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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 night. For starters, I am not picking up a scaler or explorer anymore. Instead, my instruments are a pulse oximeter and sphygmomanometer. Days are filled following up with referrals from sleep centers, physicians, and the occasional internet surfer who discovers our practice online. No matter how they come to us, they are always seeking the …

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In Your Own Words

Teamwork makes the dream work, right? It’s often stated that teams play a crucial role in the success or failure of Dental Sleep Practices. This issue we decided to go right to the source, to key team members, and ask them each the following three questions. What does a day of DSM in your life look like? What is (a) most challenging & (b) most rewarding about the role? What are 3 must haves for you to work your magic? …

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Dentistry’s Value Added to Sleep Disorders by Bradley Eli, DMD, MS

How Important is Dentistry to the Sleep Community? In a word, VERY! In the early 1990’s, dentists became interested in Sleep Medicine. I remember those days well. The field was new and exciting, meetings were held annually, and attendance was small. The familiar few returned each year. Today, the field has grown significantly and most importantly, it has changed. Sleep, its quality and quantity, have become a message that now is carried daily by the many players within the field. …

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