By Nancy Nelson, Staff Writer
It seems only a few months ago when the ground was broken for Dr. Goettsch's new facility located next to HyVee in Cherokee. The building is now complete and ready for business. The public was treated to an open house at her new location this Wednesday.
As you walk through the entrance adorned with stained glass work above the door you are greeted by a bright, calming, and cheerful color palette called 'Butter Up'. The staff will happily greet you at the contemporary curved counter. To the left children will find the secret archway to a toy room complete with television and video/DVD player. It provides a safe place for them to entertain themselves while parents get treatment or while they wait their turn.
The waiting area is relaxing, with modern comfortable seating, art work, and Goettsch family photography. When it is a patient's turn to be seen they will be escorted to the spacious treatment area where modern technology will take away the fear, pain, and anxiety of dental work.
The new technology includes intra-oral cameras that will give Goettsch and her patients a magnified look at what is going on in their mouth on a computer monitor. Digital radiography provides x-rays with less radiation and the ability to load them instantly onto the software so patient and doctor can have a look. It also provides organization of the x-rays because they will never be lost since they are stored in the patients electronic file. If a more serious problems arises Goettsch can electronically send the image to another professional or print the image on photo paper for the patient to take with them to get a second opinion.
No more drilling at this office, from now on patients can get their cavities filled, root canals, and extractions completed with the use of the Waterlase MD. It uses laser technology for a pain free procedures on hard and soft tissue. With the laser, patients may not need numbing shots depending on the extent of work necessary. The laser also brings less bleeding which is very advantageous to patients on blood thinning medication.
Patients will also be able to view educational videos on the monitors located at each dental chair. They will learn about the procedure they are about to have done or about an ongoing dental problem they may have or they can watch their favorite cable channel.
The technology is not limited to just patient care. The whole system works together in a paperless fashion. Patients can get insurance approvals for procedures in a manner of days rather than weeks. Documentation can be done on the computer as a patient is being seen and sent electronically to insurance companies for the pre-approval procedures.
Now that the facility is up and running Goettsch is ecstatic with the way everything turned out. She says she would not have changed anything. So far all her patients love the laser. Her staff loves the new place because it has so much more space and everything has a place. The facility also has room to grow with space for an additional dentist in the future.
The staff at Family Dentistry includes Goettsch, Crystal Preuss, Dental Assistant, Ann Lundell, Office Manager, Deborah Fox, Dental Assistant and her newest staff member, Tonya Schmillen, Hygienist