DENTAL CONSTRUCTION ORANGE COUNTY, DENTAL OFFICE CONTRACTOR ORANGE COUNTY, DENTAL OFFICE DESIGN, DENTAL OFFICE FINANCING, MARKETING, Dental Office Layout, Dental Office Construction, Dental Office Design, Dental Offices, Office Design, Dental Construction, Orange County Dental Construction, Los Angeles Dental Construction, Dental Office Financing, CID, Certified Interior Designer, Dental Computer Systems & Networking, Dental Office Internet Marketing Serving: Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego, Medical construction, Dental Construction, Orthodontic Construction, General Contractor, General Construction, Construction Finishout, Construction Management,
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DENTAL CONSTRUCTION ORANGE COUNTY
Dental Contractor, Medical, Dental Office Design, Dental Office Layout

Dental Office Construction, Dental Office Design, Dental Offices, Office Design, Dental Construction, Orange County Dental Construction, Los Angeles Dental Construction, Dental Office Financing, CID, Certified Interior Designer, Dental Computer Systems & Networking, Dental Office Internet Marketing
Serving: Orange County, Los Angeles, and San Diego
(714) 240-7179
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3643 Atlantic Ave., #12, Long Beach, CA 90807
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All County Construction, Inc.
3643 Atlantic Ave. #12
Long Beach, CA 90807

Call Us Today!
(714)240-7179


EMAIL:
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ARTICLES:
Dental Office Design - Things to Consider
Dental Technology
Designing a High Tech Dental Office Layout
a Why do Patients move to a new office?
c INTERNET MARKETING FOR DENTISTS - SOMETHING NEW
c More on Dental Marketing
c Traditional Internet Dental Marketing
c How to Design a Dental Office for Success
c A Dental Marketing Strategy
c What Should I Look For in A Contract and Binding Agreement
c Dental Office Construction Financing
c How To Find The Right Licensed Contractor
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ORANGE COUNTY DENTAL OFFICE CONSTRUCTION CONTRACTOR DESIGN FINANCING
Includes csutomers from the Southern California area which includes the following services, counties, cities and zipcodes:


Irvine, 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92650, 92697, 92709, 92710,
Tustin, 92780, 92781, 92782, El Toro 92609, 92610, 92630, Anaheim 92801, 92802, 92803, 92804, 92805, 92806, 92807, 92808, 92809, 92812, 92814, 92815, 92816, 92817, 92825, 92850, 92899, Brea 92821, 92822, 92823, Buena Park 90620, 90621, 90622, 90623, 90624, Costa Mesa 92626, 92627, 92628, Cypress 90630, Fountain Valley 92708, 92728, Fullerton 92831, 92832, 92833, 92834, 92835, 92836, 92837, 92838, Garden Grove 92840, 92841, 92842, 92843, 92844, 92845, 92846, Huntington Beach 92605, 92615, 92646, 92647, 92648, 92649, La Habra 90631, 90632, 90633, La Palma 90623, Los Alamitos 90720, 90721, Orange 92856, 92857, 92859, 92861, 92862, 92863, 92864, 92865, 92866, 92867, 92868, 92869, Placentia 92870, 92871, Santa Ana 92701, 92702, 92703, 92704, 92705, 92706, 92707, 92708, 92711, 92712, 92725, 92728, 92735, 92799, Seal Beach 90740, Stanton 90680, Villa Park 92861, 92867, Westminister 92683, 92684, 92685, Yorba Linda 92885, 92886, 92887, Aliso Viejo 92653, 92656, 92698, Dana Point 92624, 92629, Laguna Hills 92637, 92653, 92654, 92656, Laguna Niguel 92607, 92677, Laguna Woods 92653, 92654, Lake Forest 92609, 92630, Mission Viejo 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92694, Newport Beach 92657, 92658, 92659, 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663, Rancho Santa Margarita 92688, San Clemente 92672, 92673, 92674, San Juan Capistrano 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92693, 92694 Ladera Ranch 92694, Coto De Caza 92679 Anaheim Hills 92807, 92808, 92809, 92817 Dove Canyon 92679, Cowan Heights 92705,
South Laguna 92651, Newport Coast 92657, Cowan Heights 92705, Oceanside, 92049, 92051, 92052, 92054, 92055, 92056, 92057, 92058, La Jolla, 92037, 92038, 92039, 92092, 92093, Carlsbad 92008, 92009, 92013, 92018, Vista 92083, 92084, 92085, Escondido 92025, 92026, 92027, 92029, 92030, 92033, 92046, San Diego, 92101, 92102, 92103, 92104, 92105, 92106, 92107, 92108, 92109, 92110, 92111, 92112, 92113, 92114, 92115, 92116, 92117, 92118, 92119, 92120, 92121, 92122, 92123, 92124, 92126, 92127, 92128, 92129, 92130, 92131, 92132, 92133, 92134, 92135, 92136, 92137, 92138, 92139, 92140, 92142, 92143, 92145, 92147, 92149, 92150, 92152, 92153, 92154, 92155, 92158, 92159, 92160, 92161, 92162, 92163, 92164, 92165, 92166, 92167, 92168, 92169, 92170, 92171, 92172, 92173, 92174, 92175, 92176, 92177, 92178, 92179, 92182, 92184, 92186, 92187, 92190, 92191, 92192, 92193, 92194, 92195, 92196, 92197, 92198, 92199, Trabuco Canyon 92678, 92679, 92688, Robinson Ranch 92679, Diamond Bar 91765, Rowland Heights 91748, Hacienda Heights 91745, La Habra Heights 90631, Corona 92877, 92878, 92879, 92880, 92881, 92882, 92883, Riverside 92501, 92502, 92503, 92504, 92505, 92506, 92507, 92508, 92509, 92513, 92514, 92515, 92516, 92517, 92518, 92519, 92521, 92522, Fontana 92334, 92335, 92336, 92337, San Bernardino 92401, 92402, 92403, 92404, 92405, 92406, 92407, 92408, 92410, 92411, 92412, 92413, 92414, 92415, 92418, 92420, 92423, 92424, 92427, Los Angeles 90001, 90002, 90003, 90004, 90005, 90006, 90007, 90008, 90009, 90010, 90011, 90012, 90013, 90014, 90015, 90016, 90017, 90018, 90019, 90020, 90021, 90022, 90023, 90024, 90025, 90026, 90027, 90028, 90029, 90030, 90031, 90032, 90033, 90034, 90035, 90036, 90037, 90038, 90039, 90040, 90041, 90042, 90043, 90044, 90045, 90046, 90047, 90048, 90049, 90050, 90051, 90052, 90053, 90054, 90055, 90056, 90057, 90058, 90059, 90060, 90061, 90062, 90063, 90064, 90065, 90066, 90067, 90068, 90069, 90070, 90071, 90072, 90073, 90074, 90075, 90076, 90077, 90078, 90079, 90080, 90081, 90082, 90083, 90084, 90086, 90087, 90088, 90089, 90091, 90093, 90094, 90095, 90096, 90097, 90099, 90101, 90102, 90103, 90174, 90185, 90189, 91331, 91335, La Mirada 90637, 90638, 90639, Santa Monica, 90401, 90402, 90403, 90404, 90405, 90406, 90407, 90408, 90409, 90410, 90411, Beverly Hills 90209, 90210, 90211, 90212, 90213, Glendale 91201, 91202, 91203, 91204, 91205, 91206, 91207, 91208, 91209, 91210, 91214, 91221, 91222, 91224, 91225, 91226, Pasadena 91050, 91051, 91101, 91102, 91103, 91104, 91105, 91106, 91107, 91108, 91109, 91110, 91114, 91115, 91116, 91117, 91118, 91121, 91123, 91124, 91125, 91126, 91129, 91131, 91175, 91182, 91184, 91185, 91186, 91187, 91188, 91189, 91191, Burbank 91501, 91502, 91503, 91504, 91505, 91506, 91507, 91508, 91510, 91521, 91522, 91523, 91526, Long Beach 91501, 91502, 91503, 91504, 91505, 91506, 91507, 91508, 91510, 91521, 91522, 91523, 91526

 

 

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Dental Office Construction is all about:
" Building Your Future with Quality, Within Your Budget, and On Time! "

As Your Dental Office Construction Contractor: We work together with you as a team to create an atmosphere designed to help patients relax while providing a highly productive work area.

