What is an IDSO?

What is Your Practice REALLY Worth?

Let Us Explain IDSOs

(Since we coined the term...)

An Invisible Dental Support Organization (IDSO) may own dozens or hundreds of practices regionally or across the country. Like a regular Dental Support Organization (DSO), they own interests in dental practices and support the doctors who operate the practices with administrative support, effective marketing, large purchasing efficiencies and strong payor leverage among many other services.

 An IDSO believes that doctors should also be owners in the practices they operate and that the doctor’s local brand equity is more valuable than a common brand among all practices. An IDSOs portfolio of practices will vary. Some are GP only, some are single specialty, many offer multi-specialty and a few focus solely on Dental Trifectas; pedo, ortho and OMFS. An IDSO’s primary goal is to invest in great practices by buying PART of a practice with a doctor retaining ownership in the practice, the parent or a combination of both.

IDSOs do not micro-manage practices and each of their partner’s will be unique, not homogenous. By retaining owner doctors, IDSOs are more profitable and productive than employee run offices of the branded chain DSOs.

Top Reasons to
Join an IDSO...or Not

PRO – Diversify and liquify your primary asset: Financial advisors relentless preach about portfolio diversification. In reality, your largest asset is your practice. An IDSO partnership enables doctors to liquify a part of their practice for cash now, at low tax rates, and yet continue practicing as an owner and leader of their practice.

PRO- Taxes: Proceeds in a transaction completed in 2021 will most likely be taxed at the 20% maximum federal tax rates. President Biden has promised to eliminate the Long-Term Capital Gains tax provision increasing taxes on a practice transaction to 39.7% Federal, plus state taxes which are also increasing. There are currently only seven U.S. states without a state income tax. Many doctors could face 2022 tax rates on the sale of part of their practices of over 50%.

Why Smart Doctors Choose IDSO Partnerships

As in the case of this oral and maxillofacial surgeon, it allows practitioners to focus on their favorite part about practicing dentistry: their patients.

Specialists and IDSOs

In the last two years, nine new ortho only IDSOs have been created following the success of a large, branded DSO orthodontic consolidation group. They are competing to partner with the best ortho practices across the country. They are also competing with the Multi-specialty groups and more recently the Dental Trifecta focused DSOs. LPS has achieved values for many ortho practices of over 4X collections for exceptional practices. Over $200,000,000 of ortho transactions have been completed by LPS in the last two years.

Read about us in Orth0dontic Practice US Magazine:

Nov/Dec 2020: Orthodontic Practice Consolidation Trends Accelerate – Rewards and Risks Abound

Sept/Oct 2020: COVID-19 Impact on Practice Values – Short- and Long- Term

July/Aug 2020: The Clock is Ticking on Practice Values

Mar/Apr 2020: The Value of Part of Your Practice to a Silent Partner May Surprise You

Much like the orthodontists, there are now at least eight OMFS only IDSOs. OMFS practices are also eagerly sought by Multi-specialty groups nationally and by Dental Trifecta IDSOs as a place to feed referrals from their pedo and ortho practices. The many existing Pedo/Ortho groups are also eager to add OMFS to their systems to capture the millions of dollars in collections lost from referring high margin cases to OMFS practices not in their group now. LPS has achieved 10X EBITDA for several OMFS groups in over $100,000,000 of OMFS transactions in 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Perhaps the most valuable dental practices today are larger pedo practices. Pedos are attractive to not only the pedo and pedo/ortho focused IDSOs and Multi-specialty groups, but now with the advent of the Dental Trifecta IDSOs, they are the gateway to all new patients. Even smaller pedos have achieved value premiums of up to 80% above the standalone value of their practices in an LPS organized Dental Trifecta. We completed $56,000,000 of pedo transactions in Q4 2020 and will complete over $70,000,000 in the first half of 2021.

The value of Endodontic practices has increased dramatically in the last two years. There are now at least 10 Endo only IDSOs seeking partners across the U.S. LPS has worked with most of them to achieve high initial values and significant upside equity ownership potential. Multi-specialty groups have also increased their interest in Endo practices due to their relatively better performance during COVID. 

Read about us in Endodontic Practice US Magazine:

Spring 2020: Investing in Great Endodontic Practices Silent Partners are Still

Fall 2020: Large Practice Sales (LPS) Helps Dental Professionals of All Specialties Monetize Their Life’s Work

While no Perio only IDSO groups are active today, Multi-specialty groups are eager to add them to their portfolios of practices. LPS completed perio practice transactions as recently as April 2021.

What is a Dental Trifecta?

There are now IDSOs focusing only on Dental Trifectas. A Dental Trifecta is an IDSO strategy created by LPS to increase the initial and long-term values of our pedo, ortho and OMFS clients. We have proven to investors that when an IDSO purchases the right pedo, ortho and OMFS practices in an area that more rapid internal growth can be created due to dedicated referral relationships among practices in the same group.

Doctors benefit from a Dental Trifecta in several ways. First, they achieve a higher initial practice value in a transaction. Then, they gain captive referral sources from other practices within the regional group which increases their new patient flow and practice and group profitability. In addition, Dental Trifectas will achieve the highest exit values due to their unique internal growth rates and focus on KIDS, a recession resistant model. Dental Trifectas are also a defensive strategy:

What if one or more of your primary referral sources were to be acquired by an IDSO and referrals were directed to your competitors and not you?

To learn more about how you might achieve a 50% premium value for your practice with a Dental Trifecta, please call 855-533-4642 to get our White Paper: Dental Trifectas; The Most Valuable Strategy in Dental

Why LPS?

Principals Helping Doctors

As principals, we have bought and sold dozens of businesses over the last 30+ years including those in the dental industry. Members of our team have owned and/or operated large practices. As your advisor, we put on our “principal hats” and help doctors realize the highest value (CASH) for their practices. Your practice may be worth more than you think to a specific buyer, at the right moment in time, if you choose LPS.

Money Where Our
Mouth is

Our compensation is based solely upon the sale proceeds achieved by our clients. There are no retainers or expense charges. No fees are ever paid to us by buyers. Our only compensation is tied directly to the successful completion of the sale of your practice; we get paid when you get paid. LPS has the lowest NET fees in the industry due to the higher values we achieve for our clients than any other advisor.

On-Going Education for the industry

You may or may not be ready to partner with an IDSO today, but ultimately you need a short- or long-term exit strategy. Smart doctors are always weighing the risks, taxes and growth opportunities with an IDSO partner. LPS helps doctors at any phase of their careers understand the pros and cons of an IDSO partnership. As the largest advisor to great dentists in the U.S. we are also a trusted source of intelligence and new partnerships for both existing IDSOs and newly formed IDSOs. LPS’ size and national coverage gives us an edge in knowledge of new opportunities for our clients.

Let us help you. We GUARANTEE Two Things:

We have the highest success rates.

After our fee, you will get the highest net proceeds possible than from any other advisor.