Dentist - Dr. Amy Norman, DDS, PS

Patient Transformation: Debbi

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As the old saying goes, "No pain, no gain," but that’s far from the truth for people living with chronic pain. In fact, more than 100 million Americans suffer from some form of chronic pain. Debbi was a part of that statistic. She battled chronic headaches, jaw pain and clicking in her jaw when she ate. The pain impacted her quality of life, disrupting her sleep habits and affecting her mood. Even with her symptoms, Debbi was hesitant to seek treatment, but that all changed when the pain became unbearable.


"I put off [getting treated] for quite a while," Debbi said. "Then, my jaw got stuck "out of joint" a few times which was incredibly painful. So I talked with both my regular dentist and my primary care physician about what I could do and talked with my insurance company to see what may or may not be covered. I got a referral from my regular dentist for a doctor in Seattle which was too far away, so I started doing my own research on the internet."

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Dread the Dentist? Sedation Dentistry Can Help

Going to the dentist can be a very frightening and anxiety-ridden experience for most people, but for some, that fear can be debilitating. In fact, some people even avoid going to the dentist all together as a result of that fear. Many of these people suffer from dental phobia or anxiety, which is extremely common. Roughly 30 million to 40 million people avoid going to the dentist as a result of overwhelming fear and anxiety. While skipping the dentist’s chair all together may seem like a relief, people who do so are at a greater risk of developing gum disease, early tooth loss and a host of other dental complications that can generally be prevented with regular dental visits. Dr. Norman is dedicated to ensuring her patients feel comfortable and at ease during their appointments. She has created a dentist’s office like no other where she caters to each patient’s individual needs and desires. Sometimes no amount of warmed blankets and favorite TV shows can calm the most anxious patient which is why she offers the option of sedation dentistry. She understands that sedation dentistry may be the difference between a patient forgoing dental care or making their dental health a priority.

Dental phobia can be difficult to overcome, but letting it get in the way of your health is definitely not the answer. Sedation dentistry utilizes medication, helping patients relax and overcome their dental anxieties. Our office offers a number of sedation choices for our patients. While options like nitrous gas (laughing gas) can be helpful for some, we also offer other alternatives to fit the patient’s anxiety level and type of treatment. Dr. Hudson works to ensure that each of patients who experience uneasiness and apprehension about their dental visit are made to feel as comfortable and at ease as possible. Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective option that helps many of our patients minimize pain and anxiety. Patients who select sedation dentistry are able to relax, and in many cases, sleep through their procedures.

 

Proper oral hygiene is a big piece of keeping our mouths clean and healthy, but regular cleanings and preventative appointments with your dentist are just as crucial. Don’t let your fear of the dentist compromise your health. Give our office a call today at 425-212-1975 or send us a message to schedule your appointment, and be sure to ask about our sedation dentistry options to help make your visit as easy and stress-free as possible.

 

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Patient Transformation - Lalita

Before

When Lalita moved to the Everett area, she needed a dentist. She heard some radio ads for Dr. Amy Norman and decided give her a try. Little did she know that this choice also would lead her to successful treatment for her issues with sleep apnea.

Lalita knew the negative effects of sleep apnea, feeling so run down and not knowing the cause of always feeling tired. “I felt like I was in a daze and not completely alert,” she said.

“Previously I was overweight and I had tried the CPAP machine,” Lalita explained.  I can’t sleep with it.  With CPAP, I felt like Darth Vader or Hannibal Lecter!  I just had mild sleep apnea at the time so I decided to live with it.”

 

Over time, Lalita lost eighty pounds and saw Dr. Norman for cleanings. That’s when Lalita learned that her trusted dentist might be able to help with her sleep issues. “They started doing questionnaires in their practice to see if their patients are having issues,” she explained. “Dr. Norman talked to me more in-depth and asked if I would be willing to do a sleep test at home. I agreed and it turned out I was stopping breathing so they recommended a sleep doctor. ”

During

Lalita knew she had sleep apnea due to her snoring.  What she learned during the treatment process with Dr. Norman was that her sleep apnea was not related to weight. “I had the worst case of sleep apnea where weight is not a factor,” she said. “The issue was the physical design of my throat.  It’s small and my tongue covered the throat when I was on my back.”  With the proper diagnosis, Lalita now understood her options for treatment.

“I still didn’t want to use a CPAP machine so I pursued a mouth guard option,” Lalita said. “The mouth guard pulls my lower jaw in front of the upper jaw.  Pulling that jaw forward creates a clear opening in back of throat.”

“Medical insurance covered the cost 100%.” Lalita explained. “It took a little bit to get it filed in the right place.  I finally found someone who gave me the right wording.  Since there was no medical person to offer this appliance within a certain distance I was able to get covered.”

