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Oral surgeon draws on chairside resource for treating sick patients

September 17, 2012

By Jean Williams, ADA News staff

As an oral surgeon, Dr. Michael Hatton knows a thing or two about the co-morbidities that dental patients may present with.

But he was pleased to enhance his professional knowledge with ICE Medical Support System, a chairside resource for dentists treating medically compromised patients.

“It’s a great backup to reinforce the way that you practice,” said Dr. Hatton. “I’ve been out there 30 years, but it reinforces some of the decisions that you have to make clinically.”

ICE Medical Support System is a website providing resources on medical conditions as they relate to oral health care.

Dr. Hatton, who also is an oral and maxillofacial surgeon and clinical associate professor and director of Oral Medicine, Oral Diagnostic Sciences at the School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo, N.Y., is married to Elizabeth Hatton, a physician who is also his colleague at the dental school.

Dr. Hatton
Dr. Elizabeth Hatton teaches in the dental school, too, as a clinical assistant professor, Department Oral Diagnostic Sciences.

“My wife and I think quite a bit of this product,” Dr. Hatton said. “We think it’s an excellent resource for students and residents in their early learning years and for general dentists. Personally, I think it should be at chairside for every dental student in this school.”

The ICE Medical Support System provides point-of-care oral care information that is continually updated in more than 50 languages.

Using the information available on the site, dentists and other dental team members can assess a patient’s potential for medical complications and the need for dental modifications.

Additionally, subscribers can amass up to three hours of continuing education credits through use of the site.

A demo of the site is available at Ice Medical Support.

Currently, a subscription to the ICE Medical Support System is available at $219 annually.

ADA members receive a $20 discount and can register for an annual subscription at Ice Medical Support.

For more information about the Medical Support System, call 866.292.9725 or email