OKC Dentist Working With On-Site Lab to Bring Patients Best in Cosmetic Dentistry

OKLAHOMA CITY, Dec. 2, 2020 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ — Providing the highest quality, longest lasting and most honest dentistry available has been a commitment of OKC dentist Dr. Chris Saxon’s since he began practicing dentistry. He is keeping this commitment by providing his patients with an on-site dental lab. This allows Dr. Saxon and his team at Saxon Dentistry to work hand in hand with the lab specialists to ensure an outstanding level of quality and service.

The Saxon Dentistry Difference

In most practices, the standard procedure is to outsource your dental lab needs. These typically include dentures, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, implant restorations and more. While convenient and often less expensive for dentists, quality and precision are often compromised. With Saxon Dentistry, this is kept on-site, ensuring greater quality control, accuracy of fit and most importantly, higher patient satisfaction.

When patients embark on full smile makeovers, dental implants, porcelain veneers and even a single crown, they are putting a lot of trust in their dentist. This trust is not taken lightly at Saxon Dentistry. The on-site lab utilizes top tier dental materials, advanced technology and employs skilled, meticulous technicians. Combining this with Dr. Saxon’s expertise allows for predictable, high quality outcomes.

When teaming up with the on-site dental lab specialist, Dr. Saxon can bring them directly into the room with the patient and together listen to the patient’s concerns. Without an on-site lab, dentists have to relay information to their labs via phone call or email. Details get lost in translation, and details matter greatly when customizing a smile for patients. Sometimes the most minor adjustment can have the biggest impact.

Smile Makeovers OKC

Dr. Saxon has a particular passion for making dentistry beautiful and natural. His keen eye for detail can make any dental restoration, from a single cracked tooth repair to dental veneers to full mouth dental implants, blend seamlessly into a smile. This has made him a highly sought after OKC cosmetic dentist and implant dentist.

“When dentistry is done to the highest level, no one should be able to detect that you’ve had dental work completed.”

He believes in meeting patients exactly where they are in life, understanding their goals and setting forth the appropriate treatment from there. There is no one size fits all dentistry in his office. Personalized care is not only necessary; it’s what every patient deserves that walks through a dentist’s door.

Get to Know Oklahoma City Native, Dr. Chris Saxon

Dr. Saxon is a native of Oklahoma City and a graduate of Putnam City North high school. He received his doctorate from the University of Oklahoma College Of Dentistry. He takes between 100-150 hours of continuing education every year, far exceeding the Oklahoma Board of Dentistry’s requirements.

Dr. Saxon is committed to giving back to the local community. One way he does this is by being an Oklahoma Mission of Mercy participant. Dr. Saxon is an avid golfer, cyclist and kite boarder, but his greatest joy comes from spending time with

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Fitness Instructor’s Tips For Working Out After a Break

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I’ve worked out a lot in the past few months. In fact, you could say I was one of those people who fully embraced the at-home gym lifestyle. But as much as I thrived with my running challenges, online workout classes, and experimental workouts, even I needed a break.

Naturally, I encourage and support rest days, but for me this turned into a rest week. And then a rest month. I took so much time off that I found myself a little nervous to rejoin my favorite online workout class. As I’ve decided to dust off my favorite UA HOVR™ Machina Running Shoes ($150) and get to moving again, I’ve found myself a little more resistant than normal.

To help me get over that fear and offer up some tips for anyone like me who may have found themselves in a bit of a workout hiatus, I turned to one of the instructors I tune into most while working out at home, Peloton instructor Selena Samuela.

Samuela, who tackles everything from running to bootcamp, shared with me her top five tips for any athlete — no matter the level — for returning to an active lifestyle after a break.

All about timing

“Take your time and take the time to go back to basics,” said Samuela. In this instance, she emphasized the importance of focusing on form. “If [you’re] lifting, don’t let your ego get in the way,” she said. “It’s an easy way to hurt yourself jumping right back into where you left off. Instead, accept that you will need to build back up to it. That starts with form, good form will get you progressing faster and avoiding injuries.”

Think of the big picture

Be sure to focus on total work time rather than pace if you’re focusing on a cardio workout, explained Samuela. Although I’ve found myself frustrated that I’m not able to get my 5K pace as fast as it was in the spring, the important thing is that I’m getting out there and still able to run for 30 minutes. Like Samuela suggested, sometimes it’s important to focus on the bigger picture of the workout. Details like speed and pace are things you can always build back up.

