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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 other cities can see a sleep doctor, an ENT, a dentist, and an orthodontist and put all that advice together to sort out their choices. Four doctors, four appointments – an unfortunate burden. In Pittsburgh, they can make one appointment and get advice from all four areas of expertise: they …

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Fresh Eyes and New Technology – People are Getting Healthier

See if this sounds familiar: A young-50’s male, with a snoring history that includes his children begging for separate hotel rooms during family trips so they could get some sleep. The family says they considered Dad’s snoring to be funny and annoying, but not dangerous. The man has been observed falling asleep at his keyboard in the afternoon, and admits to being awakened by the bumps on the side of the interstate on long trips. DSP readers who have begun …

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New Center for Pain and Sleep Opens in Dallas

Texas A&M University College of Dentistry has opened a new Facial Pain and Sleep Medicine center headed by Steven Bender, DDS. One of the first such centers in a dental school in the country, Dr. Bender has big ideas for how to change dentistry’s impact on whole person health. DSP recently sat down with Dr. Bender to learn more. DSP: Tell me how this all got started, Steve – this is a big project. Steven Bender, DDS: After I graduated …

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Putting It All Together by Dr. Dale Sorenson

Imagine how boring your dental practice would be if all our patients were the same. No patient would present with an array of problems that took some time to sort out or encouraged us to collaborate with colleagues, expanding that usual circle of dentists to include physicians of many disciplines. We’d never grow or learn through each patient experience and none of them would help us recognize gaps in our own knowledge.   Luckily we don’t live in that world. …

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ASBA Dental Division – A Breath of Fresh Air

Sleep Apnea Dentistry has been characterized as the greatest opportunity for dentistry, post caries epidemic, since tooth whitening. The benefit to the patient is clear – Oral Appliance Therapy is an effective, non-invasive, and inexpensive treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Dentists are seen more and more as part of the medical community by assisting in providing early diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. David Gergen, Executive Director of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy Dental Division, has said that the …

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