This approach aides to a painless and simplified visit through designs integrated with the latest technologies that relax the patients and staff.

From these efficiencies more time is created for increasing services and greater revenues while increasing trust and referrals.

Enjoy an office that is designed to enhance your ability to practice, an office planned for current as well as future technologies, an office designed around the entire functional relationship between dentist and patient into a continual successful and relaxing outcome.

See how the success of your practice is directly affected by the choices you make in room relationships, lighting types, ceiling heights, repetitive staff travel patterns, and all other details that communicate qualify, encourage patients to tell their friends about and keep the dentist and their staff enthusiastic, efficient, and productive.

Summary of Professional Services

Summary of
Professional Services

Our commitment is to develop a dental office design consistent with your overall practice vision. This process will be directed by you as the head of our team. Our promise is to build an office of quality within budget and on time! Our wide variety of services allow for integration of needed technologies into the design to allow for painless dental performance.

 

   
Predesign Consultations - To assist you with your critical first decisions
Dental/Architectural Consultation - To establish optimal office size, review dental issues, equipment needs and pricing, evaluate your site/space, and to decide whether to build or lease.
Technology Systems Consultation - We provide innovative solutions for networking and integrating high technology into your dental practice. We can supply your practice with computers, practice management software, digital X-Ray equipment, telephones, VOIP, HDTV's, personal movie screens for patients and other audio visual equipment.
Financial Feasibility -To establish your budget and determine monthly production impact.
Site Plan -To establish the optimal layout of your building for efficient utilization of your property.
Building Exterior Design -To establish the form of your building, its contextual relationship, and appearance.
Floor Plan and Design Development -To establish the two and three-dimensional qualities of your interior space as they relate to function and aesthetics.
Floor Plan -Production of a two-dimensional floor plan indicating layout of walls, doors, windows, and cabinetry including critical plan dimensions.
Design Development - The teams project architect and interior designer work with your ideas to develop one level of design to meet your needs and budget.
Dental Design Criteria - Plans and interior designs are finalized for your approval and double checked to verify functional dental criteria.
Purchasing, Documentation & Installation - We can coordinate the work of manufacturers, shippers, moving and storage facilities, movers, installers to get your goods to the construction site on time.  We can even install your furniture and artwork.  
Construction Consultation - To communicate and meet with you about the project by phone, email, fax, video tapes, photographs, and mail.
Review of construction bids and dental equipment quotes
Internet Marketing Consultation - Need more new customs to come into your business after you build your new office, get listed on Yahoo and Google with our special Dental Internet Marketing program. As of 2008 70% of customers get their information from the internet about purchasing goods and services. The internet has now overcome the traditional means of marketing as a more successful source for getting new clients on a per dollar basis.
   
 

Dental Office Design
Things to Consider

Dental Office Design

If you are planning to build a new office, remodel, or update your current facility, these articles can help.
 

As dentists are constantly striving to keep up with the latest information and to improve themselves in every aspect of the practice, it is important they have the technology to make it more painless, efficient, and enable you to use the worldwide network of contacts to research hot new topics.

The 10 Most Common Questions of an Initial Inquiry

I want a new office. Where do I start? 

The first and foremost item is finding a location. Your location should be practical and will need to be approved by the city before it can be constructed. Your leasing agent and/or broker can help with this, but it may be best to contact the local planning commission in the area where you are interested.
 
How much will this cost?

The cost for any construction project is very hard to finalize over a conversation without plans. There are many factors that can change the final pricing. Some of the major cost factors are if the practice is located on the ground or upper level, does the location have sprinklers, medical gasses, and its type and style.
 
I already have a floor plan and I’m ready to begin design. What's the next step?

The design phase of construction depending on the project can be very exciting. This is where we spend time to get to know the style and type of practice you desire. From that we implement the ideas to paper and design the office around your desires, our ideas, and required building and health codes that we have to complied with.
 
How does your company work?  What's the process?

The Dental Office Construction project is a TEAM oriented. Our clients are part of this team. The process begins with meetings and phone conversations as to the type and style of practice to be designed and then built.
 
Are you a "turn-key" service?

We are a "turn-key" service. However, many of our clients have equipment people they work with and/or have all their own equipment to be moved from one location to the next.
 
Can you make equipment recommendations?

We have our team equipment specialist in that area of expertise contact you and go over your needs and specific questions as to functionality and price.
 
How do I know whether to lease, build, or remodel my facility?

This is a very common question and one with many answers. This is an answer that has to be viewed over a TEAM process among your CPA, finance person, and the contractor. Each practice, either start up or new, is in a unique situation. For example, if a colleague went with a lease, that does not imply that a lease is best for your practice.
 
How do I integrate "high-tech” equipment in my facility?

We can make "high-tech" recommendations, but we believe it is best that we have our specialist in that area of expertise contact you on specific questions as to functionality and price. Many of the practices constructed today are not going all "high-tech" many are equipped to be "high-tech" ready.
 
I needed my new office yesterday. What’s a realistic time frame for my project?

This depend on where you are in the process. Do you have approved plans and permits ready to go? If not, each city has a different schedule of approval for plans. There are many times we can have items approved at the Building and Planning counters. More often, the plans will need to be submitted for a complete plan review. This process could take on average from two weeks to two months depending on the City and their required plan check process.
 
Do you have interior decorators to help with color selections?

The final appearance of a practice is very important. This is what colleagues and patients will remember along with the good service and treatments they will receive. We do work with interior decorators that can assist in making those hard selections. We can supply you with color boards and samples or you can make selections from locations you desire.
 
Can you design custom offices with practical functionality?

We love to design and construct offices. It is a custom designed dental office that will make your practice unique from others. It will be set up in a very specific way depending upon the systems in which you are accustomed. If you are willing to try new methods, the practice can be designed around many ideas. We can design with a fancy look while working with different types of materials that can help in keeping the cost down while achieving the pricey look.
Operatory Computerization 
 
What are the key benefits of computerizing clinical space?
 
 
  • Computer X-Rays - Computer dental radiography (CDR) system takes a full x-ray after just 1/100th second exposure. Because the x-ray is captured digitally, no time is wasted processing film. Your complete x-ray appears on a chairside screen in just seven seconds. The doctor can then intensify or zoom in on any area as needed.

  • PaperLess Office - From the moment you walk in the door, you'll enjoy the benefits of a Dental's electronic office. All patient information is viewed on all of your computer screens. With your intra-oral camera, You can show images of mouth not usually visible. If a surgical treatment is recommended, you can show a two- to four-minute video about the procedure using a wireless headset and chairside monitor. Even subsequent appointments are booked on-screen, right at the chair. Not only is it more convenient, it allows your staff to treat people, not paper.

