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.

Dentist Survey: How Are Your Retirement Plans? (video)

dentist retirement plans Dentist retirement plans have been thrown off track by the recession economy. Fortunately, may dentists like practicing dentistry so they are not too worried.

“I’m not interested in retiring,” said one 63-year-old dentist. “I do want to change my practice to do more dental implants, dentures, and ortho.”

We conducted a survey that asked dentists if their retirement plans have changed as a result of the recession. Two out of three dentists surveyed acknowledged that the present economy means they plan to work longer than they expected.

Click on play to watch the survey video –

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“Work is not a bad thing. How many folks do you know who waited to enjoy life until they retired and moved to Florida? Two years later they were dead. I say life is filled with choices. Choose what you enjoy and do it until the day you die!” advised a 71-years-young Texas dentist.

Financial planning for retirement is important — both from a professional and personal point of view, but the real question is choice. Every doctor out there should be planning their financial future so that when the day comes they have the choice to continue working, cut back of their days, or retire to the country club.

If you would like to participate in future dentist surveys, please sign up for The Wealthy Dentist newsletter to cast your own vote.

Has Over-the-Counter Teeth Whitening Demand Gone Up or Down? (Video)

Dental practice marketing with internet videoTeeth whitening has gone mainstream, with lots of different tooth whiteners now available over the counter.

But tooth whitening from a dentist is still the quickest and most effective way to quickly get whiter teeth.

“A lot of patients have whitened their teeth. It seems that the ones who wanted whiter teeth have already done it,” said an Oklahoma dentist.

“With the cost of in-office whitening treatments going down, we have seen the demand for over-the-counter whiteners decrease,” said a Wisconsin dentist.

We conducted a survey asking dentists about the popularity of over-the-counter tooth whitening methods.

h3<>Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey report on whether demand for at-home whiteners gone up or down.

Dentists are pretty evenly split. In this survey, 43% said demand has increased, while 35% feel it’s decreased, and 22% say demand has held steady.

Some of these tooth whiteners can have far higher levels of peroxide than they’re supposed to. Do dentist have patients who have damaged their teeth with OTC whitening methods?

Most haven’t but, 18% have noted issues here and there.

At-home teeth bleaching can be a mixed bag for dentists. It raises the overall profile of tooth whitening, but it leaves patients with a lot of options outside of the dentist’s office.

“White Strips have had a significant impact on our office’s billings for cosmetic procedures. Revenues are down as patients use these instead of chair-side and tray whitening,” said a Georgia dentist.

“At-home whiteners are the best place for patients to start if they have had a dental exam to rule out contraindications to whitening,” said a New York dentist.

With over-the-counter products, patients can run the risk of over-whitening their teeth and making them susceptible to brittleness and sensitivity, which can lead to bigger issues down the road,” said a general dentist.

We have had many patients complain that over-the-counter whiteners did not whiten their teeth enough or did not whiten interproximally very well. Take-home professional whitening with trays is one of the best available because we can whiten the whole tooth on all surfaces to get the tooth the whitest in can be,” said an Ohio prosthodontist.

Patients in the US these days are very interested in having whiter teeth.

While they have plenty of options they can buy at the grocery store or pharmacy, none of these are as safe or effective as in-office whitening.

Oral Health: Dentists Disagree on Which Toothpastes Are Best (video)

Which Toothpastes Are BestIt is estimated that Americans spend more than 1.6 billion dollars on toothpaste a year.

But, does it really matter which toothpaste you use?

A Pennsylvania dentist reports that he has patients who see great results by brushing with Ivory soap. Most dentists, however, felt using the right toothpaste makes a difference in your oral health.

The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists if it mattered which toothpaste dental patients use. Two out of three dentists say it matters!

Watch the following video to hear what dentists have to say about the best type of toothpaste for maintaining good oral health

What kind of toothpaste do you recommend?

Botox From The Dentist: Good Idea Or Not? (Video)

Dental practice marketing with internet videoBotox is used in dentistry to treat TMJ (aka TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder).

However, some dentists use it for cosmetic purposes. Botox injections are big business as a popular wrinkle removal treatment for people looking to combat the signs of aging.

We wanted to know what  doctors think about this trend, so we conducted a survey asking if dentists should provide Botox.

Jim Du Molin and Julie Frey report on dentists’ opinions of  the role of Botox in dental practices.

Of the dentists in this survey, one in four thinks this is not an appropriate role for dentists. Another 7% feel it should be done for therapeutic reasons only.

“Botox for TMD can be therapeutic. I am against dentists offering it for cosmetic purposes,” said a Minnesota dentist.

“I see it as a device to increase income rather than an admirable service,” said a Pennsylvania dentist.

However, 70% of our survey respondents see no problem with dentists offering Botox treatments and dermal fillers like Restylane.

“I have been teaching and doing this for over 7 years. Where else can one earn about $500 profit in under 5 minutes? Cosmetics pays,” said a New Jersey dentist.

“I don’t provide it in my office, but I don’t have a problem with a properly trained dentist providing the service. Heck, most dentists are better trained and have more knowledge about head and neck anatomy than most general physicians or staff at beauty salons providing Botox and other dermal fillers!” said an Ohio prosthodontist.

“I find Botox good for elderly patients who have a problem with drooling at night due to loss of muscle tone,” shared a Florida dentist. “I use 3-5 units of Botox injected in the muscle on the affected side and it helps to minimize the problem.”

“Do you know if states are going to prohibit this? I have invested in the training but have not bought the supplies,” said a Maryland dentist.

Jim predicts that demand for Botox is only going to grow, but offers these cautionary words for smart dental practice management: “You’ll definitely want to check with your state before you invest in becoming a dental Botox provider.”

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