Steven Eidman, D.D.S., has extensive experience in the dental practice industry. Currently the Director of Operations and Management at BestCare Family Dental, Dr. Steven Eidman consults with practicing dentists on a variety of issues, from space planning and design to management techniques and marketing plans. As with many professions, choosing what form a dental career should take upon graduation can be a tough decision.
The first option upon graduation is to seek an associateship. This decision allows a new dentist to receive hands-on experience and earn an income without the pressure of immediately purchasing and building an independent practice. According to the American Dental Association, nearly two-thirds of recent graduates choose this option.
For those dentists who are not yet ready to own a practice, but do want to build up their own base of clients, independent contracting is a good option. This is an option when an existing dental practice as excess space or patients.
Of course, there is always the third option of buying a pre-existing practice or building one’s own practice. This option requires significant capital and a commitment to managing the business of a dental practice, but it can be a very rewarding option.
A management consultant for BestCare Family Dental, Dr. Steven Eidman provides advice on best practices in staffing, marketing, systems administration, and other aspects of practice coordination. Since accepting this position in 2008, he has introduced programs and staffing initiatives that have tripled the practice’s revenues.
According to the American Dental Association, nearly ¾ of dental practitioners choose to open a solo practice. This requires not only clinical expertise, but also compliance with a variety of local, state, and federal regulations. New dental practitioners must possess a state license to practice as well as a National Provider Identification (NPI), acquired through the National Plan & Provider Enumeration System (NPPES).
Furthermore, the practice owner must ensure compliance with all relevant medical and drug regulations. For example, a practice must comply with the infection control regulations set forth by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as well as all waste management laws at the state and local levels. A practice that distributes or uses anesthesia and other drugs in-office may be required to secure relevant permits, depending on applicable laws, and all staff practices must comply with federal job safety requirements. More information is available through the American Dental Association as well as other relevant government organizations.