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CONTENTS OF NEWSLETTER:
- Upcoming Central Oregon Meetings & Events
- Central Oregon Dental News
- Volunteer Opportunities
- Classified Ads
- Regional CE Calendar
- More Info.
- Editorials / Commentary
- Dear Dr. Rupert
UPCOMING CENTRAL OREGON MEETINGS & EVENTS
(Please email or send any dental related events or courses that you would like posted on this calendar.)
December 9, 2022 (Fri.) Central Oregon Dental Society Holiday Party
- 6:00 p.m.
- Riverhouse Convention Center (Bend, Oregon)
CENTRAL OREGON DENTAL NEWS
Introducing New Central Oregon Endodontist: Dr. Luke Harden
Dr. Dan Radatti and the rest of the Deschutes Endodontics team would like to introduce Dr. Luke Harden to the practice and community!
Dr. Harden was born and raised in Colorado and earned his dental degree from the University of Colorado in 2018. Following dental school, Dr. Harden spent a year in Bangor, Maine completing a General Practice Residency at Penobscot Community Dental Center/Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center. He continued his tour of the east coast in Boston where he spent two years completing his Endodontic Residency at the Boston University Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine. Maine then called him back for a year to practice endodontics in the Portland and Kennebunk areas, but he is now thrilled to be back West.
Dr. Harden pursued dentistry head-on (literally) after he encountered a hockey stick to the face in college and saw the dramatic difference a dentist can make to restore a mouth to health. He ultimately ended up in endodontics because of the opportunity to help patients combat pain and infection, and he enjoys honing his focus to one area of dentistry.
Outside of the office he is kept busy traveling, swimming, skiing, and keeping up with his puppy, Berkeley (or, as he’s affectionately known around Discovery Park, ‘Berserkeley’).
Introducing new Central Oregon Periodontist: Dr. Haider Aljewari
Dr. Haider Aljewari is an American Board-Certified Periodontist & Implantologist. He is the sole owner/operator of Deschutes Dental Implants and Periodontics. Dr. Aljewari will be running his practice out of Dr. Dondo Dental Excellence and Dr. Arredondo’s team will be supporting him in getting his practice up and running.
Dr. Aljewari earned his DMD in 2016 from the University of Illinois at Chicago where he represented his class on the Curriculum Committee. Dr. Aljewari aspired to serve his country and was commissioned as Captain into the US Air Force. He was awarded a scholarship to advance his specialty education in periodontics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He was awarded a Certificate in Periodontics and a Master’s degree in Oral Sciences in 2019. While completing his residency, Dr. Aljewari was involved in research and was cited in multiple publications in reputable journals. Dr. Aljewari comes to us after a distinguished tour of duty at MacDill Air Force Base where he was promoted to the rank of Major. He is excited to make Bend his home now and start his practice in civilian life.
His professional interests include periodontal plastic surgery procedures, dental implants, and the treatment of periodontal disease. He loves to work on esthetic cases from soft tissue management to esthetic crown lengthening. He can provide just about any comprehensive care that you are looking for, including external and crestal sinus lifts. His off-time interests include bicycle riding, reading, and jogging. He has completed two marathons and is interested in pursuing another. We are happy to announce that Dr. Aljewari is ready now to accept new patients. To schedule an appointment, call 541-241-1299.
Dr. Arredondo and his team are excited to welcome Dr. Aljewari to our office space and we welcome the opportunity to help him serve the dental community in Central Oregon, while providing outstanding Periodontal and Implantology care!
If you are ready to send referrals to Dr. Aljewari, please click here and download his referral form. You can then fax it or email it over to 541-797-6086 / firstname.lastname@example.org. Dr. Aljewari would also like your most recent PANO/FMX along with any tooth specific imaging.
COCC Dental Assistant Program Response to Recent Article on the Dental Assistant Shortage
Addressing the Need for Dental Assistants
Oregon’s Dental Assisting programs appreciate and share your concerns about the shortage of dental assistants! We are working diligently on numerous fronts. We are making every effort to increase enrollment and therefore, supply Oregon dentists with much needed qualified, well educated, and EFDA certified dental assistants, and we can use your help. Programs are not near capacity. Currently Oregon Dental Assisting programs are on average only at 65% of capacity.
