There’s No Reason to Fear the Dentist Anymore

According to dentist Dr. Amy Norman, sedation dentistry is a wonderful tool for both children and adults who have any anxiety about visiting the dentist. It’s easy, affordable and comfortable. There’s no reason to suffer through your dental appointments with fear and anxiety anymore.

Dr. Norman is proud to offer sedation dentistry because she understands just how much anxiety and fear can affect someone’s health and happiness. She works with patients every day to determine what level of sedation is best for them so they can get the care they need in the most comfortable way possible.

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Is Childhood Snoring a Sign of Something Serious?

The snoring habits of middle-aged men have been the subject of sitcoms and comedy skits for decades. In fact it may seem like adult males are the only ones who snore. Unfortunately, women and children often suffer from chronic snoring too, and since the topic is much less talked about, it can leave them with more questions than answers.

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Could Sleep Apnea Increase the Risk for Alzheimer’s?

According to new research published in the the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, elderly people with obstructive sleep apnea may have an increased risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

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Marijuana Use May Have Oral Health Implications

As laws across the nation continue to change in regards to medical and recreational use of marijuana, it’s important to consider all aspects of its use. "Cottonmouth," the slang term for the dry mouth symptoms associated with the use of marijuana, is a common experience due to the way tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, affects the nervous system.

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New Cannabis-Like Drug Could Help with Sleep Apnea

The first multi-site study conducted at Northwestern Medicine and the University of Illinois Chicago for a medication to treat obstructive sleep apnea was recently found to be safe and effective. The drug, a synthetic cannabis-like pill called dronabinol, underwent a phase two trial funded by the National Institutes of Health. The medication was approved over 25 years ago by the FDA for treating symptoms of nausea and vomiting for chemotherapy patients. The recent study was the longest and largest randomized, controlled trial to ever be conducted on a potential medication for sleep apnea.

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Dr. Norman’s Path to Dentistry

Dr. Norman knew early on that she wanted to be a dentist. In fact, she remembers knowing as early as the fourth grade that dentistry was her calling. As soon as she was old enough for a job, at 16, she began working in dentistry. She got into dental school without even needing her undergraduate degree because she already knew so much about dentistry.

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Yoga Spreads Relaxation All the Way Down to DNA

Americans are busier than ever. Today’s modern professionals are all juggling more than ever before. Pressures run high to be the best, the brightest, the most qualified for the job all while trying to balance a personal life, which for some includes the relationships and needs of spouses and children.

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New Study Shows Frailty Linked to Oral Health Problems in Older Men

A new study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society has discovered a link between oral health problems and the risk of developing frailty in older age. The study was conducted with 1,622 men ages 71 to 92. There is no standard or universally accepted definition of frailty, so for the study, frailty was defined as having three or more of the following symptoms: weight loss, grip strength, exhaustion, slow walking speed and low physical activity. Participants of the study most at risk for frailty were those who were edentulous, which means they were missing their natural teeth, and those with dry mouth symptoms.

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At-Home Wrist Monitor Could Replace Lab-Based Sleep Studies

Sleep studies in a lab have always been one of the most frustrating parts of diagnosing a sleep disorder for most patients. The environment is unfamiliar and it can be hard to relax enough to sleep like you would at home, not to mention the high cost of spending the night in a sleep-study facility.

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Could a Focus on Dental Health Help with Childhood Obesity?

Concern surrounding the weight of America’s children is nothing new. However, a thesis by a graduate student in Sweden could provide a new insight into how to overcome the ever-rising statistics.

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Sedation Dentistry Eases Fears for All Ages

Research shows that approximately 15 percent of Americans avoid the dentist because of dental anxiety or phobia, and some experts believe the number is actually much higher. For those who still go despite their anxiety, it can be a challenging experience that is dreaded for days and even weeks beforehand.

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The Surprising Importance of Saliva

Spit is not something we think about often, if at all. Yet our mouths and even entire bodies rely on it to stay healthy. The production and function of saliva is one of those complex processes in our body that we take for granted on a daily basis unless something goes wrong.

