How Much Should Your Orthodontist Practice Expect To Pay For IT Services?

Looking for IT services for your orthodontic practice? Find out what to expect regarding costs with our comprehensive guide. From hardware and software to network security and data backup, we’ll cover all the essentials to help you make informed decisions about your practice’s IT needs. Trust our expertise to help you streamline your operations and keep your business running smoothly.

Looking For A New IT Services Company For Your Orthodontist Practice?

How much should you pay for dental practice IT support?

Treating patients in your clinical facility and overseeing the management of the business end of your dental practice amounts to more than a full-time job. Trying also to manage your own IT can cause slippage in either patient treatment quality, legal compliance, or proper maintenance of IT systems—or all three. After all, there are only so many hours in the day.

There’s not just the challenge of devoting time to myriad routine IT management and maintenance tasks, as necessary, to keep your network systems, applications, and data storages secure and running properly over time. There is also the challenge of knowing what to do for quality IT management.

Having an experienced IT management specialist with the skills necessary to set up and manage specialized dental IT systems is the most practical way for small to medium-sized dental practices to manage their IT.

Managed IT Services for dental offices, including managing your network, integrated dental practice management platform, individual applications, HIPAA compliant administrative processes, dental office operating practices, and policies (including security, best practices for IT use, etc.). It also includes routine updating and upgrading to keep them current and interacting properly with ever-evolving external network systems.

So, the question remains—how much should you expect to pay for services from a dental IT management/support company? Here’s some key information to help you decide on outsourcing IT services for your dental practice.

How Much Should IT Services Cost for Orthodontists Practices?

Prices can vary so much between service providers that provide the dramatic-looking range here is not very useful. Ultimately, the price you will receive from a good IT services provider will mostly be due to the unique needs of your dental practice and the level of service coverage you choose. There are several common IT services pricing model options, which we’ll explain in a minute to suit the extent of service you choose.

However, to select the most appropriate IT services for your needs and to get the most value for the amount you budget for your IT, there are several important things to be aware of when obtaining prices, which we’ll explain below.

Why Do Dental Professionals Need Outsourced Orthodontist IT Services?

An IT system for a small to medium-sized dental office needs the same level of protection from external threats like viruses and information thieves as any other organization that manages client data.

Cybercrime against small businesses and professional practices is rampant because hackers are especially attracted to systems they assume are less well protected. So, it is especially critical for dental practices to ensure the security of Protected Patient Information, per HIPAA law.

Dental practices are required by law to ensure HIPAA compliance, at risk of shocking financial penalties for breaches. Not to mention the risk of reputational damage from being listed on as a dental practice with a HIPAA breach.

The above concerns add to maintaining efficient patient record keeping, billing, communications, and a smooth patient experience.

It’s more than a dental professional. An office manager can manage long-term without serious risk to security, operational continuity, and patient service quality. And, the lonely IT guy that a small to medium-sized dental practice may hire typically costs more than Managed IT Services, is not available on off-time or sick time and lacks the resources of continually updated industry knowledge and technology and purchasing discounts that an IT services company brings to dental office IT management.

How are IT Services Priced by IT Support Companies?

When choosing an IT services provider for your dental practice, pick one that offers the value in specialized services for dental practices that you need, not just the one with the lowest (or highest) price quote. And keep an eye out for hidden fees and unusually long-term contracts that may lock you into a financial obligation that can weaken your position if IT service quality diminishes over time.

With the above caveats in mind, expect to encounter one or more of the several typical pricing models below for Managed IT Services for your dental practice.

Pricing Models for Orthodontist IT Services

IT services providers’ pricing is usually structured according to one of the three arrangements described below. Some may offer combinations of two or more of these or may offer a choice between these:

  1. Billing Per Service Call — This is for the time and materials used to complete an individual service request (called “break-fix” IT services). For example, this service model can be used when IT equipment needs repair or a professional IT service is needed to counteract the effects of hacking, remove a virus, upgrade your network, or perform any other work that has an expected date for completion.
  2. Managed IT Services — In this pricing arrangement, your IT services company is your own outsourced “IT department.” This includes installations, servers, computer workstations, devices, software, IT network, and office phone system support. All IT management responsibilities you would expect from an experienced on-site IT team, including system security, virus protection, file backup and recovery, web hosting, cloud services, monitoring, reporting, and others, are provided to maintain the performance and security of your systems.
  3. Vendor’s Software Support — Software manufacturers often offer their own IT Help Desk support for customers for an added fee. These services are normally limited to helping resolve issues in the particular application purchased and did not extend to your other applications, network, and devices. This is not the full-service level of IT support that a dental practice needs to keep running incident-free.

