The doctors and staff at Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins, 10646 River Road, Denton, earned certification in Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) after completing extensive training in the latest advanced life support techniques. Sponsored by the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), the educational session was facilitated by John Bovia, a nationally-renown American Heart Association educator and co-founder of Life Support Services, Inc., one of the largest training centers for health care providers in the country.
ACLS classes provide health care doctors and professionals with the skills to recognize and treat an adult patient experiencing cardiac arrest or other cardiopulmonary emergencies. Many state dental board regulations as well as American Dental Association guidelines are making ACLS training a requirement for sedation dentists.
“It is crucial that dentists and their staff are comprehensively trained to handle emergencies that may take place in their office,” says Patricia E. Higgins, D.D.S. “It is our responsibility and commitment to provide not only the best, most enhanced dental services available, but also to provide those services in an environment that puts patients’ safety and care first,” she adds.
Patricia E. Higgins, D.D.S., and Rowland S. Holsinger, D.D.S., are members of the Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation (DOCS), American Dental Association, Academy of General Dentistry, American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, ICOI – International Congress of Oral Implantologists, and the Maryland Dental Association. In addition, Drs. Holsinger and Higgins have received extensive training at Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI).
Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins opened in February 1986 and offers the convenience of comprehensive care for adult patients. They provide routine dental check-ups and cleanings as well as cosmetic enhancements to improve the appearance of crooked, chipped, unevenly spaced, or stained teeth. Since 2001 Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins has also provided sedation dentistry for the fearful patient or for those patients who wish to combine multiple procedures in fewer appointments.
Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins also houses a TMJ Diagnostic and Imaging Center. Services include:
• Sedation dentistry
• Invisalign (invisible braces)
• ZOOM! 2™ and in-office whitening/bleaching
• Single-visit crowns
• Laser gum treatment
• Oral conscious sedation
Smiles By Holsinger & Higgins is now accepting new adult patients. For more information or to make an appointment, contact Smiles by Holsinger & Higgins at (800) 617-3644 (Delaware) or (410) 479-3644, or visit www.smilesby.com.