Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Samsung Announces 16 TB Hard Drive

Samsung has announced what is being hailed as the world's largest hard drive.

This SSD (solid state drive) has no spinning platters and a 16 terabyte capacity.  That's just stunning.

No word on the price yet, but this thing will not be cheap.  Of course as time  passes we will be fondly remembering the days when we thought this thing was a monster.

I still remember back in the 90's being so impressed that I could buy 16 MEGABYTES of RAM for only $600...

The only guarantee is change...

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

KaVo Kerr Group Supports NYU College of Dentistry in Ghana-based Research Project

Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch leads team to study prevalence of periodontal disease in diabetic patients.

Dr. Stuart M. Hirsch, Vice Dean of International Initiatives, Development & Students at the New York University (NYU) College of Dentistry, first visited Ghana approximately five years ago. NYU had students studying in Ghana, and was looking for joint opportunities with the University of Ghana to expand its presence.

Dr. Hirsch and the NYU team — Rachel Hill, Dr. Peter Loomer and Hannah Coakley — and the doctors and staff at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital and Dental School were interested in finding out the prevalence of periodontal disease in diabetic patients at the hospital. Type II diabetes is increasing around the world and there is mounting data that suggests an oral-systemic link.

“We wanted to find out the prevalence of periodontal disease in diabetic patients. Previously, we’d conducted a qualitative analysis of periodontal health and diabetes, assessing the knowledge base people have; what they know about diabetes and what they’re doing about it,” Dr. Hirsch explained. “In putting together this new quantitative study, we hope to lay the groundwork for implementation on how to better control periodontal disease in developing countries or impoverished areas. This is a very big deal, as access to care in these environments is limited.”

What does limited mean, in real terms? Consider first, that in the United States, the ratio of patients to dentists is 2,500 to 1. In the developing world, that number is as high as 180,000 to 1. The hardship is great, as is the need for realistic solutions.

This study in Ghana looks at a 220-person patient group. Each individual had a health history taken, as well as Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) measurement and a panoramic radiograph to assess the percentage of bone loss around individual’s teeth.

“HbA1c is a way to measure sugar glucose in the blood; the goal for people with diabetes is a level less than 7%, but we saw were as high as 13%,” Dr. Hirsch shared. “We worked with a diabetes clinic in Accra — Ghana’s capital. We would take the HbA1c measurements right before the panoramic digital pan. This is where the OP200D panoramic imaging system provided by Instrumentarium DentalTM was essential. In my opinion, without this equipment to tell us the bone levels, this prevalence study would not have occurred. In my experience, bone levels are important because they never improve, only worsen. My team can use these acquired images and through our analysis and experience, we can determine the extent of periodontal disease for such a patient population.”

Barbara Nordquist, the VP for Academic Sales & Professional Relations at KaVo Kerr Group, was instrumental in making the donation possible, in coordination with Brian Broncatti, Senior Regional Sales Manager for Instrumentarium. Having worked with Nordquist for a number of years, and recently at NYU on choosing Pelton & CraneTM equipment for a clinic renovation, Dr. Hirsch turned to her for help on the Ghana project.
In addition to providing the necessary imaging equipment, KaVo Kerr Group provided on-site training for the team in Ghana, facilitated by David Bangert, VP/GM of Special Markets for KaVo Kerr Group, who traveled to the country himself. In addition to setting up the team for success, he made himself available for ongoing support during the study.

“Our partnership with KaVo Kerr Group is an example of how educators and the dental industry need one another. There is — or there needs to be — a relationship in order to move forward ideas and desires on both ends,” Dr. Hirsch shared. “We cannot exist in isolation.”

At this point, the data collection in Ghana is complete. Dr. Hirsch intends to have a small group of post-doctoral students help analyze the data — primarily reading the digital panoramic radiographs — with a targeted completion date of Fall 2015. Dr. Hirsch believes that there will be strong correlations between diabetes and periodontal disease, demonstrated by loss of bone as well as soft tissue.

With that analysis in hand, the real work can begin.

“Hopefully, what we get from this is data to support firm decisions on how to best implement preventive care since we can’t offer surgical care in these areas,” Dr. Hirsch said. “This is a very difficult thing. Even patients in a private office struggle to brush and floss consistently; how much more so, then, in areas like Ghana?”

