Urgent Request for Support of Legislative Fundraisers

Thanks to the work of several GSOMS members (Drs. Jeff Schultz and Amy Kuhmichel in particular), we now have a much stronger relationship with GDA and their legislative team.  As a result, GDA has asked us to assist with some upcoming fundraisers for key legislators. All of you know the attacks being made on our team model, attacks we expect to hit our state soon.  We will need GDA’s support and the support of the members of the State House and Senate to counter these challenges to our specialty.

Please consider supporting, and when possible, attending the following fundraisers (comments are from Scott Lofranco with GDA):

Tuesday, 10/15 (6-8 pm)

GDA Co-Sponsored Fundraiser for Rep. Sharon Cooper (R-Marietta) at the home of Dorothy Leaf Mitchell, MD: 1123 Garmon Dr, Atlanta, GA 30327

• Sharon Cooper chairs the House Health & Human Services Committee, where 90% of the bills affecting the practice of dentistry are assigned.  She is also very passionate about pediatric patients, so it is very important for GSOMS to have some visibility with her, given the recent issues with the AAPD.  She has specifically asked for dentists to come to this event and help her because she is going to have a very difficult re-election campaign.
• Checks should be made payable to: Sharon Cooper for State House

Thursday, 10/17 (6:30-8:30 pm)

CDDS Fundraiser for Senate and House Caucus Chairmen, John Kennedy and Matt Hatchett at the home of Dr. Michael Wright (he is an oral surgeon in Macon): 619 College Street, Macon Georgia 31201

• Matt Hatchett’s father was a dentist and has always been a big supporter of dentistry.
• If you are unable to attend, you can make online contributions to Sen. Kennedy’s campaign here: https://secure.piryx.com/donate/LVnQTCRe/John-F-Kennedy-for-State-Senate.

If you prefer to write a check, please make them payable to:
• Committee to Re-Elect John Kennedy
• Committee to Re-Elect Matt Hatchett

Thursday, 10/24 (6:30-8:30 pm)

NWDDS Fundraiser for Jeff Mullis at the Farm Country Club in Rocky Face (Dalton): 187 S Goose Hill Rd, Rocky Face, GA 30740

• Sen. Mullis is the Chairman of the very powerful Rules Committee and has been instrumental in helping us stop bills.  He is an avid supporter of the dentists of this state.
• Checks should be payable to: Comm. to Re-Elect Jeff Mullis
• Online contributions can be made here: https://secure.anedot.com/jeff-mullis/donate

If you plan on attending any of these events or have questions, please contact Scott Lofranco at GDA  (cell: (540) 529-3953; email: scott@gadental.org).

If you cannot attend and prefer to write a check, please mail the checks to the GDA office at 7000 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd, Suite 200, Building 17, Atlanta, GA 30328 Attn: Scott Lofranco.

GDA will bundle them and hand deliver them to the legislator, along with a cover letter indicating that the funds originated from GSOMS members.

Thank you for your support.

Dental Anesthesiology Recognized As Dental Specialty

ADA has announced that dental anesthesiology has become “the 10th dental specialty recognized by the National Commission on Recognition of Dental Specialties and Certifying Boards.” On March 11, the National Commission “adopted a resolution based on an application from the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists to recognize dental anesthesiology as a dental specialty.”

Dr. James Tom, president of the American Society of Dentist Anesthesiologists, said, “This historic vote by the National Commission certainly reflects the ADA’s ongoing efforts towards improved patient care and safety in the areas of dental sedation, dental anesthesiology and access for those with special health care needs.”

In addition to dental anesthesiology, other recognized dental specialties include dental public health, endodontics, oral and maxillofacial pathology, oral and maxillofacial radiology, oral and maxillofacial surgery, orthodontics and dentofacial orthopedics, pediatric dentistry, periodontics, and prosthodontics.