A Comparison of 10 Dental Practice Management Software Systems
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Ten Dental Practice Management Software Systems Reviewed

This post was originally published May 4, 2015 and extensively updated June 6, 2017.

There are literally dozens of dental practice management software systems out there. But which ones are really worth your money, and how do they compare with one another? In this post, we present a dental practice management comparison.

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To help you answer these important questions, we put together this exhaustive, unbiased list of the best and most popular dental practice management software suites out there. We’ve skipped over the total duds to save you time and reached out to the different software providers to get more elaboration on the fine details so you don’t have to.

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A note about dental practice management software features

Not every feature of each piece of software will be important or necessary for your practice. While we give a thorough list of features, be sure to do your research so you can determine your most important criteria.

However, some key things to look for in general are HIPAA compliance, good customer support, and a free demo so you can check it out before you buy. Most dental PM software will have features like billing, scheduling, charting, and electronic dental health records. Some software will also have digital imaging or will integrate with other dental imaging programs.

Another important thing to pay attention to is whether the software is cloud-based (accessed via the internet) or proprietary (installed on your own on-premises server). With cloud software services, there is usually less of a commitment or investment required, as they are typically billed on a month-to-month subscription basis. The current trend is toward more cloud-based dental practice management software and mobile systems that will let you access the software via iPads and other internet-connected mobile devices.

1. Curve Dental

Overview:
Curve Dental is a fully web-based dental practice management software system, with all of the essential features you’d want in a PM software package, from scheduling and reporting to charting and imaging. Reviewers of the software service praise the responsive customer service and intuitive interface, as well as the ability to use the service on any operating system or browser.

  • Service model: Cloud-based
  • Hardware/operating system requirements: 
    Any web browser (OS agnostic) with WebGL compatibility (includes most stable versions of popular browsers); works best on updated version Google Chrome.
  • Price: Subscription-based pricing is customized for each practice. Evaluate the four different packages Curve offers and request a quote. (Unfortunately, they don't offer the pricing on the website, you need to discuss it with a consultant.)
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Support: Free 24/7 technical support. Customer service is touted as friendly and responsive and is provided via email, phone, and integrated messaging.
  • Training: Provided over the internet and the phone (no in-person training), also via online demos and webinars.

Key features:

  • Billing capabilities
  • Scheduling
  • Reporting
  • Credit card processing
  • Insurance management
  • Mobile computing
  • Online patient portal
  • Dental charting
  • Digital imaging
  • Patient communication
  • Perio charting
  • Clinical notes
  • Data backup

Note that there are several different types of packages offered; different features are offered under different packages.

Curve Dental is an excellent cloud-based dental practice management software solution, with a number of easy-to-use features, responsive customer support, an informative website, and a sense of humor to boot. They are very upfront about what you get and allow you to pay as you go. In addition to all the traditional dental PM features, you get cloud-based data backup and mobile access as well. One of the only possible downsides we could find is the lack of in-person training & they don't provide the pricing on their website.

2. Dentrix (by Henry Schein)

Overview:
Dentrix prides itself on being the most popular dental PM software company in North America. Certainly, Dentrix is a trusted name in dental practice management technology. Dentrix was founded in 1985, and while Henry Schein acquired them in 1997, many of the original founders are still with the company. Though Dentrix is among the more expensive solutions, it has one of the largest feature sets. As a result, there is a steep learning curve. Dentrix is an on-premises solution that will be built specifically for your dental practice.

  • Service model: Proprietary (installed on-premises) with an integrated mobile option
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Windows-only. Dentrix runs exclusively on Windows 10. See system requirements. (You will need a dedicated server to run Dentrix.)
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Support: Phone, email, and online chat support. However, if you don’t pay for their Customer Service Plan, you’ll be charged per support incident.

Key features:

  • Appointment management
  • Calendar management
  • Claims management
  • 3D clinical charting
  • Patient communications manager sends texts, emails, and postcards
  • Billing and collections with integrated EMV-compliant payment processing
  • Digital imaging
  • Patient engagement tools (for an additional charge) such as website management and patient kiosks.

Dentrix is the most popular dental practice management software. If you want a traditional dental PM software and do not require the flexibility of cloud-based dental practice management software, Dentrix is a solid, fully-fledged PM option that has withstood the test of time — they've been around for 30 years. It will be a major investment in terms of both money and the time required to learn it, but you know you will receive a trusted, quality product for your money.

