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Special OfferIf you are new to the area or you’re just looking for a new dentist, Quince Orchard Dental Care wants to make your dental experience the best it can be. Whether you need preventative care, restorations, cosmetic procedures or a combination of services, we can help you achieve and maintain the healthy, radiant smile you deserve.

 

For a limited time, you can take full advantage of our $99.00 New Patient Special. As our patient, you will receive the finest dental care available, all while experiencing the quality service that we’re all about.

 

Contact us at 301-527-2727 or click here to book an appointment online. You can also drop in at our office – we’re conveniently located at 849-E Quince Orchard Blvd. Gaithersburg, MD 20878.

 

Don’t wait another day. Schedule an appointment with us today to take advantage of this amazing offer while it is still available. We’re definitely looking forward to meeting you.

 

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Meet Dr. Rouhanian and the Quince Orchard Dental Care Team

When Dr. Rouhanian was 11 years old he and his mother moved to Iran for about 4 years. While he was in Iran, he became very close with one of his cousins, who happened to be in dental school at the time. Dr. Rouhanian always wanted to be a teacher, but his cousin showed him that through dentistry he could help teach and educate people about their oral health and also make an immediate impact by helping them fix their teeth. So after going to his cousin’s school and clinic he was hooked and has never looked back. He will always be grateful for his cousin’s guidance and they are still very close. In 2007, Dr. Rouhanian received his Doctor in Dental Surgery from Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland. He then went on to complete his fellowship in geriatric dentistry at the University of Maryland in 2008 and he has been in Private Practice ever since. Dr. Rouhanian is a member of the American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, as well as a fellow of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI). In the Doctors free time he likes watching movies, football, and researching Batman collectables online. He also loves spending time with his wife, Dr. Lewis, and their two beautiful girls, Ava and Ariana.

Quince Orchard Dental Care opened its doors in December of 2011 and recently underwent an expansion in October of 2014. Dr. Rouhanian was a long time patient at this location when he was a young child and after Dental school he bought the space, remodeled it, and opened the doors back up in 2011. Quince Orchard Dental Care is a Complete Health Practice. We are a unique practice that focuses on you, your oral health, as well as your overall health. A Complete Health Practice is one that puts a very strong emphasis on how a patient’s dental health relates to their overall health. Quince Orchard Dental Care treats the patient not just their teeth. We pride ourselves on addressing the patients dental concerns and helping our patients understand how taking care of their oral health can relate to other issues they may be having, such as heart disease, diabetes, hypertension, and more. Quince Orchard Dental Care’s vision is to get 10,000 people in our community healthy by the year 2020.

The Quince Orchard Dental Care team is wonderful. Our treatment and billing coordinator, Casey, was born and raised in New Jersey. She comes to our office with a lot of dental administrative experience. In her spare time she enjoys cooking, spending time with her husband and their puppy Brooklyn, as well as traveling to New Jersey as often as possible to see their family.

Melissa, our insurance coordinator, also comes to us with a lot of dental administrative experience. She is a New York native and enjoys spending time with her family and many animals. Melissa is a human services volunteer and also loves to cook and bake.

Angelica has been with the practice for over a year, but has been working in the dental field for over 4 years. She is from Bogotá, Columbia and she has an 18-month-old son. In her free time she loves to spend time with her family.

Tara, our scheduling coordinator, has also apart of the team for over a year. She is extremely passionate about working out and practicing yoga. She also loves spending time with her wonderful family.

Our Hygienist, Nasim, graduated from the Dental Hygiene program at Howard University. She truly enjoys getting to personally know all of her patients individually to provide high quality dental care and a comfortable experience in the dental office. Nasim feels home at Quince Orchard Dental Care with the team atmosphere and the shared goal of caring for our patients. She enjoys traveling, working out, and spending time with family and friends.

Claudia, our other dental Hygienist, graduated valedictorian from Allegany College of Maryland in 2004. She moved to the US from Brazil in 1993 and she enjoys gardening and spending time with her family.

Shannon, one of our Dental Assistants, has been in the dental profession for nine years. She is radiology and expanded functions certified. Shannon has worked in orthodontics, periodontics, pedodontics, oral surgery, and cosmetic dentistry. She is originally from Honolulu, HI.

