Western Dental (Premier Dental Services, Inc.), is one of the largest dental services organizations (DSOs) in the United States. With approximately 175 dental offices in California, Arizona, Nevada and Texas, the company and its affiliates provide care or management services to approximately 625,000 patients with over 2.2 million patient visits annually. Western Dental’s differentiated platform focuses on providing high-quality, full-service dentistry at affordable prices (including general dentistry, specialty and orthodontic services), as well as administrative and management support services to affiliated dental offices. The company’s affordable pricing and bilingual capabilities give it a particularly strong position in the markets it serves. Western Dental was founded in 1985, employs over 4,000 personnel, and is headquartered in Orange, CA.
New Mountain’s decision to acquire Western Dental was made based on our firm’s multi-year and proactive “deep dive” effort in the dental sector, which also included intensive review of other prospects in the DSO space. New Mountain first proactively approached Western Dental regarding a potential partnership in 2011. New Mountain reinstated its dialogue with Western Dental in early 2012 and acquired the company later that year.