This is why the dual work of helping patients understand the connections between diabetes and periodontal disease is the first phase; it can help create the motivation necessary for preventive care. The second is to figure out what simple, sustainable, preventive care measures can be employed. 

Monday, September 28, 2015

Thanks to the Texas Academy of General Dentistry

God bless Texas!

I wanted to take this opportunity to give a big "thank you" to my friends in Texas for the invitation to speak at the Texas AGD annual meeting.

Last week I had the good fortune of heading down to Austin, Tx to spend some time lecturing and socializing with a great group of Texas dentists.  Many of the doctors in Texas are very involved with organized dentistry and over the years I've gotten to be pretty good friends with quite a few of them.

I commented on Friday that it was almost like giving a lecture in the Kansas City area since looking out into the audience gave me the feeling of talking in front of a large group of my friends.

It was a great meeting and Austin (it was my first visit to the city) is a beautiful place.

If you ever get the chance to attend this meeting, you won't be disappointed.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

COLTENE Enters the CAD/CAM Market

More and more companies are getting into the CAD/CAM game and the smart folks at Coltene are no exception.  I'm impressed with what the Coltene R&D people are coming up with and now comes word that the company will be making CEREC blocks in the not too distant future.  Read on for all the details...

COLTENE, a global manufacturer of dental consumables, becomes a new material partner for SIRONA’s leading CAD/CAM system CEREC. Under the brand name BRILLIANT Crios, the new "Reinforced Composite Blocs" for chairside manufactured permanent inlays, onlays, full anatomical crowns and veneers will be launched in Q1 2016. COLTENE is placing special emphasis on composite as a versatile, high-performance material suited to computer-assisted processing directly in the dental practice.

Jeffrey Slovin, CEO SIRONA: “COLTENE is globally recognized as an established and reliable supplier to the dental industry. We are happy to welcome COLTENE as an official material partner to our CEREC system at CEREC’s 30th anniversary. Expanding our range of materials expands the application of digital dentistry and that, of course, is a tremendous benefit to our CEREC customers.

Symbiosis of two worlds

This autumn, CEREC, the successful CAD/CAM system from Sirona, celebrates its 30th anniversary. CEREC restorations have proven themselves millions of times worldwide and the system is recognized as the pioneer of digital chairside manufacturing. COLTENE is internationally known for over three decades as a pioneer in the field of adhesive restorative therapy. Modern composite materials are an integral part of today’s dental practice. They allow minimal invasive restorations efficiently in only one session, providing excellent aesthetic results. Dental materials such as MIRIS, SYNERGY, BRILLIANT or COMPONEER - the innovative direct composite veneering system - are examples of COLTENE's development competence. CEREC users might already know A.R.T.-Bond or One Coat 7 Universal*. These bonds, the dual-curing cements SoloCem*/DuoCem and COLTENE’s composite materials build a safe and proven luting system for all ceramic and composite based restorations.

SIRONA and COLTENE are going to cooperate in order to further exploit the potentials of digital dentistry with modern composite materials.

Martin Schaufelberger, CEO COLTENE: "COLTENE stands for composite materials. As a pioneer for decades, we have been instrumental in advancing and defining the development of composites. Today there is no other restoration material whose properties come as close to the natural tooth like composite."

BRILLIANT Crios - Reinforced Composite Blocs for Permanent Restorations

Starting 1st quarter of 2016, the new BRILLIANT Crios “Reinforced Composite Blocs” will be sold to the dental market. They combine all advantages of an innovative submicron hybrid composite material for the CEREC chairside manufacturing process to achieve a reliable, aesthetic and fast restoration without an additional burning process.

For CEREC users, the question arises: Why composite? And there are good reasons why. The innovative composite formulation for BRILLIANT Crios merges the best properties of MIRIS and the brand new BRILLIANT EverGlow* composite material. Thanks to the outstanding flexural strength and elasticity close to that of dentin, the restoration material is tougher and less brittle than ceramic. This clearly reduces the risk of chipping and cracking, both in manufacturing as well as in situ. It also has a shock-absorbing effect, ideal for implant restorations, which also has a positive influence on the patient's bite experience.

Moreover, the BRILLIANT Crios restoration material is extraordinarily wear resistant, offers long-luster and yet is very kind to the antagonist teeth. The performance is reflected in the improved service life of the CEREC burs, as compared with glass ceramic. The CAD/CAM blocks are offered in nine low and four high translucency levels. Shade individualizations or repairs are also easy to realize with the help of composites, e.g. BRILLIANT EverGlow.

