When we need ‘more hands on deck’ we refer to our outside team of specialists and colleagues that I am proud to work with. Here are the main colleagues/specialists that I’ve spent years working with to provide our patients with extra options that otherwise may not be available. By bringing other points of view to the table it ensures that you are getting what you ‘need’ and not just what ‘we provide’. In the long run you have more options and are able to be more cost effective.
Dr. Handick and I have been working together for years. She has the ethics and ‘smarts’ that our tough orthodontic cases require. I would estimate that 75% of orthodontic cases are relatively easy and are completed in our office. If we identify the difficult cases that may require correcting skeletal alignment issues or complex oral facial surgery to align facial bones with the teeth, then we bring in Dr. Handick. She may cost more, but in a difficult case it’s definitely worth it! She’s great at explaining details and our patients return with nothing but praise.
Dr. Edwards and I have been working together for over 15 years and also worked with his mentor, Dr. Cutura since in 1993. Dr. Edwards is very conservative and only does what is needed (which is not always the case!) He uses the latest high power microscopes to drill very small holes through crowned teeth which can sometimes ‘save’ the tooth beneath the crown ultimately saving the patient the cost of a new crown which can be as high as $1400. Dr. Little works closely with Dr. Edwards to artistically salvage teeth that otherwise may have been lost or could have ended up costing a small fortune. Again, it may end up costing a bit more, but is worth every penny!
I was introduced to Dr. Beadnell in 1993 and have relied on him for consultation with difficult cases ever since. Minor oral surgery is done by most general dentists, however, in complex oral reconstruction cases he has been my ‘go-to’ guy for many years. He is a great lecturer at OHSU and is very easy to talk to. He has expanded over the years and I have also worked with his associates. If you want an honest consultation regarding a difficult case, no one is better than Dr. Beadnell and his outstanding team.
Dr. Abreyu is an anesthesiologist and is a great asset to our office. I am licensed to administer IV Sedation, however, sometimes IV and oral sedation are just not enough. Dr. Abreyu is a medical Doctor that specializes in general anesthesia in the dental office. Sedation and ‘general anesthesia’ are very different! If you need this type of sedation, the ‘operator’ (dentist or oral surgeon) cannot operate the anesthesia while also performing treatment. I have worked with Dr. Abreyu for years and although the different levels may be confusing, they will be explained to you in great detail and your needs will be met with the upmost safety and cost efficiency.
Dental PTSD, Fear, Apprehension, the list goes on. One thing that is absolutely true is that nothing, I mean nothing that is done in a dental office is fun! The idea of even having your teeth cleaned requires a light in your face and instruments in your mouth – not “fun.”
After many years of providing treatment to those with serious dental anxiety we have realized how our own dental community has ignored these issues(patients). I could go on about the reasons why but the insurance cost cutting hasn’t helped.
For those who are trying to get over the hurdle of seeing the dentist, we are proud to introduce Robin Hart. She is experienced in these issues and may well be the help you need to begin the road to health.
Please visit her website and or call us with any questions.