Make it fun

“Do the things you enjoy the most first,” said Samuela. Whether that’s a certain sport like running, cycling, yoga, or lifting or it’s the social aspect of working out, finding what is fun to you about your workout is essential. If you prefer adding in a little social touch, Samuela suggested working out with a buddy or taking a virtual fitness class with a friend via an online platform like the Peloton App. As someone who has relied upon the fitness community more than ever before, I can attest that recruiting your friends for virtual workouts is a great way to stay accountable and excited for your workout.

Always warm up

According to Samuela, this is something you simply shouldn’t skip. “Make sure your

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Covid-positive health workers asked to keep working as crisis worsens

Health workers in some hospitals in Liege, Belgium’s third largest city and a coronavirus hotspot, have been asked to continue working even if they test positive for Covid-19 — as long as they are not showing any symptoms of the disease.



a bus that is parked on the side of a road: An ambulance is seen at the hospital CHC Montlegia in Liege, Belgium, on Friday 23 October 2020.


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An ambulance is seen at the hospital CHC Montlegia in Liege, Belgium, on Friday 23 October 2020.

Top health official have warned that Belgium could run out of intensive care beds in as little as two weeks and some hospitals are facing staff shortages. The country of 11.5 million people has reported on average more than 13,000 cases a day in the past week, according to the national public health institute Sciensano. The Covid-19 outbreak in Belgium is the second worst in Europe in terms of new cases per capita, after only the Czech Republic.

Yves Van Laethem, Belgium’s spokesperson for the fight against the coronavirus, warned that unless Belgians change their behavior, intensive care units will reach their capacity of 2,000 patients in 15 days.

Liege, the largest city in the French-speaking Wallonia region, has the highest incidence rate in Belgium. Tje communications director of Liege University Hospital, Louis Maraite, told CNN on Tuesday that because of staff shortages, the hospital had “no choice” but to make doctors and nurses who tested positive but have no symptoms come to work.

“This is not a problem as they are working in coronavirus units with patients who also tested positive,” he added. Maraite said that health workers with Covid-19 accounted for 5% to 10% of the total hospital workforce.

Health workers who show symptoms, such as fever, have been asked not to come to work, and Maraite said the hospital could not force asymptomatic health workers to show up.

Another Liège hospital, CHC MontLégia, also confirmed to CNN that positive asymptomatic health workers have been asked to continue working on a voluntary basis and in the “strict observance of sanitary measures” that include limiting contact with their colleagues.

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The spokesperson for the private hospital’s communication department told CNN that positive asymptomatic staff are working mainly in Covid-19 units but can work across all units including those with non-covid patients, except the geriatric, neonatology and oncology departments, where patients are “particularly vulnerable”.

A spokeswoman for the Belgian Health Ministry told CNN allowing asymptomatic health workers to continue working is allowed in “very strict conditions” because there are not enough health care workers. “We try to ensure the security of all patients,” she added.

At a news conference Monday, Van Laethem said that 1,000 of the country’s intensive beds are already being used, with total of 1,250 set to be occupied by the end of the week. Both hospital and intensive care admissions are doubling every eight days, he added.

In an interview with state broadcaster RTBF on Monday,

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Health Insurance Companies Working the System

Health Insurance Companies Working the System

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HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Oct. 24, 2020

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Oct. 24, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Many Californians are familiar with health insurance companies like Anthem Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Healthnet, Cigna or Aetna. We pay them a premium each month and expect that when we have a claim, they would do their part and cover us by paying our physicians and medical facilities. Although these are large companies, with many subscribers, COAST Surgery Center discovers that when they pay out their claims, they pay peanuts. How do they get away with that? Coast Surgery Center reveals their inside secret.

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Since California law allows health insurers 40 days to accept or deny a claim, then allows them to notify patients every additional 30 days if they need more time, this allows for a loophole with no real deadline. So these insurers create a special department, which some call PPR (Pre-payment Plan Review), to intentionally delay payments by sending out general denial letters.  These letters provide auto-generated reasons like “incorrectly billed, missing signatures, missing documentation, or missing medical records,” in order to buy them time. They would give patients, doctors, and facilities the run-around and give excuses that may not even be relevant to the claim.