Monday, September 21, 2015

Medical Records Exposed Over the Cloud!!!

I'm a guy who loves being digital.  It's just who I am.  I'll be the first to admit that.  Being digital, brings tons of advantages to the whole concept of efficiency.

However, I'm also not the type of guy who is going to sit here and tell you that being digital is not without its risks and/or problems.  And... probably the biggest of these problems is the security of a patient's data.

The security of this data is not something that can be taken lightly.  In the case of small healthcare providers such as myself or a huge healthcare conglomerate that owns multiple hospitals, every employee needs to take responsibility for the security of data.  It only takes one slip up to create a breach.

Last week it was a clerical type of error that left 1.5 million records exposed.  The data came from Systema Software, a small company that manages insurance claims.  The company somehow managed to leave a huge batch of data readily available for download.

So now it seems that the i nsurance industry also needs to have employee that take responsibility for the security of  your data.

For all the details, you can read the story on Gizmodo or by clicking here. 

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

DENTSPLY and Sirona enter into definitive merger agreement

DENTSPLY International Inc. (“DENTSPLY”) and Sirona Dental Systems, Inc. (“Sirona”) announced today that Boards of Directors of both companies have unanimously approved a definitive merger agreement which will result in the world’s leading manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies. The combination will create a combined company with the largest sales and service infrastructure in dental with 15,000 employees globally.

Salzburg, Austria and York, PA; September 15th, 2015: “This is an exciting day for both companies, for the dental community and for patients around the globe. We are bringing together two world class companies that share a culture of innovation and will foster the development of differentiated, integrated solutions for general practitioners and specialists, particularly in the highest growth segments of the dental industry,” said Jeffrey T. Slovin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona. “Combining Sirona’s proven digital solutions and equipment with DENTSPLY’s leading consumables platform creates the most comprehensive dental solutions offering available to meet customer demand in every key segment. I look forward to leading the talented teams of both Sirona and DENTSPLY as we drive the global digitization of dentistry, offer superior solutions to customers and patients, and create The Dental Solutions Company.”
The combined company, supported by its leading platforms in consumables, equipment and technology, will offer a powerful set of complementary offerings and end-to-end solutions to enhance patient care. Dental professionals across the globe will be supported by the largest sales and service infrastructure in the industry, supported by leading distributors, to deliver an optimized product range that will meet the increasing global demand for digital dentistry and integrated solutions. 
“We are excited about bringing together two industry leaders,” said Bret W. Wise, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DENTSPLY. “DENTSPLY SIRONA will offer a comprehensive line of solutions to more effectively meet the needs of dental professionals all over the world and advance patient care. With a strong financial profile, comprehensive product offerings and integrated solutions, DENTSPLY SIRONA will be uniquely positioned to deliver attractive returns to our shareholders and make dentistry better, faster and safer around the world. I look forward to working with Jeff and the combined management team to deliver on this mission.” 
The combined company will be called DENTSPLY SIRONA and trade on the NASDAQ under the symbol XRAY. DENTSPLY SIRONA’s Global headquarters will be located in York, PA, the location of DENTSPLY’s current headquarters, while the International headquarters will be located in Salzburg, Austria.
Upon closing of the transaction, Jeffrey T. Slovin, President and Chief Executive Officer of Sirona, will serve as Chief Executive Officer of the combined company and will be a member of the Board of Directors. Bret W. Wise, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of DENTSPLY, will serve as Executive Chairman of the combined company. The Executive Chairman will work in collaboration with the CEO to execute the corporate strategy and to integrate the companies and cultures. From DENTSPLY, Christopher T. Clark and James G. Mosch will serve as President and Chief Operating Officer, Technologies and President and Chief Operating Officer, Dental and Healthcare Consumables, respectively. From Sirona, Ulrich Michel will serve as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. The Board of Directors will consist of 11 members, six of which (including Mr. Wise) are current DENTSPLY directors and five of which (including Mr. Slovin) are current Sirona directors. Additional senior leadership positions at DENTSPLY SIRONA will be named at a later date consisting of representatives from both companies. The transaction, which is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2016, is subject to the receipt of certain regulatory approvals and other customary closing conditions and approvals.
Facts & Figures at a glance
The proposed transaction will create the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies with scale and breadth across all major geographies and competitive offerings in each of the major dental categories. Specific benefits include: 
  • Increased Scale and Product Breadth: The combination will result in a company with net revenue of approximately $3.8 billion and adjusted EBITDA of more than $900 million, excluding the incremental benefit of synergies. The combined company will have the industry’s largest sales and service infrastructure, supported by leading distributors. 

