It’s been a long 12 months for dentists (and everybody else!)
Having to cope with reduced patient flow and learn a whole new way of practicing with reduced contact has been challenging.
I know that for many, it’s been a difficult year financially. When you overlay all of the other disruptions that have happened, such as school closures and people around us forced to work from home, it’s a wonder how any of us managed to maintain our sanity in the past year.
And yet we did. And to paraphrase my friend Kirk Behrendt, the guest on our January webinar, dentistry is currently facing a time of unprecedented opportunity. Some of the resource constraints that have throttled practices are about to vanish. For example, staff shortages have plagued dental practices for the last five years. With the workplace displacement taking place, there is now a one-time opportunity to upgrade your staff.
Also, there a commercial real estate glut is looming as companies reduce their footprint because of people working from home. Because many practices have time remaining on leases, this may take longer to percolate through to the dental economy, but we are already hearing of dentists negotiating rent reductions from landlords.
I am excited to be booking again for in-person speaking events. While 100 or more flights per year can be a grind, one of the most enjoyable parts of my job has been meeting many of you face to face, and I so look forward to getting back to that.