, regular servicing and workshop repairs but we will do everything we can to mitigate the risks. We understand the responsibility we have to ensure we keep contact to the very minimal but with your assistance we can combat the ability the virus has to grow within the community and at the same time keep you operational.

Protocol

We will ask prior arrival to be informed or guided by your own in-house policies. All our tools and any electronic items are disinfected between visits, as all our technicians are currently carrying disinfection wipes as well as being issued with personal PPE as standard.

Lets Talk

Keep us in the loop if anything changes and we will do everything we can to accommodate, we are more than happy to reschedule as many times as you like, it also guarantees your equipment maintenance schedule as well as keeping us busy!!

We are doing everything we can as a team to stay healthy and fit to enable us to work thus enabling us to provide the very best standard of support and service you will expect from us.

Sharaz Mir

Sales & Marketing Director

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David Brown

Technical Director

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Will regular servicing reduce my surgery downtime?

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In a word YES

Planned Preventative Maintenance Service Kits are designed to replace all parts which are subject to ‘wear and tear’ before they pose a problem. Our accredited engineers sometimes spot other equipment faults early on during the service which means we are able rectify them before they before expensive and cause an unexpected breakdown.

Breakdowns are expensive and inconvenient, that’s one of the reasons why we promote Pre Preventative Maintenance, which offer planned preventative servicing to help you maintain your patient treatment schedule and avoid unexpected downtime.

Ask our friendly team about PPM Maintenance for your practice – we cover all equipment new or old!