Bea has been with the practice since the start. She is trained in administrative duties, as well as dental radiology and expanded function dental assisting. Bea is very outgoing and loves making the patients feel at home. Dr. Rouhanian met Bea in 2007, the first day he ever worked after dental school. Bea was Dr. Rouhanian’s assistant at the time and they worked so well together that Bea told Dr. Rouhanian if he ever opened his own practice to give her a call. So in June of 2011 he gave Bea a call and as they say, the rest is history!

Jakelyn, one of our pediatric dental assistants, has been with the practice for about 6 months. She graduated from college with an Associate’s Degree. Outside of work, Jakelyn loves singing and playing sports. If you ever happen to be at the office and hear someone singing, that would be Jackie. Luckily, she has a lovely voice and a beautiful smile, so no one really minds!

Lastly, Yesenia, Dr. Rouhanian’s assistant, is from El Salvador. She has been with the practice since 2012 and absolutely loves being able to work with her patients. She is very talkative and always makes her patients feel comfortable when they are in the dental chair. Yesenia has seven children and she loves to cook, bake, and spend time with her very big family!

Our Doctors-
Dr. Lewis discovered she wanted to be a dentist growing up watching her mother work for a pediatric dentist. She graduated in 2007 from the Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, University of Maryland. Dr. Lewis began her residency in 2008 at the school of Dental Medicine, University of Pittsburg. She received her Certificate in Pediatric Dentistry in 2010 and board certification from the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry. Dr. Lewis is a member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the Maryland Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and Special Care Dentistry Association. When she is not working, Dr. Lewis enjoys practicing yoga and spending time with her family.

Our Orthodontist, Dr. Hagan, was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.S. in Psychology in 2007. In 2013, he graduated with his Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD) degree from the Medical University of South Carolina, were he served as a Student Body/Government President from 2012-2013 and was selected for membership into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon national Dental Society. He completed his Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics Residency in 2015 at the Medstar Washington Hospital Center. In addition to practicing orthodontics, Dr. Hagan enjoys traveling, long distance running, singing classical and choral music, and is a passionate and enthusiastic University of Kentucky Wildcats basketball fan. He is extremely excited to join the Quince orchard Dental Care team and is looking forward to a wonderful experience working with the orthodontic patients.

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Introducing Our First E-Newsletter

Welcome to our first e-newsletter. We at Quince Orchard Dental Care want you to be informed of dental issues that may affect you or your loved ones in all areas which we practice. We are not looking to solicit but rather to provide good, useful, topical information on matters of interest as it relates to oral health and overall wellness.

We are also in the process of reaching out to our patients and contacts through social media platforms. By following us on any of these networks you can also discover our upcoming events for you or your family. We appreciate your consideration in accepting any requests to join our network on the following platforms: Facebook, LinkedIn, Google Plus, YouTube, Pinterest, Flickr and Twitter.

This means we can now share information and form lasting relationships as we welcome feedback from you through any platform. With that said, we hope you find our first E newsletter issue as informative as we hope it would be …Enjoy!

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Tips and Tricks for Avoiding Tooth Decay this Halloween!

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Halloween might feel like a holiday made for creating tooth decay, but the truth is that it is actually a great time to teach your kids about how to prevent cavities and about making healthy choices. It is nearly impossible to avoid Halloween candy altogether, but there are some simple and fun ways in which you can minimize the sugar overload after trick-or-treating is over. Here are 10 ways you can help your kids from getting tricked into cavities during Halloween and year-round.

Time It Right: Eat Halloween candy (and other sugary foods) with meals or shortly after mealtime. Saliva production increases during meals and helps cancel out acids produced by bacteria in your mouth and helps rinse away food particles.

Choose Candy Carefully: Avoid hard candy and other sweets that stay in your mouth for a long time. Aside from how often you snack, the length of time sugary food is in your mouth plays a role in tooth decay. Unless it is a sugar-free product, candies that stay in the mouth for a long period of time subject teeth to an increased risk for tooth decay.

Avoid Sticky Situations: Sticky candies cling to your teeth. The stickier candies, like taffy and gummy bears, take longer to get washed away by saliva, increasing the risk for tooth decay.

Drink More Water: Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. If you choose bottled water, look for kinds that are fluoridated.

Maintain a Healthy Diet: Your body is like a complex machine. The foods you choose as fuel and how often you “fill up” affect your general health and that of your teeth and gums.