Areas Serviced:

c Dental Construction Orange County
c Dental Construction Los Angeles
c Dental Construction San Diego

Services we can perform for you:

c Medical construction c Small Office Construction
c Dental Construction c Dental Office For Sale
c Orthodontic Construction c Architectural Engineering
c General Contractor c Structural Engineering
c General Construction c Civil Engineering
c Construction Finishout c Map Design Services
c Construction Management c Construction Projects To The Health Care Industry
c Dental Office Remodeling c Regulatory Requirements Imposed On Medical
c Dental Office Design c Dental Construction in Southern California
c Dental Office Listings c Building Dental Offices
c Dental Office Lease, Dental Office Rent c Medical Construction in Southern California
c Dental Cabinets c Tenant Improvements
c Veterinary Construction c Commercial Office Construction
c Functional Dental Design c Dental Computer Systems
c Ergonomic Dental Design c Dental IT Solutions
c Dental Economics c Dental Office Cabling
c Dental Office Networking c Dental Office Marketing
c Dental Office Online Marketing c Dental Office Google & Yahoo Marketing
c Dental Office Systems c Dental Office Decor
c Dental Office Chairs c Dental Office Electrician
c New Dental Office c Dental Office Work Flow Management
c Dental Office Plumber c Dental Office Financing
c Dental Office Telephones c Dental Office Websites
 


Professional Resources for Dentists
Category Provider Service Area
Accounting Academy of Dental CPAs (ADCPA) National
ADA Member Advantage *ADA Member Advantage National
Advertising & Marketing Services *ADA Intelligent Dental Marketing (ADAIDM) National
American Dental Association (ADA) American Dental Association National
Apparel for Staff *Lands’ End National
Appointment Confirmations *Tel-A-Patient National
Credit Card Processing *Chase Paymentech National
Health Savings Accounts *First Horizon Msaver National
Hotels & Resorts *Starwood National
Insurance Transactions *Emdeon National
Message On-Hold *Tel-A-Patient National
Patient Charts & Online Forms *The Dental Record National
Patient Payment Plans *CareCredit National
Payroll *SurePayroll National
Postage Meters *Pitney Bowes National
Practice Management Academy of Dental Management Consultants (ADMC) National

 

   
 

Dental Technology

Dental Technology
1 High tech tools are are wonderful, but don't forget the training on how to use them.
1 Equipment placement should be based on frequency of utilization.
1 Ergonomically positioned components are accessible during all phases of treatment.
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Flexible and ambidextrous arms and supports can be invaluable.

Items you will need for:

Information-Based Dental Technology Systems

1 Practice management software
1 Clinical charting software
1 Image management software
1 Digital radiography
1 Intraoral/extra-oral cameras
1 Entertainment programming CATV, DVD, DSS, HDTV, digital audio
1 Patient education
1 Diagnostic tools
1 Magnification
1 Internet
High tech cutting instruments
1 Air abrasion
1 Lasers - cutting and curing
1 Cerec
 

High tech cleaning methods, instruments, and patient chair

High tech cleaning methods, instruments, and patient chair

There has never been a more exciting time for advances in dental technology!

Digital Dental Radiography. This technology has dramatically boosted our ability to make and view accurate x-ray images of your teeth. Before this invention, we placed each film in your mouth,one by one, exposed the film with the X-ray tube for about 1/3 second, removed it, then photochemically developed the film, waiting at least several minutes to view a roughly 1" square image on a light box. Magnification and viewing films was not easy, and duplication required exposing more film and yielded poor results. Films occasionally got lost or misfiled.  The developing chemicals were an environmental disposal problem.

Today digital sensors are similiar to the CCD element of a camcorder and wired to a PC with special software is placed in the mouth, exposed for 1/15 th of a second (that's right, 80 % to 90% radiation reduction to the patient) and the image appears in about a second on a computer monitor. Instant viewing, magnification, and unlimited duplication are possible and contrast and brightness can be adjusted after the picture is made.(with film an unreadable exposure had to be reshot). With digital, both the doctor and patient can clearly see the pictures which provides for better diagnosis and understanding. The system's database is integrated into the computerized patient record so any staff person has instant access to every patient's x-rays from any workstation in the office. Duplicates for insurance claims and conference with specialists can be printed, faxed or e-mailed.  A triple redundant backup system means the records are safer from loss than film based systems as well.  This is dream come true for a dentist.

Digital technology, cameras, and advances in software technology has boosted access speed and accuracy of chart materials and interactions with the business staff. No more misfiled charts, lost insurance claims, or forgotten correspondence. Many dentist today operate without paper charts. A triple redundant backup system means we can now take every chart of every patient off-site for safe storage on a single tape or removable hard drive the size of a music cassette

Single Appointment Root Canal Therapy
Single Appointment Root Canal Therapy. New advances in instruments and advanced clinical training have made high quality, comfortable, and predictably successful root canals easier and faster for both doctor and patient. Total anesthesia, computerized x-rays, automated shaping and filling concepts and other advances have made it possible to complete most root canals in a single visit of one to two hours or less. ( once diagnosed need for this service has been made) The patients love the single visit approach and report these pain relieving procedures to be no more trouble than most other kinds of dental treatment. Getting bored during the procedure is the most common description, and we take that as quite a compliment. Nobody really wants an "exciting" root canal appointment. TVs on the ceiling or mounted computer flat panel displays and headphones take some of the boredom away. The CDR X-ray on the left shows a tooth treated(right) and one that didn't(left and wrong). The image on the right is typical upper molar result.

Dental Implants. Using osseointegrated dental implants (artificial titanium roots, biologically imbedded into jawbone) to restore selected patients have been a great success This Technology Update focuses on the ITI Implant System from the Swiss manufacturer Straumann. This system (in use for over 5 years) has allowed the restoration of more teeth for more patients. It's ease of use for both the surgeon (they place the artificial root in the jawbone with our prescription) and restorative team (dentist and laboratory technician who make the tooth or teeth to attach to the artificial root) has made it a cost effective and truly desireable alternative to fixed bridges (which require the alteration of adjacent teeth), removeable partial dentures and removeable complete dentures.(false teeth). Unlike most systems, the ITI system does not require two surgeries, and restoration is more like getting a natural tooth "capped".  

Stabident anesthesia. This is a heaven send for dentists and patients alike. We love for our patients to get their dentistry in a low stress, pain free appointment. Its better for everybody. This new system allows for very profound and site speciffic anesthesia on just the teeth to be treated. If you are one of those many patients who is resistant to numbing by traditional "novocain" injections, Stabident is probably the answer.

Patient Views. Ever since dentists began treating reclined patients, they have tried to make the ceiling a more interesting thing to look at for the obligated patients. Pictures got tacked up and helped, but then the industry came up with these nifty TV mounts, and they have been a big hit with patients. Today with the inventions of flat displays, the TV's and computers screens can be mounted just about in any location. As well as being able to get dental educational topics, patients have headphones, DVD movies, and remotes to select from a full cable line-up. The "in-flight viewscreen" really helps make the time pass quicker.

Intraoral Video Camera. This technology puts a tiny TV camera into a wand the size of a dental tool. Brilliant, accurate, color close-ups of problems with your teeth can be made and recorded for diagnosis, discussion and record keeping. Patients can now see what we see. Before and after pictures of "smile makeovers" are wonderful progress notes. Insurance claims can be documented to reduce "denial". A networked computer system keeps these pictures easy to access and review in an electronic chart, and prints can be made quickly. Prints for getting hard to match tooth shades can be communicated with our lab techs accurately for a perfect match the first time.

