Dr. Everett Heringer believes in staying current with dental technology. Our office uses digital X-rays and laser technology because they provide an extra level of precision. We keep abreast of the latest technology so that we can provide premium care and the most comfortable environment to our patients.
I like to stay really current with the latest technologies. Honestly, I think that's going to separate a lot of offices, those who are in the technological realm, so to speak, those who are staying advanced, versus those who don't. Really, if you don't do the latest technology services, you'll basically perform a disservice to the patient, so you really need to jump on the technology bandwagon and that's what we've done. We just don't jump on it because it's the thing to do, it's the trendy thing. We jump on it because we believe it's best for the patient.
A couple of areas in particular that we've seen in technology is, number one, x-rays. We're doing digital x-rays. The amount of radiation that comes out of those digital x-rays is incredibly minimal. You can take an airplane ride and you're getting more radiation on an airplane than you are when you take digital x-rays. The other thing, too, is that we aren't spilling all the elements, the chemicals, into your water systems anymore, like we used to with the old x-rays. We used to put them in tanks, dump the solutions into the water system and it would contaminate all the water systems. The digital x-rays are instant. You can help the patient understand what their disorder is or their problem is because you can see an abscess, you can see decay better.
One of the other technologies that we're really proud of is what we call the NuCalm. It's like a very natural sedative, relaxing. It's not a narcotic. It's a non-scheduled, relaxing, natural pill. We just have the patient take one or two pills before the procedure. They swish it around in their mouth and they swallow it. They listen to music and it's almost an instant calming effect. It's almost like your first level of sleep, so to speak, and it just kind of relaxes you. We have people who just like the effect of NuCalm. They aren't taking any drugs or narcotics. When they walk out of here, quite often they're feeling better than they felt when they came in, if you can believe it.
I use a laser and there are so many things you can do with a laser. I really embrace that technology and I just think that an office that doesn't consider laser or laser dentistry is really one that's not being proactive. We like to be on the edge of technology whenever it's deemed proper or necessary.
My thought is check out an office who's got the latest technology, who's passionate about the technology, who understands using technology and also uses it on a regular basis in their office. It also serves you, the patient, better. You want to receive the benefits of technology and they're out there, so just look for that and you'll enjoy the benefits of the latest technology.