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Dental Office Short Staffed: How To Navigate Staffing Platforms


If you manage a dental practice, you know that a day in your office will not go well if you are short-staffed. There are a few different platforms that you can use to get help to your office in a hurry. You can call a dental staffing agency, hunt around for help on a jobs board, or download a staffing app to your phone. 

The dental staffing apps are the most efficient way to get a temporary to your office. You can sign up for a dental staffing app in minutes and start posting jobs right away.

When you post a job, the dental professionals in your area who have marked themselves as available will receive a notification. When one of them accepts a job you have posted, you will get a notification. 

You can confirm or deny the temporary, and if you approve them, they will come to your office and start working. 

Not all dental platforms are created equally. Some of them are easier to use than others. It helps to review your options before deciding which one is right for you. It also helps to know a few hacks for getting the perfect temporary to your office. 

What to Look for in an App

The app that you select should have a self-explanatory and user-friendly interface. You should be able to easily sign up for a service and start posting jobs. The best companies will simply charge you a percentage of what you are paying the temporary. They will not charge you a monthly fee.

Most of these apps are relatively new, so it is hard to rely on the reputation of the company. However, you can always read reviews to find out what other dental offices think. There are websites devoted to reviews of dental temporary agencies and apps. 

Narrow Your Search

Your office has a certain way of doing things, and you want to find a temporary who will fit in well and learn quickly. You also need a dental professional with an up-to-date active license.

You should use an app that allows you to narrow your search. You should be able to search by:

  • Years of experience
  • Training
  • Licensure 
  • Recommendations
  • Rating
  • Location

The best apps will allow the dental office and the temporary to rate one another. You can save time by narrowing your search to people with good reviews. 

Only Use Apps That Verify Dental Professional’s Information

When a dental professional signs up to use the service, they will make a profile with their name, address, phone number, and hours of availability.

It should also include their license number and their years of experience. The app should verify everything that is on a dental professional’s profile. They should verify that licenses are current as well.

Read Resumes Carefully

It is not uncommon for people to exaggerate facts about themselves on their resumes. They may say they have training that they do not or claim they have worked as a hygenist longer than they have. Read all resumes carefully and ask questions if anything is unclear before you approve of a temporary. 

Finding last-minute help can be challenging. Technology is quickly making finding a dental temp a brief task instead of an impossible chore.