3. Dentrix Ascend (by Henry Schein)

Overview:
A newer dental PM service introduced in 2013, Dentrix Ascend is a fully cloud-based Dentrix offering. However, Ascend is more than just “Dentrix on the web,” as it has an entirely new workflow and interface. Note that it is a separate product and is not compatible with traditional Dentrix.

  • Service model: Cloud-based
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Google Chrome on any operating system or Safari on the iPad.
  • Price: Customized (request a quote). Dentrix is available as a scalable, pay-as-you-go subscription, making it a viable option for both small practices and large, multi-location practices.
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: In regard to training, Dentrix Ascend says the following: Dentrix Ascend naturally guides a user through the system to quickly understand and complete job duties to save your staff training and management time.
  • Support: Dentrix Ascend has a support email address and phone number. They state that support is included in the monthly subscription. However, when we emailed the support address, we received a prompt reply letting us know that someone from sales would soon contact us and that a support ticket had been created. However, no one ever responded to our question (which was, ironically, about the quality of support). One could conclude that with a large organization like Dentrix, it might be difficult to build a familiar relationship with any support staff.
  • On updating this article in 2017, a Dentrix Ascend representative promptly replied to my email with the number of someone I could call for more information. So, perhaps they have made some strides in their support over the past couple years.
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Key features:

  • Scheduling, including online booking
  • Patient profiles
  • Dental charting
  • Perio charting
  • DEXIS digital imaging
  • Drag-and-drop treatment planner
  • Ledger
  • eClaims
  • Document manager
  • Kiosk
  • “Natural User Interface” (NUI)
  • Multi-location support
  • Insurance management

Dentrix Ascend is a cloud-based alternative to regular Dentrix. Being cloud-based, it is more scalable and cost-effective than traditional Dentrix. It includes all of the essential features you need for dental practice management and also introduces a new streamlined workflow and a simplified user interface. As a result, you have a product that’s easier to learn, and with no expensive servers to maintain, it’s easier on the wallet as well. However, while you also get the trusted reputation that comes with the Dentrix name, a large company like this can feel less personal (and in our case, less responsive) compared to a smaller provider like Curve Dental.

4. Total Dental

Overview:
Total Dental is an all-in-one practice management and electronic health records (EHR) solution. While not a “big name” in dental PM software, Total Dental is a quality, fully web-based dental practice management software solution that provides all the essential practice management features, and then some! It’s also a more affordable option suitable for small practices.

  • Service model: Cloud-based
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Access from any secure internet connection.
  • Price: Standard EHR package starts at $199 per month for one dentist, plus $99/month for each additional dentist; comes with two free support user licenses.
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Free training provided via documentation, webinars, and live online training.
  • Support: Free telephone and email support.

Key features:

  • Electronic dental health records
  • Dental charting
  • Perio charting
  • Billing
  • Meaningful Use monitoring
  • Real-time backups
  • ePrescribing (at no additional cost)
  • Accounting integration
  • Accounts receivable
  • Appointment management
  • Calendar management
  • Claims management
  • Clinical charting
  • DEXIS digital imaging integration
  • Patient payment history
  • Reminders
  • Treatment planning

You get a lot for your dollar with this web-based dental PM and EHR software system, and the impressive backgrounds of the company executives let you know there is significant industry expertise backing this product. You can learn more about Total Dental in this video and try out a live demo if they sound like a good bet to you.

5. Denticon (by Planet DDS)

Overview:
Denticon was first to the cloud ten years ago and built from the ground up as a multi-location, enterprise practice management software solution. While the software is very robust and in use at a broad variety of dental groups, it is intuitive enough for solo practices too. Planet DDS offers its Denticon software on a monthly subscription basis, with very little up-front cost, unlike traditional desktop software.

  • Service model: Cloud-based
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Access from any secure internet browser (Chrome, Internet Explorer, etc.).
  • Price: Upon updating this article in May 2017, we learned that Denticon no longer publicly lists pricing information on their website and instead offers custom quotes. As of a couple years ago, Denticon plans were $195/month (Standard) or $275/month (Premium) and there was also a free option, which does not seem to exist anymore.

    Here’s what Denticon told us about pricing when we reached out: Add-on modules allow clients to scale efficiently and select only the tools they need. For pricing, contact sales@planetdds.com.
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Included with new client onboarding. The Denticon team will train office staff and can also train super-users in more advanced administrative functions. On-site training and “go-live support” is also available.
  • Support: Unlimited Denticon support is included with the software subscription. Planet DDS also hosts monthly support webinars free of charge for all users, covering topics that have come up in support tickets or to introduce new features and enhancements, which are rolled out every 6-8 weeks.

