Saturday, March 28, 2015

Post-exercise Glycogen Recovery and Exercise Performance is Not Significantly Different Between Fast Food and Sport Supplements

A new study about comparing sport supplements and fast food for post workout recovery showed there is no significant difference.

Bottom line: If it fits your macros, it works. Optimal is 1.2g/kg of carbohydrates every 30 minutes. Protein intake is 0.18g/kg.

Cons of study: small sample size

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Third Loan Paid Off!

Another glorious day. Third Loan of $14849 has been paid off in 13 months. Time for the next one.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

#2 Second Molar RCT With 4 Canals!

Used the Root ZX II Apex Locator and the Endosequence TCM III Rotary.

Buildup only, patient was unable to afford a crown. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

A Phone Call From The Founder and Chairman Of Dental One Partners

Roughly a month into working for DentalOne Partners, the Chairman and Founder, Dr. Edward Meckler DDS gave me a phone call today. He called to give praise after viewing the "Provider Performance Reports" on DentalBytes and speaking with the Office Leader, Jennifer. Dr. Meckler said that for recent graduate and having only worked one month my production her hour was "pretty good!"

He wants to see me become a successful practitioner and offered to sign me up for more CE courses and to even meet with Dr. Kamal, a Regional Dental Director (RDD). A tip he gave me was that of the most productive doctors, 90% wore white coats and ties. The phone call totally made my day. I'm even more motivated to succeed. 

Saturday, January 31, 2015

Comment Of The Day

Patient: Are you the doctor? That was the most gentle cleaning I've ever had.

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Comment Of The Day

Office Manager: Are you sure you're a doctor? Your handwriting is so legible!

Sunday, January 25, 2015

16 Facts About Sedation In The Dental Office

1. Nitrous oxide sedation was first introduced by Dr. Horace Wells

2. Dr. Niels Bjorn Jorgensen introduced the technique of titrating multiple drugs to induce sedation

3. The boundaries between different levels of sedation are NOT well demarcated

4. When administering drugs for sedation, it is NOT always possible to predict the level of sedation

5. Oral sedation alone or a combination of oral and nitrous oxide/oxygen can achieve minimal sedation

6.  Qualification requirements to provide minimal enteral sedation includes 14 hours of nitrous oxide course, 16 hours of didactic instructions and Basic life Support

7.  Moderate Conscious sedation is when the patient's airway is open with adequate ventilation and responds purposefully to verbal command

8. Deep sedation is when a patient responds only to repeated painful stimulation, airway may need assistance and ventilation may be impaired

9. One disadvantage of oral sedation is the inability to titrate

10. Patient escort is mandatory if oral sedation is considered

11. Patients with acute narrow-angle glaucoma should avoid benzodiazepines

12. Nitrous oxide should NOT be adequate substitute to local anesthesia

13. Nitrous oxide has a disadvantage, low potency. Advantages include titratable and rapid onset and recovery

14. Contraindications to IV sedation in a dental office are by an untrained provider, a pregnant patient and extremely obese patient

15. A review of medical and dental history, base line of vital signs and ASA status are a few of the pre-sedation assessment

16. ASA III and IV are not good candidates for sedation in the general dentist office.

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Friday, January 23, 2015

13 Facts About Electronic Cigarettes

1. The first smokeless non-tobacco cigarette device was patented by Herbert A. Gilbert

2. Hon Lik was credited with the first generation e-cog that used a piezoelectric element to vaporize the liquid containing nicotine.

3. All the major cigarette companies like Altria, Reynolds and Lorillard market e-cigarettes now.

4. Most basic cartridges are called cartomizers, these are pre filled with e-liquid and are disposable

5. The liquid nicotine or the 'E-Juice" contained in the cartridge is a solution of propylene glycol or vegetable glycerin, distilled water, artificial flavoring and nicotine.

6. Propylene glycol and vegetable glycerin are flavoring carriers in food products and food coloring.

7. E-liquids commonly come in no nicotine, 6mg, 12mg, 18mg or 24mg

8. E-cigarettes are advertised in magazines, convenience stores, internet web sites and social media networks.

9. According to the Philadelphia's Dept of Public Health in 2010, 40% of adults were aware of e-cigs and 10% of tobacco smokers had used an e-cig recently

10. While awareness is high in the adult population and the most common reasons for using e-cigarettes as stated by consumers are to help with cravings, to use less toxic alternatives to regular cigarettes, avoid relapse and attempt to cut down or quit. E-cigarettes have not been shown to be effective for cessation

11. Use of e-cigarettes does not discourage, and may encourage conventional cigarette use in adolescents.

12. E-cigarette use in the US is currently unregulated by the federal government.

13. To date, 115 adverse events concerning e-cigarettes have been reported including four reports of mouth irritation and/or bleeding gums

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