Sedation Dentistry Celebrates 10 Years with DOCS

Jim Du MolinIt’s been 10 years since Dr. Michael Silverman and Jim Du Molin launched their first seminar for DOCS, the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation.

Though Jim wasn’t able to make it to Dr. Silverman’s anniversary celebration for DOCS, he sent along a video greeting. (Watch the video)

10-Year Anniversary Message to DOCSDOCS began some years before that first seminar. Dr. Silverman was working to lessen dental fear and dental anxiety for dental implant patients.

Jim was the dental consultant; Michael was the sedation dentist. Together, the two men worked out how to pitch sedation dentistry to the public, how to market conscious sedation, and how to work with patients who have dental phobia.

Over a decade later, the DOCS program has been a smashing success. Hear what Jim has to say about the anniversary of sedation dentistry‘s DOCS:

Sedation Dentistry: DOCS 10-Year Anniversary Video from Jim Du Molin

Pediatric Dental Sedation Ruffles Feathers Among Dentists

Pediatric dental sedationDentists are divided over pediatric dental sedation. Our survey found that half of dentists approve of pediatric sedation dentistry (with proper training, of course), while one in three feels a general dentist should never sedate a child.

“Kids are a different breed from adults when it comes to sedation, and you REALLY have to have thorough training to sedate them,” said one dentist.

Among survey respondents, 54% say it’s a great treatment modality that requires proper training; 11% are still am not certain of its safety; and 35% think general dentists should not be performing pediatric sedation.

Here’s a sample of what dentists had to say about pediatric dental sedation:

  • “It is a great way to treat children. However, weekend courses do not give one adequate training to sedate children; one needs to be formally trained.” (Arizona pediatric dentist)
  • “Proper training and the use of modern equipment are the key.” (California dentist)
  • “This is the most delicate group of all patients, and the one that GP’s should be very cautious when treated. This also is the group that has the most incidents when sedation is performed.”(Florida dentist)
  • “It should be done more often.” (Orthodontist)
  • “Just ask an anesthesiologist. They all say NO!!! No one should!!!” (Massachusetts pediatric dentist)
  • “I am a pediatric dentist. I used to offer it in my practice. I have stopped since 2004. I recommend that it is used ONLY in a hospital setting.” (Massachusetts pediatric dentist)
  • “There are a small number of general dentists who will obtain the necessary training to SAFELY provide sedation services for children, but I can’t for the life of me understand why they would want to.” (California oral surgeon)
  • “There is no excuse for inadequate training. You must be on top of your game and realize it is not successful all the time. Still will need a source where pedodontics can be done under a general anesthetic.” (Oklahoma dentist)
  • “Pediatric sedation should be performed only in a hospital setting and only for special-needs children. The rest of children do great if you will only be patient with them and do ‘show and tell.’ The most difficult children always, and I mean always, do great and overcome their fear if you give them time and love and show them how trust works.” (California children’s dentist)

Read more: Pediatric Sedation Dentistry Causes Disagreement Among Dentists

Listen to what Dr. Michael Silverman has to say about DOCS Education’s evolving stance on the subject: Dental Continuing Education for Pediatric Sedation

Sedation Dentists: What is the Cost of Sedation Dentistry? (video)

cost of sedation dentistryThe Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey that asked dentists about the cost of sedation dentistry.

The cost of sedation dentistry varies widely among dentists. Of course, if you are a dental patient spending thousands for cosmetic dentistry, then sedation fees are just a drop in the bucket.

The average fee for oral conscious sedation is about $300. Some dentists don’t charge, whereas others ask as much as $650.

A third offer IV sedation, charging about $500. But intravenous sedation fees ranged from $250-$800. Only 6% have general anesthesia capabilities. Ranging from $320 to $1200, anesthesia costs around $700.

“My IV sedation fee is based on the amount of time needed to complete dental procedures,” said a Florida pediatric dentist.

“Most of the time I don’t charge for the sedation as these are usually very large (20K plus) cases,” reported a Texas dentist.

To hear more of what dentists had to say about sedation dentistry, please click play and watch the following survey video –

Conscious sedation dentistry helps lower patients’ anxiety and marketing sedation dentistry to the anxious dental patient is a smart way to bring in new dental patients.

What do you charge for oral conscious sedation at your dental practice?

For more on this survey see: Sedation Dentistry: Cost of Peace of Mind

Why Sedation Dentistry Can Be an Integral Part of Your Dental Practice (video)

Why Sedation Dentistry Can Be an Integral Part of Your Dental Practice (video)Sedation dentistry is arguably the most powerful tool in a dentist’s dental treatment arsenal, but do you have the training?

Does your state allow it?

Will your dental insurance cover you?

There can be a lot of things standing in the way of offering dental sedation services.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists what the highest level of sedation they offer to their dental patients.

One sedation dentist responded, “I would lose over half my dental practice without dental sedation.”

Another dentist disagreed, “Although sedation seems like a nice thing to have available for your patients, the reality is that it is a real pain to provide!  My favorite method of sedation is someone who is able to take just local anesthesia.”

According to the ADA, the use of sedation and anesthesia by appropriately trained dentists in the dental office continues to have a remarkable record of safety.

To hear more of what dentists had to say about sedation dentistry, Click on Play —

What are your thoughts on sedation dentistry? What is the highest level of sedation that you dental practice offers your dental patients?

Sedation Dentistry Gone Wild: Dentist Pulls All Ex’s Teeth

Sedation Dentistry Gone Wild: Dentist Pulls All Ex's TeethBreaking up is hard to do, especially when you’re a dentist from Poland.

A freshly dumped dentist is facing jail time after surgically removing all of her ex-boyfriend’s teeth.

Apparently, dental patient Marek Olszewski stopped by ex-girlfriend Anna Machowiak’s dental practice with a bad toothache just days after breaking up with her for another woman.

Dentist Machowiak agreed to treat Olszewski and that’s when things went haywire for the former couple.

Once the ex was sedated, the dentist suddenly had second thoughts. “I tried to be professional and detach myself from my emotions,” Anna Machowiak told the U.K.’s Daily Mail. “But when I saw him lying there, I just thought, ‘What a b——d.’”

That’s when she decided to pull out all of his teeth.

Talk about sedation dentistry gone wild!

When Marek Olszewski awoke from his sleep dentistry, dentist Machowiak informed him that there was “complications” and that his face was wrapped to prevent him from opening his mouth.

According to the Daily Mail, Machowiak told her ex-boyfriend that his mouth was numbed and that he wouldn’t be able to feel anything for a while and that the bandage was there to protect the gums, but that he would need to see a specialist.

Once he arrived home and went to examine what was done, he found that all of his teeth had been pulled.

Dentist Mackowiak is under investigation for medical malpractice and abusing the trust of a dental patient. She could face up to three years in prison. I’m sure they could use an experience sedation dentist in prison.

And what is it they say about karma?

Olszewski’s new girlfriend dumped him because he no longer has any teeth.

Under the UK’s dental health plan the poor guy could be looking at years of waiting for dental implants . . . but I’m sure he could start with a nice set of dentures.

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