(February 18, 2014) – According to a Pew Research Center study written by Susannah Fox on December 16, 2013, 72% of Internet users say they looked online for health information within the past year. It is increasingly common to see consumers using the Internet to gain access to healthcare information. The doctors at Utah Surgical Arts believe potential patients want reliable information coming from qualified healthcare providers who are actually performing the procedures in their local area and they want it in a digestible format, such as video.
Two board-certified oral surgeons practicing in Provo and Payson, UT, and serving Utah and Salt Lake County residents have launched a new website for the patients of their area. Complete with videos about treatments and pre-operative and post-operative instructions, the feedback has been stellar. “I like the fact that I can learn when the right time is to have my children’s wisdom teeth extracted or if they even need to be removed at all just by watching the videos on the website,” said Stacy a mother of 5 children who lives in Springville, UT.
Utah Surgical Arts, which has been serving the community since 1998, enjoys an outstanding reputation amongst its patients for going the extra mile in providing care. “We have gone to great lengths to offer our patients the highest quality care possible. That is reflected in each of our investments in education, as all three of our surgeons have both a dental and medical degree, the maintenance of our surgical center’s certification by the AAAHC, and the pre-operative and post-post operative education we provide to our patients,” said Michael Harris, DDS, MD who founded the practice.
Patients seeking information about wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, bone grafting, orthognathic surgery, the treatment of sleep apnea and a myriad of other oral and maxillofacial surgeries can find informative short-format videos that explain the procedures on the website.
“Many people want to know when it is the right time to remove their children’s wisdom teeth or learn more about dental implants. Now they can learn from highly-trained professionals that actually perform these procedures on a daily basis and it is just a click away. I like the fact that potential patients can become better informed, which tends to make them feel more comfortable, and they get to know me before they ever come to our practice. I see this as a tremendous resource for our community,” said Dr. Park, DDS, MD.
One of the reasons patients are often referred to an oral surgeon is the full range of Anesthesia options offered during procedures. Often times, the thought of going fully under in general anesthesia can be concerning, especially for parents of younger children. “We take this very seriously and have undergone a significant amount of training as a part of our oral surgery residency to administer this form of anesthesia and want to inform the public about who is qualified to perform this type of sedation. Making patients pain free during the procedure is the easiest part of the process. The most important part of the procedure is ensuring the safety of the patient, which is why we have invested so much in the certification of our surgical center,” said David Park, DDS, MD who also serves as the Chairman of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery and Hospital Dentistry Department at Utah Valley Regional Medical Center.
The website of the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons indicates that Oral & Maxillofacial surgeons are the only recognized dental specialists who, after completing dental school, are surgically trained in an American Dental Association-accredited hospital-based residency program for a minimum of four years. They train alongside medical residents in internal medicine, general surgery, and anesthesiology, and also spend time in otolaryngology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine and other specialty areas. For more information go to http://www.aaoms.org or please visit the online resource provided on the website of Utah Surgical Arts.
About Utah Surgical Arts:
Dr. Michael Harris completed his undergraduate work at Brigham Young University, received his dental degree from Creighton University in Nebraska, and his Medical degree from the University of Texas in San Antonio. After an internship in general surgery, he completed his training in Oral and Maxillofacial surgery at the University of Texas Health Science center San Antonio.
Dr. David Park earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Brigham Young University then received a scholarship to the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Dental School. After graduation he accepted a residency position at the University of Louisville, where he received his medical degree, completed an internship in General Surgery, and obtained certification in oral and maxillofacial surgery.
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3610 N University Ave, Suite 150
Provo, UT 84604
1107 South Hwy 198
Payson, UT 84651