Not beneficial for Dental Hygienists
Dental Hygienist (Former Employee) – Williamsville, NY – December 2, 2016
This is a production based practice for hygienists. You get paid a percentage of the service rendered. If a patient is private pay you can make a little more, but those patients are few and far between. They make deals with insurance companies for lower fee for service. So in turn, that means you make less money. You need to work on volume, so unfortunately some hygienists perform services that are not necessary to produce more money. Hygienists do not get vacation pay, holiday pay, sick pay and there is no base pay, so if a patient is a no show you sit around for 50 min not getting paid and if that happens a few times a day you are not making any money. Even though you might have a two hour opening due to cancellations or lack of patients you cannot leave and come back, you have to stay in the practice and not get paid. The dental assistants receive all the benefits because WNY feels that the hygienists have the potential to make an endless amount of income. But, in reality and if you have ethics you can only perform only what the patient needs. The only good point is that if you have kids at home and they are sick or you need a day off it usually isn't a problem because there are plenty of hygienists who can cover your work load. I worked with a lot of nice people, sometimes I made good money but it is not consistant. This is the reality of WNY Dental/American Dental Partners. Think twice
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