A consultant in the field of dental practice management, Dr. Steven Eidman currently serves with BestCare Family Dental in Jackson Heights, New York. Dr. Steven Eidman has worked with this practice for more than six years, during which time he has advised on a number of issues regarding common industry practices.
Within the dental profession, referring a patient to another practitioner is not only a common practice, but also governed by the generally accepted industry code of ethics. Dentists are typically expected to refer a patient to another professional whenever that patient’s needs exceed the original practitioner’s qualifications or interest, or when the complexity or depth of the case suggests the involvement of a specialist.
Dentists may also choose to make a referral if another practitioner has access to a piece of equipment needed or preferred to treat a patient in a particular situation. The same may be true of the skills of office staff or the ability to handle a patient with behavioral issues. On a more general level, a dentist may choose to refer a patient if his or her patient roster is full, particularly if the dentist expects the patient to need time-intensive care. Dentists may elect to refer patients for a number of additional reasons as well, each specific to the needs of the dentist and patient.