TheWealthyDentist.com™ Newsletter Archive – TWD – 069

News From The Wealthy Dentist #69: October 31, 2007

A Note from the Editor

Apologies for Any Hiccups!

Some of you may not have received your Wealthy Dentist newsletter last week. Not to worry! We’ve fixed the problem, and you’ll continue to receive your weekly newsletter as usual. We’re re-running last week’s articles to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Editorial: Jim Du Molin

Let Me Show You I Appreciate Your Practice By Taking My Rifle to Your Sign

dental consultant Jim Du MolinOne of the dentists who’s taken my advice on the importance of dental practice signage
is Dr. Jeff Clay. He spent some real money on a top-of-the-line sign. His practice is in rural West Virginia, so the sign is a valuable marketing tool. But lately, Dr. Clay’s noticed a new feature to his signage: bullet holes! It seems that on Saturday nights, the local yahoos entertain themselves by using signs for target practice.

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Survey Results: Do You Offer OCS?

Dentists Love Oral Conscious Sedation Dentistry

Dental Survey

In our most recent survey, we asked dentists if they offer their patients oral conscious sedation. Two out of three dentists reported that their dental practices offer OCS. 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. “The regulations are overly onerous. More rules and regulations won’t prevent irresponsible behavior–it will only prevent many competent practitioners from utilizing this modality,” complained a Maryland pediatric dentist.
“I think the training provided by DOCS is both adequate and excellent. I oppose the new regulations proposed by the ADA,”
commented a Michigan dentist.

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Quebec Dental Board vs. Concerned Dentist


Canadian Dentist Fights to Keep Patients’ Files

A Canadian dentist has decided it’s time to take a stand to protect his patients — from the dental board!

The Quebec Order of Dentists sometimes takes original patient files, keeping them for as long as four months.
Dr. Herten-Graven has refused to turn over patient files, arguing that doing so could violate his patients’ privacy. Moreover, the doctor asks, what if a file is gone but the patient needs treatment?

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Previous Surveys…

How Dentists Refer Braces Patients to Orthodontists

Dentists Sometimes Date Patients (They Sometimes Marry Them, Too)

Celeb Dentists May Be Good for Cosmetic Dentistry

Some Dentists Refer Out Wisdom Teeth; Others Prefer Not To

The Average Dental Hygienist Is Paid by the Hour

Most Dentists Have Had Trouble with Dental Associates

Dentists Would Rather Treat Denture Patients than Refer Them to a Prosthodontist

Previous Editorial Highlights…

A Good Dentist Deserves a Reasonable Fee Increase

Dental Fees: Are the Insurance Companies Really Your Partners?

Setting Dental Fees While Dealing with Patients

Profitability of Dental Associates vs. Dental Hygienists

An Economic Perspective on Dental Hygienists

Making a Profit on Your Dental Hygienist Investment

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