Key features:

  • Advanced patient communications
  • Advanced analytics, including customizable dashboards and reports
  • Charting, including specialty
  • Appointment management
  • Credit/debit card processing
  • Insurance management and electronic claims
  • Online patient-facing features including appointment scheduling, health forms, and patient portal (allows for online bill payment)
  • Cloud imaging
  • Customizable clinical notes, progress notes, and editable macros
  • Continuous data backup and disaster recovery in the cloud
  • Time clock
  • Document scanning
  • Patient health records (EHR-certified)
  • Billing management, including ortho payment plans
  • Multi-location support
  • Electronic prescriptions
  • Nightly data download available

Denticon is a comprehensive online dental PM solution with lots of useful features. However, it would be nice to see a little more pricing transparency on their website, but in recent years they seem to have gone the way of higher-end dental PM software like Dentrix and are now more vague on this topic.

6. Dovetail

Overview:
Dovetail is a complete, web-based dental practice management and dental health record solution designed primarily for tablet use (though it works on any device). The software is sleek and simple and allows your single- or multi-location dental practice to go completely paperless. You can even use it to process payments from a tablet or another mobile device. Reviewers confirm that the software is very easy to use.

  • Service model: Cloud-based
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Accessible via any browser/device.
  • Price: The service costs 399/month per practice. It includes unlimited users, regardless of the number of doctors or devices you wish to use. They do not have contracts and guarantee no hidden fees in their monthly package.
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Training is included in the price. Dovetail assigns you a dedicated success coach to provide 1 on 1 training. The same coach will stay with you and your team throughout your time with Dovetail, so you won’t have to be “reintroduced” or deal with someone new if you need any support. They also have a resource library available on their website that includes video tutorials and case studies.

Support: If your dedicated success coach is not available, they have a support team available to answer product questions via e-mail, telephone, remote desktop and live chat. However, some reviewers say support can be slow to respond. We were able to reach the company at support@dovetail.co

Key Features:

  • Patient dental records
  • Treatment plans
  • Progress notes
  • Intelligent scheduling
  • Billing features
  • Meaningful Use functionalities
  • Team management tools
  • e-Insurance claims
  • Advanced file-sharing capabilities via Dovetail Connect
  • Mobile payments (available at Practice and Enterprise levels)


Dovetail would be a good choice for a smaller, high-tech dental practice that want to go completely paperless — or even completely mobile. Essentially, it allows you to run your entire practice from your iPad. They also take online security very seriously. Ideally, we would like to see the company offer better support channels, particularly when mobile payments are involved. It is also too bad that no longer offer more affordable packages for single-dentist practices.

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7. Dentisoft

Overview:
Dentisoft is cloud-based dental office management software with an intuitive web-based interface that works on any device. Following the SaaS trend for dental management software, web-based Dentisoft is offered via a monthly subscription, which is less costly than PC-based systems. Additionally, unlike many systems that charge for each user, with Dentisoft you get unlimited access for one flat price. They also offer a free starter plan.

  • Service model: Cloud-based
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Accessible via any browser/device.
  • Price: In addition to the free Cloud Starter package, Dentisoft has a Cloud Pro package for $249/month.
  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Training is included in the $249/month cost. The website did not mention how the training was delivered, so we reached out to Dentisoft to ask. They responded promptly, and here was their answer: We include web based training - basically, an online meeting
  • Support: With the Cloud Pro package, unlimited support is available via email, telephone or live chat. They also have a comprehensive online support portal. When we emailed them with a question, they responded promptly (within 24 hours).
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Key Features:
Find a full list of features offered in each package here.

  • Patient marketing tools
  • Appointment book
  • Online patient forms
  • Facebook integration and DentistDirectory integration
  • Mobile suite access
  • Secure messaging & reminders
  • Clinical e-Records
  • Treatment planning and handouts
  • Unlimited image/PDF storage
  • Radiography integration to most sensors
  • Integration with TigerView Cloud
  • Mailing list generation
  • e-Birthday messages/recalls/appointment reminders
  • Postcards for recalls and appointments
  • Insurance/payer management
  • Paper or e-Billing statements
  • Claim forms
  • Recall management
  • Over 250 reports
  • Data export to Excel/Word/PDF

From Dentisoft’s website: “Dentisoft offers additional, optional services (eClaims, Real-time Eligibility Verification, Credit Card Terminals, integrated collections agency, Constant contact, paper statement mailings, Patient education movies, and Advanced Periodontal charting). Contact Dentisoft for more details and pricing.”