Stay Away from Sugary Beverages: This includes soda, sports drinks and flavored waters. When teeth come in frequent contact with beverages that contain sugar, the risk of tooth decay is increased.

Chew Gum with the ADA Seal: Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after meals helps reduce tooth decay, because increased saliva flow helps wash out food and neutralize the acid produced by dental plaque bacteria. Find one with the ADA Seal.

Brush Twice a Day: Brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with an ADA-accepted fluoride toothpaste. Remember, replace your toothbrush every three or four months, or sooner if the bristles are frayed. A worn toothbrush won’t do a good job of cleaning your teeth.

Clean Between Your Teeth: Floss your teeth once a day. Decay-causing bacteria get between teeth where toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between the teeth and under the gum line.

Visit an ADA Dentist: Regular visits to your ADA-member dentist can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur early, when they are easy to “treat.”

For more tricks on how to fight cavities on Halloween night, call us at 301-527-2727 or drop by at our office today and talk to one of our doctors. We can help you prep you and your little one’s teeth for the holidays and can offer you more advice and ways to keep your mouth clean and healthy.

Article source: http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/az-topics/h/halloween-tips

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ADA Course Offers Insight Into Treating Medicaid Patients

The ADA News (7/1) reports that the members of the ADA Council on Access Prevention and Interprofessional Relations’ Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee “shared insight about treating Medicaid patients” during a continuing education course that took place at ADA headquarters in Chicago on June 12. The course will also be offered during ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, DC in November. The ADA news adds, “The three-hour course teaches ways to implement efficient and effective practice protocols to help safeguard a dental practice from unintentional non compliance with Medicaid regulations.”

 

ADA Council on Access, Prevention and Interprofessional Relations’ Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee members shared insight about treating Medicaid patients at a June 12 continuing education course at Association Headquarters.

 

The course Maintaining Your Sanity and Practice Viability as a Medicaid Provider, will be offered again on Nov. 6 during ADA 2015 – America’s Dental Meeting in Washington, D.C.

 

The three-hour course teaches ways to implement efficient and effective practice protocols to help safeguard a dental practice from unintentional non compliance with Medicaid regulations. Other topics covered are ways to recognize and avoid fraud and abuse allegations, how to properly document medical necessity and how to be a positive advocate for Medicaid providers and patients.

 

“Anyone who treats a patient today should take this course regardless of what type of insurance the patient has. The thought process is different today in terms of record keeping,” said Dr. Sidney Whitman, a pediatric dentist near Trenton, New Jersey, and chair of CAPIR’s Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee, who spoke at the June 12 course.

 

To register for CE courses at the ADA annual meeting, visitADA.org/meeting. The Medicaid course number is 6313. Pre-registration is required.

 

Article Source : http://www.ada.org/en/publications/ada-news/2015-archive/june/ada-offers-ce-course-for-medicaid-providers

 

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Analysis Considers How Technology Can Help Dentists Optimize Their Practice

In an analysis article for Dentistry IQ (7/1), dental practice marketing consultant Bill Donato considers strategies for “optimiz[ing] your dental practice in an effort to combat consumer apathy.” Strategies include having an effective online presence, utilizing social media in a relevant manner, having flexible patient interaction methods, and digitally tracking patient interactions.

The dental industry thrives on patient interactions, but in today’s fast-paced world, the frequency of patient visits is quickly dwindling. According to a 2014 study by the American Dental Association, nearly 23% of adults revealed they have no intention of visiting a dentist during the next year. Even with standard checkups set at six-month intervals, 52% of adults indicated they had not stuck to such a schedule, and one in five said they had not visited a dentist for the past few years. With this in mind, it is now more important than ever to optimize your dental practice in an effort to combat consumer apathy. To do so, dentists need to evaluate their marketing tactics.

If your dental practice is sitting with more idle time than you’d like, losing patients, or just not getting as many leads as hoped, ask yourself these five questions to evaluate where you stand.

Do I have an effective online presence?
Approximately 85% of all Americans use the Internet to research and find local businesses. If your practice doesn’t have an online presence, the chances that potential customers will find you greatly decreases. Simply relying on user-generated review pages such as Yelp and YellowPages is no longer enough. Dental practices need to have a dedicated website in order to control messaging and generate more leads.