Patient Views

Air abrasion technology

Air abrasion technology. For over twenty years, dental sealants have been used to reduce or prevent cavities in the grooved surfaces of back teeth, however, one thing has become quite apparent over that time. Inadequately diagnosed cavities and organic debris in those grooves prevented sealants from preventing or stopping the progress of decay in many cases. A new pencil sized microfine "sandblaster" spraying a stream of 25 micron aluminum oxide "dust" can rid the grooves of the organic debris and open them just enough to be certain a cavity doesn't already exist. These "super sealants" can usually be done without any "novocain shots" and even small existing cavities can be cleaned out and restored with no drilling. The restorations can be smaller than those made with a conventional "drill" and are restored with tooth colored composite resin for a natural "never been filled" appearance.

Designing a High Tech Dental Office Layout

Dentistry is a perfect example of a High Tech ... High Touch profession. Dental patients really do want their dentist to be up to date, using the latest and best methods. They are impressed with high tech gadgets like light curing and intra oral cameras. They want and even expect their dentist to be state of the art, cutting edge, techno perfect. And yet at the same time what most of them really want even more is a personal one on one relationship with their dentist. They want to be recognized and appreciated as an individual human being. They crave high touch.

Planning: If you keep these five ideas in mind when planning where to put computers in the treatment rooms they will be effective, easy to use, and out of the way.

1. Dentistry First
2. Break the Desktop
3. CPU Access
4. Public and Private
5. Multiple Inputs

Dentistry First: What that means is that no matter how much we use technology the prime focus of the dentist and assistant must be delivering fine dental treatment. When setting up a room all of the ergonomic factors important to four handed dentistry, the delivery of care, patient comfort and safety must be met before it is appropriate to
introduce computers.

There is a zone around the head of the chair, the dentistry first area, which should be reserved for dental treatment only, no computers. This is also the zone of potentialcontamination from aerosol. It is not possible to sterilize a computer. You can't dip the mouse in the cold sterile tub or spray and wipe the keyboard. At least you can't do it more than once. There are ways to cover and decontaminate the computer components but one of the best techniques is to simply keep them out harms way.

Break the Desktop: Desktop computers are designed to be used at a desk by a single user. At a desk in an office it is logical to have a single monitor placed over the input (mouse and keyboard) with a CPU (Central Processing Unit, the box) on the floor below. In the dental treatment room we use computers much differently. When we first started to move computers into the back we tried to recreate a mini desktop in the treatment room. We put them on carts and some offices even built in little desks on
the assistant's side of the room.

However we found we don't use computers that way in the back office. There are multiple users, dentist and assistant. Multiple people need to view the monitor, dentist patient and assistant, often at the same time. And the CPU has various inputs such as cameras, x-ray sensors, computer probes, and more which will come in and out of the box many times during the day.

Don't try to create a mini desk in the treatment room for the computer with a cart or built in. Break up the components and put them where they need to be for efficiency in the
dental treatment room.

CPU Access: Treatment room computers are used for many things besides data entry. This includes digital x-rays, patient education, image collection, blood pressure monitoring, computerized perio probing and more. Some of these peripherals attach to the face of the computer and others attach to the back. This means the CPU must be easily accessible to the dentist and assistant and needs to be fairly close to the dental chair. There are in fact too many accessories. Most computers have a limited number of motherboard slots and IRQs and don't have the capacity to handle all the options. However how we attach accessories to the computer is changing. There are two new
systems being developed to connect computers to various peripherals, USB (Universal Serial Bus) and IEEE 1394 also called Fire Wire.

USB in particular is designed to allow many attachments, up to 127 (in theory). However at this time only a few of the peripherals such as cameras or digital radiology sensors are USB ready. As this option is developed we will eventually see a USB hub placed in a convenient place to attach all the peripherals and the CPU can be hidden away. In the mean time place the CPU where you can access it. There are three logical choices, on either side of the room under the counter or behind the patient in a rear delivery cabinet. Some attachments, such as video input and radiology sensors, can be placed on a remote connection plate and routed to the CPU with hidden wires. However don't spend too much on this type of set up, as USB will soon displace the current systems with a more refined solution.

Public and Private: Some things seen on the computer monitor are public. Those are things we want the patient to see, their own chart, x-rays, photos or patient education.Other information should not be seen. That would include another patient's chart or even the daily schedule. That is private. Michael Unthank, a dental office designer refers to these as the patient monitor and the practice management monitor. Computer monitors in the treatment rooms need to be placed so that they can be seen or not as needed. That means either movable or multiple monitors.

Dual Entry: The final element to effective use of technology in the treatment room is multiple inputs. Input refers to any device, which allows the user to access the computer. The most common input devices are a keyboard and mouse. However there are other options as well such as light pens, touch pads, track balls, pen tablets, mini keyboards, voice and even bar code scanners.

When we first moved computers to the back we used the desktop model and had a single data entry point with a keyboard and mouse on the assistant's side. As we developed the electronic chart and started using digital radiology, computerized notes, digital imaging and patient education we soon discovered we needed more input access. For example, if the doctor wanted to view or manipulate a certain x-ray he would have tob ask the assistant to bring it up on the screen and then manipulate it. As you can imagine this was a problem and ended up taking two people to do the job of one in a pretty ineffective manner. The same problem occurred with chart information. If the dentist wanted to read the previous appointment notes or review the treatment plan he had to ask the assistant, in front of the patient, to do it for him. Or worse yet he had to get up and move to the other side of the room, break asepsis, and do it, again in an ineffective manner. The solution was a second input device on the doctor's side of the room. This can be any type of input; we used a pen and tablet, a touch pad and even a wireless infrared keyboard. However we found what really worked well was a simple mouse.

Treatment Room Monitors

Where to put the treatment room computer monitors is a dilemma for many offices. They are big, heavy and in the way. However if they aren't positioned well it is difficult to use computers effectively in the treatment rooms. Monitors need to be positioned so that the assistant can access it easily to input data, such as chairside charting, while maintaining contact with the dentist and patient and touching the screen if light pens are used. They also need to be close enough for the dentist to view radiographs or photos for diagnosis, or to read the chart. And finally they need to be in a position that the patient can view them to see their own photos, slide shows or patient education programs.

In addition there is the public/private issue. Some times you just don't want the patient seeing what is displayed. One solution to this problem is a movable monitor on a bracket or arm. The problem with this solution is that like all movable equipment it is never where you want it and moving it to the proper position takes time, breaks asepsis and tends not to get done. Also the brackets needed to support the equipment often cost more than the computer. For example Adec has a very elegant monitor bracket called the Radius. It sells for $1,100. You could buy three monitors or a whole new computer for the cost of the bracket. The second solution is multiple monitors. One, the private monitor, placed at the 12 to 2 o'clock position for the assistant and two, the public monitor, placed at 5 or 9 o'clock for the patient and dentist. The private monitor can be small 14" or 15". The public monitor will be used for patient display and should be large and impressive, 17" or bigger.

Three Options: There are three ways to set up dual monitors. They all have some drawbacks and there is no perfect solution at this time. The simplest set up is to split the monitor output. This results in two monitors showing the same thing. The problem is the public/private issue. There is no way to prevent the patient from seeing the display unless you turn off the public monitor. The second solution is to split the monitor output with an A-B switch. This allows you to turn on one or the other monitor but not both. It addresses the public/private issue but is inconvenient much like the movable monitor bracket. It takes time, breaks asepsis, and never seems to be showing the monitor you want to be on.The third solution is to use dual video cards. It allows the user to display two different things on the different monitors. It is perfect for the public/private issue and allows the assistant to be inputting data while the public monitor displays a photo or x-ray. The problem with this solution is the extra complexity in setting it up and using it plus some software functions are a problem. For example some Dentrix pop up menus will appear only on one screen and it may not be the one you want. Software developers begin to design for multiple monitors as standard solution for dental operatory needsl.

