less dental patients = less money for expensive toys. no dental or vision in obamacare. but with all of the large companies cutting off family health benefits, that's a lot of families who probably had dental and now dont. add in the workers and families who were cut back to part time to avoid the law. wouldnt be surprised if dental and vision were cut from the workers too, as the law only requires health coverage.
Insurance dental providers are not the ones looking to purchase high-end technology for their offices. For well established fee for service practices, this is the time to add tools and provide training for their staff.