How Do Dentists REALLY Feel About Dental Management Companies? (Survey Results)

Dentist survey results on dental management companiesIn this dentist survey, we asked about dental management companies:

Do you agree or disagree with this statement? “Only dentists should own dental practices.”

Only 12% of our respondents strongly disagreed. They believe that owning a dental practice does not and should not require clinical training in dentistry.

“From the greed and avarice exhibited, as well as over treatment and the selling/pushing of questionable dental items to individuals seeking treatment, I don’t see any difference in letting dentists vs. non dentists own these businesses.” South Carolina general dentist

Another 12% were in the middle:

  • 8% somewhat agreed, and believe that practice owners should generally be dentists, but there are exceptions;
  • 4% somewhat disagreed. They believe it’s okay for others to own practices, but that it’s good when dentists do.

Dental practice management survey results chartThe overwhelming 76% majority of dentists strongly believe that dentists should be owners, not dental management companies or private investors.

Practice management companies should only be business “consultants” as they do not have any medical/dental training and their objectives are merely economic.” Massachusetts
general dentist

“I have witnessed firsthand the moral and ethical degradation of the profession at the hands of dental management companies who are only focused on production,” said a California orthodontist.

He went on to say, “I have seen 3 of the best dentists fired because they were not “producing” enough. One of them said to me, “I am not willing to compromise my ethics, morals or values and create work that is not there.” Gone. I found out from his office manager that the new dentist who replaced him doubled production in less than a year by following the office manager’s recommendations. How did twice the amount of work get ‘created?'”

What’s your opinion of dental management companies?


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  • Gabbyone

    I experienced firsthand the moral and ethical degradation of the profession in several private dental offices who have “gone marketing” (Ed O’Keefe style). Therefore, I don’t think that management companies should be the sole blame for the very low state that dentistry has gotten to. Most private offices now use the same (and even worse) tactics. Don’t point fingers because everyone needs to accept the blame. Your profession is a complete mess, and it is your own fault.

  • Arezoo Nasiry

    As a dentist and a business owner, I can attest to the difficult dilemma many dentists face every day. Production vs. what the patient really needs. The key for me has been to see myself as an artist and a laborer and to put love into carving out fillings and doing root canals. The second piece of the puzzle is personal finances. When dentists are in so much debt and payments are due every month, it is easy to push, push and push. It is not until you are comfortable financially that you can work 4 days a week and focus and love your profession when you are at work. This creates harmony. Just my 2c as someone who is in this field.

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