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Name: Erin Elliott, DDS, DASBA
Practice: Post Falls Family Dental and Sleep Better Northwest
Location: Post Falls, Idaho
Dental school: Creighton University
Graduation year: 2003
Areas of expertise: Sleep apnea, medical billing
Social media channels: Facebook: Erin Elliottdds
Tell us about a product or technology that has recently changed your world.
My partner has been a CEREC owner since I arrived as his wide-eyed associate in 2003. Because of the old camera and inability to make a full crown, the original CEREC ended up sitting in the corner. But in 2016, we jumped in the deep end of the big-kid pool and purchased a Galileos Orthophos SL 3D with Sicat Air and an Omnicam from Dentsply Sirona. Man! It has transformed our practice. Not only did my partner and team get excited about dentistry again, but the 3-D capability allowed me the confidence to start my implant journey.
In addition, the Sicat Air software enabled us to continue our success in dental sleep medicine. Sleep apnea is my passion and a large part of my practice. We don’t use the cone beam to screen our patients, but I am able to educate the patient about airway and nasal obstructions in a much more visual way.
What’s a piece of advice you wish you knew five years ago?
I wish I knew the impact that having a cone beam would have on my implant journey. I wish I had started placing dental implants sooner so that I could better service my patients and I could do more of the dentistry that I like to do.
As dentists grow in their practices, their dentistry should grow too. Find out what makes you passionate about dentistry. Then, create a practice that incorporates advanced and emotional dentistry—so you actually look forward to going to work every day.