If you have a website, it’s imperative that it be responsive and adaptable to mobile devices. Eighty percent of consumers now use their smartphones to browse online, and 47% use tablets to surf the Internet. If your website isn’t mobile- or tablet-friendly, modifying it to be accessible on all devices can make a big difference in practice performance.

Am I relevant on social media?
In addition to having a responsive website, it’s important to promote your practice through social media. Last year, 92% of marketing professionals claimed that social media marketing was important for their businesses, and 80% cited these efforts for increasing website traffic. Having a Facebook page, Twitter account, LinkedIn profile, and Google+ business page can greatly increase the overall awareness of your practice, ultimately leading to better patient relationships and more leads.

When optimizing your practice on social media, keep in mind that there is such a thing as too much and too little. A happy medium for activity on all accounts is between three and four posts a month, making them as compelling and informative as possible, and including a striking call-to-action. With certain platforms such as Google+ business pages, make sure to include your logo, mission statement, contact information, employee bios, and patient reviews to build organic SEO. Being on Google+ and having the option of patient reviews also helps build overall credibility.

How flexible are my patient interaction methods?
Being able to communicate with your patients on their terms can help boost the positive opinion of your practice. With online marketing tools and techniques, this can be accomplished almost automatically. More than 80% of the population would rather schedule an appointment for the next 48 hours online, so having such an option on your website can optimize appointments and relieve stress on your scheduling staff. Ensuring that all phone numbers on your website are accessible and clickable can greatly increase your ability to garner new leads. This is a simple investment, but the sheer number of smartphone users today makes this a good investment.

Am I promoting online?
Online promotion is another key aspect of digital marketing, but successfully taking on such a campaign takes strategy. If they are not compelling enough, email promotions can have an undesirable return on investment, so it’s crucial to make sure that each email is informative, exclusive, and features a call-to-action. Include a coupon for services, checkups, and referrals to drive traffic to your office, and if your website has an active blog, email marketing is a great way to showcase the blog and build credibility.

In addition to email promotions, online specials and blogs, and banner ads that promote your brand locally can reach hundreds of thousands of consumers with a relatively low investment. Because banner ad click-through rates average at .07%, these are often considered to be more effective than television or outdoor advertisements.

Am I tracking my patient interactions?
Among Fortune 500 companies, 65% say that phone calls are their top source of generating quality leads. Because of this, it’s important to track and record your inbound calls to better develop your marketing efforts. Having a well-trained team dedicated to answering calls from patients can increase the number of booked appointments and grow your practice, but without a tracking system in place, you can’t hone your techniques. Record interactions and impressions to find out which questions are well received and which areas need improvement.

By asking yourself these five questions, you can better identify where your dental practice stands from a marketing perspective, which will allow you to effectively optimize it for success in the future.

Article Source : http://www.dentistryiq.com/articles/2015/06/optimizing-your-dental-practice-ask-yourself-these-5-questions.html

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Psychologists Investigate Curious Case Of Memory Loss Following Routine Root Canal Surgery

BBC News (7/1, Robson) reports on the curious case of a British man who, while visiting the dentist in Germany – where he lived at the time – for a routine root canal, completely lost the ability to form new memories after coming out of anesthesia. Since the surgery “he has been unable to remember almost anything for longer than 90 minutes,” though doctors “failed to find evidence of injury” despite suspecting a brain hemorrhage. A clinical psychologist has been investigating the case, and “hopes his new paper, which appears in Neurocase journal, will encourage other psychologists to share similar stories and perhaps spark” new theories about what happened to the man.

 

William’s internal clock is eternally jammed at 13:40 on 14 March 2005 – right in the middle of a dentist appointment.

 

A member of the British Armed Forces, he had returned to his post in Germany the night before after attending his grandfather’s funeral. He had gym in the morning, where he played volleyball for 45 minutes. He then entered his office to clear a backlog of emails, before heading to the dentist’s for root-canal surgery.

 

“I remember getting into the chair and the dentist inserting the local anaesthetic,” he tells me. After that? A complete blank.

 

Since then, he has been unable to remember almost anything for longer than 90 minutes. So while he can still tell me about the first time he met the Duke of York for a briefing at the Ministry of Defence, he can’t even remember where he’s living now; he wakes up every morning believing he is still in Germany in 2005, waiting to visit the dentist. Without a record of new experiences, the passing of time means nothing to him. Today, he only knows that there is a problem because he and his wife have written detailed notes on his smartphone, in a file labelled “First thing – read this”.