  • Total Solutions Provider: With consumables, equipment and technology under one roof, the new company will be able to deliver digital technologies and integrated solutions and workflows to enhance efficiency and patient care for general practitioners and specialists. 

  • Strong Commitment to Innovation: The combined company will have an enhanced commitment to innovation in consumables, equipment and technology. By leveraging both companies’ significant R&D capabilities across DENTSPLY’s world-class materials science expertise and Sirona’s industry-leading technology platform, the broadened product offering will support the combined company’s position as a leading innovator in the dental market. DENTSPLY SIRONA will have over 600 scientists and R&D staff working to accelerate the development of new, better, safer and more efficient dental solutions and procedures.    

  • Experienced Management Team: The combined company will be led by the most experienced management team in the dental industry, with strong track records of growth and leadership in developing differentiated global product offerings. The DENTSPLY and Sirona teams have a successful history collaborating in a number of product categories. 

DENTSPLY International Inc. is a leading manufacturer and distributor of dental and other consumable medical device products.  The Company believes it is the world's largest manufacturer of consumable dental products for the professional dental market.  For over a century, DENTSPLY's commitment to innovation and professional collaboration has enhanced its portfolio of branded consumables and small equipment.  Headquartered in the United States, the Company has global operations with sales in more than 120 countries.  Visit for more information about DENTSPLY and its products.

About Sirona

Sirona is the global market and technology leader in the dental industry and has been a worldwide partner for specialty traders, dental practices, clinics, and dental laboratories for more than 130 years. Sirona develops and produces the complete spectrum of dental equipment products, including CAD/CAM systems for computer-assisted ceramic restorations (CEREC), digital imaging systems for intraoral and panoramic x-rays, as well as volume tomography (3D), treatment centers, instruments and hygiene devices. Sirona’s largest development and production site is in Bensheim, Germany. The company has more than 3,300 employees around the world and has been listed on the NASDAQ since 2006 (symbol: SIRO).

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Aren't You Glad Those TSA Travel Locks are Keeping Your Valuables Safe? Because They Aren't...

A while back TSA gave travelers a choice when it came to luggage locks.  They could either use TSA approved locks (that TSA had a key to) or not use locks at all.  The idea was that since TSA would be the only one with the key, the lock would be as safe as ever.  Seriously, they thought that.

So... last month The Washington Post published an article online that featured the "secret life" of baggage in the hands of the TSA.  The article also featured a digital photo of a TSA luggage key.

Shortly after the article appeared online, the photo was deleted.  However, as well know, in the world of digital... there is no such thing as deleted.  The photo was quickly used to create CAD/CAM files of the key which were then quickly created using digital printers.

The files are now readily available online meaning anyone; and I DO mean anyone, can print one of these things for next to nothing.

Just another example of how people think they are making things more secure when in reality they didn't think things through.  Since this whole TSA lock thing came up a few years ago, I've just chosen to not use locks on my luggage.  I was pretty convinced that the new locks weren't all that secure anyway.  This just proves my theory.

The lesson here is that if someone can get a photo of something today, they can create whatever is in the photo given enough time and money.  That's just the way things are now.

Monday, September 14, 2015

Into Thin Air...

For those of you who don't know this, dentistry has a very unique connection to Mount Everest.  For those of you who have read the book or seen the movie "Into Thin Air" you know that one of the climbers was a pathologist whose name is Beck Weathers.  Beck has a brother, whom I've had the pleasure to hang out with, named Kit Weathers and Kit is a general dentist.

Since meeting Kit and also reading "Into Thin Air", I've developed a bit of a fascination with Everest.  I would never want to climb any mountain, but I am fascinated by those who do.  There is also the process of climbing itself, which is full of high tech gear which, of course, attracts me like a moth to a flame.

