As we set our goals for 2017, I have taken a look back at 2016 to reflect on all we have accomplished, and all we have to look forward to. It has been a fulfilling and successful year both personally and professionally for many reasons. Following are Mitchell Dentistry’s top five highlights shared with the hope that you too can look back positively on the past 12 months. Please let us know what your experience has been and share some of your accomplishments with us – we would love to know more.
- TECH TALK
We recently added 3D dental imaging (known as Cone Beam Computed Tomography, or CBCT) to our practice. The high quality, low radiation x-rays allows us to understand more about each patient’s diagnosis and treatment plan than ever before.
CBCT works with a focused x-ray beam that reduces scatter radiation, resulting in an enhanced visualization of teeth, bones, and surrounding hard and soft tissue. The technology is manufactured by Dentsply Sirona.
We have invested in this technology to see more of each patient’s teeth and surrounding structures. Traditional dental x-rays are cumbersome and may cause a gagging reflex. 3D scans take about 14 seconds and are much more comfortable, much less invasive, and provide a more relaxed and enjoyable treatment experience.
We have been getting a fabulous response to our All-On-4 plan, an excellent solution for patients who have unwanted dentures or failing teeth in need of upper and or lower restoration. Typically, the procedure only requires four dental implants per jaw to support a fully customized set of replacement teeth – hence the name. The best part is that while the patient is comfortably sedated, we work side by side with board certified oral surgeons to attach a restoration created right here in our Fort Myers office, resulting in a brand new beautiful smile in just one day. Plus, there’s an almost immediate sense of well-being and improved self-esteem.
- SWEET DREAMS
Did you know that sleep apnea is independently associated with an increased risk of stroke, cancer and death? A study by The American Academy of Sleep Medicine shows that people with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were four times more likely to die, nearly four times more likely to have a stroke, three times more likely to die from cancer, and 2.5 times more likely to develop cancer.
The good news is that there are ways to prevent such horrifying statistics and we have launched one method that is helping many of our patients. A customized dental medical solution helps resolve one of the nation’s most serious, yet overlooked, health issues: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Apnea literally means “cessation of breath,” an often life-threatening issue that can be resolved with oral appliance therapy.
To diagnose OSA, we first administer a home sleep test that is read by a certified sleep physician. A copy of the report, along with a recommendation, is sent to each patient’s regular doctor. For mild to moderate cases, and even for some serious cases when the CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) is not tolerated, we customize a sleep appliance manufactured by DynaFlex that has demonstrated evidence-based positive results. Dr. Yolanda introduced a new alternative, a comfortable device.
“It’s actually very user friendly because it comes in two pieces,” she explains. “No mold involved, it’s created from a digital scan and electronically sent to the laboratory with a prescription. They have a 3D printer that actually makes the models.”
- WHERE DO THE COOL DENTISTS GO?
|Earlier this year, Dr. Joe attended SIROWORLD, a highly anticipated and cutting-edge dental event.
Thousand attended the three-day educational festival that combined ground-breaking general
sessions, track-specific and innovative breakout sessions, unsurpassed entertainment and
unlimited networking opportunities. The first event of its kind, SIROWORLD was designed to not
only attract dentists practicing or interested in CEREC, but this event shined a spotlight on all aspects
of dentistry including CAD/CAM (CEREC), extraoral and intraoral imaging, implantology,
orthodontics, endodontics, hygiene, restorative, lab, practice management and much more.
The docs were also treated to appearances by Jerry Seinfeld, OneRepublic, and Sir Richard Branson.
- THE M TEAM RETURNS
Remember our fun-filled, action packed video feature, “The M Team”? Watch for the new version, coming soon, that features new staff members and brings some humor into our dental world. We will send you the link as soon as the editing is complete – you will be among the first to preview our fabulous new production!
As you can see, it was a great year! As always, please call us with any questions or concerns. We love your feedback, so feel free to send your comments our way.
Wishing you very merry holidays and a happy New Year!
All the best,