 

It is as if all new memories are being written in invisible ink that slowly disappears. How could minor dental work have affected his brain in such a profound way? This real-life medical mystery offers a rare glimpse at the hidden depths of the brain’s workings.

 

Even the events leading up to William’s amnesia are highly puzzling. At the time of the surgery, the dentist didn’t realise that anything was wrong; it was only after they asked him to take off his protective dark glasses that they saw he was pale, and struggled to stand up. They called his wife. “He was lying on a couch,” Samantha recalls. (Both their names have been altered to preserve the family’s privacy). “His eyes were staring; he looked surprised to see me – he had no clue what was going on.” By 5pm he was removed to hospital, where he stayed for three days. Even after some of the mental fog dissipated, he was still unable to recall anything for more than a few minutes.

 

The doctors initially suspected that he’d reacted badly to the anaesthetic, causing a brain haemorrhage – yet they failed to find evidence of injury. So he was discharged with the mystery still hanging over him, and the family moved back to England, where he was referred to the office of Gerald Burgess, a clinical psychologist in Leicester.

 

The brain’s printing press

The obvious explanation would have been that William had a form of “anterograde amnesia”, like Henry Molaison, whose experiences have informed much of what we know about memory. During brain surgery to treat his epilepsy, surgeons sliced out a large chunk of Molaison’s grey matter, including his hippocampi – seahorse-shaped regions at the centre of the brain. They act as our memory’s printing press, stamping the “episodic memories” of events into long-term storage – and without them, Molaison was unable to hold on to anything that occurred after the surgery.

 

Yet as William’s first doctors had noted, brain scans seemed to show that these crucial areas were still intact. Nor did his symptoms exactly match those of other anterograde amnesiacs. While Molaison couldn’t remember details of personal events, for instance, he could learn new “procedural” skills since they are processed in different parts of the brain. When Burgess asked William to work out how to solve a complex maze, however, he had completely forgotten the skill three days later. “It was like a déjà vu replica of the same errors – he took the same time to relearn the task once more,” says Burgess.

 

One possibility is that William’s amnesia is a “psychogenic illness”. Some patients report memory loss after a traumatic event – but that tends to be a coping mechanism to avoid thinking about painful past events; it doesn’t normally affect your ability to remember the present. Samantha says that William had suffered no trauma, and according to Burgess’s detailed psychiatric assessments, he is otherwise emotionally healthy. “He was a successful father and military officer with good job evaluations,” says Burgess. “There was no reason to think that there was anything wrong psychiatrically.”

 

Given the evidence, Burgess instead suspects the answer may be hiding in the thicket of tiny neural connections we call “synapses”. Once we have experienced an event, the memories are slowly cemented in the long term by altering these richly woven networks. That process of “consolidation” involves the production of new proteins to rebuild the synapses in their new shape; without it, the memory remains fragile and is easily eroded with time. Block that protein synthesis in rats, and they soon forget anything they have just learnt. Crucially, 90 minutes would be about the right time for this consolidation to take place – just as William starts to forget the details of the event. Rather than losing its printing press, like Molaison, William’s brain seems to have simply run out of ink.

 

Even so, it’s not clear why root canal surgery should have made his brain run dry in this way. “That’s the million-pound question”, says Burgess, “and I don’t have an answer.” Scouring the medical literature, he found five similar cases of mysterious memory loss without brain damage. Although none occurred during a trip to the dentist, they do seem to follow other periods of physiological stress during a medical emergency. “It could be a genetic predisposition that needs a catalyst event to start the process,” says Burgess.

 

Burgess hopes that his new paper, which appears in Neurocase journal, will encourage other psychologists to share similar stories and perhaps spark other theories. They are already intrigued. “It is a bit of a head scratcher,” admitsJohn Aggleton, at Cardiff University in the UK. He would like to see more detailed tests, looking more specifically at the long-distance connectivity of the brain. Even if there’s no damage to the brain cells themselves, William may be missing some of the necessary wiring around the hippocampi and other parts of the memory processing pipeline, he thinks.

 

For the time being, William helps to remind us just how little we know about our own minds. Mesmerised by colourful MRI scans, many now think of the brain as a kind of computer, with separate chips devoted “memory”, “fear” or “sex”.  Yet William perfectly demonstrates why this modular view of the mind is over-simplistic. Even when all that machinery is apparently intact, you can still find yourself lost in the present, with no way of bridging the past and the future. Clearly, the brain has many more layers to be peeled away before we can get to the heart of what makes us who we are.

