At the recent Western Regional Convention for the Arizona Dental Association, I attended several seminars and workshops. During these learning sessions I was struck by how many participants openly checked their cellphones and I-Pads (taking notes perhaps) during the presentations. As one who has given corporate presentations to large groups of people for over 20 years, I have to say that at first I was shocked at how impolite to the presenter this behavior seemed to be.
Fear of the dentist is a common among the non-dental population, it is something that we confront and work with on a daily basis. Having come to expect that certain patients may be truly afraid of making an appointment to have a root canal has made us better equipped to deal with these fears.
I have heard somewhere along the line that patients have 3 major fears about going to the dentist: time, money, and pain. Let’s look at each of these separately.
Reading the title of this post is less than exciting, huh? Well it’s exciting for me. Yesterday, we installed a new scanner in the office – a Fujitsu fi6010N SnapScan. This machine is a REAL scanner, not a copier or a printer that can do “it all” (multi-function).
This is a topic that you are going to hear a lot about from us in the upcoming months. The Arizona Dental Mission of Mercy will be held on December 7th & 8th at the Arizona State Fairgrounds. This event is a huge undertaking that will provide basic dental care for the underseved members of our community. I am going to introduce the concept to you in this post and then over the coming months provide more details on the inaugural event being held here in Arizona.
What I am writing about today has nothing to do with dentistry, endodontics or root canals but it has everything to do with what happens in our office during full moon lunar cycles.
Being a “light sensitive” sleeper, I notice when any unusual light creeps into my bedroom at night. I happen to have a window that unfortunately (for me) is placed in such a manner that when it is a full moon I get it right in the face around 3:30am. My sleep over the last two nights has been seriously disturbed by what feels like a spotlight in my face. So I KNOW when a full moon occurs.
Thank you for visiting our website and blog. This is new for us and I am sure we will be making mistakes along the way, but no doubt all of the “experts” tell us that communication with our patients and referring dentists is a sure way to stay connected to the folks we work with and provide services for.
In our first post I thought I would start by telling you what type of content you can expect to find when you visit our blog. This is the site for Allen Endodontic Group and Jacqueline Allen, D.D.S., M.S. is the primary doctor in our practice. Dr. Allen does have a supporting cast which includes me, Kevin Conroy, Dr. Allen’s husband and CEO of Allen Endodontic Group. I will be the primary author of content on this site – I am NOT a dentist – I possess a business background and handle all functions related to administration in our two locations.