It has been a couple of years since we have checked in with you here on the blog. How have things been going lately?
Oh my gosh, things have been pretty busy these past couple of years. The office is open on Saturdays now, so that has been occupying a lot of my time, but thankfully our new associate, Dr. Julie Brann will be starting soon, so I’ll have some more time to spend with my family. We also added new technology last year, so taking continuing education classes to see how to utilize the new technology to best treat our patients has also kept me pretty busy.
You mentioned new technology, and we have talked about it here in the past, but could you go into a little more detail about it?
Sure, yeah, most of the new technology has to do with the images we take here in the office, which is a huge part of dentistry. It is what helps me determine what treatment each patient needs, so the advances in the imaging we have here helps me immensely.
We have the new Schick 33 sensors which are the latest sensors on the market, and are a huge upgrade to what we used to use. The images that come from these sensors are so crisp and clear and makes my job so much easier.
The other addition we added last year was the Galileos Cone Beam, which takes 3D CT scans of both the upper and lower jaws, as well as the airway. This has been the biggest change here because now I can see 3D renderings of patient’s head, so I can tell exactly what is going on with the teeth, the gums, the sinuses, the jaw joints that contribute to TMJ, and the airway that has a lot to due with sleep apnea.
It has been nothing short of amazing in helping me understand the whole picture of what is going on with our patients, and has made the process of placing implants such a breeze. It is so nice that we are able to provide that service to our patients here at our office now.
Wow, that’s really impressive! Last year you were approached by DentalTown Magazine to write an article teaching dentists about IV Sedation, how did that feel?
Oh wow, that was a surreal experience. It felt great to be thought of as an “expert” in the field of Sedation Dentistry. They came to me because they are based here in Arizona, and I help the Arizona Board of Dental Examiners certify that dentists are qualified and prepared to administer IV Sedation in their offices.
I just love the options that Sedation Dentistry gives me. Most people are afraid to come to the dentist for one reason or another, and Sedation Dentistry allows them to push past that fear and get the treatment that they deserve, and ultimately need. I would write 100 articles if it helped more dentists feel comfortable offering sedation to their patients.
We hope you get the chance to! It’s almost halfway through June and you are about to wrap up your 2nd Smiles For Life Campaign. How has that experience been?
Anytime you are able to help kids in anyway, you just do it. For those that don’t know Smiles For Life works with dentists around the world to provide whitening services to patients in return for donations for children’s charities. These charities help sick, malnourished, disabled, and impoverished kids around the world, and here locally.
We were able to work closely with the Boys and Girls Club here in Glendale to provide them with some desperately needed resources for the kids, and I don’t see us stopping anytime soon. It has been an absolute pleasure working with our patients, giving them something that they really want, and being able to help all of these children at the same time. We couldn’t have done it without our patients!
That’s so inspiring! We know you’re busy, so we won’t take up too much more of your time. What’s next for you and Legacy Dental Group?
Wow, for me, hopefully a vacation! In all seriousness, what I see for us in the future is to continue to grow and be here as much as we can for our patients. To keep taking continuing education classes so that we can provide the best care for our patients, and to keep adding new products and procedures to make our patient’s visits here the best they can be. Our patients are why we are here, and we’ll continue doing everything we can to make coming to the dentist an enjoyable experience.
Take that vacation, you seriously deserve it! Well that wraps up our time here, thank you so much for checking in and taking the time to answer our questions!
It was my pleasure. Thanks!