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  • Dental Sleep Medicine: Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea

    Dental Sleep Medicine: Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea HomeDental Sleep Medicine: Treating Snoring and Sleep Apnea Why do we need to sleep anyways? People often think of sleeping as a time when our body shuts down and our mind stops working. This is absolutely not the case!  On the contrary, sleep is a time when

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  • Prevalence of sleep-disordered breathing in the general population: the HypnoLaus study.

     Heinzer et. A. Lancet Respir Med 2015; 3:310-318   What it is? Sleep disordered breathing is a chronic disorder caused by repeated upper-airway collapse during sleep, resulting in recurrent nocturnal asphyxia, fragmented sleep, major fluctuations in blood pressure, and increased sympathetic nervous system activity1. (The sympathetic nervous system is responsible for the release of norepinephrine

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  • What goes into a dental fee

    In evaluating the cost of dentistry it’s important to understand what goes into creating that dental fee.  The cost of a dental procedure is typically determined by a number of variables, many of which differ from region to region across the country.  The biggest determiner of a fee for a service in business (and the

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  • A Review of Tooth Restoration following Root Canal Therapy – a literature review

    A Review of Tooth Restoration following Root Canal Therapy – a literature review Based on: An Endodontic Restorative Update. Oral Health. 2015 May:105 (5). Sas, GL.   Given the prevalence and success of implants in dentistry, accurately assessing the restorability of teeth prior to subjecting patients to expensive, time consuming and occasionally uncomfortable treatment is

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  • Oral Probiotics in Everyday Dentistry

    Oral Probiotics in Everyday Dentistry Review of the November 2013 CDHA (Canadian Dental Hygienists Association) Webinar presented by Francine Gagnon, RDH       There are a 100 trillion bacteria on the human body. Over 700 species of bacteria live in the oral cavity. Most bacteria do not affect us but others make us ill

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  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Dentistry

    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder: Understanding and treating Patients with PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is often described as a severe anxiety disorder that may develop after exposure to an emotionally or physically threatening event.  PTSD typically results in psychological trauma.  Many people associate PTSD with Veterans but it can affect anyone who has experienced a

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  • Dental Plaque

    What is dental plaque? Dental plaque is a dense layer of biological material consisting of a coherent mass of microorganisms (bacteria, yeasts and protozoa) that are embedded in a matrix of complex sugars and proteins.  Plaque is generally considered the causative agent of both dental caries (cavities) and gingivitis.  The growth of plaque is seen

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  • Oral Manifestations of Celiac Disease

    Summary: Celiac disease is one of the most common GI disorders in the world. Approximately 1% of North Americans have been diagnosed with celiac. It has been suggested however that because of our previous lack of understanding of this condition and inability to accurately diagnose it, this number could be significantly higher (some suggest that

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