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(November 2, 2010) The average dentist offers a range of dental treatments, but will refer patients out for certain types of dental care.
Overall, the average dentist refers out less than 20% of patients.
Here are some comments from dentists:
"Only refer out third molar extractions because I don’t want to deal with the pain and swelling. General anesthesia also refer out but most anxious patients do in office with oral sedation." (New York dentist)
"Some patients have such poor dental insurance for certain procedures, I’d rather let a specialist do the treatment." (Nevada dentist)
"An endodontist comes to our office." (New York dentist)
Note: Survey sample included 36 respondents. Posted 11/3/2010