Technology



Dental X-rays are a valuable diagnostic tool used to identify decay, extra teeth, bone defects, tumors, cysts and to check the progress of previous procedures. Advances in technology now allow for digital X-rays, which reduce radiation exposure more than 50 percent, and produce instant, high-quality images that can be viewed immediately by Dr. Nathan and the patient.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends taking dental x-rays on children on a periodic basis to evaluate for cavities, infections, missing teeth, proper growth and development of the jaws and teeth, and other potential problems that cannot be properly diagnosed with a regular visual exam. Each x-ray is different, and each child’s needs can be different at different times in their life. At our office, we strive to expose your child to the least amount of radiation as necessary. ALL OF OUR X-RAY EQUIPMENT IS COMPLETELY DIGITAL. This includes our bitewings, periapicals, cephalometric, and panoramic x-ray machines. Historically, x-rays have not been digital and thus created larger amounts of radiation. With our all digital x-rays, we can greatly reduce the amount of radiation (by more than 50 percent) we expose your child to. This is something very unique to our office, as there are some offices in the Greater New Orleans area that do not use all digital x-ray machines. We also have all our patients wear an approved leaded apron with a thyroid collar to further decrease the radiation exposure. Our all digital x-rays produce instant, high quality images that can be viewed immediately by Dr. Nathan, his team, and you and your child. No more waiting around for x-rays to develop. Being all-digital, we can also email these x-rays to you or other dental specialists if needed.

Another unique piece of technology we have at our office is an intra-oral camera. This is a small camera that fits into your child’s mouth to take digital photos of anything we may need. Then, Dr. Nathan and his team can immediately show you certain areas in your child’s mouth that need to be discussed. This camera creates no radiation to be concerned about. In certain cases, we can merely take a photo of a tooth, and not expose your child to any radiation (x-rays) at all. Everyone thinks it is really cool, and the kids love it!
Using Electronic Medical Records by Open Dental allows our practice to quickly and accurately access patient information in order to provide efficient and accurate patient care. Our software is completely HIPPA compliant, insures patient confidentiality, and helps protect patient information. Always aware of our environmental impact, it also eliminates the need for wasteful paper. Having electronic and digital records allows us to efficiently share patient information and xrays (with your written permission of course) with referring dentists via a secure, HIPPA-compliant portal. If you ever have to relocate or change dentists for whatever reason, we can also transfer records electronically over the same secure, HIPPA-compliant portal.
In an effort to entertain our patients and help them relax while being in our reception area, we are pleased to offer a FREE 4-person PacMan™ game for our patients to enjoy while visiting our office. Even the parents love playing it!!
As a way to encourage good behavior and reward patients for being cooperative, we offer free tokens to be used in our Treasure Tower Toy Machines. Each child that comes to our office will receive at least one gold token to be used to pick a free toy out of our toy machines. With over 16 different types of toys to choose from, there should be something for boys and girls of all ages. Enjoy!!!
Again, in an effort to entertain our patients and help them relax while being at our office, we are pleased to have digital flat screen televisions throughout our office. Patients are able to watch their favorite movie or cartoon while being in the dental chair. By having digital computer monitors at each dental chair, Dr. Nathan and his great team can use these to show parents and patients their xrays and photos to better view and understand dental treatment needs.
To make our office more customer friendly and convenient, we offer free Wi-Fi for all patients and parents. Be sure to check in and like us on Facebook!!