Flat Screen Monitors:

Another developing technology that will be ideal for treatment room use is a flat screen monitor. Flat screens are light and compact. They can be hung from a wall or light pole with ease. However until recently they had significant limitations in image quality and were very expensive.

Flat screens have arrived (almost). The newest models are easy to view from a wide angle, are bright and display good color graphics. In addition the cost has dropped dramatically to where tube screens will not be available anymore. Also light pens will not work with a flat screen monitor.

One primary truth about technology is that it is changing at a remarkable rate and whatever we do now is likely to change over time. For that reason build in flexibility. Don't hard wire everything with built in cabinets but think in terms of modules and access points, which can be changed. To accommodate wiring plan for four access points. That would be each side wall, the rear wall and the floor under the chair. Place large conduits with 2-3" internal dimensions from the ceiling to each point and under the floor.

Another good idea is to have finished channels or spaces in the walls and ceiling to run wires. In this way the technology components can be easily moved or changed. Following are five dental office, cabinet and design companies which understand the high tech office and can help you plan, design and build the office of the future.

Wireless:

Another developing technology is wireless. Today you can get incredible speeds on the network and tomorrow it will be even more. The upside of wireless is you don't have to install wires, which can be very expensive. The essencial problem with wireless it be hacked into. For security this can present its problems. As better and better security features come availble will make it more difficult, but if high schoolers can still hack into the pentigon today, they will still be able to hack into your office tomorrow. This debate will go on for years until the day wireless takes over. For now if security is an issue go wired. If functionality is more of the issue go wireless. One thing to remember is that if your network is connected to the internet, it is more vulnerable by that access point than a properly setup wireless network.

ABOUT ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA:

Orange County is a county in Southern California, United States. Its county seat is Santa Ana. According to the 2000 Census, its population was 2,846,289, making it the second most populous county in the state of California, and the fifth most populous in the United States. The state of California estimates its population as of 2007 to be 3,098,121 people, dropping its rank to third, behind San Diego County. Thirty-four incorporated cities are located in Orange County; the newest is Aliso Viejo.

Unlike many other large centers of population in the United States, Orange County uses its county name as its source of identification whereas other places in the country are identified by the large city that is closest to them. This is because there is no defined center to Orange County like there is in other areas which have one distinct large city. Five Orange County cities have populations exceeding 170,000 while no cities in the county have populations surpassing 360,000. Seven of these cities are among the 200 largest cities in the United States.

Orange County is also famous as a tourist destination, as the county is home to such attractions as Disneyland and Knott's Berry Farm, as well as sandy beaches for swimming and surfing, yacht harbors for sailing and pleasure boating, and extensive area devoted to parks and open space for golf, tennis, hiking, kayaking, cycling, skateboarding, and other outdoor recreation. It is at the center of Southern California's Tech Coast, with Irvine being the primary business hub.

The average price of a home in Orange County is $541,000. Orange County is the home of a vast number of major industries and service organizations. As an integral part of the second largest market in America, this highly diversified region has become a Mecca for talented individuals in virtually every field imaginable. Indeed the colorful pageant of human history continues to unfold here; for perhaps in no other place on earth is there an environment more conducive to innovative thinking, creativity and growth than this exciting, sun bathed valley stretching between the mountains and the sea in Orange County.

Orange County was Created March 11 1889, from part of Los Angeles County, and, according to tradition, so named because of the flourishing orange culture. Orange, however, was and is a commonplace name in the United States, used originally in honor of the Prince of Orange, son-in-law of King George II of England.

Incorporated: March 11, 1889
Legislative Districts:
* Congressional: 38th-40th, 42nd & 43
* California Senate: 31st-33rd, 35th & 37
* California Assembly: 58th, 64th, 67th, 69th, 72nd & 74

County Seat: Santa Ana
County Information:
Robert E. Thomas Hall of Administration
10 Civic Center Plaza, 3rd Floor, Santa Ana 92701
Telephone: (714)834-2345 Fax: (714)834-3098
County Government Website: http://www.oc.ca.gov

CITIES OF ORANGE COUNTY CALIFORNIA:


City of Aliso Viejo, 92653, 92656, 92698
City of Anaheim, 92801, 92802, 92803, 92804, 92805, 92806, 92807, 92808, 92809, 92812, 92814, 92815, 92816, 92817, 92825, 92850, 92899
City of Brea, 92821, 92822, 92823
City of Buena Park, 90620, 90621, 90622, 90623, 90624
City of Costa Mesa, 92626, 92627, 92628
City of Cypress, 90630
City of Dana Point, 92624, 92629
City of Fountain Valley, 92708, 92728
City of Fullerton, 92831, 92832, 92833, 92834, 92835, 92836, 92837, 92838
City of Garden Grove, 92840, 92841, 92842, 92843, 92844, 92845, 92846
City of Huntington Beach, 92605, 92615, 92646, 92647, 92648, 92649
City of Irvine, 92602, 92603, 92604, 92606, 92612, 92614, 92616, 92618, 92619, 92620, 92623, 92650, 92697, 92709, 92710
City of La Habra, 90631, 90632, 90633
City of La Palma, 90623
City of Laguna Beach, 92607, 92637, 92651, 92652, 92653, 92654, 92656, 92677, 92698
City of Laguna Hills, 92637, 92653, 92654, 92656
City of Laguna Niguel
, 92607, 92677
City of Laguna Woods, 92653, 92654
City of Lake Forest, 92609, 92630, 92610
City of Los Alamitos, 90720, 90721
City of Mission Viejo, 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92694
City of Newport Beach, 92657, 92658, 92659, 92660, 92661, 92662, 92663
City of Orange, 92856, 92857, 92859, 92861, 92862, 92863, 92864, 92865, 92866, 92867, 92868, 92869
City of Placentia, 92870, 92871
City of Rancho Santa Margarita, 92688, 92679
City of San Clemente, 92672, 92673, 92674
City of San Juan Capistrano, 92675, 92690, 92691, 92692, 92693, 92694
City of Santa Ana, 92701, 92702, 92703, 92704, 92705, 92706, 92707, 92708, 92711, 92712, 92725, 92728, 92735, 92799
City of Seal Beach, 90740
City of Stanton, 90680
City of Tustin, 92780, 92781, 92782
City of Villa Park, 92861, 92867
City of Westminster, 92683, 92684, 92685
City of Yorba Linda, 92885, 92886, 92887

Noteworthy communities Some of the communities that exist within city limits are listed below: * Anaheim Hills, Anaheim * Balboa Island, Newport Beach * Corona del Mar, Newport Beach * Crystal Cove / Pelican Hill, Newport Beach * Capistrano Beach, Dana Point * El Modena, Orange * French Park, Santa Ana * Floral Park, Santa Ana * Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest * Monarch Beach, Dana Point * Nellie Gail, Laguna Hills * Northwood, Irvine * Woodbridge, Irvine * Newport Coast, Newport Beach * Olive, Orange * Portola Hills, Lake Forest * San Joaquin Hills, Laguna Niguel * San Joaquin Hills, Newport Beach * Santa Ana Heights, Newport Beach * Tustin Ranch, Tustin * Talega, San Clemente * West Garden Grove, Garden Grove * Yorba Hills, Yorba Linda * Mesa Verde, Costa Mesa

Unincorporated communities These communities are outside of the city limits in unincorporated county territory: * Coto de Caza * El Modena * Ladera Ranch * Las Flores * Midway City * Orange Park Acres * Rossmoor * Silverado Canyon * Sunset Beach * Surfside * Trabuco Canyon * Tustin Foothills

Adjacent counties to Orange County Are: * Los Angeles County, California - north, west * San Bernardino County, California - northeast * Riverside County, California - east * San Diego County, California - southeast
 
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Why do patients move to a new office?