If all existing Dental Assisting programs were full, the hiring pool in Oregon would include over 237 dental assisting graduates each and every year. Therefore, if existing programs reached full capacity it would certainly be helpful in reducing some of the dental assistant employment issues.
|Dental Assisting Program||Max Enrollment:||Started Fall 2022 with:|
|PCC* (FT program)||45||38|
|Linn Benton CC*||24||17|
|Central Oregon CC*||24||17|
|Umpqua CC*||24||8 (This is a rebuilding year w/new faculty)|
|Southern Oregon CC||TBA||TBA|
* = accredited
** = working on becoming accredited
DA programs are currently only at 65% capacity!!
What We Are Doing
Financial – Many students are eligible for grants and scholarships for their education. Quite a number even attend with no cost to the student.
Recruiters – Colleges across the state are opening new positions of Allied Health Recruiter, to increase enrollment in programs including Dental Assisting. These recruiters are:
- Coordinating with high school counselors
- Presenting programs to high school students
- Promoting programs at many conferences
- Participating in numerous outreach opportunities
Dental Assisting Faculty – Dental Assisting faculty are also working to increase enrollment. Faculty are:
- Providing hands-on activities on campus’ to high school students
- Demonstrating dental assisting skills at Healthcare Fairs
- Providing dental assisting activities at Career Fairs
- Presenting at other college venues
- Providing tours of dental assisting laboratories to interested parties
- Counseling advisees to consider a career as a dental assistant
- Recruit students to place “Day in the Life of a Dental Assistant” on social media platforms
Colleges are actively promoting existing dental assisting programs with the goal of reducing the shortage of dental assistants in Oregon.
Some Ways Dentists & Community Members Can Help – People can help increase enrollment by promoting programs at your Community College. Here are just a few thoughts.
- Contact the Dental Assisting program at your Community College and request a flyer that you can post in your office
- Refer an interested patient to the Dental Assisting Program Director (COCC – Lynn Murray, email@example.com, 541 383-7574)
- Provide a scholarship to a promising person
Reducing Attrition of Dental Assistants and Dental Hygienists
Increasing the number of dental assistants is very important and is being addressed on many fronts by ADA, ODA, and Community Colleges. However, this will likely take some time. And while solutions to shortages are being addressed, to not exacerbate the shortages, retaining current employees is of paramount importance right now. There is research available as to best practices for dentists to retain currently employed dental professionals.
The American Dental Association Health Policy Institute (HPI), in collaboration with the Dental Assisting National Board (DANB), the American Dental Hygienists‘ Association (ADHA), the American Dental Assistants Association, and igniteDA, has published new research on the dental workforce shortage.
The link to the full report is at the bottom of the page, but below is a summary of research outcomes:
Attrition Factors –
Dental assistants and dental hygienists who indicated low levels of job satisfaction were asked what contributed to their dissatisfaction.
The top three reasons (in order) among dental assistants were:
- Insufficient pay
- Feeling overworked
- Negative workplace culture
The top three factors contributing to dissatisfaction among dental hygienists were:
- Negative workplace culture
- Insufficient pay
- Feeling overworked
These factors held true regardless of employment status or practice type.
COCC Dental Assistant Clinic Needs Volunteers
Thank you to those of you who signed up to staff a Dental Clinic! A sincere “thank you” to all who have offered their time and expertise to provide dental services to low-income community members, and practice for the new group of COCC dental assisting students. Your efforts are invaluable to students and patients alike!
Hello Amazing Dentists!
Please help us train dental assistants for Central Oregon. COCC is in real need of volunteer dentists to staff the Dental Clinic and provide fillings or extractions for low-income patients. We have several dates that need dentists.
The Clinic runs from 8:00 am to about 2:00 pm with a debriefing of students. This is such a valuable experience for the dental assisting students! It provides them with an opportunity to work with patients and assist dentists while in their Dental Clinic.
