Christian presents the 7 key moments that every patient goes through in a modern, comprehensive dental clinic. For each stage, there are defined strategies that can help you to improve your team’s performance and your patients’ experience:
Moment 1: Pre-appointment experience
This includes everything we can do to improve our patient acquisition and bring more people through our doors. From digital marketing to word of mouth, this moment is all about how we can supercharge the process of convincing people why they should come to us.
Moment 2: Non-clinical experience
Moment two is all about improving the non-clinical experience patients have in our clinic. This is to do with everything from communication with our reception staff, to their experience in our waiting room, to the overall ambience in the clinic and our hospitality strategy. Taking inspiration from the luxury hotel industry and consumer technology brands, our aim is to elevate dentistry to a more luxury experience for patients.
Moment 3: First appointment experience
The first appointment is the moment of data acquisition, the clinical exam and patient documentation. It’s about improving the whole interaction that we have with our patient at the beginning to not only acquire the information that we need, but also understand them psychologically and clinically.
Moment 4: Inter-appointment experience
After acquiring high-quality information from our patient, we then need to understand all the strategies that will allow us to do the best we can with that information and process it in the best way possible, culminating in the treatment plan.
Moment 5: Second appointment experience
This is when we present our plan to our patient. It is the culmination of the previous moments; a powerful patient-centered presentation that leaves no room for doubt about this treatment plan being the best course of action. If we do moments one to five very well, the consequence will be case acceptance.
Moment 6: Treatment experience
This is the actual treatment; for us, dentistry only happens at moment six. At moment six, we need to rethink everything that we can do to be a better clinician: to be more efficient clinically, to streamline our processes, and to improve not only the clinical outcome but also the experience of the patient as they go through the clinical treatment.
Moment 7: Post-treatment experience
The final moment in the patient journey is maintenance. This is all about what we can do to improve the quality of our clinical maintenance and our maintenance of our relationship with the patient once the treatment is over.
The Buyer’s Journey