Cosmetics
Want to improve sleep apnea? Trimming tongue fat may help
January 10, 2020 -- Reducing fat tongue may help improve obstructive sleep apnea symptoms, according to a new study published January 10 in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. Researchers used magnetic resonance imaging to measure the effect of weight loss on the upper airway in obese patients, showing that a reduction in tongue fat lessened the severity of symptoms.  Discuss
New product: Glidewell releases sleep apnea device
August 13, 2019 -- Glidewell Dental has released a new mandibular advancement device for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
I'm a CPAP dropout: Why many lose sleep over apnea treatment
July 18, 2019 -- An estimated 18 million American adults have sleep apnea. The go-to treatment -- a CPAP machine -- offers a healthy, restful night’s sleep, but people often struggle to use it and as many as 50% stop using the device. However, the health effects of untreated sleep apnea can be serious. Following up with patients is key.  Discuss
Imaging study finds OSA patients at risk for heart disease
June 26, 2019 -- A new study offers another reason to screen your patients for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Patients with severe OSA have a greater risk for cardiovascular disease, according to research presented at this week's Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging annual meeting.  Discuss
Treating kids with an advanced lightwire functional device
May 23, 2019 -- Childhood is when dentists and hygienists should be looking for early signs of malocclusion, writes Dr. Martin Gorman. One method to address this malocclusion is using an advanced lightwire functional appliance. Dr. Gorman reviews how this type of appliance can help.  Discuss
New product: Philips launches sleep apnea mask
April 5, 2019 -- Philips has released a new over-the-nose continuous positive airways pressure (CPAP) nasal mask for patients with sleep apnea.
Second Opinion: New technology aids TMD treatment
February 28, 2019 -- It's a common scenario for dentists: Patients come to your office complaining of jaw pain. They may also mention that they're getting tension headaches, and they can't get a good night's sleep. As Dr. Martin Gorman writes, it might be temporomandibular disorder (TMD). He looks at the latest technology to help with the diagnosis and treatment.  Discuss
3Shape partners with OrthoApnea
February 26, 2019 -- 3Shape and OrthoApnea have announced a partnership that allows practitioners to upload their digital impressions to OrthoApnea's ApneaDock online platform.
OSA study finds short breathing interruptions can be fatal
October 31, 2018 -- Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can be a risk factor for mortality, but what contributes to this risk for patients who may have this condition? Researchers wanted to see if the length of breathing interruptions was as important as how often they occur.  Discuss
Inspire Medical's sleep apnea treatment gets Aetna coverage
July 11, 2018 -- Inspire Medical Systems announced that Aetna will provide coverage for its Inspire therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.  Discuss
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Do whitening toothpastes live up to the hype?

What should you tell your patients when they ask if whitening toothpastes are effective? Are claims that they remove tooth stains or whiten teeth substantiated? To find out if toothpastes live up to the marketing hype, researchers reviewed the existing literature comparing the effects of whitening and regular toothpastes. Read more.

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