The Takeaway

With unlimited users and loads of handy features, Dentisoft is a cost-effective and comprehensive web-based dental PM software solution for multi-user dental practices. They also offer multiple support channels and cool added features like Facebook integration and some marketing features. If the $249/month price tag is doable for you, this dental PM software should definitely be on your list of practice management software systems to consider.

8. Easy Dental (by Henry Schein)

Overview:
Easy Dental is a straightforward, proprietary dental PM software product. While you will need to host this on-premises software on your own equipment, it includes some web features, like online payments and online data backups. Easy Dental also features credit card processing services. It is one of the more commonly used dental PM software suites — according to their website, more than 20,000 practices use it.

  • Service-model: Proprietary
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Windows-only; a dedicated server is recommended.
  • Price: Customized (Contact Easy Dental to request a quote here).
  • Free demo: Yes. They also have video tutorials showing the various aspects of their service in action.
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Training modules include in-office training, training workshops, documentation, and an online resource center, which will be included in your total price.
  • Support: Although they have multiple accessible support channels, you’ll have to pay extra for premium support.

Key Features:

  • Perio charts
  • Clinical charting
  • Patient records
  • Patient billing
  • Scheduling
  • Treatment plans
  • Reports
  • Recall appointments
  • Electronic insurance claims and attachments
  • QuickBill statements
  • Online data backup
  • Integrated PowerPay LE credit and debit card processing

The Takeaway

Like most Henry Schein software, Easy Dental is a quality proprietary program that will represent a significant investment of time and money. It also has the limitations of traditional on-premises software and it must be run on Windows, etc. However, Easy Dental also has some useful online features like online data backup. The software appears similar to Dentrix in many ways, but it is advertised as being “easy to use,” so presumably the learning curve is not quite as steep as that for Dentrix.

9. Axex Dental

Overview:
Axex Dental is a hybrid dental PM software system with a slightly different model than the others reviewed here. With Axex Dental, you purchase a dedicated server with the software installed, but once you have the system set up, you can access it from any internet-connected device. So, it is essentially a hybrid cloud/on-premises solution. Axex has an intuitive, easy-to-use interface and includes all the typical features you’d expect, plus some neat extras, like the ability to show patients their X-rays on an iPad.

  • Service model: Hybrid (1-year agreement with server, plus monthly fee)
  • Hardware/OS requirements: None! You simply use a pre-installed Axex server and then access your software and data from any device/browser you like.
  • Price: $200/per month, plus $3333.00 down for a server with 1-year agreement.

They’ll also convert your old software data for you for a one-time fee that will range from $800 to $1200 depending on your old system.

We asked Axex for further elaboration on pricing (specifically, whether the $3333 for the server is a one-time payment) and here is their response:

The $3333 down is one time. $200/month is for maintenance and your 24/7 tech support, replacement of server if need be. Also, we will offer the pricing option to pay $475 per month for 12 months then have price lowered to $200 per month rather than pay the large lump sum of $3333 down.

  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Here’s what an Axex support representative let us know when we accessed the live chat feature to ask about training.

We educate via tutorials online. Actually, I am in the middle of doing a tutorial video on Accounts right as you LiveChatted in! All of our training will be available on YouTube video tutorials, gotomeeting.com, email, and calls.

We are in the process of overhauling our website to a CMS site and should be releasing it in the next few weeks. It will have links to all of the tutorials plus blogs, forums, etc.

  • Support: Axex features 24/7 tech support (via live chat, email, phone) and free overnight replacement of your server, should anything go wrong with it.

We should note that while live chat support was great, we turned to this option only after we reached out to the company via email and they still hadn’t responded after several days.

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Key features:

  • FastCHART procedure charting system
  • Appointments
  • Reporting
  • e-Claims
  • Accounting features — including ability to accept card payments from any device
  • Electronic statements
  • X-rays
  • Patient medical history
  • Treatment plans

The Takeaway

Axex Dental is advertised as a “complete turnkey solution” that “only takes minutes” for users to learn. Additionally, they offer the benefits of both cloud and on-premises software — for instance, you can still use the software even if your internet goes down. They are initially pricier than some cloud-based options, but considering that you also get your own dedicated server, you actually could save money with Axex versus some on-premises software suites without missing out on web-based features. Email support isn’t as quick as we would like, but their live chat support is quite responsive, and it sounds like with the overhaul of their website, online training resources will be available.