Please check your schedules and let me know if you would at all be available to help us out on one of these dates. We truly appreciate you all! Feel free to let me know if you would like to team up with a collegue for one of the dates. It is a nice time to connect too.
|DATE||Dentist #1||Dentist #2||Hygienist|
|November 4||Dr. Paul Kim||Dr. Richard Fixott||Taylor Lee|
|November 18||Dr. Brandon Turley||Dr. Jay Gronemyer||Tiffany Foy|
|January 20||Dr. Paul Kim||Dr. Haider Aljewari||Lynn Paladijczuk|
|February 3||Sierra Schipper|
|February 17||Dr. Julie Lezotte||Nicole Hansack|
|April 7||Tiffany Foy|
|April 28||Dr. Tom Rheuben|
|May 5||Dr. Tom Rheuben||Dr. Mehdi Salari||Amber Kirkendall|
|May 19||Dr. Hallie McNaughton||Jen Lyman|
|June 2||Dr. Sam Holcroft||Dr. Amberena Fairlee||Amber Kirkendall|
My contact information is Lynn Murray at 541-383-7574, or you can e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, to schedule your best date! Feel free to leave a phone message with the date or dates you like and I will return your call. I look forward to working with you all!
News From the ODA
In case you missed the Oct. 7th email from the ODA:
There is a lot of confusion out there right now on PPE requirements for Oregon dental offices. Here are the latest requirements:
OHA Requirements: First and foremost, the Oregon Health Authority STILL requires masking in all health care facilities, including dental offices. This is a permanent rule that is not affected by guidance from other agencies (CDC, OR-OSHA or otherwise). You can view the permanent rule here, and FAQ here. This is not a recommendation, and note that the rule applies to patients as well as your staff. It is a permanent rule that carries fines and civil penalties.
OR-OSHA: OR-OSHA adopted permanent rules recently, which includes masking requirements for health care providers performing AGPs. This document references back to CDC guidance. We have confirmed with OR-OSHA that providers should use their best clinical judgement when determining appropriate level of PPE (i.e. when to use an N95) based on community transmission levels, vaccination status of a patient, COVID risks, procedure, etc.
CDC Changes: The CDC did recently update their recommendations for masking in health care settings. It is important to note that the CDC has two maps on COVID levels in communities. For their health care recommendations, they use the Community Transmission map. The recommendations made by the CDC do not trump OHA or OR-OSHA rules or requirements.
- Please go to the ‘VOLUNTEER‘ page on the menu bar for contact and additional information about the following Central Oregon organizations seeking dental volunteers:
- Central Oregon Community College Friday Clinic
- Medical Teams International Mobile Dental Van
- Donated Dental Service (DDS) Program
- Healthy Beginnings
- Smile Central Oregon
- Central Oregon Community College Dental Assisting Program
- Volunteers in Medicine Clinic
REGIONAL CE CALENDAR
You are welcome to email or send in anything dental that you might want to advertise, trade or buy. Slight charge may apply to businesses offering services.
For Sale: Sirona InLab MCXL in good condition with Inlab and unlimited license.
I inherited this unit with a lab purchase a few years ago and have not been using it. It has 2018 Inlab software with an unlimited license on a computer with a monitor, the mill, and a little bench top scanner.
It would be a great option to extend milling capacity and eliminate potential bottlenecks in daily practice, or use as a primary mill if just starting out.
Asking price: $10,500 OBO
(Call or Text) 541-772-7729
Searching for a Dental Hygienist?
You might want to email the High Desert Dental Hygienists’ Association (CODHAinfo@gmail.com) and tell them about your need. They are very helpful and have a great database of Central Oregon Dental Hygienists and will email information about your opening to their members.
Announcements, Articles or Classifieds for the Newsletter
Article submissions for the Central Oregon Dental Community are encouraged and welcomed. You can email your content to Dr. Mehdi Salari (email@example.com). The deadline to contribute articles or request the posting of information in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of each month. The Newsletter is typically sent out on the first or second day of each month.
Advertising or Content for Future Newsletters
Please contact Dr. Mehdi Salari (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to post a classified or advertisement in future issues of the Central Oregon Dental Newsletter. The Central Oregon Dental Newsletter is available & sent to all practicing and retired Dentists, Specialists in Bend, Redmond, Prineville, Madras, Sisters, La Pine, Sunriver, Warm Springs & Powell Butte & Mitchell. The deadline to update or post an advertisement in the Newsletter is 5:00 pm PST on the last day of the each month.
Everything above the Red Line is put together as a service to the Central Oregon Dental Community and is the nonpartisan news and events of this Newsletter.
