Wind not brass player here but I wonder if that is to indicate double/triple tonguing? That is more commonly used in brass instruments, but us woodwinds can do it too. In that case it is both a metrical and an articulation indicator. Really it can be no other way, double/triple tonguing is by definition staccato, you can’t physically do it otherwise, and you do get to pick the number of notes (please composers, keep it simple!)
Anyhow can’t say as I’ve seen the notation as us clarinets don’t often use the technique, but that’s my guess. Double/triple tongue has it’s own ‘flavor’ (sorry) of tone, so it would be an appropriate indication in the score to have, if that’s what the composer is looking for. With Dorico some libraries have it in the FX section (BBCSO does I think, probably EWHO too). Anyhow in that case it should be managed as an articulation. Check if Dorico has that already, indeed looking under Playing Techniques I see double and triple tongue with the dots, but they also add a half circle above them. It’s in the “Wind” not Brass category, presumably because all the winds can do it it (excepting maybe the double reeds, doubt you can pull it off there).
n.b. yes I recognize the triple tongue sound in the Imperial March from memory, with brass it has that great jackhammer kind of sound.
Also - be careful of quad tongue I should think, I never even heard of that, only double/triple. You see with each of those you do these tricky little tongue maneuvers, so arbritrary metrics aren’t possible. At any rate a quad would have to be two doubles, and would simply be confusing anyhow so just stick with doubles for that case.