Managed IT Services and break-fix pricing models are the two that you’ll likely consider when exploring IT support options for your dental office. So, the question becomes—how to get the particular services you need without paying for unnecessary added services, hidden fees, or inflated contract prices. At this point, the thing to do is consider the advantages and disadvantages of each of the two most popular pricing models.

Managed IT Services


  • The professional dental IT specialist provides for all IT systems and equipment management and Help Desk support needs of the dental practice, helping ensure maximum efficiency and productivity.
  • You know how much your IT will cost so you can rely on your budget. Only one fee covers all of your dental office’s IT management services, such as:
  • Frequent Security Updates (firewall maintenance, anti-spyware, anti-malware)
  • Virus Protection (diligent whole office system monitoring)
  • HIPAA Compliance Management
  • Help Desk Support (often 24/7, rapid response and resolution)
  • Network Monitoring (server and other drive space, optimizing network speed)
  • Data Backup and Recovery (quick response for file recovery)
  • Web Hosting (for both cloud and hardware server)
  • Email Administration (spam filtering, user access and permissions setups)
  • Training (user training on HIPAA compliance, dental software applications)
  • Reporting (Range of reports of indicators regarding HIPAA strengths and weaknesses, systems optimization options, and more)
  • Office Phone Systems


  • Over time, preventive IT management and monitoring is likely to be more cost-effective, proactively addressing issues before they become serious problems requiring emergency IT solutions that can be very expensive.
  • Having your own outsourced IT department helps ensure the best possible experience for your dental patients and employees, and enhances the quality of work lifestyle for you, the dental professional.


  • You pay a periodic fee for IT management services, even if you don’t have a problem that interrupts services during that time.
  • For example, IT costs for a year may be more than you might pay if you don’t need to call for professional IT support for the entire year.

Break-Fix IT Services


  • You only pay for precisely the services you receive for immediate equipment or systems repair, upgrade, update, or other diagnosed needs.
  • You don’t pay a periodic fee for IT services, whether you have a problem that interrupts operations.


  • Your system is vulnerable and not protected by diligent monitoring and management by an IT expert.
  • If/when a major IT problem emerges due to a breach in security or other protective programs, your budget can be blown by unexpected and very expensive emergency IT service to get your dental practice’s normal operations back up and running properly.

Potential Hidden Fees and Service Exclusions

Don’t grant access to any part of your IT equipment or system to an IT services provider until you are thoroughly clear on these points:

  • Scope of Work — Get a thoroughly detailed scope of planned work. Make sure the estimate specifies what the IT services provider understands as a successful solution in your case.
  • Documented Expectations — Ensure the contractor understands your expectations for the workflow rate, security measures, access arrangements, costs, and outcomes. This will help avoid miscommunications and unexpected increases in fees later to get you what you want.
  • Documented Fixed Price Agreement — Write the price commitment before any work begins. And be sure that the outcome you expect for that price is the requisite for payment.

Questions to Ask Before Hiring an IT Services Company

In addition to getting clear terms, as explained in the above section, to help further ensure against disappointment due to unexpected service exclusions or inflated service costs, ask your prospective IT support services provider the following questions before you agree to work with the company.

  1. Are their phones answered by live operators or by voicemail?
  2. Do they provide a written guarantee of response time to Help Desk calls?
  3. Do they proactively seek new ways to improve your system’s performance?
  4. Do they provide thoroughly detailed invoices?
  5. Do they have sufficient insurance to cover errors and omissions? How about workers’ compensation insurance?
  6. Do they provide a written guarantee to finish projects on budget? On-time?
  7. Do they monitor your network remotely 24/7 for problems and performance measures?
  8. Do they provide frequent reporting of security updates, workstation statuses, etc.?
  9. Is their “all-inclusive” IT support plan all-inclusive, or are there hidden potential costs?

How to Get the Best Value From IT Services For Orthodontist

As a dental professional, you naturally want to focus your time and energies on providing your patients with the best possible results and experience. Avoid having to make yourself a quasi-IT support person as well. Instead, educate yourself on IT support services offerings and pricing. Obtain an IT systems assessment for your dental practice to understand your office’s unique needs better.

Beyond that, ensure you are clear on what you’re getting before committing to an agreement for IT services to avoid unexpected issues and later escalating costs.

NOVA Computer Solutions, Orthodontist IT Services

For complete information on Dental Practice IT Support and appropriate pricing ranges for dental practice IT management services, call NOVA at (703) 499-8760 to arrange to speak with an expert. As you’re your no-obligation IT systems assessment.

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