With a new class of dentists just graduating from dental school all around the U.S., it seems apropos to think about what it will be like for them to begin practicing. As a former new dentist, I know it’s an exciting time that can also be quite daunting. Let's consider four different types of patients a … Continue reading Your First Day in Practice: Patient #1
During the 2015 Dental School graduation at Temple University this year, Dean Amid Ismail announced the creation of the Henry Schein Digital Center of Excellence. It will be equipped with the latest dental technological innovations such as computer-aided design and manufacturing solutions, digital radiography, and intraoral cameras. Programs have been slow to adopt newer technologies for … Continue reading Henry Schein Dental Center at Temple University
Imagine the 32 year female in your office on a typical morning. My patient was new and was referred because of medical history issues that included a seizure disorder. No sooner had I entered the room to visit with the patient and her mother then indeed she had a seizure. Her mother assured me that … Continue reading Patient emergencies in the dental office: They happen. Be ready.
In our practices we all encounter special needs patients. Patients presenting with MS, ALS, CP, Alzheimer, Parkinson's or other conditions are challenging and many dentists excel in managing them and providing quality care. But what about the special needs patient’s family? Do we always remember to care for them also? We should. Families of special needs patients are … Continue reading Caring for Special Needs Patients and their Families: Before the Appointment and Arrival to the Office
An important new study indicates that dentists may be able to screen patients for diabetes during an appointment. According to the WHO nearly 347 million people suffer from Diabetes and by the year 2030 it will be the seventh leading cause of death. Dentists are certainly comfortable working in the oral cavity and no one expects to have … Continue reading Diabetes screening by your Dentist?
Let’s just admit that periodontal charting is not the most fun thing to do. Here’s a short list of why: It soaks up valuable clinical time It is done as much for legal reasons as clinical reasons The clinical use of the data is limited Many clinicians only chart pocket depth (PD). But, unless one notes both … Continue reading Dental Office Time Management and Patient Care Series: Ultra Fast Periodontal Charting
Here is an interesting article illuminating the challenges for dentists who treat special needs patients. In these tough, yet important cases, use of IV sedation is a great tool, as Dr. Foleck is aware. In the right hands it is reasonably safe and effective. However, it requires full knowledge of the medical history and pharmacology … Continue reading Challenges in Special Care Dentistry: IV Sedation
Veterans Day is when we get to say Thank You to all the men and women have served in the military during wartime and peacetime for the United States of America. On this day we acknowledge those brave souls who have served, sacrificed and contributed to our nation's security. The origins of Veterans Day began … Continue reading Thank you Veterans!
Burkhart Dental's preeminent industry magazine, Catalyst, has a short article about Dental Symphony's ePatient in their Q3 edition. A couple of highlights: Patient saves critical time—on the phone, collecting patient information, finding drug descriptions, and evaluating medical issues. and “ePatient allows us to streamline appointments and seat new patients within five minutes of arrival,” according … Continue reading ePatient Featured In Burkhart’s Catalyst Magazine!
Every day I enjoy knowing that dentists across the U.S. are using Dental Symphony. As a practicing dentist, a member of the Clinical Team and lead designer of Dental Symphony, I know we really are determined to provide a service that makes practice easier, faster, and safer. Activity begins on the east coast, as offices … Continue reading Pre-Clinical Workup: My Favorite Dental Symphony Feature (This Week!)