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Are you opening your first practice? Have you been running your own office for years and are finally considering relocation? Depending on your goals, the United States has plenty of locations for a dental business to thrive and generate a nice income. Here are the best states to open a dental practice in 2023.

Where do dentists earn the most?

Delaware
The average yearly salary for a dentist in Delaware hovers just below $280,000, the taxes are low and most of the population has insurance. It’s a small state with an easy connection to Philadelphia. During the summer, you can spend your days off on one of its many beautiful beaches.

Wisconsin
The population is generally wealthy, healthy and insured. Salaries are competitive and average somewhere in the mid-$220,000s. The cost of living is very affordable and you’ll have access to some of the best continuing education at University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Dentistry. Plus, cheese.

Where are dentists needed the most?

Florida
The yearly salary for a dentist in the sunny state of Florida averages around $275,000. With less than 1,000 dentists in the entire state, as per Cloud9 Software, the competition is slim. Insurance is a drawback, not many residents prioritize dental. If you can jump this hurdle, you will have access to warmth and sun for the majority of the year.

Arizona
There are currently less than 450 registered dentists in Arizona. Similar to Florida, a majority of the residents either rely on Medicaid or forgo insurance altogether. However, the population is generally health-conscious and dentists are in high demand. In Prescott, the average salary is around $200,000 per year. Arizona boasts an affordable lifestyle, plenty of golf, hiking and sunshine.

Where do dentists have the highest quality of life?

Vermont
Vermont is not only beautiful, its cost of living is significantly lower than the country’s average. Here you can ski or hike on your days off without giving a second thought to the cost. Should you choose to live in Burlington, you can expect your salary to flirt with the $275k mark.

Hawaii
One of the best states in the USA to open a practice, Hawaii actively needs more dentists. For example, in Honolulu, more than 70% of residents regularly visit one of just 350 dentists on the island. The average salary maxes around $170,000 and the quality of life is one of the highest in the country.

Patients want to book dental appointments from their phones.

The trend of convenience is taking over dentistry.

Since the pandemic, the population has become more accustomed to the trend of convenience. It’s more common than ever to grocery shop from the kitchen or visit a therapist from your home office.

The desire for ease is permeating the medical industry and is especially noticeable amongst boomers and seniors, who constitute a huge chunk of dental clientele.

Meaning, if you operate a dental office, it is imperative to incorporate comfort into every procedure you offer, from scheduling to surgery.

It might seem like a huge undertaking, but it doesn’t have to be. Incorporating CAD/CAM systems, 3D printing, artificial intelligence will certainly lead to a smoother day to day, but there are faster, more economical ways to get started now.

Here are a few suggestions to integrating the convenience trend into your dental practice:

  • Make the intake process easy and quick. Patients want to book from their phones. Finding your contact information, scheduling an appointment and arriving at the office should all be as seamless as possible. It will encourage follow ups and increase word-of-mouth advertising.
  • Reduce waiting time and offer digital distractions, like interactive games for both adults and kids, to make the wait time pass more quickly. Going traditional is never a bad idea either, so remember to stock up on coloring books, up to date magazines and crossword puzzles for the waiting room.
  • Provide entertainment in the exam room itself. This is trending big time and many dental offices are setting up Netflix and the like to keep patient anxiety at bay during difficult procedures.
  • Teledentistry is huge. Be sure to offer virtual services. At minimum you can educate the patient on short term solutions to any issues. At maximum, you can reach clients you wouldn’t otherwise have met. Believe it or not, many patients are willing to travel the extra mile (or many) for a dentist with whom they feel safe.
  • Include a Chat Bot on your website. Ideally the bot is available 24/7, but if it’s not a reality, at least have a chat option for patients to write in during office hours. Less people are willing to make a call these days, and you don’t want to lose a patient simply because they don’t feel like talking on the phone. Don’t lose sight of the trend of convenience in dentistry!

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