Innovative Technology at Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry

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Kevin: Good day everyone and welcome to the latest edition of the Spread Love, Banish Fear show, brought to you by Doctor Saadia Mohammed. My name is Kevin [Kovelky 00:00:13] and I have the privilege to be the host of this educational-filled, inspiring show where I get to tap into the brilliance and wisdom of Dr. Saadia as we discuss what's the best way to create the foundation for your family to have a happy and healthy children. Dr. Saadia has been in private practice since 1998 as a board certified pediatric dentist, with her practice Palm Beach Pediatric Dentistry, with a fellowship at Yale New Haven Hospital, while holding many certifications and memberships with countless associations and organizations, here's the thing. All in all, Dr. Saadia is a renowned expert in this category when it comes to nurturing a happy and healthy child. Dr. Saadia, welcome to the show.

Saadia: Thank you so much Kevin. This was, as always, one of the best introductions I ever get, and that's one of the reasons I do these podcasts, just to get introduced by you.

Kevin: Well, listen, I'm glad that you feel that way and it comes with love, just like you say, because I appreciate the impact that you are having on the people that you get to interact with. So, I just want you to know how much I appreciate you.

Saadia: Thank you. Thank you.

Kevin: You're welcome. We have some really good stuff today. I say let's begin today's show talking about the role of technology in medicine and health, because let's face it, we all know that the world is advancing at such a rapid pace now, that I'm sure many of us out there, including myself, who's even understand this probably more than the average person, has no idea to the extent what benefits exist with all these advancements. If you don't mind, how about we start out there.

Saadia: Oh, I would love to. This is one of my all time passionate things. I love technology and when I can bring it into my office and I can use it I get so excited about it, and just seeing what technology does in medicine, let me just talk a little bit about, for people who may be a little bit younger than me, may just take technology for granted. I'm born before the iPhone generation. I actually saw our computers like start out. I'm not that old, but I'm there.

Kevin: I'm with you.

Saadia: Well, I mean these days kids grow up with iPhones and iPads. They may not know that there was a world before them and we actually have to live in it. Just like everything else, in medicine technology's come a long way. When we first started out and when I first started go to school [inaudible 00:03:14] it was ... EKG's was pretty cool. You did EKG's, you did chest X-rays. You did all these kind of basic technologies where there. There was ultrasound there, but that was pretty much the extent of technology, but nowadays, because technology has exploded and there's so much out there, they are talking about, believe it or not, growing teeth using lasers. Can you believe that?

Kevin: That's amazing.

Saadia: It just blows my mind where technology's going. I was like, let's talk about technology and where we are and how we're utilizing it.

Kevin: I love it. It would be great if we could just go through some examples and then you can tie into the examples, how that has evolved over time because all of us, because we are at different generations who would be listening in, have many different experiences of course. By the way, I just want you to know Dr. Saaida, some people are going to laugh at this, I still remember when you had to actually pay to have an AOL email address for service. So, how it all has advanced.

Saadia: Yes, the old time AOL. You could almost date people by what email they give out.

Kevin: Absolutely. Absolutely.

Saadia: So, getting on with how has technology involved in medicine and dentistry. Well, I was reflecting on it and I realize that it's had a very systematic approach, just like everything else and at first the technology that came around was all about how to diagnose. There were different examples, like I said, about the ultrasounds, the EKG's and X-rays and CT scans and MRI's. Those were all used to diagnose in the noninvasive way. Same thing in dentistry. Now, what do we have? We have primarily X-rays and as the X-rays became digital X-rays that's kind of like the next thing and there's a couple of other technologies around to diagnose, but pretty much in teeth it's like, okay, it's either a cavity or not a cavity, there's not a whole lot to sit there diagnosing. So, that's probably why we don't have crazy diagnostic technology in teeth or dentistry. Then the next technology phase, from where I'm looking at here and reflecting that, is to really treat the patient, and getting back into dentistry, we have amazing technology, which is out there. Of course, we started with the old fashioned drill, which is air driven and everybody loves that sound, don't they? That loud sound at the dentist's office. Then the next phase of technology was the quieter drills, which are electric powered. Of course, when I set up the office, you now Kevin, who was going to get the electric drill, right? Had to have that. You know why? Because it's the better way of treating a patient. Any time you improve technology, you improve outcome and you improve delivery and you improve the experience of the patient. So, that's one of the biggest reasons I love technology. So, electric drill. Next thing, hard and soft tissue lasers. To me and to you it might sound like, "Oh yeah, we've talked about those, that's old hat." However, it is not mainstream. Can you believe that people still go to dentists and get like ... go to the dentist that does not have digital X-ray?

Kevin: Right. I hear about it often.

Saadia: And/or is actually practicing dentistry the old fashioned way. There's nothing wrong with that. However, with all the technology out there, is that really the health care provider that you, Kevin, would choose for your daughter?

