The attendees of Summit Summit 2016 pose for a group photo

#SummitSummit16

At Summit Dental Health, we are not only committed to improving the health of our patients and our communities, but also investing in our team members and providing a rewarding place to work. In keeping with that commitment, we host annually a Summit Summit, as a way to come together as a team to celebrate what has gone well in the past year and to realign our focus for the coming year. Our Summit Team Meeting is a time we recognize the hard work of our team members and dedicate time to self development and improvement.

A small group poses in front of Olympic-themed flags

This year’s meeting was a huge success! In celebration of the Olympics, our theme was to Go for Gold! We believe we have the best dental teams in the Midwest, and what better way to demonstrate that than to have our teams going for gold? The day was filled with fun and excitement. We started the day with an opening ceremony, welcoming each team and a special team member as the office flag bearer. We then heard from a dental industry leader, Dr. Wayne Mortenson, about the future of dentistry, and how to continue providing excellent patient care. Next we learned about setting personal goals, visions and getting through tough times from the energetic and always entertaining Koran Bolden. Later in the day, we learned from talent coach, Cheryl Penava about the importance of filling each other with positivity and affirmations.

We also spent a lot of time having fun with each other, including the scavenger hunt you may have seen on our Facebook Page. Our teams had to complete 7 challenges, and of course the winners got to take home the gold! We wrapped up the day celebrating each other and the impact we are able to have on our patients and our communities.

Man has cheetos and shaving cream on his head

At Summit Dental Health we are committed to improving the health of our patients and our communities and we know, that in order to be successful, we must never forget to fill the buckets of our team members. By taking great care of our teams, our teams can take great care of our patients! We hope you enjoyed getting to see us go for gold!

Click here to see more pictures from #SummitSummit16!

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Have Dental Phobia? Try Oral Sedation Dentistry

Do you hate going to the dentist so much that you avoid going at all? You’re not the only one. It is estimated that 9% to 15% of Americans avoid seeing the dentist because of anxiety or fear. A lot of them are worried about pain or feeling embarrassed. Others have dental phobia. No matter what is causing you stress, oral sedation dentistry can help.

 

What is Oral Sedation Dentistry?

 

Sedation dentistry is when patients take medication to relax during dental procedures. There are different levels of sedation from minimal sedation, where you are still awake but relaxed, to general anesthesia, when you are unconscious. There are several different types of sedation dentistry. At Summit Dental Health, we offer IV sedation and oral sedation.

Oral sedation involves taking a small pill an hour before your appointment. This pill, typically Halcion, is just as safe as taking a Valium. After you take the pill, someone else drives you to your appointment where we deliver exceptional care in a comfortable, anxiety-free atmosphere. Patients are awake during the procedure but many have very little memory of the visit. Some patients may fall asleep during the procedure, but can be woken with a gentle shake.

Reasons patients choose oral sedation:

 

Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Safe?

 

Oral sedation dentistry allows you the experience dental procedures feeling relaxed and comfortable. Time will pass by fast and many patients report an amnesic effect, meaning they don’t remember the visit at all! While you’re relaxed, your dentist can perform the procedure confidently because they know you’re safe and carefree.

Oral sedation dentistry is even safe enough for children. Parents will need to take a little extra care to ensure their child is relaxed, but we trust you’re already a pro at looking after your loved ones. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry has posted some really helpful guidelines on preparing for your child’s sedation dentistry visit.

 

Is Oral Sedation Dentistry Right for Me?

 

Oral sedation dentistry is a safe, minimal sedation method that can allow even the most anxious patients to have their dental needs taken care of. Most treatment plans are simple and take one or two appointments. But even the most extensive treatment can be provided using oral sedation dentistry. Don’t let fear or anxiety keep you and your family from having beautiful, healthy smiles.

 

Resources for People with Dental Anxiety and Dental Phobia

 

Summit team memers and volunteers pose for a group photo

Dental Day 2016: Recap

 

Last weekend, we hosted an event called Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016, where we donated our time and dental services to the community. The event was open to anyone who walked in, and each attendee was eligible for one free cleaning, filling or extraction. And we couldn’t believe how many people came out! We had 39 team members and some of their families on hand to volunteer for the event, which served 104 patients and donated $22,724 total in services. We were even featured on KMEG14-Siouxland News!

 

 

Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016

You’re invited to Summit Gives: Dental Day 2016 – a day of free dental care hosted by Summit Dental Health! This is the day we give back to the community that has been so wonderful to us. Each attendee (18 or older) will receive one free extraction, cleaning or filling. Tri-State Dental Lab will also be providing free denture repairs until 12PM.

Saturday, August 20

8:00AM – 4:00PM

Summit Dental Health – Sioux City

 

Arrive early! Registration begins at 8:00AM and patients will be seen on a first-come, first-served basis. Remember to dress appropriately for the weather and to bring snacks, water, umbrellas and lawn chairs, because some patients will end up waiting outside. Our Sioux City office is located at 2114 Pierce Street in Sioux City, Iowa.

For more information, contact us at (402) 799-1166!

Click here to view our easily printable flier: SDH-SummitGivesDentalDayFlyer3

Summit Dental Health Reacts to AP Flossing Report

By now, you’ve probably seen or heard about the AP flossing report that claims the “medical benefits of dental flossing [are] unproven.” Needless to say, it has been causing quite a stir in the Summit Dental Health offices! Not because it’s changing our opinions about oral hygiene – but because the article itself is a little misleading. Read the report here, then we’ll tell you what the dental community has to say, including a response from Andrea Edelen, a Registered Dental Hygienist and the National Director of Hygiene at Mortenson Dental Partners.

