How to Add Appointment Types in Open Dental

Step by Step Instructions:

  1. In the main menu, click Lists, Procedure Codes

  2. In the lower left, under Procedure Codes, click + New

  3. Complete each field listed under Edit These Fields for Each New Code. These fields are required

    1. Procedure Code: The new code. Up to 15 numbers, letters, or symbols are allowed. All codes starting with D will be shortened to 5 characters before being included on an insurance Claim. For example, you can have two different codes for nitrous, with the difference being a letter that is added to the end of a standard D code. When sent to insurance, only the standard 5 digit code will be used

    2. Description: If this code starts with D and is billed to insurance, the description will show on the claim.

    3. Abbreviation

  4. Select the Category: The category this procedure code will be organized under. (Misc is most common)

  5. Click Add to save the procedure code and close the window.
    The new procedure code will appear in the Procedure Code List under its category.


How to Edit Appointment Length

You can also adjust appointment time length to ensure there is an adequate amount of time blocked off for each appointment that is scheduled.

Refer to this Open Dental Article to learn how to make these adjustments to the appointment length:

Edit Appointment Length in Open Dental

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