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

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.

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.

Dentists Report the Value of Sedation Dental Patients

Dentists Report the Value of Sedation Dental PatientsSedation dental patients can constitute a substantial amount of income for a dental practice over time, especially if the sedation patient remains loyal to a dental practice for several years.

In the most recent The Wealthy Dentist survey, dentists were asked what the average gross production of a new sedation patient was for the first 9 months of treatment in 2012.

Dentists responded that the average value of a sedation patient in 2012 was 10,000. Dentists noted that sedation dental patients are some of the most satisfied patients, who refer more new patients to the dental practice.

Oral sedation patients tend to be the most profitable for dentists, with both oral and IV sedation offering the highest collection rate. However, IV sedation carries the most expensive overhead for a dental practice.

Sedation is a valuable tool in dentistry, especially for anxious patients, children, or those with special needs.

“I love it and think it is very safe,” raved a Michigan dentist. “I think oral conscious sedation is a fantastic way to provide fearful patients a comfortable, safe way of getting their dental work done,” said a California dentist. “When you weigh the negative aspects of dental pathology, conscious sedation provides an avenue of treatment for these otherwise untreatable patients.”

Dentists can easily launch online marketing campaigns to find more new sedation dentistry patients with the New Patient Marketing Machine™ from Internet Dental Alliance, Inc. (IDA). It features turnkey dental marketing website packages that are automatically search engine optimized to attract the specific kinds of high-value patients dentists want.

Visit the Internet Dental Alliance website by clicking here to see how a sedation website can assist a dental practice in attracting dental sedation patients.

What do you think is the value of a sedation patient at your dental practice?

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