We are happy to announce that Dr.Shiffman’s Boynton Laser Dental Center is now a provider for the TMJNextgen appliance. The Nextgen appliance fits into your ear and helps control clenching and grinding of your teeth that can contribute to facial and jaw joint pain. Teaming with your ENT or audiologist who takes the inner ear molds by our prescription , we then prescribe the appliances which are computer molded in a high tech laboratory here in the USA. We then deliver and teach you how to place the soft clear rubber appliances. The appliances do not interfere with your hearing and because of the placement they are virtually invisible. The appliances are removed for eating and cleaning. In some cases co-therapy with a bite appliance may be necessary, along with modification of your bite . This team approach helps to better treat and identify your issues. We constantly strive to be on the cutting edge of technology that will improve your overall health and your clinical experience so that you will be confident in choosing Dr. Harvey Shiffman as your Boynton Beach Dentist.
For your comfort and convenience,Boynton Laser Dental Center uses laser assisted periodontal therapy to treat gum disease without uncomfortable cutting or sutures.
Dr. Shiffman manages infected gums in a single office visit by utilizing the industry’s only proven multi wavelength laser treatment. Laser dentistry quickly and painlessly removes dangerous toxins that lead to bone deterioration, while simultaneously promoting the growth of healthy gum tissue.
Here’s how it works:
Laser assisted periodontal therapy is regarded for its comfort, but a local anesthetic is applied to ensure absolutely no pain is felt during the procedure. A general anesthetic isn’t necessary.
A small laser fiber, about the size of a thin hair brush bristle is placed in the pocket between the gum and tooth to eliminate bad bacteria and diseased gum tissue. The healthy tissue is left unharmed, and the pocket is cleared for further cleaning.
A second laser wavelenth uses a thin laser quartz rod , which creates a photo-accoustic wave to gently break apart tartar and calcium deposits on the tooth’s roots along with de-toxifying the root surfaces.
The laser fiber returns to reach the bottom of the pocket and remove harmful toxins and bacteria while sterilizing the bone and tissue. This action elicits blood clotting. The clots contain fibers that will support the reattachment of the tissue to the bone and foster the regrowth of lost tissues.
Gums that were once diseased are restored to health without cutting, scaling, stitches, or pain. Laser assisted periodontal therapy is remarkably powerful and effective, yet gentle. Unlike traditional periodontal treatments, which employ sharp tools to cut away affected tissue, laser assisted periodontal therapy keeps your gums intact and allows you to remain comfortable throughout the entire procedure and afterwards.
If your gums are tender, inflamed, bleeding, or receding from the tooth, it’s likely you have gum disease. It’s important to promptly seek treatment since gum disease contributes to cardiovascular issues, diabetes, stroke, and low birth weight in pregnant women. Gums anchor the teeth, so acceptable periodontal health promotes oral health, too. Dr.Shiffman and his Boynton Laser Dental Center located in Palm Beach ,Florida are committed to keeping up with the latest advances in Dental Laser therapy to help maintain your health and well being.
Our proprietary natural looking”SMOOTHLASE” treatment of facial wrinkle reduction, skin tone rejuvenation and wrinkle prevention was recently awarded a “Trademarked” status by the U.S. federal government . Cosmetic Smoothlase treatment is all done intra-orally (in the mouth ) so there is no redness, peeling or swelling. The treatment is virtually painless. Smoothlase consists of three 30 minute appointments, each 2 weeks apart and the results last from 6-12 months. Smoothlase treatment causes a conversion of collagen in the tissue to a younger more resilient type. Dr. Shiffman and his Boynton Laser Dental Center are always on the forefront of new laser and dental technology to help maintain and improve our patients health and well being. We strive to be your Boynton ,Delray and Palm Beach dentist. Call us at 561 737 6400, we won’t tell your neighbors!
At Boynton Laser Dental Center we just recently installed a Sirona Dental 3D CT scanning machine in our office. Dr.Shiffman is on his way home from completing the training in the 3D software to evaluate for dental implants ,diagnosis your airway problems and track the treatment of Snoring and Sleep Apnea along with looking for dental pathology. This is just another way that we are committed to improving your health and well being. Eat better ,LOSE THE CPAP , sleep better and live a healthier longer life!
call today for an evaluation 561 737 6400. We should be your Boynton Beach Dentist!