Kevin: It's a very good point, and as you know what my answer is going to be is, I'll take advantage of the technology. That's why I was really excited for this show today, so that others can be educated just like I have been able to, to know the full benefit to take advantage of what's out there.

Saadia: Yes. So, I kind of left a little bit because we talked about diagnosis of technology, then we talked about treatment and I kind of want to talk just a little bit about the next frontier that I see happening, is to use heal a patient.

Kevin: Right. And if I know where you're going with this, I'm sure that it has to do with lasers.

Saadia: Aha. I told you. I have a little saying sitting in front of me, you are a conductor of light. All right. So, now let me explain to you exactly what laser is. Laser is an acronym for light amplification by stimulated emission of radiation. Fancy way of saying, you get something, any kind of a medium, which is that's what a laser uses. Laser has been around since 1960. You remember those laser pointers? That was a laser. Your CD player, those people out there that remember CD players or have them? That's got a laser in it. So, lasers are nothing like, oh, didn't happen overnight. However, in medicine and dentistry, especially in dentistry because when we're talking about cutting heart tissue, that's where the challenges had come in. It was soft tissue, no problem, you didn't cut it. Hard tissue, especially teeth, you don't want to cut something and heat it up by the energy so much that you actually char it. So, hard and soft tissue lasers have probably been around for the last about 15 years and there's been some very fine equipment that's come out on there.

Kevin: Dr. Saaida, I'd like to just jump in quick. As you were talking about different kind of lasers, I would also make the assumption, of course, that not all lasers are the same, that there's different types of sophistication and different levels and those kind of things as well as, it's important for everybody out there to pay attention as well, is that not all providers have actually bought into the concept of lasers. So they haven't maybe gone to the educational courses or things of that nature. I think it's important that somebody that has interest in the lasers, that you just ask a couple of questions to make sure that they're getting the somebody who has taken the time to educate and commit to it, like yourself as an example. So, I just wanted to comment on that quickly so that we didn't miss that point about making sure that you find somebody who is taking advantage of the technology of lasers.

Saadia: Well, it's simply put Kevin, nobody really says, "Oh, I would love to go to the dentist." If they have a problem, and most people associate dentistry with pain. So, when it comes to going to the dentist, where would dentistry really want to put most of the emphasis and making the patient experience comfortable, pain free, as much as realistically possible. And that's really where hard and soft tissue lasers come in because most of the time, in my practice, like I have been using lasers for the last 13 years, ever since I opened the office and over the years invested in different types of lasers, always trying to improve the patient experience. At the present time I can say easily that I can take care of cavities, which is pretty much what most pediatric dentist will do, either a check-up or cavities or some other stuff, but primarily it's like, "Okay, you've got a cavity, let's take care of it." When you take care of the cavity most people expect to get numb, and not only the fear of a shot in your mouth, but also just that whole feeling of being numb for about an hour or two afterwards and not having control over your own facial muscles and sometimes your tongue, becomes very, very traumatic for people, especially they have any kind of a tongue tie, you know that. Imagine having to [inaudible 00:12:55] and having no control in airway issues. Anyway, with a hard and soft tissue laser, which I love my Convergent Solea carbon dioxide laser, I can take care of probably about 90% of cavities without ... Are you ready for this Kevin? Without anesthesia.

Kevin: Amazing. That is amazing.

Saadia: To me, that's just like, oh yeah, every day thing, but when I start talking about that people are just like, "What, no numbing?" I'm like, "Yeah, we didn't need to numb." That small thing is so ... it blows my mind because that's where technology is improving the patient experience, and at the end of the day, if that's what I can do to serve in my practice, I'm all over technology. If I can improve and elevate that patient experience through knowledge and through investment in technology, I'm signing up.

Kevin: Right, and that's what we all appreciate about you, is your commitment to used technology for the benefit of your patients. I would love ... I think this is a great moment for you to actually share a little bit more in detail with our audience your approach and your philosophy so that they can have an idea of what it is to look for, when it comes to caring for their children and really for themselves as parents, as adults, because I think it's important for them to know what you're using ... this stuff for you, you've mentioned the restored of part of it, with regards to fillings, which, to me, is still mind-blowing. If you would talk about anything else, that would be great for them to have just more examples too.

Saadia: Yeah. Let me talk about the typical kind of technology that we have in our office, which is, of course we have the digital X-rays. What do digital X-rays really do? Well, X-rays are obviously diagnostic. Digital X-rays will reduce the radiation that a person is exposed to by about somewhere around 90%, somewhere to the extent that when I was actually putting in digital X-rays in my office when we first built the office, they had just come out and I remember the sales people actually telling me I did not need a apron for the patient. That's how low the radiation is. Of course, we still use an apron because I'm just kind of like, there's no reason not to. So, I personally use it. But reducing that radiation. I mean, over time, from all the technology that we're using on an everyday basis, there's probably micro radiation in everything, so why not reduce rates dental radiation as much as possible? So, of course, digital X-rays. Next thing. The iTero 3D Scanner, which basically ... remember whenever you've gone to the dentist and they needed to make a mold of your teeth, they would put all this lovely delicious flavored goop in your mouth to capture an impression of your teeth. Do you remember that?