So over the weekend, I was thrilled to have stumbled across an article at  The Huffington Post about climbing a very dangerous peak in India called Meru.  The article featured an interview with John Krakauer who was a writer on the aforementioned Everest expedition and wrote "Into Thin Air".

However, it isn't just the article that grabbed my attention.  Krakauer and another climber, Jimmy Chin, were interviewed in a video about a movie the Chin directed about climbing Meru.  The video features footage from the climb/movie of Meru and is just breathtaking.  Take a look, it is highly recommended.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Think HIPAA Isn't That Big a Deal to Your Practice?

If you don't think patient data security is important, here's a lesson to prove otherwise.  PHI (Protected Health Information) is *very* important in the HIPAA laws here in the US.

Form a data security standpoint, here is how I handle transporting my offsite backups: they never leave me.  If I go into a grocery store, restaurant, even the Home Depot, they go with me.  The portable hard drive for that day will be in my back pocket while the jump drive used for that day is on a lanyard hanging around my neck.  They go everywhere with me until I get home.

Now don't get me wrong... I don't usually plan stops where I have to take the data with me, but if it happens... I am prepared.

Preparation is how you avoid disasters.  You know, disasters like this one:

(This info is taken directly from the website)

Dermatology practice settles potential HIPAA violations

Adult & Pediatric Dermatology, P.C., of Concord, Mass., (APDerm) has agreed to settle potential violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy,  Security, and Breach Notification Rules with the Department of Health and Human Services, agreeing to a $150,000 payment. APDerm will also be required to implement a corrective action plan to correct deficiencies in its HIPAA compliance program.  APDerm is a private practice that delivers dermatology services in four locations in Massachusetts and two in New Hampshire. This case marks the first settlement with a covered entity for not having policies and procedures in place to address the breach notification provisions of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act, passed as part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
The HHS Office for Civil Rights (OCR) opened an investigation of APDerm upon receiving a report that an unencrypted thumb drive containing the electronic protected health information (ePHI) of approximately 2,200 individuals was stolen from a vehicle of one its staff members. The thumb drive was never recovered.  The investigation revealed that APDerm had not conducted an accurate and thorough analysis of the potential risks and vulnerabilities to the confidentiality of ePHI as part of its security management process.  Further, APDerm did not fully comply with requirements of the Breach Notification Rule to have in place written policies and procedures and train workforce members. 
“As we say in health care, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” said OCR Director Leon Rodriguez. “That is what a good risk management process is all about – identifying and mitigating the risk before a bad thing happens.  Covered entities of all sizes need to give priority to securing electronic protected health information.”
In addition to a $150,000 resolution amount, the settlement includes a corrective action plan requiring AP Derm to develop a risk analysis and risk management plan to address and mitigate any security risks and vulnerabilities, as well as to provide an implementation report to OCR.
To learn more about nondiscrimination and health information privacy laws, your civil rights and privacy rights in health care and human service settings, and to find information on filing a complaint, visit us
The resolution agreement can be found on the OCR website at

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Curious About the Apple Event Today?

The Apple event today has been anticipated for quite a few months.  It used to be the event in the fall was the one where, for years, they would discuss the newest and greatest iPods.  Now that the iPhone is the company's premier product, the fall event revolves around that platform.

There has been a ton of speculation about the specs of the new iPhone 6S, but Apple (as you are probably well aware) is a company that takes its product information very seriously and plays the game with its cards very close to the vest.

Because of that, any speculation is just that... speculation.

However, there are a some pretty good educated guesses out there.

I happen to love and religiously read Wired magazine.  If you are a geek, I highly reommend a subscription.  Today I happened to find an article where Wired author David Pierce goes over his thoughts on the big day.

If you have any curiosity about the Apple meeting at all, take a look at the Pierce column here.  You'll be glad you did.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Google Unveils New Logo

Yesterday, Google announced in a blog post, the creation of a new logo.

Here is the info:

Google has changed a lot over the past 17 years—from the range of our products to the evolution of their look and feel. And today we’re changing things up once again.

So why are we doing this now? Once upon a time, Google was one destination that you reached from one device: a desktop PC. These days, people interact with Google products across many different platforms, apps and devices—sometimes all in a single day. You expect Google to help you whenever and wherever you need it, whether it’s on your mobile phone, TV, watch, the dashboard in your car, and yes, even a desktop!