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Everything below the Red Line is either for entertainment purposes or to stimulate conversation or debate. It’s personal, opinion based, has a conservative slant and is not meant to offend or upset … only to stimulate discussion. Reader discretion is advised.
EDITORIALS / COMMENTARY
DISCLAIMER / WARNING: The opinions or comments expressed ARE NOT those of the Central Oregon Dental Society, Oregon Dental Association, American Dental Association or any of the Advertisers or Business Partners. Editorials and commentaries are OPINIONS ONLY and are simply meant to encourage discussion or dialogue. Readers are welcome and encouraged to contribute editorials or comments for inclusion in future issues.
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This Newsletter is a forum for the Central Oregon Dental Community to stay in touch and connected and a place to have your voice heard. Your opinion columns, thoughts and feedback are encouraged and welcome.
Response to Dental Staff Shortage Problem in last month’s Newsletter Lynn Murray, COCC Dental Assisting Program Director
I read Dr. Henderson’s article in last month’s Newsletter with great interest since it is of course a concern of ours as well.
I e-mailed her and attached this document to let her know the things the COCC Dental Assisting program is doing to try to fill our program and help with the shortages. I had also received that day, a report of research on the exact same topic that was really good and that the ADA had been involved with. I have included an attachment of this report as well as a link to the full paper at the bottom of the page.
To manage the shortage of DAs, we need to look at this from two directions. It is important to increase the number of dental assistants entering the field while retaining the ones currently employed. It feels like we are losing a lot of good dental assistants, and the research gave some ideas as to how to retain the workforce we have. What put this on my radar was a collegue from another college who told me that half of their dental hygiene class were dental assistants. Why is being a dental assistant not a long term career? The research gave some insight into this.
My heart is for dental assistants, dentists and patients. I want to help. The problem is that I am a dental assistant. As a dental assistant how could I let dentists know that retention of their workforce is in part, related to pay and workplace culture? Anecdotally, we know dental assistants go on to hygiene as a means of being paid higher (though they often do not have the benefits packages that DAs get). However, I don’t need to tell dentists, the ADA research documented this. It shows that pay is the top reason that causes dental assistants to leave the profession.
I know in Central Oregon the pay for dental assistants has increased in many offices, which is great. But traditionally dental assistants have worked without raises for years, and to get a raise they have had to ask for one (uncomfortable, and therefore rarely done) or move to an office that pays better (or leave the field all together). Why? A valued assistant (feeling valued is both monetary and verbally affirmed) will usually love their dentist and stay. I speak from experience, Dr. Buchanan had to retire to get rid of me. 😊 But I’ve been on the other side of this too and I almost didn’t stay in the field.
To be fair, in part it may be that some dentists in C.O. do not know what the living wage for an EFDA dental assistant is, and that an employee will feel so valued by their dentist if they do not have to ask for a raise, but it is given for a job well done and appreciated.
I was thinking that sharing the attached letter with the CODS might let members know what COCC is doing to try to help with the shortage of DAs. Sometimes when you are struggling it feels like you are alone and no one understands what you are going through. That is what I was picking up from Dr. Henderson’s article. COCC’s DA program understands, and we are trying very hard to help.
I also think the attached letter can benefit dentists (probably why the ADA was involved in the research) in getting and retaining their workforce.
Lynn L. Murray, M.Ed., CDA, EFDA, RFC, CPFDA, MADAA
Central Oregon Community College
Dental Assisting Program Director
Professor of Dental Assisting
Dental Clinic Manager
Response to Dental Staff Shortage Problem in last month’s Newsletter Dr. John Frachella
To help answer your Dental Staff Shortage question in last month’s newsletter:
The national Medicaid dental spend is somewhere over $130 billion
This can be done for half, if not less with the extra money spent on real restorative care for those that need it after their disease is under control .
There’s a need for fine restorative dentistry but not with a failing traditional paradigms in charge.
Maybe MMC should be a sub-specialty of a new form of public health not tied to associations representing the traditional dental restorative/replacement paradigm?
Here’s who is not hurting in the ways you say you are: dentists all over America who are doing dental disease control without drills and needles or even without curettes and scalpels ( like the periodontists use) for perio disease. You may have your opinions as to why there is a dental staff shortage but in the final analysis it’s that we cannot control any microbial disease with needles, drills and scalpels. And the individuals who know that better than anyone is our staff.
