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Among the most important arguments in favor of choosing a CO2 laser for the practice, dentists name the fast Return on Investment (ROI) that laser dentistry provides. For instance, Dr. Alan Winner, DDS, New York, NY notes:
Does the flexible waveguide CO2 laser pay for itself in terms of the vast amount of time it’s saving me, the lack of needing second appointments and follow-ups? Absolutely!
Dr. Stephen Guttenberg, MD, DDS, Washington DC, President of the Washington Institute for Mouth, Face, and Jaw Surgery, past President of the American College of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Chairman of the Training and Education committee at the Washington Hospital Center, reports that he uses his CO2 laser daily:
It’s so much easier with the flexible waveguide CO2 laser … it’s like having a pencil in your hand. …The laser has paid for itself a hundred-fold.
In order for LightScalpel CO2 laser dentistry to generate profit, the LightScalpel laser should be used frequently – it will allow the clinician to broaden the repertoire of soft-tissue procedures, save time per visit, often without the need to wait until anesthesia takes effect, and enable quick hemostasis and no need for sutures. LightScalpel lasers help to complete treatments in fewer appointments and permit the clinician to complete procedures faster, cleaner, with quicker healing time and better aesthetic results. Finally, LightScalpel lasers enable the clinician to project a ‘high-tech’ image and attract more patients.
Incorporating our LightScalpel CO2 laser into soft-tissue surgery allows the clinician to provide patients with a higher quality of care and comfort while increasing the efficiency and profitability of the practice because:
The LightScalpel LS-1005 and LS-2010 CO2 lasers can have a significant financial impact on the dental practice. The table below contains just a few soft-tissue procedures and demonstrates the ROI that laser dentistry can generate.
|Indications||Billing Codes*||Billing Fee (Region Specific)**||How Many Per Month?||Estimated Monthly Revenue from Laser Assisted Procedures|
$55 (Per Site)
|Crown Lengthening (Soft Tissue)|
|Fibroma (Mucosa, Tongue)|
D4240 – 4241
|Freeing of Impacted Teeth|
|Frenectomy (lingual, labial)|
$240 (up to 3)
|Hemostasis of Donor Area/ Free Graft||D7999||$55||$|
$535 (Per Arch)
$375 (Per Quad)
$375 (Per Quad)
|Mucocele / Ranula|
|Perio Treatment 1:|
$65 (Per Quad)
|Perio Treatment 2:|
Removal of Epithelium
$62 (Per Quad)
|Troughing (Sulcular Preparation)|
$30 (Per Tooth)
|Uncovering of Implants|
D7210 – 7220
|Monthly Lease Payment||$Monthly Lease Payment|
Additional Revenue (1 mo)
Additional Revenue (1 yr)
|3 Year Totals||Procedures||$|
Additional Revenue (3 yr)
*Source: The 2013 CDT Washington Dental Service Procedure codes www.deltadentalwa.com. Accessed on Jan. 17 2013
**Source: Dental – FairHealth Educational Site – www.fairhealthconsumer.org. Accessed on Jan. 19 2013. Location of service is Kirkland, WA.
Disclaimer: This table is provided for your guidance only and does not guarantee payment or reimbursement from dental insurance companies. Actual results of laser installation and use may vary. LightScalpel, LLC does not endorse the use of specific CDT dental diagnostic codes for clinical procedures. Reimbursement from insurance companies is the sole responsibility of the dental office.