Today we’re introducing a new logo and identity family that reflects this reality and shows you when the Google magic is working for you, even on the tiniest screens. As you’ll see, we’ve taken the Google logo and branding, which were originally built for a single desktop browser page, and updated them for a world of seamless computing across an endless number of devices and different kinds of inputs (such as tap, type and talk).

It doesn’t simply tell you that you’re using Google, but also shows you how Google is working for you. For example, new elements like a colorful Google mic help you identify and interact with Google whether you’re talking, tapping or typing. Meanwhile, we’re bidding adieu to the little blue “g” icon and replacing it with a four-color “G” that matches the logo.

This isn’t the first time we’ve changed our look and it probably won’t be the last, but we think today’s update is a great reflection of all the ways Google works for you across Search, Maps, Gmail, Chrome and many others. We think we’ve taken the best of Google (simple, uncluttered, colorful, friendly), and recast it not just for the Google of today, but for the Google of the future.

You’ll see the new design roll out across our products soon. Hope you enjoy it!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Sirona’s C30 Extravaganza Designed to Provide Dental Professionals with the Most Advanced Educational Experience in Digital Dentistry

Sirona to Deliver CAD/CAM Users with a Comprehensive Learning Curriculum Across a Wide Diversity of Educational Tracks of Their Choosing

Charlotte, NC (August 31, 2015) – Sirona Dental, Inc., the worldwide leader and pioneer of digital dentistry, will provide dental professionals with the highest level of education at its widely anticipated CEREC® 30th (C30) Anniversary Celebration. The three-day CAD/CAM extravaganza is scheduled at The Venetian® Hotel and The Palazzo® Hotel in Las Vegas Sept. 17-19, 2015.

Recognized as one of the world’s premier digital dentistry meetings, C30 is a comprehensive educational forum comprised of the leading minds and speakers in the CAD/CAM dental world, C30 will provide up to 18 CE credits across a full spectrum of digital dentistry topics and tracks including CEREC, Schick Intraoral Imaging, GALILEOS® Extra Oral Imaging, inLab®, and Orthodontics.

Sirona recruited a plethora of top-notch keynote speakers to enlighten and inspire C30 attendees, focusing on techniques, issues, and solutions unique to CEREC® users. General session speakers include: Frank Spear, who will discuss optimal patient care in the digital world; Rella Christensen, who will instruct how to overcome challenging clinical situations related to lithium disilicate; Sam Puri, who will review how properly prepare, fit, and finish CEREC® restorations; and James Klim, who will delve into the art of creating aesthetics. 

Additionally, breakout sessions are available to cover many disciplines, including digital radiography, laboratory, implantology, and much more. “All dental professionals attending C30 will be enriched as a result of the immense educational curriculum,” remarked Michael Augins, president of Sirona Dental, Inc. “Sirona has enlisted some of the foremost individuals in the digital dentistry world to help CEREC practitioners enhance and differentiate their skill sets via a multitude of innovative lectures and hands-on courses.”

In addition to second-to-none clinical education, C30 will keep attendees engaged with world-class entertainment, including business and leadership speeches made by globally-renowned life success coach Tony Robbins; and Emmitt Smith, former NFL great-turned business entrepreneur and philanthropist. Furthermore, Grammy-Award winning rock band Train is set to perform on Friday, and C30 attendees will close out the event as they “Party Like a Rock Star” Saturday night at TAO the Nightclub.

For C30 participants who have yet to book a hotel room, special rates are available using a Sirona room block at The Mirage® Hotel for as low as $159 per night. All rooms in the Sirona room block at The Mirage are available on a first-come, first-served basis, are subject to availability, and may sell out at any time. The Mirage® is located across the street from The Venetian and The Palazzo, making it a convenient stay for attendees of the biggest event in digital dentistry. 

To view a full listing of all educational courses and speakers, make hotel reservations, and for all additional information and registration, dental and laboratory professionals are encouraged to visit  HYPERLINK ""

About Sirona Dental, Inc. 

Sirona, the dental technology leader, has served dealers and dentists worldwide for more than 130 years. Sirona develops, manufactures, and markets a complete line of dental products, including CAD/CAM restoration systems (CEREC), digital intra-oral, panoramic and 3D imaging systems, dental treatment centers, and handpieces. Visit  HYPERLINK "" for more information about Sirona and its products.