Most dentistry is “re-”: Re-parative -Re- current-Re-needed-Re-done-Re-peated . On the other hand, GIC dentistry stops the “re” because GIC is a totally unique dental material that is more a medicine than just a filling material. Unlike any other dental restorative , GIC is Antibacterial medicine, Re-mineralizing medicine, Desensitizing medicine, Applied in the presence of moisture, Structure-building of unsupported enamel, Medicinal with partial decay excavation and Healing to irritated gingival tissue.
Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results” (Al Einstein).
No one knows that better than our staff. They want to be done with the scam of repair, refill, replace. When they are given microbrushes to replace our drills they are thrilled to stay working for us. This is the case in Bend, in Wisconsin, in Vermont, in New Hampshire, all over! MMC dentists there are great making money treating more patients than ever, in less time, at less cost, with no aerosol, safely, preventively and a-traumtaically which makes patients want to come back and makes staff want to stay on because they get lunch breaks and get out on time – because they don’t have to wait for anesthesia to take and for behavior management of needle and drill phobic patients! MMC makes dentistry enjoyable for them ( staff) again! And it does so for our patients too.
Here’s a testimonial from a new graduate who, with his PD partner, are not suffering from dental staff burn out at all: “Just over 3 years ago, I heard Dr. Frachella speak at a CE event. MID radically changed my practice of dentistry while simultaneously saving my soul. I was an associate at the time now we’re opening a third practice in July and under agreement for a fourth location. We have over 10,000 patients. We’ve shifted from low volume surgery to high volume prevention. It is not a hard sell. In fact, it isn’t a sell. It’s honest conviction. Truth is palpable to all people (adults and children alike). It’s what people want WHEN given the option. And this relates to staff as well.
IMO, the days of traditional dentistry are numbered. Since Dr. F’s lecture, my advice to all dental professionals has been you can either get on the train or not. In 10 years, things will look markedly different. Dentists who don’t adapt will be left behind. I know what side of the line I want to be on when the music stops. This is a VERY exciting time to be practicing dentistry. We are all changing the game. That’s what we can control. I am becoming less interested in trying to convince dentists and more interested in bringing the message to the people. And they are VERY hungry and very receptive.”
Change is coming and if we don’t change dentistry now in our own practices, the train is going to leave us holding our bags in the station while it speeds away.
Dr. John Frachella
Political Endorsement for Nov. 2022 Elections . Mehdi Salari
I’ve made no secrets of my disgust and disappointment at the way our so called elected leaders have been running things the last two years and the direction that our community, city, state and nation have taken. The Democrat Party controls everything from the School Board, Park & Rec. District, City Council, State Legislature, Governor’s office, the House, the Senate and the Presidency. They are re-writing all the laws, redrawning boundaries, changing election laws and continuing their assault on public education and the indoctrination of our children.
Inflation is out of control, our nation is less secure, standards keep being lowered and instead of standing on their record of mismanagement, incompetence, waste and more governmental control … those in power continue to divide the nation over such things as abortion and an ex-President who has been out of power for two years and has had nothing to do with the mess the nation is in. Businesses can’t find people to hire, we continue pouring more and more money and resources into solving our homeless problems, only to see the problem getting worse. Crime, drug use, mental illness and violence is at an all time high and the Democrats consistently vote like robots on every matter without consideration to the voices on the other side of the aisle or a willigness to compromise or find middle ground on matters that affect everyone. Those in power have failed to bring the nation and communities together with their agenda and have further divided America. Every one of our retirement accounts has lost a tremendous amount of money and value and our hard-earned savings have evaporated because of the sinking economy and democratic/liberal/progressive policies have handcuffed and destroyed our economy and businesses.
Everyone is entitled to their opinions and vote. I would advocate for a change in leadership and increased balance in government, instead of one-party rule. Here are my endorsement for the Nov. 8, 2022 Election. Although we will continue to be a long way from fixing things, I believe votes for the following candidates will help businesses, our schools, parents, children and our communities better withstand the assault from the failed policies of progressives, liberals and one-party control.