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10. Datacon

Overview:
Datacon is another hybrid dental PM solution that combines an on-premises server with online data storage and mobile connectivity. Datacon offers a complete suite of features, and works with both Macs and PCs — even both at the same time. Datacon has some useful paperless office features and will also integrate with just about any dental software program.

  • Service model: Hybrid
  • Hardware/OS requirements: Installs on a Mac server, but can be accessed on Windows PCs or Macs (or a combination of both), as well as mobile devices. Find more info on the system requirements here.
  • Price: Datacon’s website doesn’t mention pricing, so we reached out to them to find out a little more. Stacey Byrne from Datacon let us know the following:

We price our software based on the number of connected workstations.This provides the opportunity for a new dentist or small practice to enjoy all of the features utilized by our larger multi-location practices.

The current pricing structure is as follows:

First three workstations $500.00/each

Workstations 4-6 $425.00/each

Workstations 7-9 $350.00/each

Workstations 10 or more $275.00/each

The software is server based (your own private cloud) and the server software runs on a Macintosh, which can be purchased from Apple for as little as $499
There is also a (required) Monthly Software Support subscription of $150.00/month per database.

  • Free demo: Yes
  • HIPAA compliant: Yes
  • Training: Here’s what Datacon says about training:

To provide an added value, we are now including 45 minutes of telephone/high-speed Internet training per quarter. This training does not accrue and expires at the end of each quarter. We will post a maximum of one credit for training per quarter for training included with support. Additional training may be purchased as needed.

  • Support: Telephone support during business hours, plus email support. When we reached out to them via email, they responded quickly (within 24 hours). Find their full support policy here.

Key features:

  • Paperless charting and other paperless office features
  • Patient folders
  • X-ray integration
  • Seamless integration with all major dental software products (see list of supported integrations here)
  • Billing features
  • Patient scheduling

The Takeaway

Datacon is an advanced, all-in-one dental practice management software that provides the advantages of both on-premise and cloud-based services. Once you learn it, it is easy to use and integrates well with other dental software. Datacon is also a good option for a mixed-computer practice or one that wants some mobile/paperless features. It is also a scalable solution that will work well for both small practices and large practices with multiple locations.

What is the Best Practice Management Software for Dentists?

With this graphic, you can see the essential information about each of these software services.

After reading the blog post, this chart should help you determine the best patient management software.

Sofware

Service model

Operating system

Price

How easy to learn

Curve Dental

Cloud

Any

Medium-easy

Dentrix

Proprietary

Windows

Medium-difficult

Dentrix Ascend

Cloud

Any (optimized for Chrome and Safari)

Medium

Total Dental

Cloud

Any

$199/Month

Medium

Denticon

Cloud

Any

Contact: sales@planetdds.com

Medium

Dovetail

Cloud

Any

$399/Month

Easy

Dentisoft

Cloud

Any

$249/Month

Medium

Easy Dental

Proprietary

Windows

Medium

Axex Dental

Hybrid

Any

$200/Month + $3,333 Down Payment

Medium-easy

Datacon

Hybrid

Windows or Mac

$150/Month + $500 Down Payment

Medium-difficult

Some other solutions to consider

The following dental PM software providers didn’t quite make the cut for our Top 10 list, but you might consider one of these specialty solutions if you specifically use Macs, want to try an open-source dental software solution, etc.

axiUm (by Henry Schein) — Proprietary software (with some online features) for large, multi-location practices

Viive (by Henry Schein) — Proprietary software (with some online features) specifically for Mac

Yapi — Paperless, mobile dental PM software, comparable to Dovetail

Eaglesoft (by Patterson) — Proprietary software (with some online features), with focus on personalization

Open Dental — Open-source dental practice management software

Free Dentist Software Solutions

A few dental PM software solutions are advertised as being “free,” but this is rarely, if ever, actually the case. Usually, the so-called “free” software has a free version that is pretty limited in its capabilities, or doesn’t include customer support in case something goes wrong. (This type of basic free software is called a “freemium” version.)

In addition to Dentisoft, another example of a freemium dental software solution is tab32. This software offers free dental EHR, appointment scheduling, charting, treatment planning, and other features; however, it has no customer support and claims are limited at the free level. Other providers offer a free trial version that has all or most of the features, but limit you in the number of patients you can add (for example, a maximum of 30 patients).

Setmore is another solution used by dentists; it offers free unlimited appointment scheduling, but no dental PM features.