In Dental Economics regarding building trust in your patients.

The article cited a survey of 1000 consumers in which 25% of the respondents said they stopped seeing a physician due to communication problems.

You say, But I talk to my patients all the time, my communication with them is great!

Okay, point taken, but we have to remember, (and your spouse will tell you) communication is a two way street. It does not mean just talking, but LISTENING.

Case in point, this morning I was at the dentist, and had just began a prophy when my worst fears came to realization...

Grape flavored prophy paste... YUCK!!!

Now, I have been going to the same dental office for the last 3 years, and every time I experience this little bit of discomfort. I am not a big fan of these flavored pastes at all, and prefer either the regular mint, or the No Flavor paste. (Who taste tests these anyway?)

I have let the office know this every time I have been there, and yet every time I go in it seems I have to tell them again. And, usually I am the one left with a bad taste in my mouth.

Being in the industry, I know there are places in the practice management software, or special alert stickers that can be placed on a file. These are usually reserved to alert the dentist to any allergies, or special conditions. In other words, the best interest of the practice.

Now, in my case, there is no alert sticker, note in my file, or even a yellow sticky note alerting the hygienist to my request for flavorless paste.

It is almost as if my likes/needs have not been documented for sake of practice efficiency.

All it takes in this instance is a little extra step from the hygienist or dentist (who also noted my flavor choice aloud) to write this in or on my patient file, or make a note in the fancy computer system, and next time I wont be surprised by the newest sensation in flavored prophy paste.

Its small things like this that make people leave the dentist. You may have done your cleaning and checkup to perfection, but when I taste grape in my mouth by surprise, that is what I (the patient) will note.

So, when communicating with your patients, make sure the patient gets a chance to talk, and make sure you take the opportunity to listen.

Dont leave a bad taste in their mouth.

Action-To-Take Tip: Implement a system that allows for easy documentation of your patients needs, as well as their likes and dislikes. Put a small piece of paper on the front of each patients file. Even if the paper remains blank, at least it is there for you to be able to quickly jot down any comments that the patient may make regarding their satisfaction or dissatisfaction with your processes.

 

Dental Marketing

In every marketing business, new good ideas and strategies should be developed in order for it to grow and become a successful one. This would also apply for the dental marketing business. In dental marketing, you have to have new good, high-quality dental marketing ideas and strategies in order for your business to become very successful. As you have developed those new ideas and strategies for dental marketing, putting them into practice will lead you to a fruitful and rewarding dental practice.

There are lots and lots of new dental marketing ideas for success out there. Most of them you get from people who have been in the dental marketing business for a long time and have developed strategies and techniques on making their business highly successful. You can also get many ideas through the Internet or the World Wide Web. Many sites can offer you great strategies to help you have a winning and rewarding dental marketing business.

As many new ideas as there are for dental marketing, you should take note of the most important among these ideas. First, conceive a plan on a good marketing idea. Second, always have your patients as one of your priorities. And third, make use of the Internet.
Idea #1: Conceive a plan on a good dental marketing idea!

For the first idea on dental marketing, you should be able to plan a good marketing strategy. Come up with a dental marketing gameplan! Whether you are new to the business or not, planning a good and efficient strategy or technique is a one of the top priorities, and it has to maintained. You can practice this by making an advertising campaign which would have a big impact on your target dental marketing business. You'll want to set goals for:

a) How many new patients you want;
b) What type of patients you want to attract;
c) How many referrals you want to generate; and
d) How much you expect each patient to be worth.

Having a clear idea of what you want to do on the front end is the key to making your dental marketing work successfully!
Idea #2: Always have your patients as one of your priorities!      

For the second idea, always put in mind that your patient plays a big part on your dental marketing business. Remember, without your patient there would be no business for you! What you do is you is that you make sure that your patients are comfortable with the services that you offer them. Keep in touch with your patients. Keeping in touch with them would make them feel that they are of great importance too. You can:

a) Give calls to patients who have not visited for a certain amount of time;
b) Offer patients a general check-up for their dental health; and
c) Give follow-up calls for patients before their scheduled appointments, so as to remind them of their schedule with the dentist.
Idea #3: Make use of the Internet!

For the third idea, make use of the advantages of the Internet. Attract a flood of dental patients using the it! Making use of the Internet in dental marketing means that you should create your own website. The reason being is that more and more patients are searching on-line for their dentistry. And as a lot of people use the Internet to find new dental practices, and they can become your potential patients! So if you are NOT on-line now, then this is a dental marketing idea that you MUST get in place immediately.

By taking note of these top ideas (and all of the other new ideas that you may get from people around you and the Internet as well), you are surely on your way for a successful dental marketing business!

Internet Dental marketing

As my prediction for the next three years, there would be a big possibility that the patients would go for on-line dental marketing, where these patients will try to reach their dentists through the Internet. We can estimate that to around 80% of the patients reaching and even finding their dentists through the World Wide Web. Just think about it. If you throw a question to, let's say, around one hundred people, asking them where they would get their directions, research information and choose new service provider, roughly around eighty to ninety of them would say I just had to "google it". You see, going on-line would spare them the time going from one location to another. Let's say, for example, if a person would like to see the latest version of a certain cellphone (like Nokia, or Motorola, or whatever). Wouldn't it be much easier for him/her to just go and check it out in the Internet in the comfort of his/her own home, rather than go to his local shop a few miles away? This would save him/her time and energy, don't you agree? This is just like in the field of Internet or On-line marketing. It's much easier for patients to reach their respective dentists on the Internet. Going on-line would save them the time and energy that they would need to go from their home to their dentist's office. Reaching their dentist is just within the click of a button! Ask All County Construction about our special offer for internet marketing that is affordable and effective.

For Off-line Dental Marketing :

Like on-line dental marketing, off-line dental marketing has its advantages as well. The traditional way of reaching people still works for dental marketing. Personally, I love to go for free standing inserts. It is because this is one of the best, most affordable and also cost effective ways to do external dental marketing. In here, you can target ideal and potential patients, niche or target out your insert, or give an attractive offer to them straight to your office. You can also go for direct mail. You see, people will always have there mail boxes available, where they would await for any mail to come to their residences. We see the diminishing number of people reading the daily newspapers, listening to their radios, and viewing their television sets. But not direct mailing. People still continue to wait for their messages in the traditional mail box, which , in my belief, will never go away. They will always have their respective mail boxes and read their personal mails.

The Bottom Line Is.....

As the advantages of both the Internet dental marketing and off-line dental marketing have been stated, it still is a matter of personal choice. You may choose to go on-line, or you may opt to go off-line. But always remember that it would always differ depending on the area where you live, the advertising rates, and the responsiveness of the area as well. To find out which one of these strategies would be better, you may have to "test" it. Dental marketing involves testing, and testing, and further testing, but in my opinion, it's still the best way that you can reach your goals of increasing your income rates. The choice is yours!
   
