Sedation dentistry can allow patients to overcome dental anxiety and fear.
Jim Du Molin spent years working on dental marketing and sedation dentistry, and co-founded the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.
He knows the issues from both sides — dentists and patients. Not every dentist is a sedation dentist – and for good reason.
The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if they offer sedation dentistry.
Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey report on typical dentist fees for various kinds of dental sedation:
Three out of four dentists in this survey say they provide sedation dentistry.
What’s the typical cost of oral conscious sedation?
Conscious sedation dentistry costs an average of about $300. In this survey, the lowest cost was $70, and the highest charge was $680.
How about IV sedation dentistry?
You’re looking at an average cost of about $450, ranging from a low of $225 up to a high of $1,200.
What about pediatric sedation?
The average charge was about $300.
And the cost of nitrous oxide?
Laughing gas averaged $80 in this survey.
“I am a dentist anesthesiologist. I am perfectly fine with my client doctors doing oral sedation with proper training. I think it is important that they have someone like me to check with if they have a question or concern,” said a dentist anesthesiologist.
“Having well-trained providers of sedation is a key to our success as a profession. I offer pediatric sedation for $225,” said a pediatric dentist.
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