Dental appliances used to treat Sleep Apnea

Dental appliances are designed to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. They prevent the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in he back of th throat. This assists in maintaining an adequate airway during sleep. They may be used alone or in combination with a CPAP appliance. Some of he advantages of oral appliances […]

What can your role as a Dentist be in diagnosing Sleep Apnea?

How many times have we examined patients that fit the same physical profile: high blood pressure, overweight, apparent lack of good quality saliva, readily visible periodontal disease and obstructed airway? Then upon further questioning when you ask them if they have experienced morning headaches, irritability throughout the day, heartburn, insomnia and rapid weight, they will […]

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Please visit and “Like” my FB page!!! There is never a better time to learn how to manually calculate blood pressure than today! Hurricane Sandy was a glaring example of shortages in everything from water to batteries to electricity. I have colleagues that are still displaced from their practices. The standard of care does require […]

What do you think about your Medical History Form?

When you think about your Medical History form what comes to mind? Are the questions on your intake questionnaire designed to extract information about the presence of chronic illnesses, allergies and unusual reactions or negative dental experiences? How much credence do you actually give to that information? Do you use the information as a reason […]

How can you add value to the dental profession?

Each morning in our huddle, my team and I review the charts of the patients will we treat. We scan the chart for necessary updates in health histories, need for periodontal services and incomplete dental treatment. It’s during these meetings that my mind begins to wander. I think back on the many hours, days and […]

I never talk politics, except today!

Today is an amazing opportunity for each American to be responsible for one thing and one thing only…to make a decision to be a member of the electorate. We listen to each others rants about the deficiencies in the economy and the problems with the administration. Of course, each candidate has his solution for nirvana. […]

What do periodontal disease and heart disease have in common?

Studies have reported that people who have heart disease have a 1.5- 4 times increased risk for periodontal disease. (The risk is highest for patient with extensive gum disease, bleeding from every tooth). Acute coronary syndrome, high blood pressure (hypertension) and high cholesterol have also been associated with periodontal disease. Periodontal disease has also been […]

When is a Doctor-patient relationship established?

When we are evaluating a patient’s health history, there are many factors that we are assessing. But it is imperative to understand one thing: we must be certain we are willing to establish a relationship with each and every patient before we begin treatment. Once we have performed dental services, there is a Doctor-patient relationship. […]

When an emergency is close to home

My introduction to emergency preparedness began with the management of an asthma attack experienced by my patient some 10 years ago. From this emergency, Medical Emergency Mastery was born. I realized that my patient’s emergency was due, in part, to my poorly constructed medical history, my overly-cumbersome emergency medical kit and the lack of staff […]

Help your patients understand what role their chronic illness have on their periodontal health

Doctors and hygienists are in a unique and powerful position to educate their patients about the effects of their chronic illnesses on their teeth and periodontal health. Diabetes reduces the body’s resistance to infection-putting the gums at risk. In addition, people who have inadequate blood sugar control may develop more frequent and sever infections of […]