Kevin: I do. Right.

Saadia: Was that the most comfortable thing ever?

Kevin: Oh, yeah right. You're bringing bad memories.

Saadia: Well, I mean, we try, as dentists, to try to really kind of soup it up and make it sound great. At the end of the day it's goop in your mouth and we're making a mold.

Kevin: Exactly.

Saadia: We've gotten away from it. We actually have a 3D scanner, which is the camera, which captures images off your teeth and your mouth and it puts them together and makes it 3D mold of your teeth and your mouth. No more goop.

Kevin: That's incredible. The goop is gone.

Saadia: Well, sometimes we still love to use goop for our special patients.

Kevin: That's a good way to put it. Oh you're funny.

Saadia: We have no more goop, less radiation. So, what was left? Well, let's see what we can do. We've already talked about doing the hard tissue laser. Then of course, the soft tissue laser, and that's really kind of interesting because, yes, there are many different types of soft tissue lasers that I mentioned earlier. However, what really is a differentiating factor between one soft tissue laser and another soft tissue laser. Of course, from end user point of view or a dentist standpoint, an investment cost is one thing, but it's not about investment cost. It really is, in my point of view and my perspective, what will give the superior feeling? Anyone can cut. However, how is the healing after the cut? And in my experience, the Convergent Solea carbon dioxide laser, at that three lasers will give me the most superior healing.

Kevin: It's really amazing to hear you describe these advancements. Only because I've experienced all of this from when I was a child. I had quite a bit of dentistry done when I was a child for whatever reasons. Although I'm understanding more and more now probably why from you and where all that stem from, but to hear where this is going to, and I will tell you. Probably the most significant thing that you mentioned, that I believe most people still don't fully understand and grasp, is the whole thing about radiation, because people have been scared about this for a while now and it's one of the reasons why people tend to turn down doing X-rays and things of that nature because they don't fully grasp this. So, the fact that you're talking about this, that you're making people aware that they can seek out those who have similar types of technology that you're using, to be able to help them as well. Of course, I encourage everybody to come to you because, let's face it, you are the expert and you are always constantly trying to make it a better, less painful, more comfortable, those kind of things, for all of your patients, which I really appreciate and respect, which is why I love to do this and help you with this to get the message out, because it's important and hopefully more people continue to embrace this so that ultimately when ends up happening is, we have this shift in what people think about the dentist. Could you imagine if all of a sudden it went from, "Oh my gosh, I don't want to go to dentist." To, "Gosh, I can't wait to go to the dentist again." Wouldn't that be amazing?

Saadia: We actually have that. Not [crosstalk 00:20:46]

Kevin: I know you do, but I'm talking about in general. You are having an influence on where the industry is going. That is remarkable.

Saadia: Yes. It's just a remarkable time. I'm blessed to be here and have been entrusted with this and I am on a mission.

Kevin: I know you are. I know you are. I got to tell you, it's really nice for me to be able to sit back and watch as you evolve and as you get the word out and you help people through not only your services, but your knowledge and your willingness to share, which is very special. I can't tell you enough how much I appreciate what you're doing because you're making a really big difference.

Saadia: Well, thank you for that. And I really am looking forward to a couple of really fun things that we're going to have coming up. One of them is a really impressive elite mastermind we're doing and I've got some wonderful people ready and lined up to come and speak. These are key opinion leaders and we're going to talk about some really fun, innovative things on how to raise your child without disease.

Kevin: That is fascinating. Well, I'm looking forward to that. Anything else you got up your sleeve there that I don't know about yet, doctor?

Saadia: Got a few things up my sleeve, but however-

Kevin: All right. We'll save those for another time.

Saadia: Yep. You'll just have to keep watching me.

Kevin: I love it. Well, Dr. Saadia, as always, excellent and very topical information today and I really hope that people take note of all of this advancement in technology and realize that there are other ways, better ways, more comfortable ways. I mean, just really mind-blowing information today. So, thank you for all that. It's always good to come together and I can't thank you enough.

Saadia: Thank you, Kevin, and let there be light.

Kevin: Yes, let there be light. Well, thank you, everybody, for taking the time to listen in on the latest edition of Dr. Saadia's amazing show, Spread Love and Banish Fear. Again, that's 561-477-3535 and they look forward to do whatever they can to make sure that you have a wonderful experience with the dentist and to make sure that you are raising amazing, happy, healthy children. Until our next time together, make it a great day and we'll talk to you then.

Saadia: Thank you Kevin. Thank you everyone.