Do have a dental appointment coming up soon? Have you confirmed it? If you haven’t you should do so now. It’s important you confirm and keep your appointment to avoid any setbacks or getting penalized by your dental office.
When you set an appointment with your dental office, you are setting aside a time not just for you but for the office and its staff. It is valuable thing which is why reciprocal respect of each other’s time is critical. Dental staff make the time to prepare for your visit, to care for your needs, and to complete your treatment. It’s time allocated to serve you.
Yes, there are times where emergencies come up and offices are willing to accommodate for such incidents. However, repeated failed appointments and short cancellations done in less than 48 hours is not a good reflection on you and doesn’t allow for another patient to get their dental needs met. It gives your dental office less time to accommodate another patient who may need treatment.
You should also consider the penalty dental offices have when patients have failed to meet their appointments repeatedly or cancelled on short notice. Some dental offices will charged you for missed appointments. It’s good to know ahead of time if you’ll be able to meet your appointment time.
We can’t stress enough the importance of confirming your appointment. When you receive a call or text from your dental office asking to confirm your appointment, it is the perfect time to double check your calendar and confirm you can still make it. If not, then notify them to reschedule for another day and time. It keeps costs at a minimum for your dental office when you confirm dental appointments.
Ignoring confirmation calls does not opt you out nor does it cancel your appointment. You need to call to respond in order to cancel or reschedule an existing appointment. Consider not only yourself in this equation but your dental office and potential patients who could be receiving dental treatment should you choose not to attend.
Confirmation and keeping appointments reflects well on your part but also gives you time set aside to care for your dental needs and treatment. Time scheduled is for dental staff to serve you and ensure your receiving best dental treatment you deserve. So, make sure you confirm your next dental appointment.