When it comes to running your dental practice, the days of hard copy files and patient records in filing cabinets are long gone. But with the ease and adaptability that digital software allows you, there’s also a trade-off of complexities and steep learning curves. Thankfully, software developers have kept this in mind, and with the abundance of dental software available, there exist some great software applications for your clinic. These are the five best dental software programs for your practice.
Dentrix has called its software the most popular practice management system in North America. You simply don’t get the numbers that Dentrix does without doing something right. While the company’s wide range of products touch on solutions for every aspect of your dental business, from patients to finances, its main product, Dentrix Practice Management Software, is what clinics opt in for. The newest version of Dentrix has a huge feature list, including such benefits as splitting payments among family members, as well as custom patient lists for those you need to follow up with.
Although it doesn’t pull the numbers that Dentrix does, Carestream Dental is still a major player in the dental technology game. By providing imaging technology and corresponding software, it would be easy to run almost your entire clinic on Carestream products. The centerpiece of Carestream’s digital products is CS SoftDent, a practice management software application. CS SoftDent handles the administrative tasks of a clinic, such as statements, claims, and payments. One notable feature is ePrescriptions, which automatically submits prescriptions to your patient’s pharmacy. It should be noted that CS SoftDent also has a cloud-based software version, which you should look into if you prefer not back up your information locally.
On paper, DentiMax’s management software is very similar to other options: it keeps track of accounting, patient data, and everything else you’d expect in a professional system. But what DentiMax seems to do a bit better than all the other applications is integration with patient X-rays. Compatible with DentiMax’s sensor equipment, which the company bills as the thinnest CMOS sensors on the market, the software is ideal for dentists who want a clear picture of their patients’ dental health.
Curve Dental’s cloud-based practice management software does everything you want your software to do, and the fact that you can run it on a web browser, regardless of whether you’re using a PC or a Mac, is a plus that you won’t find with every other application. What make Curve Dental a little more interesting is the way you pay for it. Rather than paying up front like you would traditional software, Curve Dental operates on a subscription model. Call it the Netflix of dental software. Whether that’s a positive or a negative depends on your clinic’s preferences, but if Curve Dental’s reviews are anything to go by, it’s a piece of software that can be trusted to make your practice run efficiently.
Dovetail’s practice management software is efficient, but just as importantly, it looks great too. With a clean interface, data entry becomes quicker, easier, and less of a chore. And while Dovetail handles all the standards of filing and billing as the other dental software applications on the market, it does have one trick up its sleeve: mobile use. Dovetail heavily promotes its program’s usability on tablets and, with added cloud capabilities, you can track and update data away from the desk and on the go at any time.
There are many dental software applications to choose from, and although all of these products are great and do wonders for their customers, you can only choose one. Thankfully, software demos are common, so be sure to try as many demos as possible so you can get a good idea of whether a certain software package will work well with your practice.