Traveling Specialists take their practice wherever they go. Before your first treatment day, we recommend checking with the practice about what specialty equipment, instruments, and supplies they provide. Here are some helpful tips to get you through without a hitch:
Equipment: what do I need to bring?
As a Traveling Specialist, you’ll need to have the right armamentarium for the job:
- OS & Implant Specialists:
- The practice owner will most likely be purchasing the instruments and equipment. You can help the Practice Owner by showing them how purchases can be phased out as patient count increases, so as not to overburden them with a large financial purchase upfront.
- You can also help the practice owner with startup supplies by explaining which brands provide the same quality while saving on costs.
Tip: for small equipment that requires batteries, have a spare on hand so that one can be charged while the other is in use.
Finding the right supplies and equipment at the best value:
- Specialty dentistry requires you to establish relationships with a variety of supplies manufacturers and distributors so that you know where to buy the best gear.
- 80% of your purchases will be with a primary vendor. For unique products the primary vendor doesn’t carry, you’ll be working with ancillary vendors.
- Your supply list will be completely unique to you. Plan on creating a vendor contact list for yourself to facilitate and manage your purchasing.
- Find or negotiate discounts. Pair Dental has a number of deals secured with implant vendors, bone vendors, and distributors, which can have a massive impact on your monthly supplies costs. Reach out to us if you’d like to secure Pair Dental’s special pricing for your account.
Organizing and transporting supplies and equipment:
- Plan on having 3-6 sets of full instruments, organized in cassettes.
- Use a carrying case with compartments for carrying a wide range of instruments and supplies. Tackle boxes work really well. (Inserts help separate supplies.)
- Label your cassettes and containers with colored labels so that when you need something mid-procedure, you can communicate the location by color so that your assistant won’t have to rummage.
- Use rubber rings (aka color code rings) to identify your instruments. Use a unique set or combination of colors so that your equipment does not get mixed up with the practice’s equipment.
- You can also color code the instruments by procedure and sterilize them in the same case so that you don’t have to organize them after each sterilization cycle.
- Send photos of your trays as a visual guide to the sterile staff at the practice.
- Consider purchasing bungee cords to keep items secure when moving around in the car.
- A note on storage: Do not leave these items in your car. Set up a dedicated space in your home where you can keep your supplies safe, dry, and organized for future treatment days.
- Check out Zirc for more recommended instrument organization products.
Freelancing as a Traveling Specialist allows you to visit multiple practices in your area, where patients are awaiting your treatment. Schedule a chat with a member of our team to learn more about Pair Dental’s services.