Cosmetic Dentistry Is Dentists’ Favorite Treatment Option

Dental Implants & Sedation Dentistry Are Also Popular

Dental Survey ResultsIn our most recent survey, we asked dentists about their favorite treatment options. Cosmetic dentistry was the clear winner, pulling in over one-third of the total vote (and one-half of he general dentist vote). Dental implants were the runner-up.

There were distinct differences between general dentists and specialists. While nearly half of general dentists favored cosmetic dentistry, only 16% of specialists did. Among specialists, dental implants were the favorite treatment option.

There were also notable differences between urban and rural dentists. Rural dentists were significantly more likely to vote for cosmetic dentistry as their favorite option. While Invisalign was preferred by one-quarter of urban dentists, no rural dentists reported feeling the same way.

Here are some other treatment options dentists like:

  • “Lasers.” (Maryland dentist)
  • “Periodontal plastic surgery.” (Arizona periodontist)
  • “Amalgam.” (North Carolina dentist)
  • “Conventional orthodontics.” (Michigan dentist)
  • “Third molars.” (New York dentist)
  • “Crowns and bridges.” (Canada dentist)
  • “Reconstructive dentistry.” (Kentucky dentist)
  • “Endodontics.” (Canada dentist)
  • “TMD.” (Michigan dentist)
  • “Smile makeovers.” (Cosmetic dentist)

Post your comments or read the complete dental treatment options survey results…

Dentist Feels Sedation Dentistry Helps Many Patients

Dentist Feels Sedation Dentistry Helps Many PatientsThree out of four dentists surveyed offer sedation dentistry.

“Sedation dentistry helps so many people. Most stop using it after three visits or so due to a significant lessening of their anxiety,” responded one prosthodontist to the latest The Wealthy Dentist survey that asked dentists if they offer dental sedation.

“Sedation is not the be-all, end-all,” advised one dentist.

The respondents to this survey reflected the following charges for sedation services —

The lowest cost of conscious sedation dentistry was $70, and the highest charge was $680. The cost of IV sedation ranged from $225 up to $1,200.

Percent of dentists who perform sedation dentistry

Here are some comments from dentists who responded to this survey —

“It is great combination with CEREC users. One appointment dentistry while sedated.” (General dentist)

“There is a strong pain-in-the-butt factor associated with this service. Don’t get sucked into it.” (Massachusetts dentist)

“I’ve been sedating for 30 years.” (California dentist)

“I am a dentist anesthesiologist. I charge an hourly fee. 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.” (Washington dentist anesthesiologist)

“Having well-trained providers of dental sedation is a key to our success as a profession. As long as there are dentists who believe in papoosing, there will be those who have fears. Funny, an ENT would never papoose a child for ear tubes. Why do we think it’s acceptable for dental treatment?” (Pediatric dentist)

If you are a doctor who offers sedation dentistry to your patients, it’s important to market this fact to potential patients. It can help bring new patients into your dental practice.

Sedation Dentistry Fees (Video)

Dental practice marketing with internet videoSedation 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.

To see the results of this and other surveys of dentists, visit http://TheWealthyDentist.com.

And if you’d like to share your opinions in future surveys, just sign up for our weekly dental marketing and management newsletter at TheWealthyDentist.com.

Dental Sedation Survey Results Are In

Dental sedation surveyOur dental management survey this week asked dentists if they offer sedation dentistry.

We also asked what fees doctors charge for various types of dental sedation.

All of our survey respondents offer sedation as a service in their practices, and fees vary widely among those who offer it.

Fees ranged from a low of $45 for nitrous oxide to highs of $500 for IV sedation and $600 for pediatric sedation.

Fees average about $300 for oral conscious sedation that helps lower dental anxiety.

When we asked which types of dental treatment prompted the most sedation requests from patients, we found that the type of dental service was not the deciding factor.

Patients who suffer from fear of dentists and dental anxiety request dental sedation for everything:

“All phases from prophies to impacted extractions,” said a New Jersey general dentist.

“All procedures if need be,” said a general dentist who practices in Canada.

Sedation dentistry can be a useful tool for treating patients.

It can also be an effective dental marketing opportunity for dentists who want to differentiate their practice by offering additional services.

However, offering sedation dentistry is major commitment to undertake, due to the additional training involved, state licensing requirements, and the availability and costs of dental practice insurance.

Have you considered offering dental sedation in your practice? Why, or why not?

Acquire New Dental Sedation Patients With New IDA Dental Marketing Websites

Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. (IDA) make it possible for doctors to launch an online lead generation campaign in less than 10 minutes with its new turnkey dental marketing packages.  The New Patient Marketing Machine™ lets doctors who offer dental sedation set up customized websites that attract more sedation dentistry patients to their practices.

TheWealthyDentist.com recently reported that consumers looking for a sedation dentist are among the top five most profitable types of patients.  Dentists who have those clinical skills those services can maximize profits by using IDA’s dental practice marketing plans to strategically focus on acquiring more new sedation dentistry cases every month.

“We’ve spent years integrating everything we know into the New Patient Marketing Machine™,” says dental marketing expert Jim Du Molin, founder of Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. “History has shown that dentists can get more of the exact kind of new patients they want by setting up targeted dental websites. IDA makes it easy to do just that.”

Dentists have full control over the personalization and focus of each Portal (dental website).   They select which dental market to target, and then IDA’s proprietary LeadFire technology automatically creates search engine optimized web pages using the keywords prospective patients in that market searching with. The Portal’s Patient Info Center includes market-specific articles such as “Overcoming Dental Fear With Pain Free Dentistry” and “Tips For Relieving Dental Anxiety” in order to attract patient prospects.

IDA’s Dental Directories generate even more leads. Doctors who offer dental sedation get a listing on the 1stSedationDentist.com Directory where prospective patients can read about the topic.  While on the site, they can fill out an online request to find dentists in their area who treat dental anxiety patients.

About Internet Dental Alliance, Inc.

IDA provides dental management advice and customized resources to dental practices, including internet dental marketing services such as website design, find-a-dentist websites and dentist web sites which are search engine optimized based on dental market (dental SEO). Internet Dental Alliance is North America’s largest provider of websites for dentists and dental directories.  In 2012, it completed its advanced Lead Fire lead generation system, which automates content marketing, can be set up within minutes, is based on organic geo-targeted local search, and is customized for each dental office.

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