A dentist can save my life? Really – my dentist?
It does seem unconventional that your dentist could help you get a good night’s sleep. Unconventional – sure. True – you bet! The most common obstacle in preventing a healthy night sleep, is breathing cessation. For periods of time throughout the night (lasting seconds to minutes), you stop breathing. This is due to a collapsed, blocked or restricted airway.
An analysis by your dentist can determine if your sleeping disorder is caused by snoring, sleep apnea or insomnia. These are all very real and treatable conditions that all have a huge impact on the quality of your sleep. Additionally, many medications you are taking have a profound effect on the quantity and quality of sleep you are getting.
Dr. Harvey Shiffman is trained to recognize and assess each of these conditions. Furthermore, he is completely devoted to understanding your symptoms and presenting you with alternatives – and results. He understands both the physical and emotional consequences a sleeping disorder plays in your life and he can help you find relief or eliminate your problem all together.
Sleep deprivation takes a huge toll on the overall quality of your life. You are arguably and obviously tired and cranky, but the emotional toll begins to become evident. The simplest tasks are difficult to concentrate on, you are increasingly irritable and your negativity affects your relationships with your family and friends.
Smoothlase™ Dr. Shiffman was instrumental in the development and testing of the procedure.
Smoothlase™ is a new type of non-surgical, non-invasive procedure that uses fractionalized laser and the body’s own natural healing process to lift, tone, and tighten loose skin around the mouth, chin and lips..
Smoothlase uses the safe, time-tested energy of laser to stimulate the deep structural support layers of the skin—including those typically addressed in a surgical facelift—without disturbing the surface of the skin, all done from inside the mouth..
The effect of focused laser energy on the growth of new collagen over time.
Natural, Noticeable Results
Now there’s a way to stand firm in the face of gravity—on your terms. With Smoothlase, there’s no downtime, no foreign substances, no radical change; just a healthy revving-up on the inside for a natural, noticeable effect on the outside.
With Smoothlase, you can go about your day after each 30 minute in-office procedure. You may notice a short-term “boost” but the natural process of creating new, more elastic, collagen builds over time—much like the effect that exercise has on building muscle (but without the multiple workouts!).
The Beauty of Smoothlase
Results will unfold over the course of 2-3 months and some patients have reported continued improvement for up to 6 months, including lifting and tightening of the skin around the mouth, chin, along the jawline, and under the eyes. While Smoothlase does not duplicate the results of surgery, Smoothlase has proven to be an inviting alternative for those who are not yet ready for surgery
Unlike dermatological lasers, which penetrate the skin from the outside-in, Smoothlase works from inside the mouth, specifically targeting the deep, structural skin tissues where collagen lives. Using fractal laser technology, Smoothlase actually works from the inside-out to lift and tighten skin non-invasively.
Your body’s response to this energy is to recondition tired skin by stimulating the growth of fresh, new collagen. The result is a tightening and gradual lifting—or shifting—of the skin back into a more youthful position and form-fitting shape.
Natural. Non-Invasive. No Downtime.
The FDA-cleared Smoothlase intraoral soft tissue procedure has been established to be safe and effective in clinical studies. A Smoothlase procedure typically takes 3 ,30 minute procedures, each 2 weeks apart.. There are no special after-care requirements and you can resume your normal activities immediately.
Before your procedure
No preparation whatsoever is required before your Smoothlase procedure.
During your procedure
The focused laser energy is delivered to pre-planned depths within the tissue to stimulate collagen growth.
Comfort levels vary from patient to patient and can depend on the area treated as well. Dr.Shiffman will discuss options for making the experience as pleasant as possible. The sensation you experience is associated with the focused laser energy as it is deposited below the surface of the skin. It is noticeable just while the energy is being delivered and patients typically leave comfortable and excited about the benefits to come.
After your procedure
You are able to return to your normal activities right away, and there are no special measures you need to take.. It is not uncommon to experience slight swelling for a few days, or tingling/tenderness to the touch following the procedure, but these are mild and temporary in nature. There is the possibility for other less common post-procedural effects, which Dr.Shiffman will review with you.