The idea of spit may seem gross, but if you’ve ever experienced dry mouth, even temporarily, you probably realize how important it is. 

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A Relaxing Trip to the Dentist

If the idea of a relaxing trip to the dentist seems absurd, you’ll be happy to know that over the last few years there has been a major focus on the patient experience by dental practices all over the nation.

From virtual reality to an office that feels like anything but a dental practice to sedation dentistry and even a new system that completely takes over your senses, allowing you to relax - there’s so much going on in the world of relaxation dentistry today. If you are anxious about going to the dentist, find a dental practice that uses some of these new ways to help patients relax and sometimes even sleep through their treatments.

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Dental X-Rays Help Identify Vitamin D Deficiencies

Research published in the International Journal of Paleopathology from McMaster University has shown that dental X-rays can now be used to help spot vitamin D deficiencies by showing the state of the pulp inside teeth. The research team was searching for a way to study vitamin D deficiencies in archaeological specimens without destroying each aged tooth by cutting it open. Their findings could now help identify potential deficiencies in adults and children, which can then be confirmed with a simple blood test.

"Studies are continuing to shed light on the fact that oral health is connected to our overall health in so many ways," said Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a leading dentist in Everett, Washington.

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Could New Drug Help Teeth Repair Themselves?

Advances in dental and medical technology occur every day, sometimes unbeknownst to the general population. However, a newly published study shows that an Alzheimer’s medication, Tideglusib, that is already developed and successful in clinical trials could actually help promote the biological mechanism for natural tooth regrowth. Could this be the end of dental fillings as we know them?

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3 Reasons to Avoid Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam fillings are one of the most controversial topics in dentistry today, and for good reason. Dr. Norman finds problems in over 90 percent of the amalgam fillings she removes, further proof that these fillings are dangerous for your health and your teeth. Here are three reasons to avoid these fillings and replace them with safer, more effective alternatives:

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When Dental Anxiety Becomes a Phobia

There’s a difference between being uncomfortable with the idea of visiting the dentist and deciding not to go until pain becomes unbearable. This is the line in the sand where anxiety becomes phobia. Many dentists across the nation have taken note of this huge obstacle to care for many patients and are making big strides at providing options for those who otherwise would never step foot in a dentist’s office.

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Can Diet Affect Oral Health?

So, you’ve decided to take your health into your own hands and start losing weight in order to reach a healthier place? One thing you might not have thought about is how dieting affects your oral health. Some diets can actually improve your oral health while other may hurt it.

Low-Fat Diets

For years the gold standard in losing weight was to eliminate fat. Everyone turned to low-fat alternatives of their favorite foods in order to still enjoy some of the flavors they love without the guilt. Unfortunately, when you choose a diet that focuses on low-fat, you have to keep an eye out for products that have added sugar in order to make up for the lost flavors from the fat, said Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a leading cosmetic dentist in Everett, Washington.

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Children Who Snore Could Have Sleep Apnea

Thanks to television sitcoms, when you picture someone who snores until the house shakes, you likely picture an overweight middle-aged man. For years this was the typical sleep apnea patient and the most likely to get diagnosed and treated for the condition. Over time, research has shown that women and children also suffer from sleep apnea and that they often go undiagnosed, according to Dr. Amy Norman of Dream Smile in Everett, Washington.

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Guidelines Issued for New Cavity Treatment for Kids

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recently released evidence-based guidelines for the first time regarding a relatively new cavity treatment that uses silver diamine fluoride. The AAPD now recommends using the silver diamine fluoride as a treatment for cavities in children and special-needs patients. Experts believe this will lead to more dentists adopting this treatment method, said Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, a leading Everett, Washington dentist.

"The use of silver diamine fluoride provides a less invasive and more affordable treatment. It’s been used for a few years to treat tooth sensitivity and some have used it for cavity treatment," she said. "But now that guidance from the AAPD has been established, it’s very likely to become a much more commonly offered treatment."

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