These large insurance companies pay lobbyists to help create laws that allow them loopholes to be able to get away with cheating their customers. Customers then purchase insurance policies that don’t even cover them when they need it. When customers get frustrated and demand the insurance to pay or want to ring the alarm, the insurance company then pays, but pays Medicare rate, instead of paying the Usual Customary Reasonable (UCR) or (RC) rates as they really should be. So medical providers and facilities get nearly nothing. This doesn’t make any sense when insurance premiums increase annually, and coverage keep decreasing.

California tax payers including patients, doctors, and facilities fund the Department of Insurance and the Department of Managed Healthcare (DMHC) so that they can ensure consumers of their healthcare rights and to protect consumers from being cheated. Yet these departments have either turned a blind eye towards these insurance companies or are not aware of their tactics. These Departments should be protecting consumers and investigate these insurance payout processes because they are working the system and using the loophole to scam customers of millions of dollars in premiums and paying out next to nothing or not at all. So instead of protecting the health insurance companies and letting them work the system, the Dept of Insurance and DMHC should be protecting patients.

If you are a patient, doctor or facility that have received notices from your insurance company or from a Pre-payment Plan Review department and have been struggling to get your claims paid, call COAST Surgery Center at 855-263-9968 and share with us your struggles.

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A child care emergency for working families

Three months ago, my wife and I became parents and joined the 41 million other Americans — one-third of the U.S. workforce –— who balance the demands of work and parenting. Anyone who has weathered the many late nights, early mornings  and diaper changes quickly learns three things: Parenting is hard. Being a working parent is even harder. And being a working parent during a pandemic is downright herculean.  

There is a child care emergency unfolding across the United States. Since the beginning of the pandemic, more than 741,000 children in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus. As a result, some 40 percent of U.S. daycares have closed. 

Families have been left with few options. Without child care, parents are being forced to choose between work and their children’s development. In fact, women exited the workforce in August and September at four times the rate of men. 

This is not sustainable. Working families need help as the country appears to be entering a third wave of coronavirus infections, with hospitalizations rising in 37 states. Because of the federal government’s botched pandemic response, 4.5 million U.S. child care slots could be permanently lost. 

It’s clear we need new leadership and real action — not wishful thinking. As a former state government official who responded to emergencies, I see opportunities for change with three key solutions: 

First, provide more support to child care providers and facilities. The CARES Act provided $3.5 billion to child care providers, but this is woefully insufficient. According to industry experts, the need is closer to $96 billion. There is no more important investment than our children, and Congress must provide more support immediately.  

Also, since many of these providers operate as small businesses, an expanded second Paycheck Protection Program should specifically support child care facilities. Unfortunately, only 5 percent of child care facilities reportedly benefited from relief loans nationwide.  

Second, help child care facilities meet pandemic safety standards and expand availability. Before the pandemic, 43 percent of parents reported difficulty locating child care. Many faced long wait lists and many more struggled to find convenient, affordable care. With the pandemic shrinking child care availability and social distancing requirements limiting enrollment, we need to construct new facilities and renovate existing ones to ensure parents have access to care that meets new safety standards. 

To support and spur this development, we need a new child care construction tax credit of at least 50 percent for the first million dollars of construction costs to encourage all businesses to provide on-site child care at places of work. Minority-owned and smaller child care facilities should have access to grant funding for upgrades too. 

Third, pay, protect and support child care workers. Ninety percent of child care educators and caregivers are women. They work long, stressful hours and now, in the middle of a pandemic, are being asked to risk their health, and maybe even their lives, to care for our children for an average of $10

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The ‘near-Herculean’ effort by daycare workers to prevent COVID-19 spread is working

A study of more than 57,000 childcare providers across the United States has found that those who continued working through the initial months of the pandemic weren’t more likely to catch COVID-19 than those who were out of work. The findings, which were published October 14 in the journal Pediatrics, indicate that childcare programs aren’t likely to spread COVID-19 through the community when employees take precautions such as wearing masks and keeping the kids in their care socially distanced from each other.



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If proper precautions are taken, daycare centers aren’t as likely as we thought to spread COVID-19.