Dr.Shiffman has been invited to speak at the Greater New York Dental Meeting in December of this year. The GNYDM is one of the largest in the world. Dr.Shiffman will be speaking on state of the art dental lasers and clinical techniques . We are very proud and excited that Dr.Shiffman has been recognized by his peers as an up and coming expert in the field. This month Dr.Shiffman will be training a group of dentists here in south Florida on the “Nightlase” laser snoring and sleep apnea reduction technique as well as our “Smoothlase” laser facial rejuventation procedure. Smoothlase is a non surgical, intraoral ( all done inside the mouth) procedure for taking years off of your appearance and improve your facial muscle tone. It requires no anesthesia, no down time and you can go back to work or play the same day! In October Dr. Shiffman will be repeating these professional lectures in Las Vegas, Nevada with another group of lucky dentists.
Our office staff has been enlarged to better address your needs, and we have had several educational courses for the staff to educate them about all the new technology that we use on a daily basis. Later this year we will be adding a 3-D Panoramic xray unit to make your experience easier and aid in implant placement. Our office strives to make your dental experience as comfortable and stress free as possible. We feel that by using the most up to date technology,and having the most advanced training makes our practice the best in Boynton Beach, and that if Dr.Shiffman is not your Boynton Beach dentist, he should be!
Harvey S. Shiffman D.D.S.
8200 Jog Road Suite 201
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
NOTICE OF PRIVACY PRACTICES
THIS NOTICE DESCRIBES HOW HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU MAY BE USED AND DISCLOSED AND HOW YOU CAN GET ACCESS
TO THIS INFORMATION.
PLEASE REVIEW IT CAREFULLY.
We are required by law to maintain the privacy of protected health information, to provide individuals with notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with
respect to protected health information, and to notify affected individuals following a breach of unsecured protected health information. We must follow the
privacy practices that are described in this Notice while it is in effect. This Notice takes effect 08/08/2013, and will remain in effect until we replace it.
We reserve the right to change our privacy practices and the terms of this Notice at any time, provided such changes are permitted by applicable law, and to
make new Notice provisions effective for all protected health information that we maintain. When we make a significant change in our privacy practices, we
will change this Notice and post the new Notice clearly and prominently at our practice location, and we will provide copies of the new Notice upon request.
You may request a copy of our Notice at any time. For more information about our privacy practices, or for additional copies of this Notice please contact us
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HOW WE MAY USE AND DISCLOSE HEALTH INFORMATION ABOUT YOU
We may use and disclose your health information for different purposes, including treatment, payment, and health care operations.
For each of these categories, we have provided a description and an example. Some information, such as HIV- related information, genetic information, alcohol
and/or substance abuse records, and mental health records may be entitled to special confidentiality protections under applicable state or federal law. We will
abide by these special protections as they pertain to applicable cases involving these types of records.
Treatment. We may use and disclose your health information for your treatment. For example, we may disclose your health information to a specialist
providing treatment to you.
Payment. We may use and disclose your health information to obtain reimbursement for the treatment and services you receive from us or another entity
involved with your care. Payment activities include billing, collections, claims management, and determinations of eligibility and coverage to obtain payment
from you, an insurance company, or another third party. For example, we may send claims to your dental health plan containing certain health information.
Healthcare Operations. We may use and disclose your health information in connection with our healthcare operations. For example, healthcare operations
include quality assessment and improvement activities, conducting training programs, and licensing activities.
Individuals Involved in Your Care or Payment for Your Care. We may disclose your health information to your family or friends or any other individual
identified by you when they are involved in your care or in the payment for your care. Additionally, we may disclose information about you to a patient
representative. If a person has the authority by law to make health care decisions for you, we will treat that patient representative the same way we would treat
you with respect to your health information.
Disaster Relief. We may use or disclose your health information to assist in disaster relief efforts.
Required by Law. We may use or disclose your health information when we are required to do so by law.
Public Health Activities. We may disclose your health information for public health activities, including disclosures to:
• Prevent or control disease, injury or disability;
• Report child abuse or neglect;
• Report reactions to medications or problems with products or devices;
• Notify a person who may have been exposed to a disease or condition; or
• Notify the appropriate government authority if we believe a patient has been the victim of abuse, neglect, or domestic violence.
