Apex Dental Patient Appreciation Giveaway

At Apex Dental, we’re getting excited for our upcoming 4th annual Patient Appreciation Giveaway. After months of planning we’re now only a few weeks away from seeing one lucky patient win a $10,000 Home Makeover.

Every year we have so much fun at this event. It’s a time for our staff to get together with our patients outside of the office, to show our appreciation for all their support over the years.

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‘Best Places To Work’ – A DSO Makes The List

Group Dentistry Now –

While North Carolina is not known as the easiest place for a dental support organization to do business, one DSO has not only survived, but is thriving in the state. Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry is one of the fastest growing multi-specialty dental practices in the Triangle.  It was also named to the Top 50 ‘Best Places to Work’ list by the Triangle Business Journal. Once nominated, a company had to meet a threshold in employee participation – a percentage that varies based upon the size of the company – to be eligible to be honored. Winners were chosen by an employee-survey process which was conducted by Quantum Workplace. Apparently the employees at Riccobene were extremely enthusiastic about their employer and made their thoughts and feelings known.

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New Funding Seeks To Help Clinics Swamped By Demand For Dental Care

Kaiser Health News –

Shane Peebles has a ticking time bomb in his mouth.

He has multiple cavities, including one that has been infected and formed a pocket of painful pus. He also has a disease that causes swollen, bleeding gums, making it painful to chew.

He finally visited a health clinic two months ago when the pain became unbearable — and learned that it would cost $300 for surgery to treat the infection.

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Dentist: How I honor America’s heroes, one smile at a time

Fox News –

There is nothing tougher than returning home from active duty and feeling like a complete outsider. It’s the separation anxiety a veteran faces not only because of the physical and mental effects of combat, but also the lack of identity and connection to the civilian world that one must overcome to function as a member of society.

This transition from active service member to civilian becomes far easier when one is able to tie their reintegration to a commitment they made by serving in the Armed Forces: To protect the American way of life and bravely serve those around them at home and abroad. For many U.S. veterans, like myself, this pledge became a drive to continue to give back to my community through work and volunteerism.

-By Dr. John Ihnen

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Dental Associates to Open New Waukesha Clinic


On Monday, July 11 at 7 a.m., Dental Associates will open its doors and begin seeing patients at its new, state-of-the-art dental center at 1211 Dolphin Ct. in Waukesha. The 21,571-square-foot clinic, which is conveniently located at the intersection of Hwy. 164 and E. Main St., features a sleek glassy rotunda and attractive brick exterior. Inside, the clinic has a spacious lobby, stone fireplace and is flooded with natural light to create a warm and inviting space for patients. The opening marks Dental Associates’ sixth dental center in the Milwaukee area.

“We have a dynamic model of patient care that we’re excited to share with Waukesha County residents,” says Thomas Manos, D.D.S, M.S., president and owner of Dental Associates, Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice. “A high-tech facility like our Waukesha clinic is part of our vision to provide comprehensive, affordable, top-quality dental services to residents throughout the area.”

The Waukesha location will provide a comprehensive suite of dental services – general dentistry, pediatric, orthodontic and surgical care – to meet the needs of children, teens, adults and seniors. Initially, the clinic will include a total of 20 team members, consisting of dentists, hygienists, and dental technicians.

The Waukesha clinic will feature convenient iPad check-in and medical history gathering, electronic medical records that allow patients to visit any Dental Associates location for care, private consultation rooms, quiet rooms for patients who need additional privacy and dual in-room monitors so patients can easily view their x-rays or watch educational oral care videos.

Each patient will have their own dental team that includes a dentist, dental hygienist and dental technician who they see each time they visit. If additional services are required, the patient’s dentist will consult with the on-site specialist to create an individualized plan of care, based on the patient’s specific needs.

“During the last few years, we’ve worked hard to bring continual improvements and innovations to our clinics and patients,” says Dr. Manos. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves to be the best and most trusted provider of dental services in Wisconsin.”

In 2014, the company began posting Press Ganey patient evaluations of its dentists and clinics on its website and was awarded the prestigious Press Ganey Leaders in Transparency Award. Press Ganey, an independent, nationally-recognized health care data company, conducts the patient surveys.


Founded in 1973, Dental Associates is Wisconsin’s largest family-owned dental group practice with 13 clinics throughout the state and nearly 800 staff members, including 100 doctors and 629 operatories. The company plans to open its 14th dental center in Howard, near Green Bay, in August 2016. Dental Associates provides complete family dental services, both general and specialty dentistry, under one roof, from pediatric dentistry to specialized dental services for older adults, with a focus on excellent care that is affordable, accessible and personalized. Dental Associates is accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). Dental Associates is the exclusive provider of CarePlus Dental Plans, which allows the company to provide affordable and high-quality dental health care to all Wisconsin residents.

Darin Schumacher, 920-431-1742
[email protected]


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Pacific Dental Services Foundation Partners With Autism Speaks And Concorde Career College To Provide Special Needs Dental Care Training

Group Dentistry Now –

On June 4, 2016 the Pacific Dental Services Foundation, with support from Autism Speaks, held their second free special needs training event to dental assistants, hygienists and faculty at Concorde Career Colleges, in order to increase access and promote awareness of the physical and mental challenges faced by special needs patients when it comes to oral healthcare.

Presenters included Autism Spectrum Disorder experts Dr. Jeanne Anne Carriere, PH.D (Director, Education Assessment Team and Kelly McKinnon-Bermingham, MA, MCBA (Director, Behavior Intervention).

The course provided a comprehensive look at Autism Spectrum Disorders and what every dental assistant and hygienist can do to better serve their patients and families including learning ways to create a problem-free setting to provide a positive experience at the dental office.

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Veterans can get free dental care Saturday

USA Today –

Veterans will have access to free dental services June 25 thanks to the Healthy Mouth Movement.

Nearly 400 Aspen Dental locations will offer complete dental services to veterans at no charge.

Although the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs provides health care to veterans, full dental care coverage is limited. According to the VA’s website, only veterans who have a service-related dental disability or condition, are former prisoners of war, or are rated by the VA as 100% disabled can receive any needed dental care. Also, fewer than 10 million veterans are VA-enrolled.

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