 

General Contractor

A general contractor is a group or individual that contracts with another organization or individual (the owner) for the construction or renovation of an office, building, road or other structure. A general contractor is defined as such if it is the signatory as the builder of the prime construction contract for the project. A general contractor is responsible for the means and methods to be used in the construction execution of the project in accordance with the contract documents. Said contract documents usually include the contract agreement including budget, the general and special conditions and the plans and specification of the project that are prepared by a design professional. A general contractor usually is responsible for the supplying of all material, labor, equipment, (engineering vehicles and tools) and services necessary for the construction of the project. To do this it is common for the general contractor to subcontract part of the work to other persons and companies that specialize in these types of work. These are called subcontractors.

General contractors conducting work for government agencies are typically referred to as prime contractors. The responsibilities of a prime contractors working under a contract are essentially identical to those outlined above. In many cases, prime contractors will delegate portions of the contract work to subcontractors.

As a service

Most contractors are required to be licensed in each state and may be required to take an oral and written exam. To check for contractor license requirements, you may contact the National Association of State Contractor Licensing Agencies (NASCLA) Association at:

Contractors are defined in the law by each state and are usually considered those who contract, bid, negotiate a price or offers to construct, supervise, oversee, schedule, direct, alter, repair, install, improve, move, demolish, furnish labor, etc. In addition, there are various types: building (residential and commercial); electrical; plumbing; mechanical; highway; and environmental (mold/lead remediation).

Consumers should always check out their contractor prior to hiring. Important tips may be obtained at:

As an owner

Occasionally the entity commissioning the construction of the building chooses to act as the general contractor. In such cases, they work directly with the subcontractors and take care of the administration and organization of the various subcontractors.

Under these conditions the owner takes on all liability for proper sequencing of the work, and dealing with the realities of construction. More times than not, the risks far outweigh the potential reward of saving the general contractor's fee should all things go perfectly.

Owners considering this approach should keep in mind that general contractors make a living working with known subcontractors. An established General Contractor will have established relationships that will outlast one construction project, and the subcontractors will acknowledge this with their cooperation. Owners seldom have this advantage, and most subcontractors will recognize the risk of working with a one time client with higher bids.

General contractor example

An owner or real estate developer would develop a program of their needs and select a site (often with an architect). The Architect assembles a design team of consulting engineers and other experts to design the building and specify the building systems to meet those needs. Today contractors frequently participate in the design team effort by providing pre-design services where they will help in providing more accurate estimation of budget and scheduling during design to improve the over all economy of the project. Otherwise the general contractor is hired just to build the building(s) at the close of the design phase. The owner, architect and general contractor work closely together to meet deadlines and budget. The general contractor then works with subcontractors to ensure quality standards in addition to timeline and budget. Often there will be disagreements between the contractor and the architect over style vs. function. These arguments can some times lead to lawsuits which most times can prolong or even stop a project. It is best to consult your contractor over the safety, and function of the architects plans so that there is no damage to a buildings structure.

Dentistry

Dentistry is the "evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and/or treatment (nonsurgical, surgical or related procedures) of diseases, disorders and/or conditions of the oral cavity, maxillofacial area and/or the adjacent and associated structures and their impact on the human body". Those in the practice of dentistry are known as dentists. Other people aiding in oral health service include dental assistants, dental hygienists, dental technicians, and dental therapists.

Surgery

Dentistry encompasses a number of practices related to the oral cavity. The most common treatments involve the dental surgery on the teeth as a treatment for dental caries. Decayed teeth are filled with dental amalgam, dental composite, or dental porcelain. Oral and maxillofacial surgery is a more specialized form of dental surgery. Dentists can prescribe medication, x-rays, and devices for home or in-office use. Many oral diseases (such as bilateral odontogenic keratocysts) and abnormalities (such as several unerupted teeth) can indicate systemic, neural, or other diseases. Most general practitioners of dentistry perform restorative, prosthetic, routine endodontic therapy, routine periodontal therapy, and simple exodontia, as well as performing examinations. Many general practitioners are comfortable treating complex cases, as well as placing implants and surgically extracting third molars (wisdom teeth). All dentists must achieve a certain degree of skill in various disciplines in order to graduate from dental school and earn licensure.

Prevention

Dentists also encourage prevention of dental caries through proper oral hygiene (tooth brushing and flossing), fluoride, and tooth polishing. Recognized but less conventional preventive agents include xylitol, which is bacteriostatic, casein derivatives, and proprietary products such as Cavistat BasicMints.

Education and licensing

The Baltimore College of Dental Surgery, the first dental school in the world, opened in Baltimore, Maryland in 1840, and in 1867, Harvard Dental School became the first dental school affiliated with a university.

Studies showed that dentists graduated from different countries, or even from different dental schools in one country, may have different clinical decisions for the same clinical condition. For example, dentists graduated from Israeli dental schools may recommend more often for the removal of asymptomatic impacted third molar (wisdom teeth) than dentists graduated from Latin-American or Eastern European dental schools.

In England, the 1878 British Dentists Act and 1879 Dentists Register limited the title of "dentist" and "dental surgeon" to qualified and registered practitioners. The practice of dentistry in the United Kingdom became fully regulated with the 1921 Dentists Act, which required the registration of anyone practicing dentistry. The British Dental Association, formed in 1880 with Sir John Tomes as president, played a major role in prosecuting dentists practicing illegally. A dentist is a healthcare professional qualified to practice dentistry after graduating with a degree of either Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS), Doctor of Dental Medicine (DMD), Bachelor of Dentistry (BDent), Bachelor of Dental Science (BDSc), or Bachelor of Dental Surgery/Chirurgiae (BDS) or (BChD) or equivalent. In most western countries, to become a qualified dentist one must usually complete at least 4 years of postgraduate study. Most dentists attend at least 8 years of post secondary education obtaining both undergraduate and professional degrees before practicing. Though not mandatory, many dentists choose to complete residencies focusing on specific aspects of dental care after they have received their doctorate.

Specialities

In addition to general dentistry, there are about 9 or 8 recognized dental specialties in the US, Canada, and Australia. To become a specialist requires one to train in a residency or advanced graduate training program. Once residency is completed, the doctor is granted a certificate of specialty training. Many specialty programs have optional or required advanced degrees such as (MD/MBBS specific to Maxillofacial Surgery), MS, or PhD.

  • Dental public health (study of dental epidemiology and social health policies),
  • Endodontics (root canal therapy and study of diseases of the dental pulp),
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology (study, diagnosis, and sometimes the treatment of oral and maxillofacial related diseases),
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology (study and radiologic interpretation of oral and maxillofacial diseases),
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (extractions, implants, and facial surgery),
  • Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopaedics (straightening of teeth and modification of midface and mandibular growth),
  • Periodontics (study and treatment of diseases of the periodontium (non-surgical and surgical), and placement and maintenance of dental implants),
  • Pediatric Dentistry (i.e. dentistry for children, formerly known as "pedodontics"),
  • Prosthodontics (dentures, bridges and the restoration of implants. Some prosthodontists further their training in "oral and maxillofacial prosthodontics"--a discipline concerned with the replacement of missing facial structures--such as ears, eyes, nose, etc.)
  • Specialists in these fields are designated registrable (U.S. "Board Eligible") and warrant exclusive titles such as orthodontist, oral and maxillofacial surgeon, endodontist, pediatric dentist, periodontist, or prosthodontist upon satisfying certain local (U.S. "Board Certified"), (Australia/NZ: "FRACDS"), or (Canada: "FRCD(C)") registry requirements.
  • A tenth specialty, dental anesthesiology, the study of how to relieve pain through advanced use of local and general anesthesia techniques is not yet considered to be one of the recognized dental specialties. However, CODA is in the process of accrediting all dental anesthesiology programs.
  • Two other post-graduate formal advanced education programs: General Practice Residency (advanced clinical and didactic training with intense hospital experience) and Advanced Education in General Dentistry (advanced training in clinical dentistry) recognized by the ADA do not lead to specialization.

