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The Secret to Avoiding Mistakes During Treatment Planning

How do you avoid mistakes during dental treatment planning? It's not a new question, but it is one that is asked often.

A simple way to answer this question in one word is: checklists! If you have attended any of how to avoid mistakes during dental treatment planningThe Dawson Academy courses in the last 4 years, then you have likely been introduced to the book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right by Dr. Atul Gawande. Dr. Gawande practices general and endocrine surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, in Boston. He is also a professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School. In his book, Dr. Gawande writes about the measurable differences in success rates, cost savings, etc. that can be attained by using a simple checklist. He relays incredible accounts from different areas like central line infections in ICU’s to the complex engineering of skyscrapers that have thrived from using this technique.



In this complimentary whitepaper, Faculty Member, Dr. Angie Hedlund, outlines the following:

  • Why you need checklists

  • How to use checklists to improve treatment planning

  • 3 key factors that help avoid mistakes during the treatment planning process

  • The importance of taking appropriate records

To download this whitepaper, click here.

Dr. Angela Gribble Hedlund is an associate faculty member. She has practiced dentistry in Atlanta since 1994 and lectures on esthetic dentistry. She has received her Fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry; this is an honor held by fewer than 2% of dentists in the country.