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?

Sedation Dentistry Grows in Popularity Among Dentists

Sedation Dentistry Grows in Popularity Among DentistsPediatric sedation continues to grow in popularity as the number of children with serious dental conditions continues to grow.

The percentage of dentists who reported that sedation dentistry is a great treatment modality increased from 52% in 2010 to 68% in 2012, according to a recent The Wealthy Dentist survey.

The pediatric sedation survey found that suburban dentists are most in favor of sedation dentistry as a treatment option, followed by urban dentists.

Suburban dentists had the most comments on the subject, stressing that conscious sedation requires extensive training because of the risks involved.

One periodontist wrote, “I have been doing all forms of sedation for over 30 years. Young children are very brittle and administration requires advanced training for the safest outcomes.”

According to this survey, rural dentists are less likely to use sedation dentistry than any of the other dentists surveyed.

Here’s how the dentists answered when asked what best described their attitude towards pediatric sedation dentistry —

  • 68% – It’s a great treatment modality that requires proper training.
  • 05% – I still am not certain of its safety.
  • 27% – General dentists should not be performing pediatric sedation.

Sedation dentistry continues to become more common in pediatric dental care as the number of young children with serious dental issues is on the increase.

Here are some of the dentist’s comments —

“At our office an MD anesthesiologist provides sedation while I perform the dentistry. Clearly this is reserved primarily for the larger cases.” (Missouri dentist)

“Proper training is the key to the use of sedation.” (California dentist)

“It definitely requires proper training and absolute attention to detail otherwise it can without doubt, be deadly.” (Louisiana dentist)

“General dentists should not be performing pediatric sedation.” (Virginia dentist)

“I frankly am not in favor of sedation. It is overdone. Discussing their fears, proceeding slowly at first, and securing the patients confidence without drugging them is better in the long run.” (Michigan dentist)

“It’s the only way to treat some kids. I sure am thankful that I can refer to someone who does it as I would not want the liability and stress myself.” (Georgia dentist)

“It requires extensive training and case selection is very important.” (Pediatric dentist)

Dentists, what are your thoughts about sedation dentistry?

Dental Sedation Scores Its Own Brahms Lullaby From Dentist (video)

Dental Sedation Scores Its Own Brahms Lullaby From Dentist (video)Sedation dentistry helps dental patients relax during dental treatments.

Many dentists use sedation dentistry to induce “minimal or moderate sedation,” so that dental patients achieve a relaxed state during dental care.

While doing research for this week’s Friday random video, I stumbled across one dentist’s sedation dentistry dental marketing video that I thought was pretty clever.

Often, dentists are apprehensive about doing their own dental marketing videos, so I like to showcase examples when I come across them on the Internet.

Videos by dentists offer me the opportunity to point out  how simple a dental marketing video can be to create.

I enjoyed the following example from Dr. Hal Enlow, of Enlow and Vance Dental Partners, because it subtly combines his marketing pitch for sedation dentistry with his musical talent. I am guessing that his dental patients just love his original “dental version” of  Brahms Lullaby —

Click on play to hear Dr. Enlow sing sedation dentistry —

What are your thoughts on using YouTube for sedation marketing?

What holds you back form creating your own dental marketing videos?

The Sedation Dentist Offers Multiple Types of Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry typesNitrous oxide is the most popular type of sedation dentistry, found our recent survey, with oral conscious sedation a close second. In fact, dentists are four times more likely to provide nitrous oxide sedation than pediatric dental sedation.

“Sedation is not for everybody (the dentists),” advised one dentist.

The respondents to this survey tended to offer multiple types of sedation dentistry.

  • 88% Nitrous Oxide
  • 83% Oral Conscious Sedation
  • 47% IV Sedation
  • 31% Dental Fear / Phobic Counseling
  • 22% Pediatric Sedation

Here are some comments from dentists:

  • “Couldn’t do without these two [nitrous oxide & conscious sedation].” (Texas dentist)
  • “It’s a wonderful option for dental phobic patients!” (Minnesota dentist)
  • “In many cases it is the only safe way to practice dentistry for pediatric dentistry cases and special needs and phobics.” (Pennsylvania dentist)
  • “It is wonderful that dentists are now addressing the issue of patient dental anxiety with sedation, but I hope we don’t attempt to treat patients with a one-size-fits-all mentality.” (General Dentist)
  • “It’s not for everybody (the dentists).” (Kentucky dentist)
  • “Sedation is very safe when used properly. Practice carefully and continue your training.” (Tennessee dentist)
  • “The dental profession should offer more programs for dentists who want to be able to administer general anesthesia.” (Massachusetts dentist)
  • “I.V Sedation is probably safer due to more direct route of administration.” (California dentist)

Read more: Dentists Offer Many Types of Sedation Dentistry


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