Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Jeffrey B. Doss, DDS, Describes Value of Enova Headlights to Practice
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon Jeffrey B. Doss, DDS, works with Three other surgeons at Southern Maine Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (SMOMS), which has locations in South Portland, Windham, and Biddeford in Maine. Shedding Light sat down with Dr. Doss to discuss his growing practice, why LED surgical headlights are so important to the SMOMS group, and how the group chose to design its newest surgical suites without overhead surgical lighting.
Shedding Light: Tell us about SMOMS?
Dr. Doss: We’re the largest oral and maxillofacial practice in Maine and we have 14 surgical suites in our three office locations. That makes us somewhat unique. The doctors in the practice are Drs. Richard W. Crawford, William T. Benzing, Timothy A Mitchell and me. We perform a variety of procedures from dental implants and pulling wisdom teeth to facial reconstruction due to trauma, cancer, and facial defects such as facial skeleton deformities and cleft lip and palate. I’ve been in practice since 1989, with special interest in dental implants and oral pathology. Every other week one of us is on-call with Mercy Hospital and/or Maine Medical Center to perform a variety of emergency care including trauma surgeries. Being in Maine, we see quite a few injuries from the logging and shipping industries in the area as well as the typical motor vehicle injuries.
Shedding Light: Can you attribute advances in technology for having surgical suites in your office locations?
Dr. Doss: Yes. Better, smaller instrumentation with streamlined components has made it efficient to perform more procedures in the office rather than at a hospital. The biggest technological advancement has been lighting. Until we found the Enova LED surgical headlights, we had trouble getting decent lights.
Shedding Light: When did you first hear about Enova LED surgical headlights?
Dr. Doss: I saw the Enova booth at an American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS) Annual Meeting in 2005. The whole idea of LED surgical headlights was interesting. I initially bought two Halo headlights. Within a week we bought a total of five. Today four of those original Halos are still being used. I personally have three Enova headlights.
Shedding Light: You have three different Enova headlight models? How do you use them?
Dr. Doss: Yes. I still have the original Halo 6000*. All of the Enova headlights are incredibly durable. The surgeons in our group carry them from office to office and the headlights have been dropped many times. I also have the Iris S-100. When I’m in surgery I use the Iris D-200. It is lightweight and well balanced front to back. And, the headlight doesn’t slip. I typically use it at 60% power but if I use loupes, I am able crank up the power to as much as is needed.
Shedding Light: How often do you use your Enova headlights each week?
Dr. Doss: During a normal week the headlight is on approximately 32 hours; half that time is spent in surgery and half is spent doing examinations. Of course, throughout the week I turn the light on only when I need it. The battery pack is long lasting too. I charge the pack about once during the week.
Shedding Light: What kind of surgical headlights had you used before switching to the Enova headlights?
Dr. Doss: I’ve used numerous brands, all fiber optic headlights. The xenon and halogen headlights required fiber optic cable that kept me tethered to the system; that caused problems while in surgery because I need to move around the patient. The bulbs were expensive and broke easily. I actually developed neck issues using the fiber optic headlights. When I began using the Enova headlight, the neck issues disappeared.
Shedding Light: Tell us how Enova LED surgical headlights impacted your surgical suite design?
Dr. Doss: In 2009 we built the new office in Windham, Maine and we decided to design the surgical suites without overhead surgical lights. Overhead lights get hot and all of us had already been using the Enova headlights for patient examinations and taking them with us to perform surgeries. It made no sense to spend money putting new overhead lights in each operatory when the Enova headlights are more than sufficient.
Shedding Light: What do you like most about the Enova LED surgical headlights?
Dr. Doss: The strongest attribute about Enova surgical headlights are their durability. We’ve had Enova headlights for the past eight years with no problems. For anything to have held up that long is extraordinary.
*Note: As LED and lithium ion technology has improved, Enova Illumination has replaced the Halo headlight with technologically advanced models.