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Jason Tierney My Mom was rushed to the emergency room on her 63rd birthday. From there, she was transferred to the ICU for several days. This was during a spike in COVID numbers that elicited warnings to avoid non-life-threatening visits to the hospital. This was life-threatening. And an emergency. My Dad called me with the news. Shocked but unsurprised due to my Mom’s indulgences, I asked what happened. He told me that during a routine visit, her PCP noted that …

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Lessons from Antarctica

“Put footstep of courage into stirrup of patience.” – Sir Ernest Shackleton Restless days have turned to sleepless nights. Worrisome weeks morph into mundane months. These months have culminated in a dreary quarter. Now what? Since March, I’ve been unable to get Sir Ernest Shackleton and the crew of Endurance off my mind. You might be wondering what an expedition racing to cross Antarctica more than a century ago has to do with Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM). Fair enough. Shackleton …

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American Dental Association Responds to World Health Organization Recommendation: Dentistry is Essential Health Care

CHICAGO, August 12, 2020 —The American Dental Association (ADA) respectfully yet strongly disagrees with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to delay “routine” dental care in certain situations due to COVID-19. “Oral health is integral to overall health. Dentistry is essential health care,” states ADA President Chad P. Gehani, D.D.S. “Dentistry is essential health care because of its role in evaluating, diagnosing, preventing or treating oral diseases, which can affect systemic health.” Dr. Gehani added that in March, when COVID-19 cases began …

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Tragedy into Triumph

So, um, yeah, a lot has happened since the last issue of Dental Sleep Practice. As I write this, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the world bringing unprecedented illness, death, and economic hardship. Our cities, our communities, our nation, our lives, are in a state of unrest and upheaval. It has thrust a level of volatility upon the dental field that most of us have never experienced. The world is hurting. It can feel like our lives …

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What Is a Dental Sleep Practice?

  What is a Dental Sleep Practice? Sure, it’s the name of the esteemed publication you’re holding in your hands right now. But what else? What are the criteria for a dental office to be deemed a Dental Sleep Practice? Is it about the volume of patients you treat with Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) each month? Is it the number of sleep CE hours you’ve acquired? Does it have something to do with proficiency or accreditation, academia, podium time, which …

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The Way Sleep Meetings Should Be Done

In late September, the World Sleep Society held their meeting in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. This five-day event assembled sleep and health volunteers, medical auxiliaries, and licensed medical professionals of every description who are concerned with sleep and sleep-related medical disorders. Over 300 hours of individual talks were presented by hundreds of speakers. There were 12 keynotes and more than 1,100 posters to view. I wanted to be in three places at once.

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Not Sudden, But Relentless

Sometimes things change in a big hurry – in my restorative practice, the day I took my first digital interproximal image was the last day I ever wanted to look at a film. When I put the files and gutta percha in the drawer and covered them up with referral pads for the endodontist across the street. The time when a patient looked at me and thanked me for explaining her sleep test and giving her hope that she could …

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