National Security. We May disclose to military authorities the health information of Armed Forces personnel under certain circumstances. We may disclose to
authorized federal officials health information required for lawful intelligence, counterintelligence, and other national security activities. We may disclose to
correctional institution or law enforcement official having lawful custody the protected health information of an inmate or patient.
Secretary of HHS. We will disclose you health information to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services when required to
investigate or determine compliance with HIPPA.
Worker’s Compensation. We may disclose you PHI to the extent authorized by and to the extent necessary to comply with laws regulating to worker’s
compensation or other similar programs established by law.
Law Enforcement. We may disclose your PHI for law enforcement purposes as permitted by HIPPA, as required by law, or in response to a subpoena or court
Health Oversight Activities. We may disclose your PHI to an oversight agency for activities include audits, investigations, inspections, and credentialing, as
necessary for licensure and for the government to monitor the health care system, government programs, and compliance with civil rights laws.
Judicial and Administrative Proceedings. If you are involved in a lawsuit or dispute, we may disclose your PHI in response to a court or administrative order.
We may also disclose health information about you in response to a subpoena, discovery request, or other lawful process instituted by someone else involved
in the dispute, but only if efforts have been made, either by the requesting party or us, to tell you about the request or to obtain an order protecting the
Research. We may disclose your PHI to researchers when their research has been approved by an institutional review board or privacy board that has reviewed
the research proposal and established protocols to ensure the privacy or your information.
Coroners, Medical Examiners, and Funeral Directors. We may release your PHI to a coroner or medical examiner. This may be necessary, for example, to
identify a deceased person or determine the cause of death. We may also disclose PHI to funeral directors consistent with applicable law to enable them to carry
out their duties.
Fundraising. We may contact you to provide you with information about our sponsored activities, including fundraising programs, as permitted by applicable
law. If you do not wish to receive such information from us, you may opt out of receiving the communications.
OTHER USES AND DISCLOSURES OF PHI
Your authorization is required, with few exceptions, for disclosure of psychotherapy notes, use or disclosure of PHI for marketing, and for the sale of PHI. We
will also obtain your written authorization before using or disclosing your PHI for purposes other than those provided for in this Notice (or as otherwise
permitted or required by law). You make revoke an authorization in writing at any time. Upon receipt of the written revocation, we will stop using or disclosing
your PHI, except to the extent that we have already taken action in reliance on the authorization.
YOUR HEALTH INFORMATION RIGHTS
Access. You have the right to look at or get copies of your health information, with limited exceptions. You must make the request in writing . You may obtain a
form to request access by using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice . You may also request access by sending us a letter to the address at the
end of this Notice. If you request information that we maintain on paper, we may provide photocopies. If you request information that we maintain
electronically, you have the right to an electronic copy. We will use the form and format you request if readily producible. We will charge you a reasonable
cost-based fee for the cost of supplies and labor of copying, and for postage if you want copies mailed to you. Contact us using the information listed at the end
of this Notice for an explanation of our fee structure.
If you are denied a request for access, you have the right to have the denial reviewed in accordance with requirements of applicable law.
Disclosure Accounting. With exception of certain disclosures, you have the right to receive an accounting of disclosures of your health information in
accordance with applicable laws and regulations. To request an accounting of disclosures of your health information, you must submit your request in writing
to the Privacy Official. If you request this accounting more than once in a 12-month period, we may charge you a reasonable, cost-based fee for responding to
the additional requests.
Right to Request a Restriction. You have the right to request additional restrictions on our use or disclosure of your PHI by submitting a request to the
Privacy Official. Your written request must include (1) what information you want to limit, (2) whether you want to limit our use, disclosure or both, and (3) to
whom you want the limits to apply. We are not required to agree to your request except in the case where the disclosure is to a health plan for purposes
of carrying out payment or health care operations, and the information pertains solely to a health care item or service for which you, or a person on your
behalf )other than the health plan), has paid our practice in full.
Alternative Communication. You have the right to request that we communicate with you about your health information by alternative means or alternative
locations. You must make your request in writing. Your request must specify the alternative means or location, and provide satisfactory explanation of how
payments will be handled under the alternative means or location you request. We will accommodate all reasonable requests. However, if we are unable to
contact you using the ways or locations you have requested we may contact you using the information we have.
