As Dr. Doty’s retirement date approaches, we thought it would be fun to look back over the years at one of his favorite subjects…. TECHNOLOGY. As a self-proclaimed technology guru, he has been an innovator and brought the most progressive dentistry to Medina County for 42 years.
In 1975, Dr. Doty graduated from Case Western University Dental School and set out to start his own practice. He opened the doors in the Inner Circle Professional Building that August and immediately brought his own brand of technologically progressive dentistry combined with a gentle, caring atmosphere. He began with three rooms and filled them with the most advanced equipment of the day. One of his first innovations was a panorex x-ray machine. At the time, there was only one type of machine used to give a whole view of the entire mouth and a brand new one could be found in this office.
In 1980, Dr. Doty moved to our present location and continued his long standing practice of providing cutting edge dentistry in Brunswick. The office featured a revolutionary design pattern. Sinks located right outside the rooms allowed for easy and sanitary hand washing. Also, the rooms were designed with no “spit sinks”. Instead, they were designed with disposable suction tips which are commonplace today. Every wall in close proximity to an x-ray head was lined with protective lead that far exceeded the recommendations. The practice opened with the use of an autoclave for heat sterilization of all instruments in place of a “cold soak” antiseptic method that was used at the time. Dr. Doty foresaw the need for increased infection control and put these ideas into place before it was required.
Beginning in the late 1980s and early 1990s, the technology boom was beginning and Dr. Doty’s ability to foresee the future became clear. It was with much trepidation that the staff entered the computer age with Dr. Doty encouraging us. We were one of the first offices to use computers for accounting and insurance claim processing. Shortly after implementing that, and long before it was ordinary, we went paperless! We used the first Windows based dental software called Dentrix. At the time, it was unheard of not to have paper charts. Our notes and charting were done completely on the computer and one could be found in each room. Since we had computers throughout the office, they all needed to work together. So, Dr. Doty networked the whole system BY HIMSELF! We have never had an IT department, we had Dr. Doty. We took the leap of faith and found that it all worked and things were better organized.
In addition to the computer network, there were several other innovations in our office at that time. We were one of the first offices to implement a digital x-ray system. This type of x-ray used much less radiation and used a solid state chip instead of film. This allowed the image to be displayed immediately on the computer screen. Along with continuing to provide nitrous oxide, other advancements in anesthesia and root canals were put into place to make procedures easier to tolerate. We also had one of the first intraoral cameras to help with patient education.
Leading the way into the new century, Dr. Doty continued to be at the forefront of technology. He started placing mini and immediate implants long before the procedures were common. We introduced advanced oral cancer screenings for at-risk patients, first with VIZILITE and now with the latest technology VELscope. In 2004, Dr. Doty was one of the first dentists in Medina County to purchase a CEREC machine to enable us to make same day crowns in the office.
In 2009, Dr. Doty had another first. He was one of the initial general dentists in Ohio to invest in a 3D x-ray machine called the Galileos by Sirona. This technology is similar to a panorex but provides an in-depth 3D view of the teeth, jaws and surrounding structures. Sirona sent other dentists to our office to preview this new technology and see the benefits for themselves. Keeping with the tradition of being ahead of the curve, in 2011, Dr. Doty removed all of the overhead lights and purchased the loupes and headlights that you have all become accustomed to seeing us wear. The magnification and superior lighting is AMAZING! We didn’t know what we were missing.
In 2013, Dr. Doty passed the technology torch to Dr. Gaebelein. He is also an innovator and has already kept the vision alive. He has recently installed TV monitors in every room to enhance viewing of x-rays and intraoral pictures. They also provide a medium for information about the office, dental topics and some soothing, relaxing pictures to enjoy. In the ever-changing computer age we live in today, Dr. Gaebelein has completely updated our computer system and server.
Many times through this technology journey, the staff was hesitant to move forward with new ideas. Dr. Doty always had a vision and was patient with us as we learned and adapted to the new thinking. We are proud to say that under his guidance, we, as a team, have been able to provide our patients with advanced care that they would not have had anywhere else. Thank you Dr. Doty!
We look forward to the new innovations we will see in the future with Dr. Gaebelein.
This article was written by Courtney