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Less Calculus – More Sleep: A Day in the Life of a Sleep Hygienist

by Gina Pepitone-Mattiello, RDH  A day in my life as a dental sleep medicine hygienist makes my heart happy and helps me sleep better at ...

Apples to Aardvarks: Comparing OAT & PAP Monitoring

by Suzanne Mericle, DMD, and Jeff Wyscarver, RPSGT ❝When performance is measured, performance improves. When performance is measured and reported back, the rate of improvement ...

In Your Own Words

Providing life-saving care for patients is the #1 reason dentists get involved in Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM). Issues related to medical billing seem to be ...

Coffee is for Closers: Get Out of Your Own Way

by Michael Cowen “I don’t understand. You’re telling me your treatment plan conversion rate dropped from 70% to 16%?” Perplexed, I exclaimed, “This makes no ...

Looking Forward to 2021!

Lisa Moler, Founder/CEO, MedMark Media Lisa MolerFounder/CEO, MedMark Media Through all of the challenges and changes of 2020, I look forward to 2021 as a ...

Weeding Out the Truth: CBD and Sleep

by Kent Smith, DDS, D.ABDSM  You’ve seen it in nail salons and boutique stores. Heck, even gas stations are selling it. What’s the hoopla? Much ...

Please Help!

Jason Tierney Jason Tierney My Mom was rushed to the emergency room on her 63rd birthday. From there, she was transferred to the ICU for ...

Seeing is Believing

by Samuel E. Cress, DDS ”CBCT is useless in dental sleep because people don’t sleep sitting upright.” “CBCT is a wasteful expensive piece of equipment ...

Treating Severe OSA – Versatility is Key

by Steven Olmos, DDS, DABCP, DABCDSM, D.ABDSM, DAIPM, FAAOP, FAACP, FICCMO, FADI, FIAO Sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is comprised of various structural and neural pathologies ...

4 Axioms for Medical Insurance Success

by Randy Curran and Kyle Curran I’ve lived in the medical billing world for nearly 20 years. That’s 20 real years – not the 2 ...

Innovation at Arm’s Length

by Barry Chase, DDS Over many years of practicing dental sleep medicine, I have become a big proponent of the Herbst appliance to treat Obstructive ...

Breathing Dysfunction and Head Posture

by Theodore R Belfor, DDS, and Michal Niedzielski, PT, PRC Much attention has been given to blue light’s deleterious effects on sleep. Screen time’s negative ...

Dental Continuing Education

ACEs, Integrative Medicine, and the Mind Body Connection

Why Dental Sleep Practitioners Must Take a Seat at This Table by Sunita Merriman, DDS ”What is spoken of as a clinical picture is not just a ...

Get with the Program: Dental Sleep Medicine and Electronic Medical Records

by Richard B. Drake, DDS, D.ABDSM, and George S. “Gy” Yatros, DMD, D.ABDSM “It has become necessary to develop medicine as a cooperative science; the ...

Telemedicine: It’s About Time

by Jagdeep Bijwadia, MD, MBA, D.ABDSM Telemedicine has experienced accelerated growth and as evidenced by the current COVID-19 crisis, it is a powerful resource that ...

Bruxism & Sleep Disturbed Breathing: A Guide to Critical Thinking about Empiricism, Science, Bruxism, and Sleep

by Barry Glassman, DMD, and Don Malizia, DDS Dentistry’s Empirical History Restorative dentistry has built institutions based on empirical evidence. Unfortunately, scientific evidence has not ...

Special Section – Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders: The Role of the Dentist, Part 2

  An Ounce of Prevention: Avoiding Oral Appliance Therapy Related Side Effects by Jamison Spencer, DMD, MS With serious systemic health consequences being clearly linked ...

Special Section – Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders: The Role of the Dentist

Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders: The Role of the Dentist by Jeffrey Cole, DDS President, American Dental Association An ADA Perspective In 2017, the American Dental Association ...

Dental Sleep Medicine: A Case Study of a TMD Patient with a 24-year History of Refractory Epilepsy Entirely Controlled with a Mandibular Advancement Device

by Daniel E. Taché, DMD And if tonight, my soul may find her peace in sleep, and sink in good oblivion, and in the morning ...

Sleep Related Breathing Disorders and the Use of High Resolution Oximetry for Screening

by Craig Pickerill Sleep related breathing disorders place a substantial monetary burden on the economy in the form of decreased productivity, work accidents, and health-related ...

It’s the Air that We Breathe

by Allen J. Moses, DDS; Elizabeth T. Kalliath, DMD; and Gloria Pacini, RDH Introduction OSA is a breathing disorder. Breathing is essential to support life. ...

Evaluating and Treating OSA

The Tools that Make a Difference for the Practitioner and the Patient by Stephen D. Poss, DDS Introduction When the American Dental Association released a ...

A Checklist for Evaluation of Potential Airway and Breathing Disorders

by DeWitt C. Wilkerson, DMD In October 2017, the American Dental Association (ADA) released a policy statement addressing dentistry’s role in sleep-related breathing disorders.1 The ...

Incision and Coagulation/Hemostasis Depth Control During a CO2 Laser Lingual Frenectomy

by Cara Riek, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, IBCLC, DABLS and Peter Vitruk, PhD, MInstP, CPhys, DABLS Introduction The treatment for ankyloglossia is a lingual frenectomy,1 which ...

Clinical Spotlight

Breathing Dysfunction and Head Posture

by Theodore R Belfor, DDS, and Michal Niedzielski, PT, PRC Much attention has been given to blue light’s deleterious effects on sleep. Screen time’s negative impact isn’t limited to blue ...

Clinician Spotlight

The Dentist and the Otolaryngologist – Working Hard Together

People in Pittsburgh suffer as much from sleep related breathing disorders as any other part of the country, but they have one big advantage no other population enjoys. People in ...

Corporate Spotlights

Planmeca Group

A global leader in health care technology Heikki Kyöstilä, president and founder of Planmeca Shiny white design and devices with colors from metallic silver to lime green, 3D-printed skulls of ...

Inside The Lab

Laser Sintering New Life into Your Sleep Appliances

Great Lakes Dental Technologies has fabricated sleep appliances for over 25 years. In that time, fabrication techniques have evolved to take advantage of traditional materials such as acrylic and wires. ...

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