 

William also demonstrates just how the powerfully our emotions shape our minds. In the last 10 years, he has been able to cling to one new fact – his father’s death. Somehow, the force of his grief helped him to forge new tracks in the brain and grasp on to that fact, when everything else has slipped away. Even then, he is unable to remember the events surrounding it, nor the bedside vigil in his last few days.

 

When I speak to him, he has just relearnt – for the thousandth time – that his daughter and son are now 21 and 18, not the young children he remembers. He hopes the rest of their lives will not be lost to him. “I want to walk my daughter down the aisle and remember it. Should they become parents, I would like to remember that I have grandchildren, and who they are.”

 

Article Source : http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150630-my-dentist-saved-my-tooth-but-stole-my-memory

 

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State Medicaid Officials To Discuss Dental Benefits

The National Academy For State Health Policy (7/1) carries a press release announcing that in an upcoming webinar “Medicaid officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits—will share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits.” The officials will also discuss “how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations.”

 

A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage

Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, state officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits— share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations. NASHP also provides an overview of a new brief that draws out lessons for state policymakers on these topics.

 

This webinar is supported by the DentaQuest Foundation.

Speakers:

  • Bill Heller
    Provider Relations and Dental Program Division Director
    Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
  • MaryAnne Lindeblad
    Medicaid Director
    Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Dr. Bob Russell
    Public Health Dental Director
    Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Moderator:
    Andrew Snyder, NASHP

Article Source : http://nashp.org/a-conversation-with-state-medicaid-officials-adult-dental-coverage/

 

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Study To Assess Affect Of Sensory Stimuli On Dental Anxiety In Children

PR Web (7/1) carries a press release announcing that “a USC research team has received a $3.1 million grant to study how sensory stimuli can be used to ‘decrease children’s anxiety and negative responses during oral care.’” The study will have a special focus on improving dental care for children with autism, and “will compare patient experience in a ‘typical dental environment’ with one that provides ‘visual, auditory and tactile stimulation during dental treatment.’”

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According to a June 15th report from USC News, a USC research team has received a $3.1 million grant to study how sensory stimuli can be used to “decrease children’s anxiety and negative responses during oral care.” The study, with a special emphasis on improving care for children with autism, will compare patient experience in a “typical dental environment” with one that provides “visual, auditory and tactile stimulation during dental treatment.” According to the dental specialists at Medical Center Dental Care, this is a promising study that may provide dental professionals everywhere with insights about how to best care for patients with increased sensitivity to feeling dental anxiety. Yet, the clinic notes, the study will not be concluded for another five years, and patients must have access to proper care in the meantime. Here are three things provided by Medical Center Dental Care right now that help their patients feel comfortable:

1.    Pediatric Specialists – While any dentist who practices on adults is technically able to treat children, pediatric specialists are those that know how to properly interact with children to ensure that they are comfortable and aware of what is best for their dental health. According to the dental clinic, parents concerned about how their children will respond to treatment are better off going with a children’s dentist in Woodland Hillslike Dr. Magnolia Becker, who has years of experience working and communicating with kids.

2.    Increased Communication – When dealing with either children or adults, it is important for dentists to always keep the patient informed as to what the dentist is doing, and what they are about to do, says Medical Center Dental Care. Because a lot of anxiety arises when patients do not feel like they are in control of the situation, communication throughout every step of the process eliminates the mystery of dental work, thus also eliminating much of the stress that comes along with it.

3.    Inviting Environment – While care provided by the dentists themselves is most important, it is also important for any West Hills dentist to make sure that their facilities give off a warm and inviting feeling. Medical Center Dental Care points to their comfortable waiting room and their TVs in front of the dental chairs as examples of steps that they have taken to help patients take their mind off of any negative feelings they may have.

Until a revolutionary breakthrough in patient comfort is developed, dentists must be proactive in doing everything they can to promote patient comfort, says Medical Center Dental Care. Anyone interested in scheduling an appointment for their children or their selves may call (818) 452-0038 or visit them online at http://www.MC-WestHillsDentalCare.com.

Article Source : http://www.prweb.com/releases/MCWestHills/SensoryStimuli/prweb12808185.htm

 

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