- US Senator: Joe Rae Perkins
- US Representative (2nd District): Cliff Bentz
- US Representative (5th District): Lori-Chavez DeRemer
- Governor: Christine Drazen
- State Representative (53rd District): Michael Sipe
- State Representative (54th District): Judy Trego
- State Representative (55th District): E. Werner Reschke
- State Representative (59th District): Vikki Breese-Iverson
- State Representative (60th District): Mark Owens
- Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor & Industries: Cheri Helt
- Measure No. 111: NO
- Measure 9-147 (City of Sisters): NO
- Measure 9-148 (Deschutes County): NO
- Measure 9-149 (City of La Pine): YES
- Measure 9-150 (Redmond Area Park & Recreation District): YES
- Measure 9-151 (Redmond Area Park & Recreation District): YES
- Measure 9-152 (Deschutes County): YES
- Measure 9-153 (City of Redmond): YES
- Measure 9-154 (City of Redmond): YES
- Measure 9-155 (Administrative School District No. 1): YES
- Deschutes County Commissioner (Position 1): Tony DeBone
- Deschutes County Commissioner (Position 3): Patti Adair
- Deschutes County Treasurer: William (Bill) Kuhn
- City of Bend City Council (Position 4): William (Bill) Olsen
- City of Bend City Council (Position 5): Sean Sipe
- City of Bend City Council (Position 6): Rick Johns
- City of Bend Mayor, Position 7: Chris Piper
- City of Redmond Mayor: Ben Schimmoller
- City of Redmond City Council: Cat Swicker
- City of Sisters City Council: Michael Preedin
- Measure No. 112: NO
- Measure No. 113: NO
- Measure No. 114: NO
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Dear Dr. Rupert,
The current staffing and hiring shortages are having a tremendous impact on my practice. It’s gotten harder and harder finding qualified and licensed staff members to help me render dental care for our patients; and my current staff is getting burned out from the extra hours, work load and daily stress.
I have student loans, practice payments, a mortgage, car payments and a family to support. How do I make ends meet?
Signed, Need a Way to Make Ends Meet
Dear Need a Way to Make Ends Meet,
Unfortunately the politicians running things lately have destroyed our economy and communities. Things are not going to be getting better anytime soon. But Dentists are resilient and have always found a way to survive. You have to think outside the box, if you want your practice to survive and make ends meet.
My practice has seen exponential growth the last couple of years, despite the downturn in the economy. As soon as I noticed a slowdown in the economy and saw the difficulties in finding qualified staff, I converted a few of my operatories into private suites and began running a boutique brothel out of my dental practice.
While bookings for cleanings, implants, Invisalign and crowns have dipped during the recession, bookings for what we are calling ‘Stress Reduction Therapy’ with our team of newly hired ‘Stress Reduction Therapists’ have skyrocketed!
It’s been very hard finding x-ray certified, patient oriented, team player Assistants and Hygienists to complement our existing staff members; but I have had little to no difficulty finding men and women to fill our ‘Stress Reduction Therapist’ positions. They don’t need x-ray certification, a Hygiene degree or any other educational credentials. It’s the oldest profession in the world and the current job market has a ton of qualified individuals looking for part or full time work.
Stress Reduction Therapy is not something that’s currently covered by insurance, but our clientele has had no difficulty paying for everything in cash. Patrons are in fact coming in for Stress Reduction 4-5 times a month, or whenever their significant other is at a conference, visiting their parents or going to the gym.
Instead of a Hygiene Room sitting empty because I can’t find a Hygienist and missing out on all that production; my Stress Reduction Therapists are turning a few tricks of Stress Reduction per hour and generating close to the same amount of office production.
My patients are greeted in the Waiting Room as they wait for their appointments by members of our Stress Reduction Team who pass out little discrete business cards describing their stress reducing services.
I got to be honest … there isn’t an open operatory in my office and business is booming! I’ll walk in and out the various operatories as the Stress Reduction services are being rendered and ask if they are having any dental issues, sensitivity or problems that we would need to set up a separate appointment for? My schedule has completely filled up and I don’t seem to have an opening for months.
Anyway … think outside the box and put that space within your office to good use to make ends meet. If you can’t find an Assistant or Hygienist, hire a Stress Reduction Therapist and let them use that room for Stress Reduction Services. The only downside has been that we haven’t had to make any Nightguards since all my clenching and bruxing patients have learned about the Stress Reduction Therapists at our office and are opting for this treatment option instead.
Glad I could help,