Today’s Dentist and The New Protocol

When was the last time you saw your dentist? Was it before “the virus’? Many of us are still overwhelmed by COVID-19, as it fills every gap in the news. Even as restrictions are being lifted, have any of you thought of having your teeth examined? I recently visited my dentist and you’d be surprised, by how things have changed.

An Appointment With The Dentist…

As my town gradually began to open up and restrictions were lifted, the dentist and his job were re-instated; with strict guidelines, of course. I didn’t bother making a call at first; people with the most painful issues would be clamoring for those hydraulic recliners. Eventually, my appointment was confirmed. I was given explicit instructions, as my dentist’s secretary spelled out the terms of my rendezvous.

She reminded me to arrive at their dental clinic no earlier than ten minutes before the scheduled time. Otherwise, as she put it, “You’ll have to wait outside on the bench over by the tree in the courtyard.” I didn’t even know they had a courtyard. She also told me that I would have to wear a mask. They would provide me with one if I had none. I made sure to bring mine… on that day.

My Dentist’s Waiting Room…

I was right on time and made my way to the dentist’s secretary. She assigned me seat number four. The chairs in that room had all been positioned six feet apart. I sat down. My dentist works with three other dental surgeons and a cluster of dental hygienists; five people were waiting with me. We looked at each other – above the rims of our cloaked mouths – and nodded.

Chair number six was called. The woman sitting in it got up and followed the dental hygienist to her assigned room. Seconds later her seat was being disinfected, sprayed, and cleansed. A lemon-fresh scent filled the air. I’d been waiting less than ten minutes when my hygienist came out. Dressed in a long gown, wearing a plastic face shield and a mask beneath it, she muttered – what I presumed to be – my name and motioned me to follow her.

An Empty Dentist’s Exam Room…

As I walked along the hallway, I passed an empty exam room. Evidently, a patient had recently been in there with an emergency dentist and every cubic inch of that space was being disinfected. I was to find out from my hygienist (later on), that the empty room would not be used for another hour – even after sterilization. “That’s a reassuring process,” I thought to myself.

As I sat down for my cleaning, I couldn’t help but wonder how my hygienist could perform her job in that long gown she was wearing; but she did. And she did it well. She admitted that they’d all got used to wearing the added safety clothing. Sanitizing their work stations thoroughly and more often meant managing their time precisely. They were all comfortable with social distancing and in her words, “We’re accustomed to this now, and it’s working out great!”

My Dentist Noticed Something Tiny…

A short time later – wearing a similar mask and gown as the hygienist – my dentist greeted me warmly. His banter was muffled as he shared with me how things were going with the expanded protocol. “It’s all about adjusting to the new way dentists have to work. And we’re adjusting just fine,” he remarked as his stainless steel tools probed my gaping mouth. I grunted. He understood and – I presume – smiled. He also suggested I come back in three months. There was a tiny spot on a molar that he wanted to follow up on.

That Special Feeling… When You Leave Your Dentist

As I left the examination room, employees were already scurrying in with disinfectants. The secretary (who also wore a mask), never touched my credit card as I paid for the visit. While I walked toward my car, I felt reassured and confident. Everything to protect my safety had been carried out professionally. And I felt something else. You know… the thing you do when you’ve just been to the dentist?

Yep… I brushed my tongue against the back of my front teeth. The feeling of crispclean, incisors – is something, I’d almost forgotten. You might want to visit your dentist and remind yourself, what it feels like.

Essentials Of Addiction Therapy Florida Drug Addicts Need To Know

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There are different types of addictions that exist. These addictions may either be related to substances or behaviors. Prescription drugs, cannabis, cocaine, tobacco, alcohol, heroin and opiates are among those that are most addictive. The addict may have a strong will to change their behavior but this will may not be strong enough to overcome the desire for the substance. In this article, we will consider the options in addiction therapy Florida residents can use.

Treatment programs are usually tailored to meet individual needs. The various therapies that exist are often used in combination to optimize the benefits. CBT (Cognitive behavior therapy), is one of the treatments that has been shown to yield good outcomes for most (if not all) addictions. In the treatment, the addict is helped to gain insight into their problem; they help identify what caused their addiction and what they can do to overcome.
Some forms of prescription drugs addictions such as those in which opioids are involved are chronic and relapsing. Addicts frequently require maintenance therapy that is lifelong in some cases. Depending on the specific opioid, methadone or naloxone may be used for this. It is not uncommon for these drugs to be administered for decades.

Experts recommend that counseling is offered alongside the drugs to improve the chances of success. Several other drugs are available for use in the management of the other types of addictions. Nicotine preparations are usually given to persons who are addicted to tobacco. The preparations are available in various formulations such as patches, gum, nasal sprays, and lozenges. Drugs such as bupropion may also be prescribed together with the preparations. Drugs administered for alcohol dependence include naltrexone and acamprosate.

Some factors determine the success of treatment. Compliance with drugs and retention in the program is one of the most important. This, in turn, is related to factors such as individual motivation, the presence of a strong social support structure and the nature of the relationship between the addict and the therapist. It is the role of the clinician to ensure that they build a strong relationship with their client.
The family should be incorporated into the treatment process as much as possible. This is because they are in most cases affected either directly or indirectly by the behavior of the addicted family member. The members can be involved through family counseling or couples therapy (for the spouse). The members play an integral role in influencing behavioral change. They also begin to heal from an emotional wound that have been inflicted on them by the addicted relative.

Therapeutic interventions may be given an individual or group level. Generally, group therapy is preferred. One of the benefits of a group is that members learn from each other. They also support each other to remain consistent in the program. Individual therapy appears to be the better choice for addicts who have other mental or medical illnesses other than addiction.
Some of the top treatment options take a spiritual approach to addiction recovery. These are often run by actual churches or spiritual centers. They have trained teams of medical professionals on hand that will help navigate the most difficult parts of the detox process. There are even trained counselors that consumers can work with to identify the cause of addiction in their lives.

Outpatient treatment allows people to seek help for their addictions without radically altering their schedules. This means that they can receive counseling and other services on a walk-in basis. They will still have the freedom and the ability to continue going to work or school or handling other important responsibilities.

When people are dealing with severe issues, they should consider the benefits of inpatient treatment. This is usually necessary after many years of drug use or when drug use has resulted in many painful consequences and relapse is likely. Inpatient care takes people out of their normal environments and away for negative influences, distractions and triggers.

Not only is it necessary to detox the body from the physical effects of drugs, but it is also a good idea to attend therapy that assists with the identification of behavioral issues and addictions. People can get a better understanding of why they have opted to use drugs in the first place. Counseling that is offered as part of these services also teaches the importance of accountability, which helps people regain control over their lives. Long-term success is often achieved through accountability.

After having completed in-patient treatment in Florida, people have the skills that they need to remain successful in their recoveries over the long term. At a treatment center, a person will learn how to set measurable goals and objectives. Having goals is necessary for remaining both motivated and focus. Patients are also given access to all of the resources that are necessary for putting their lives back on the right paths.