Bryan: “Certificate of Recognition for Technological Expertise”; We really appreciate all your contributions to the Sheets, Paquette & Wu Dental Practice in the important areas of equipment and technology. Thank you for keeping us running so smoothly, Bryan!
Vang: “Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Quality of Service”; Your exemplary high quality of care and commitment to service is such a valuable contribution to the Sheets, Paquette & Wu Dental Practice. Vang, your amazing worth ethic and giving your best at all times is such a gift to us all.
Patricia: “Certificate of Recognition for Surgical Operations”; Your coordination of all the details required for our surgical procedures is appreciated by the doctors and patients under your care. You have helped us elevate our surgical capabilities and we really appreciate all your support, Patricia!
Leila: “Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Research Support”; Your attention to every detail in our many research projects has enabled us to complete many important studies that will benefit patients today and years to come. We all benefit greatly from your dedication and commitment to everything that you do, Leila!
Aga: “Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Patient Care”; Your kindness and generosity shown to the patients and our team is welcoming and appreciated. Thank you for taking such good care of everyone’s needs, Aga!
Brandi: “Certificate of Recognition for Team Support”; Your flexibility and availability to support the team is such a valuable role, and appreciated by all those around you. Thank you Brandi for always being there for others.
Karolina: “Certificate of Recognition for Health & Safety”; The high level of your instrument care allow us to consistently maintain a healthy and safe environment for our patients and the whole team. Your dedication to maintaining this level of quality is very much appreciated, Karolina!
In our ongoing effort to provide our patients with the latest technology to improve our diagnostic capabilities and treatment, we have installed the Carestream 9500 3D Imaging System to provide high-resolution cone beam computed tomography (CBCT). These are three-dimensional extraoral digital radiographs to better visualize impacted teeth, oral pathology, endodontically treated teeth, fractured teeth, surgical planning for extractions, and implant surgery. We can often save patients the inconvenience of having to go to another office for scanning and can provide the patient with a diagnosis on the same day.
Radiation exposure is focused on the specific area of need to minimize the amount of radiation required. A panoramic radiograph is approximately 2 days of background radiation. A 5 X 5 cm small field such as the anterior or posterior maxilla is approximately 4-6 days of background radiation. A 5 cm X 5 cm anterior or posterior mandibular view is approximately 8-11 days of background radiation.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that can predispose patients to cardiovascular disease such as uncontrolled hypertension, heart attacks, strokes, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation. Other medical conditions such as type II diabetes, acid reflux, depression, Alzheimer’s, dementia, and recent weight gain are other signs of possible underlying sleep apnea. Up to 80% of these patients are undiagnosed and up to 20% of the adult population can be affected. We want to screen patients for sleep apnea so we can improve their quality of life and also possibly save a life. We are using a company called Ezysleep to assist in testing our patient with the Watermark home testing device. Ezysleep works with a medical billing company, Medusind, to obtain pre-authorization from patient’s medical insurance and help process reimbursement.
Today is The Great American Smokeout which challenges people to stop using tobacco and helps people know about the many tools they can use to quit and stay quit. Smoking leads to bad breath, tooth discoloration, increased build up of plaque and tartar on teeth, and increased loss of bone within the jaw. Smoking also increases the risk of developing oral cancer, increases the risk of developing gum disease and is the leading cause of tooth loss. Smokers have a lower success rate of dental implant procedures.
Our office utilizes the latest technologies to complete a thorough evaluation of the oral cavity. With the addition of the clinical microscope and the VELscope system, we can better visualize any mucosal abnormalities such as dysplasia, inflammation, and infections. Illumination of the oral cavity with the safe blue light from the VELscope, allows differentiation between the bright fluorescence of normal tissue, and the lack of fluorescence in abnormal tissue. Early detection of oral pathology, allows treatment to be rendered, and improves treatment outcomes.
We encourage our patients to maintain their dental hygiene visits every three to four months. At these visits, our hygienists’ perform an oral cancer examination as well as remove the hard and soft deposits from the patient’s teeth. During these examinations if anything atypical is observed we would then refer the patient for more extensive evaluation by an oral surgeon. Therefore making these maintenance visits even more important not only to screen for oral cancer but maintain oral health.
Dr. Stewart and staff participated in a health fair to serve the under-served population in Orange County on November 2, 2013. Over 120 patients were treated with extractions and fillings. Mouths were restored, but more importantly lives were transformed. Even though we went to serve others, we were rewarded knowing that we made a difference in the lives of those in need.
We had the pleasure of hosting a wonderful group of UCLA Dental Students, members of the AAWD Student Chapter, at our office on Friday October 25, 2013. After a tour of our facility, we had a stimulating discussion about the challenges of school, balancing family life, and career decisions after graduation. Dr. Wu and Dr. Stewart shared their personal experiences and lessons learned. It was so rewarding to see how motivated these young ladies were to make a difference and achieve greatness. Several students were most interested in post-graduate education and research, and stayed to explore the amazing world magnification! They saw what the clinical microscope could do to improve their visibility in the mouth, and how it could elevate the quality of their dentistry. Discussions have begun to see how undergraduate dental students can have more exposure and training in the use of the clinical microscope. The ergonomic benefits were clear to the students and their excitement about how magnification can change their clinical practice was great to see. What a rewarding experience it was for all!
Dr. Wu and Dr. Earthman reviewing a lecture prior to speaking to the Seattle Study Club in Santa Barbara about the research started in our office on the measurement of implant and tooth stability. The medical device invented by Dr. Earthman and Dr. Sheets now has over 20 peer reviewed research papers and has been presented internationally. Dr. Sheets, Dr. Paquette, Dr. Wu and Dr. Stewart, with our entire office team, has worked for almost 20 years with Professor James Earthman and the UCI School of Engineering. Our patient’s benefit from the availability of this device, the Periometer, to establish the structural “Wellness” of their teeth and dental implants.