DPR Supplement - September 2011 - (Page 26)

Products in Practice Products in Practice ADVERTISEMENT IntellIgent DesIgn think about tomorrow’s technology needs when building today’s dental practice. edited b y s ta n t o n m e h r he pace of technological advances in the dental field is breathtaking. DPR sought the advice of three experts to discuss the basic requirements of new dental offices and how they should be ready to handle future changes. T technology-wise today, and where he or she is heading 5 years from now. Those things need to be considered in the design of the floor plan. In the past, it was rare to see high-tech floor plans that serve as a basis for a contractor’s bids or are submitted to the city for inspection approval. Yet, it really needs to be an integral part of the final blueprint today. Certain technological options, like CAD/ CAM and 3-D technology, can add significantly to the price of a new dental office. It may be challenging for start-up practices to consider these technologies right away, but they may be installed in 5 years. Has this possibility been considered? Has the preplanning been done at the outset? a flexible plan DPR: With regard to technology, what’s the biggest mistake that dentists can make when designing a new office? JIM HAMMON: One of the key mistakes that I often see is not building flexibility into the design. This includes having the ability to put monitors in multiple locations and to wire and/or rewire the office as technology evolves. PAUL SAUERESSIG: I’d agree. Sometimes, it’s the result of not involving the Digital Technology Specialist early enough in the process. Each year, I work on perhaps 35 new build-outs, and I want to be involved when the architect is designing the electrical aspects of the floor plan, to avoid that very problem. Hammon Saueressig Busch The Participants Ȝ Ȝ Ȝ Jim Hammon, Equipment Sales Specialist Henry Schein Dental Paul Saueressig, Digital Technology Specialist Henry Schein Dental William Busch, DMD, MAGD, Owner/Director North Kansas City Dental Group running the dental practice business DPR: To conduct the “business” side of dentistry, what are the minimum technological requirements today? SAUERESSIG: Practice management software is mission critical. You’ve got to have it; that’s your backbone. That’s what everything plugs into today. Not only does that run your business, your practice management software determines much of the digital technologies you’ll be able to use. Each practice management software tool varies in regards to what kind of technology will integrate with it. DR. WILLIAM BUSCH: I’d say the digital imaging system would be the next priority. Without digital imaging, you won’t have a good electronic health record. DPR: How about building in flexibility for new technology that might come down the pike in 5 years? HAMMON: Yes. For example, the wiring standard for years was CAT5. CAT6, fiber optic, or others may be the new standard. You might have to consider upgrading the wiring at some point in the future. This means building in the flexibility to adapt to new technology or something as basic as adding a second monitor to a treatment room. SAUERESSIG: You should understand what the doctor is trying to accomplish 26 DEnTALPRODUCTSREPORT.COM | September Supplement 2011 http://www.DENTALPRODUCTSREPORT.COM

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of DPR Supplement - September 2011

DPR Supplement - September 2011
Table of Contents
Product Watch
Improving inventory management
10 Questions
Clinical 360°
Ceramir Crown & Bridge
Soft-tissue infection and periodontal disease
Products in Practice
Service + Support = Success
The Camlog Implant System
Practice automation and website integration
Intelligent design
Precise LTM Laser
Byte-by-Byte

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