 

A lack of good research doesn’t prove something is ineffective.

 

As you’d imagine, a number of dental groups have already publicly shown their support for flossing since the AP report was released. The American Dental Association (ADA) and American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) were both quick to address the duration of these studies, which in general have been conducted only over short periods of time. In the AAP’s official statement about flossing, their president acknowledges that “much of the current evidence does not utilize a large sample size or examine gum health over a significant amount of time. Additionally, many of the existing studies do not measure true markers of periodontal health such as inflammation or clinical attachment loss.” And that “because the development of periodontal disease is slow in nature and because a variety of factors can impact its progression, studies that examine the efficacy of daily flossing are best conducted over a number of years and among a large population.”

What the studies in the AP report failed to incorporate in their research were very important factors, primarily family history and the presence of other health issues. One doctor even said he doubted the patients in the study flossed correctly. So although there may be conflicting conclusions about the efficacy of flossing, it’s worth remembering that flossing is only one aspect of maintaining good oral health. Just like maintaining a good diet is only one aspect of physical health.

 

The American Dental Association still defends flossing as an essential part of taking care of teeth and gums.

 

The AP report, despite all its claims that flossing is ineffective, still never fully endorses an end to flossing altogether. In fact, the report ends with a recommendation from Dr. Iafolla, a public health analyst at the National Institutes of Health: Office of Science Policy, to keep flossing once a day. “It’s low-risk, low-cost,” Dr. Iafolla said. “We know there’s a possibility that it works, so we feel comfortable telling people to go ahead and do it.” In an August 4 release, the ADA argues that the federal government has never changed its stance on flossing and “the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC) made a deliberate decision to focus on food and nutrient intake (i.e., added sugar).”

“According to the American Dental Association (ADA), interdental cleaners such as floss are an essential part of taking care of your teeth and gums. Cleaning between teeth removes plaque that can lead to cavities or gum disease from the areas where a toothbrush can’t reach. Interdental cleaning is proven to help remove debris between teeth that can contribute to plaque buildup.”

 

Dental hygiene care plans should be personalized.

 

The official statement from the American Dental Hygienists Association (ADHA) endorses a dental hygiene care plan that is “personalized according to the individual’s unique oral health needs, general health status, values, expectations and abilities. Not all adjunct devices are appropriate for all patients, and it is important for dental hygiene professionals to work with their patients on which interdental cleaning method fits their needs.” For some patients, this could mean using a Waterpik®, or a water-flossing product that has been proven more effective than string floss at improving gum health. For others, like the dentist in the video above, the answer could be an old-fashioned wooden toothpick. Whatever decision you make, there is no better person to help you decide what’s right for you than the person who knows your teeth the best – your dental hygienist.

 

Now that you’ve heard how everyone else is responding, let’s hear what Andrea Edelen, a real-life Registered Dental Hygienist (RDH), has to say:

Professional Portrait of Andrea Edelen

Andrea Edelen, RDH, BS, National Director of Hygiene, Mortenson Dental Partners

“We believe in dental hygiene practice that is both evidence-based and patient-centered. Our standard of care emphasizes that the oral hygiene recommendations be personalized according to the patient’s unique oral health needs, general health status, and abilities. Not all adjunct devices are appropriate for all patients, and it is important for dental professionals to work with their patients on which interdental cleaning method fits their needs. The ADA supports flossing with proper technique among other interdental cleaners being beneficial to removing bacteria, biofilm, and food debris from interproximal areas that a tooth brush cannot access.”

Best of Omaha 2017

It’s that time again to vote for Summit Dental Health the “Best Family Dentist Office” in Best of Omaha 2017. Casting your ballot is super easy. If you would like to vote only for Summit Dental Health as “Best Family Dentist Office” and “Best Cosmetic Dentist,” just follow the directions below and you’ll be finished casting your ballet in less than five minutes! Voting ends August 31st.

Vote for Summit Dental Health as Best Family Dentist Office in Omaha

 

QVC Category: Family Dentist Office
QVC Number: 49054
QVC Link: http://BestOfOmaha.com/49054

 

For those of you who’d like to fill out a complete ballot, we encourage you to vote for these other local businesses who are friends of Summit Dental Health. Feel free to follow the links to their websites and Facebook Pages to learn more about them.

Dining

Coffeehouse: Dundee Double Shot
Outdoor Patio: Goldbergs in Dundee

Family

Children’s Attraction: Omaha’s Children’s Museum
Dentist Office: Summit Dental Health

Health & Beauty

Barre Fitness Facility: The Barre Code
Charity Walk/Fun Run: UNO Claussen-Leahy Maverick Run/Walk
Cosmetic Dentist: Summit Dental Health
Yoga Studio: One Tree Yoga

Nightlife

Neighborhood Bar: Goldbergs in Dundee

Retail

Gift Shop: Spruce
Pharmacy: Kohlls

Services

Employer – More Than 100 Employees: Summit Dental Health

Transportation

Brake Service: Buchanan’s Service Center
Car Tire Service: Buchanan’s Service Center
Oil Change: Buchanan’s Service Center

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