Amendment. You have the right to request that we amend your health information. Your request must be in writing, and it must explain why the information
should be amended. We may deny your request, we will amend your record(s) and notify you of such. If we deny your request for an amendment, we will
provide you with a written explanation of why we denied it and explain your rights.
Right to notification of a Breach. You will receive notifications of breaches of your unsecured protected health information as required by law.
Electronic Notice. You may receive a paper copy of this Notice upon request, even if you have agreed to receive this Notice electronically on our Web site or
by electronic mail (email).
QUESTIONS AND COMPLAINTS
If you want more information about our privacy practices or have questions or concerns, please contact us.
If you are concerned that we may have violated your privacy rights, or if you disagree with a decision we made about access to your health information or in
response to a request you made to amend or restrict the use or disclosure of your health information or to have us communicate with you by alternative means
or locations, you may complain to us using the contact information listed at the end of this Notice. You also may submit a written complaint to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. We will provide you with the address to file your complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services upon request.
We support your right to the privacy of your health information. We will not retaliate in any way if you choose to file a complaint with us or with the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services.
Our Privacy Official: Harvey S. Shiffman
8200 Jog Road Suite 201
Boynton Beach, FL 33472
561-737-6400 fax 561-737-6470 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
We all love white teeth; in fact, teeth whitening is the number one requested cosmetic procedure in America. Your teeth are porous to a certain degree which means that tea, coffee, some antibiotics, tobacco, and red wine can all have an effect on the color of your teeth. If you are not happy with the color of your teeth, there is no better time than now to make a change. There are many whitening options in today’s market and we want to clarify how these products work and their advantages. There are many ways to achieve a whiter smile, but most involve the utilization of a bleaching agent that is held or painted onto the surface of the teeth; just think your smile can be transformed from dull…to dazzling.
How Does Teeth Whitening Work?
A whitening gel is placed in a tray that fits over your teeth. There is an active ingredient in the gel called carbamide peroxide which breaks down and begins to enter the enamel and bleaches the colored substances. How safe is the procedure? Very; dentists have known for years that whitening/bleaching is a safe and fast way to whiten teeth up to 2-5 shades. When whitening, the structure of the tooth is not changed; only the tooth is made lighter and whiter. If you have fillings, crowns or bonding in on your teeth they will not lighten.
At Home Whitening
You have two options when it comes to at-home whitening, over-the-counter products and take-home kits from our office. The over-the-counter products, like Crest Whitestrips® and paint-on solutions, are less effective and do not provide the brightness our in-office treatment can provide. These products do not last as long, either. The “professional strength” version of Crest® and other brands do have a stronger, more potent bleaching agent in them, again, with limited results. Even the most common at-home methods such as chewing a whitening gum, whitening toothpastes, and mints have a limited whitening ability.
The take-home whitening kit involves a thorough exam, impressions of your upper and lower teeth and the creation of a set of plastic trays that cover your teeth up to the gumline. The trays themselves are made of a soft, flexible and comfortable plastic material that flexes in your mouth and is quite easy to wear. Before inserting the trays, you will fill them with a whitening material (usually a carbamide peroxide mixture) to a level that does not come to your gum tissue, so your gums will not get irritated during the process. Of course, Dr.shiffman, will give you specific instructions for length of wear and frequency to get the desired result.
In Office Whitening
Zoom and Opalescence Boost are our choices for in-office tooth whitening. Clinically proven to whiten natural teeth, They both lighten internal discoloration caused by medication or tooth trauma, as well as superficial stains from foods, drinks and smoking. Fillings and bonding materials remain unaffected. Opalescence Boost features a unique, chemically activated formula that allows us to whiten your teeth without the bothersome heat or ultraviolet rays of a light. It also contains potassium nitrate and fluoride, which help to improve oral health by strengthening enamel, decreasing sensitivity, and offering increased cavity prevention. Opalescence Boost offers results in about an hour. The dentist-supervised, in-office procedure is safe and effective, and offers a brighter, whiter smile after just one appointment. This dramatic change does cost more, but the quick result, lack of daily up keep like the in-home whitening kits, and the relatively low cost to benefit received make it a huge success.
If you would like more information about teeth whitening options, please call our office to discuss the whitening treatments we offer, and which would be best for you.
You Can Smile Brighter This Spring!