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…

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?

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?

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?

Dentists Love Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry (VIDEO)

When we asked dentists if they offer their patients sedation dentistry, two out of three reported that their dental practices offer oral conscious sedation.

A quarter of dentists don’t feel comfortable offering sedation. And 8% said that they wished they were able to offer OCS, but regulations in their state made it too difficult to implement in their practice.

Read more: OCS a Favorite with Sedation Dentists


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