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

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.

Percentage of Wisdom Teeth Removals Performed by Dentists (video)

Percentage of Wisdom Teeth Removals Performed by Dentists (video)The Wealthy Dentist conducted a survey asking dentists what percentage of wisdom teeth removal they refer out to an oral surgeon.

Not surprisingly, general dentists and dental specialists have very different profiles when it comes to referring patients.

Specialists were sharply divided; 17% refer less than 20%, while 73% refer all extractions. General dentists were less polarized. Half refer out 80% or more.

On the other hand, one in four (24%) treat most extractions, referring less than 20% of cases.

Not all general dentists are eager to remove wisdom teeth. “That’s what oral surgeons are for,” exclaimed a California dentist who refers out all removals. “Let those who do these procedures routinely, do them as they will do it better than I who used to do them occasionally. People do not rush to my office because I take out teeth really well,” said a general dentist. “Oral surgeons do this day in and day out, they have the expertise to extract third molars faster and with less trauma to the patient,” agreed a Texas orthodontist.

In the end, it all comes down to anesthesia for many dental practitioners – oral conscious sedation or IV sedation. “I believe it is a surgical procedure and it should be done under general anesthesia by the person best qualified,” said a Texas dentist who refers out all removals. “I treat my patient, not my wallet. Dentists who take out the upper and then send out for lower are the biggest frauds in the world. It makes no sense. If a patient is going to sleep why not let the oral surgeon do all four?”

Watch the following video to hear the results of the survey and what other dentists had to say about referring out wisdom teeth removals –

What are your thoughts?  Do you refer out wisdom teeth removals to oral surgeons?

Average Sedation Dentistry Cost Charged by Dentists

Average Sedation Dentistry Cost Charged by DentistsAccording to the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), more than one million adult patients, most of whom previously avoided regular dental visits, have been safely and effective treated by their general dentists using oral conscious sedation.

Oral sedation dentistry relies on the benzodiazepine class of drugs, which include diazepam (Valium®), but utilize other drugs which demonstrate improved suitability for dental treatment.(DOCS)

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

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

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

To hear more of what dentists have to say about Oral Conscious Sedation and what they charge, Click on Play to watch the following video —

 

Do you practice oral conscious sedation? If so, what do you charge dental patients?

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