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Sleep Apnea In The Local News

Thank you to the Herald for adding my opinion and helping get the word out that there are treatment options other than CPAP available to those with obstructive sleep apnea.


Six Month Smiles

Here is a great video to get to know more about six month smiles. One of the best things about six months smiles is not just the fact that it takes less time but also that many people can’t tell you are wearing them.

The Future Of Dentistry With 3D Printing

Here is one technology to keep an eye on for the future of dentistry. 3D printing will change many things about our lives in the future. You will be able to order things on the web and just print them out right in your home. Common items that we all use on a daily basis will be printable to some degree in the future from plastic goods to even food!
3d printing technology is rapidly improving and will start to become a regular part of our lives over the next decade experts predict.
So how will this technology impact the world of dentistry? Its hard to know for sure just yet. But in this CNBC article it’s clear that dental applications may be an early driver of 3D printing demand.

There’s Snoring-Then There’s SNORING!

Is snoring a problem at your house? Do you have problems sleeping at night, or are you tired during the day?

If so, you or your partner may have obstructive sleep apnea.  Consult with Dr. Don Crow to discuss the testing alternatives that can determine whether you suffer from sleep apnea or if you just snore. Dr. Crow will discuss with you whether an at-home sleep study is sufficient or if a referral to a sleep specialist for a more comprehensive sleep study is needed.

Dr. Crow has had extensive continuing education and has been treating patients with snoring and sleep breathing disorders here at our office for over four years. He works closely with all of the local sleep medicine specialists who refer patients to him for oral appliance therapy.

Sleep apnea is a brief collapse of the airway that interrupts breathing during sleep. It can happen many times a night. Left untreated, this can have serious health repercussions as it increases stress on the body and reduces the amount of oxygen in the blood.

Sleep apnea can contribute to the development or worsening of many serious health conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, diabetes, depression, and other ailments. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that 38,000 people die from complications caused by sleep apnea each year.

Fortunately, there are treatment options for sleep apnea sufferers. Perhaps the best known is CPAP or continuous positive air pressure. This is a mask worn over the nose through which a machine pumps air to keep the airway open during sleep.

“CPAP machines are an extremely effective way to treat sleep apnea,” says Dr. Don Crow.  “Unfortunately, there are some people who find them difficult to tolerate. The machines are fairly quiet but do make noise and they are a bit cumbersome. Depending on the individual, the air flow can dry the eyes or cause other small irritations.”

But for many, the treatment of choice is oral appliance therapy. Oral appliances look a little bit like mouth guards worn by professional athletes. They are held entirely inside the mouth and are very discreet. They work by holding the lower jaw and tongue in a forward position to keep the airway open.

Research has shown that the compliance rate for oral appliance therapy is over 90 percent with about nine out of ten patients still using their appliance after one year.  Many people are unaware that oral appliance therapy, a primary treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea, is covered by medical insurance.

Oral appliance therapy is also effective in treating snoring. Snoring is often joked about, but it actually carries its own health concerns not only to those that snore but also to the snorer’s bed partner.  Snoring is not just an annoyance.  The sound from snoring can lead to fragmented sleep for both sleep partners and has the same health risks of sleep apnea.  Studies have shown that snorers are more likely to have hypertension, a heart attack or a stroke.

To learn more about oral appliance therapy and Dr Crow’s services visit our new website – www.EvSleep.com.  Or simply ask one of us at your next visit to learn more about how we may be able to help.

Don’t Believe Everything You Hear!

Here’s an interesting quiz for you.

Who originally dispensed the famous recommendation to “see your dentist twice a year?”

We all know it’s true (or do we???) – so when and where do you think that bit of advice originated?

a) The American Dental Association in 1933
b) The world’s first dental college – The University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1845
c) An article in The Journal of Oral Surgery by Dr. Henry Horseacre in 1909 entitled “Proper Protocol for Dental Cleanings.”
d) A radio ad for Pepsodent Toothpaste in 1929

Believe it or not, if you guessed “d” you are correct!

Most of us know the famous order to “see your dentist twice a year.” Some insurance companies even use that interval to define their standards for payment. But the fact is that phrase was developed with no scientific basis at all – and to sell toothpaste!

Another example of this logic was the ad campaign for Pear’s Soap in the late 1800s. The slogan “Have you used Pear’s soap today” ushered in the habit of daily bathing! And while that was certainly a good thing, the fact is that we are all different and to expect that everyone requires the same schedule for their health needs just doesn’t make sense.

When you wash your hair, do you “rinse and repeat?” Do you associate diamonds with engagement rings? Are you convinced that Volvo builds the safest cars? If so, you’ve been influenced by advertising, not necessarily facts. Don’t worry – we are all guilty of it!

At Crow Family Dentistry, we don’t believe in a cookie cutter approach when your health is involved. In order to determine the correct dental treatment for you (including how often you should have your teeth cleaned) we perform a thorough examination, checking your teeth, gums, medical history, bite, jaw muscles and more. We even do an oral cancer screening.

Everyone is different, so despite what the ad from Pepsodent once said, let us scientifically determine the correct schedule for your dental visits by looking at the facts, not an ad slogan. Most patients indeed need to have their teeth cleaned every 6 months.  Some of you may need to be seen more or less frequently to prevent disease.  We like to customize how often dental x-rays and exams are completed for each individual as well.  With a customized plan form us you can look forward to a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums – and keep smiling forever!

If you have any questions or you would like to schedule a visit, please call 425-258-2633 right away. We are here to help you!

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