“These childcare providers were doing near-Herculean things to try to keep children safe; the good news is it appears to have worked,” says Walter Gilliam, director of Yale University’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and a coauthor of the new findings. “We need to continue supporting childcare providers and making sure that childcare providers have what they need in order to continue doing this.”

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Although children do transmit the novel coronavirus to other kids and adults, the role schools and childcare centers play in spreading COVID-19 is still poorly understood. To find out whether people who work in childcare centers have an elevated risk of catching COVID-19, Gilliam and his colleagues surveyed these providers in all 50 states as well as Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico in late May and early June. The respondents represented over 70 percent of the nation’s more than 3,100 counties. Roughly half had worked in childcare programs that closed near the beginning of the pandemic.

Of the 57,335 respondents, 427 (less than 1%) reported that they had tested positive for or been hospitalized with COVID-19. At the time, roughly the same amount of adults in the United States had tested positive for the novel virus. Gilliam and his colleagues found that the respondents who’d continued working weren’t more likely to catch COVID-19 than those whose childcare centers had closed. However, Black, Latino, and Native American childcare workers were more likely to become infected than their white peers, regardless of whether they’d been working during the first three months of the pandemic. Childcare workers in counties with high numbers of COVID-19 deaths had an elevated risk of catching COVID-19, whether or not they were working.



If proper precautions are taken, daycare centers aren't as likely as we thought to spread COVID-19.


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If proper precautions are taken, daycare centers aren’t as likely as we thought to spread COVID-19.

Respondents who’d continued working took extensive steps to minimize the risk of spreading COVID-19 in their workplaces, where most of the children they cared for were under 6 years old. More than 90 percent reported that staff and children frequently washed their hands and that indoor surfaces were disinfected at least daily; more than half disinfected indoor surfaces three times every day. Many also screened the children for a fever or other symptoms of COVID-19 and used social distancing measures such as placing seats more than 6 feet apart, keeping children in small

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Head Start never stops working for children and families, and neither should Congress

For 55 years, Head Start has stood by America’s children and families. Created as part of the War on Poverty, locally operated Head Start programs have prepared nearly 40 million children from at-risk backgrounds for success in school and life. Today, an unwavering bipartisan commitment from Congress enables Head Start programs across the nation to serve the educational, socio-emotional, health, and nutrition needs of more than 1 million children in safe, nurturing environments.

Fortunately, while COVID-19 has shut down many valuable forces in American life, it hasn’t stopped Head Start. In the months since the COVID-19 pandemic began spreading in the United States, Head Start staff have been working in overdrive to adapt their teaching strategies, sanitize classrooms, make necessary health-related adjustments to facilities, and provide access to quality online and other remote learning opportunities for children and families from at-risk backgrounds ― all while grappling with rising COVID-19 operational costs.

Head Start families are expressing relief that their programs have remained steadfast in their efforts to keep children healthy and prepare them for success in school and life. One Head Start parent in California shared that her program is “incorporating outdoor activity and keeping children on track. They are educating the children about why they cannot visit family and friends. They are supporting parents in managing working from home and helping our children learn at home. Our Head Start program has gone above and beyond in supporting our children.”

This fall, as more Head Start programs are engaged in reopening their classrooms safely, they are confronting the true cost of operating in the COVID-19 era. From PPE for children and staff to increased hours for janitorial staff to additional mental health services for children coping with this new trauma, Head Start programs are facing a funding shortfall that will soon impact the children and families they are supporting in navigating this crisis.

Since the start of COVID-19, Head Start programs have pivoted in countless innovative ways: conducting online classrooms, donning PPE and making home visits to check on children, erecting elaborate screening barriers and devising creative bus routes, arranging contactless health screenings and food drops — doing everything physically and financially possible to ensure children and families living on the margins aren’t pushed further to the edge. Head Start never stopped working.

That’s why Congress and the administration must not stop, either. They can start by making sure Head Start programs have the critical resources necessary to reopen classrooms safely. Based on extensive surveying of Head Start providers, the National Head Start Association estimates operational costs will increase by up to 20 percent this year as individual programs adapt and respond to the pandemic. That’s why the Head Start community has been advocating to Congress for at least $1.7 billion in emergency funding to keep up with COVID-19-related costs — PPE for teachers, IT upgrades to support virtual learning, facility adaptations, additional staff hours to meet smaller classroom ratios for social distancing, and many other needs.

Lack of emergency

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