But what is a DSO?
A Dental Service or Support Organization is at the core a business model that offers non-clinical dental functions for a dental practice. In several cases, these services can include business operations
A DSO usually promises an enhanced work-life balance and greater flexibility. Compared to this, dentists who manage all of their practice operations may have to switch hats way too often. That said, you may have to consider a few additional points if you’re outsourcing some of your business’s operations to a DSO.
By getting rid of the administrative burden that can come with running a business, a DSO should give you the freedom to focus only on providing care to people in pain. It’s also important to ensure that the DSO’s involvement in your practice’s operations is only limited to the business side, while decisions pertaining to the clinical side are left to you. Ultimately, you should have complete control over your practice’s operations.
You should have the autonomy to practice dentistry the way you always have while using the resources at your disposal.
The structure that a DSO builds in your practice should not be one that limits future growth. To understand the infrastructure they’re providing, ask them about the different available resources.