Final thoughts about Dental Software

Most dental practices use some sort of dental practice management software, but few are taking full advantage of the advanced capabilities that exist with today’s technology. If you’re not fully happy with your dental PM software, check out some of the demos of the software systems on our list and they might just work better.

For more advice on issues involved with running a dental practice, be sure to stay tuned to our blog. You can also consult this "Inside Dentistry" article for further guidance on dental practice management comparisons.

About the Author

Tyson Downs, the owner of Titan Web Agency, has years of experience working with small businesses and helping them meet their revenues goals. Prior to starting Titan Web Agency, he freelanced in SEO and Web Design while working in the corporate world. Tyson is a graduate of Brigham Young University, the father of 5, and a passionate bodybuilder.

Leave a Reply 15 comments

robert Jacobson - December 5, 2016 Reply

Hey Mr Downs .Dr J here, I really enjoyed the blog. Question . are there any Dental software management programs that do not have a monthly fee attached to the service .In other words .Pay a one time fee for the software

jay - January 18, 2017 Reply

you’ve lost some credibility in my eyes by leaving Open Dental out of this list.
IT is far superior to Dentrix and many others you have listed.
What was your criteria for leaving it off your list?

travis adragna - January 31, 2017 Reply

Hi Dr. J.

Yes there are dental software programs out there that do not charge monthly. Try iDentalSoft Inc., they are cloud based with an annual fee. iDentalSoft was not listed above but it probably didn’t pay to be here. Good luck, here is there website… http://www.identalsoft.com

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Tyson Downs - February 8, 2017 Reply

Not to my knowledge, but perhaps others can chime in.

Tyson Downs - February 14, 2017 Reply

Actually Travis, no company paid to be in this list.

Angelo - March 8, 2017 Reply

Only having to pay a one-time fee for dental software would be great, but I find that the recurring monthly fees are usually to pay for a crucial feature like support, online appointments or server rentals. I found a software that includes all of this plus software updates, IT management and data backups for a reasonable monthly cost (which is usually the same as most software’s ongoing costs). Plus there aren’t even lock-in contracts or up-front fees. Have a look for yourself at https://www.corepractice.com.au/

Tyson Downs - March 14, 2017 Reply

Thanks for the contribution Angelo.

Andy Jensen - July 13, 2017 Reply

A good synopsis of the dental software market, Travis. Specific to Curve Dental training, we have found that remote training as opposed to in-office training is more efficient and the retention is better. We don’t require a practice to pay for travel expenses, play host, or close their practice to accommodate training. With respect, in-office training is a leftover from the 1990s. With 25 years of experience in the dental software business (16 of those with Dentrix/Henry Schein), I can honestly say Curve Dental has boiled down the implementation from old to new to a fine red wine reduction. People do like to see online pricing, but let’s be honest: You’ll never really know how much the software will cost until you have a formal quote. From what I’ve seen all of the cloud-based management systems are competitively priced. That said, the practice should put together a list of features important to them, see a demo, make a determination if the software will fit their needs, and then ask about pricing. Another key factor: Experience on the cloud. To my knowledge Curve Dental is the only provider that publishes our performance at http://www.curvedental.com/status. Nobody else does and you have to wonder why. Thanks for the opportunity to comment!

Tyson Downs - July 27, 2017 Reply

Sorry Jay! We weren’t able to include every solution of course, so in our research, we started had to limit it at 10. Perhaps we will update this post in the future and add more reviews, but we wanted it to be short enough to help people narrow down their choices, but long enough to give them a good overview. What is it about Open Dental that you like? We’d love to hear it!

Joanna Wales, DDS - July 3, 2018 Reply

Do you know of any dental software programs that will interface with Epic EHR/scheduling/billing?

Tyson Downs - July 30, 2018 Reply

I don’t, but perhaps a member of the community here could chime in?

Rina - August 29, 2018 Reply

I actually have Dovetail in my clinic and it looks nothing like the screenshot shown, I’m pretty sure thats their old version. Also they cost $279 a month, unlimited users, no additional fees. I actually went with them because their pricing was so straightforward and budget friendly. Don’t know anything about their support though, I’ve never had to contact them. My receptionist messages them every so often through the platform itself and she always gets a quick response.

Tyson Downs - September 14, 2018 Reply

Thank you. We are working on updating that section of this blog post.

Tyson Downs - September 18, 2018 Reply

Rina, we’ve updated that section of the blog post with new screenshots and the updated pricing. Thank you for bringing it to our attention

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