The American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) provides board-certification examinations annually for qualified dentists. These dentists collaborate with sleep physicians at accredited sleep centers and can provide oral appliance therapy and upper airway surgery to treat sleep-related breathing disorders. While Diplomate status granted by the ABDSM is not one of the recognized dental specialties, it is recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM).

Special category: Oral Biology - Research in Dental and Craniofacial Biology

Other dental education exists where no post-graduate formal university training is required: cosmetic dentistry, dental implant, temporo-mandibular joint therapy. These usually require the attendance of one or more continuing education courses that typically last for one to several days. There are restrictions on allowing these dentists to call themselves specialists in these fields. The specialist titles are registrable titles and controlled by the local dental licensing bodies.

Forensic odontology consists of the gathering and use of dental evidence in law. This may be performed by any dentist with experience or training in this field. The function of the forensic dentist is primarily documentation and verification of identity.

Geriatric dentistry or geriodontics is the delivery of dental care to older adults involving the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of problems associated with normal ageing and age-related diseases as part of an interdisciplinary team with other health care professionals
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Veterinary dentistry, a speciality of veterinary medicine, is the field of dentistry applied to the care of animals.

Aviation dentistry, a subcategory of (military) aviation medicine deals with dental topics related to aircrews, e.g., dental barotrauma and barodontalgia. In addition, the aircrew population is a unique high-risk group to several diseases and harmful conditions due to irregular work shifts with irregular self-oral care habits and irregular meals (usually carbonated drinks and high energy snacks) and work-related stress.

Ergonomics

Ergonomics is the scientific discipline concerned with designing according to the human needs, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance. The field is also called human engineering, and human factors.

Ergonomic research is performed by those who study human capabilities in relationship to their work demands. Information derived from these studies contributes to the design and evaluation of tasks, jobs, products, environments and systems in order to make them compatible with the needs, abilities and limitations of people.

Ergonomics is a science concerned with the ‘fit’ between people and their work. It takes account of the worker's capabilities and limitations in seeking to ensure that tasks, equipment, information and the environment suit each worker.

To assess the fit between a person and their work, ergonomists consider the job being done and the demands on the worker; the equipment used (its size, shape, and how appropriate it is for the task), and the information used (how it is presented, accessed, and changed). Ergonomics draws on many disciplines in its study of humans and their environments, including anthropometry, biomechanics, mechanical engineering, industrial engineering, industrial design, kinesiology, physiology and psychology.
Typically, an ergonomist will have a BA or BS in Psychology, Industrial/Mechanical Engineering or Health Sciences, and usually an MA, MS or PhD in a related discipline. Many universities offer Master of Science degrees in Ergonomics, while some offer Master of Ergonomics or Master of Human Factors degrees. In the 2000s, occupational therapists have been moving into the field of ergonomics and the field has been heralded as one of the top ten emerging practice areas.

Five aspects of ergonomics

There are five aspects of ergonomics: safety, comfort, ease of use, productivity/performance, and aesthetics. Based on these aspects of ergonomics, examples are given of how products or systems could benefit from redesign based on ergonomic principles.

  • Safety - Medicine bottles: The print on them could be larger so that a sick person who may have impaired vision (due to sinuses, etc.) can more easily see the dosages and label. Ergonomics could design the print style, color and size for optimal viewing.
  • Comfort - Alarm clock display: Some displays are harshly bright, drawing one’s eye to the light when surroundings are dark. Ergonomic principles could redesign this based on contrast principles.
  • Ease of use - Street Signs: In a strange area, many times it is difficult to spot street signs. This could be addressed with the principles of visual detection in ergonomics.
  • Productivity/performance - HD TV: The sound on HD TV is much lower than regular TV. So when you switch from HD to regular, the volume increases dramatically. Ergonomics recognizes that this difference in decibel level creates a difference in loudness and hurts human ears and this could be solved by evening out the decibel levels. Voicemail instructions: It takes too long to have to listen to all of the obvious instructions. Ergonomics could address this by providing more options to the user, enabling them to easily and quickly skip the instructions.
  • Aesthetics - Signs in the workplace: Signage should be made consistent throughout the workplace to not only be aesthetically pleasing, but also so that information is easily accessible for all signs

Domains

The International Ergonomics Association (IEA) divides ergonomics broadly into three domains:

Physical ergonomics: is concerned with human anatomical, anthropometric, physiological and biomechanical characteristics as they relate to physical activity. (Relevant topics include working postures, materials handling, repetitive movements, work related musculoskeletal disorders, workplace layout, safety and health.)
Cognitive ergonomics: is concerned with mental processes, such as perception, memory, reasoning, and motor response, as they affect interactions among humans and other elements of a system. (Relevant topics include mental workload, decision-making, skilled performance, human-computer interaction, human reliability, work stress and training as these may relate to human-system design.)

Organizational ergonomics: is concerned with the optimization of sociotechnical systems, including their organizational structures, policies, and processes.(Relevant topics include communication, crew resource management, work design, design of working times, teamwork, participatory design, community ergonomics, cooperative work, new work paradigms, virtual organizations, telework, and quality management.)

Cognitive Ergonomics

Cognitive Ergonomics studies cognition in work settings, in order to optimize human well-being and system performance. It is a subset of the larger field of human factors and ergonomics.

Goals

Cognitive ergonomics or cognitive engineering is an emerging branch of ergonomics that places particular emphasis on the analysis of cognitive processes – e.g., diagnosis, decision making and planning – required of operators in modern industries. Cognitive ergonomics aim to enhance performance of cognitive tasks by means of several interventions, including:

  • user-centered design of human-machine interaction and human-computer interaction (HCI);
  • design of information technology systems that support cognitive tasks (e.g., cognitive artifacts);
  • development of training programs;
  • work redesign to manage cognitive workload and increase human reliability.

Methodology
Successful, ergonomic interventions in the area of cognitive tasks require a thorough understanding, not only of the demands of the work situation, but also of user strategies in performing cognitive tasks and of limitations in human cognition. In some cases, the artifacts or tools used to carry out a task may impose their own constraints and limitations (e.g., navigating through a large number of GUI screens); in fact tools co-determine the very nature of the task. In this sense, the analysis of cognitive tasks should examine both the interaction of users with their work setting and the user interaction with artifacts or tools; the latter is very important as modern artifacts (e.g., control panels, software, expert systems) become increasingly sophisticated. Emphasis lies on how to design human-machine interfaces and cognitive artifacts so that human performance is sustained in work environments where information may be unreliable, events may be difficult to predict, multiple simultaneous goals may be in conflict, and performance may be time constrained. Typical domains of application include Process Control Rooms ( Chemical Plant, Air Traffic), Command & Control Centers, Operating Theaters and other supervisory control systems. Other types of situations, familiar but variable, are also considered as they entail performance of cognitive tasks: e.g. video recording, using an in-car GPS navigation system etc.. Approaches used include:

    • Cognitive Systems Engineering
    • Francophone Ergonomics
   
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