After

Lalita has been so pleased with her results.  She is sleeping more restfully, free of sleep apnea. “According to my husband I’m not snoring anymore. I do feel better when I wear the mouth guard as opposed to when I don’t. I don’t feel as tired as I did before. I’m able to function a lot better now.”

And, her experience with Dr. Norman’s team has been exceptional, too. She explained, “Ever since the first day I met them, the entire staff has always been genuine. They ask, “How was your day?  And, what can I do to help you?” They are all genuinely happy to help. I wasn’t just another patient. I was always happy to go to my dentist appointments. ”

Lalita recommends visiting Dr. Norman for both dental and sleep treatment. “I feel good when I’m there and I feel good when I leave. It’s not only the best dental office but medical facility that I’ve ever encountered. I’m moving to a new state and I was considering flying back for dental visits.  But Dr. Norman said she has a network of people and is happy to help me find a dentist.  I’m going to be sad about leaving her.  Never did I think I would say that about a dentist!”

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Patient Transformation - Kathleen

Kathleen’s Story

Before 

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“My dental problems date back to when I was a teenager,” 53-year-old Kathleen said. “When my mouth was shut, my front teeth were too close to my bottom teeth. But I didn’t have braces because my teeth were straight.”  

A poor bite and wear and tear throughout her life resulted in routinely grinded teeth. “I can remember being at yoga class in pain because I was clenching my jaw,” Kathleen said. “Back in the 80s, if you had a chip they would drill it down and use bonding that didn’t last long. My front teeth were getting shorter and shorter. Overtime, the grinding resulted in my teeth and bite changing shape.”  

By July 2014, Six of Kathleen’s front teeth were crowns and one was missing completely.  “My teeth always bothered me,” she said. I didn’t like how dark they were and really wanted a good-looking smile. And my face had started to change as a result of my worn down teeth.” 

As a registered nurse, Kathleen knows the impact dental health has both her physical and mental health. “One day I just decided ‘I’m going to do this. I’m going to get this fixed. And the process started with having a dental implant placed,” she said. 

During

After recovering from dental implant surgery, Kathleen was determined to finish off her long awaited smile makeover. “My esthetician friend said, ‘go see Dr. Amy Norman!’ so I did,” Kathleen said.

 “At first examination, Dr. Norman thought there might be issues with my jaw,” she said.  The Dream Team performed detailed testing and confirmed that Kathleen was experiencing neuromuscular problems related to the Temporomandibular joint (TMJ). “She explained how the cracking was caused by my bad bite pulling teeth in,” she said. I found out that I could attribute many of my problems such as grinding, ear pain, headaches and shortening facial profile to TMJD. Everything that she told made sense with everything that had been going on in my life.”

Dr. Norman broke Kathleen’s treatment into three phases, the first being a temporary solution to alleviate TMJ symptoms. She was sized for a lower orthotic to hold her jaw in its proper position until her bottom teeth are restored.  “Dr. Norman was able to show me with the CT scan how my bite was without it and how it was with the orthotic,” Kathleen said. “It helped me understand how when your jaw is out of alignment, you’re trying to find a comfortable position and end up grinding your teeth.”

 

After

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During phase two, Kathleen's upper teeth were restored and her silver crowns were replaced. “She was able to rebuild one of my teeth and keep me from loosing it, Kathleen said. “My teeth look natural now. It feels wonderful. I always get compliments from people saying I have a nice smile. People tell me I look about 10 years younger! It’s been such an amazing thing in my life in terms of both comfort and appearance. I am smiling so much more!  I’m more outgoing, getting out more—just living my live more fully.”

Dr. Norman corrected Kathleen’s upper bite permanently and will soon begin phase three restorative work on the bottom that replaces the orthotic. “The teeth will be longer and they will match the upper teeth for a well-formed bite,” Kathleen said.

 “Every single member of Dr. Norman’s staff is awesome and I can’t say enough about them,” Kathleen said. “I loved all the staff and the focus they have on making procedures comfortable. I felt like it was movie star treatment. Time just flew by during appointments. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had of course with dentist but also in a medical facility in general. I have a cleaning scheduled tomorrow and I’m excited to go!”

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Patient Transformation - Chuck

Chuck's Story

Before

 

Chuck Spaeth never thought that a busy travel schedule would be hard on his teeth. Now 76 and retired, he spent an exciting career as a flight mechanic and airline pilot. His journey included time in the military as well as working for the commercial airline, Alaska.

Chuck said in 1961 he became one of three people to enter Alaska’s first pilot training program. “We were paid to work on flights as mechanics and completed flying hours during down time until we had our pilot licenses,” he said.  

“It’s awesome,” Chuck said when asked about flying a plane. “When the weather was good it was beautiful views and smooth sailing. And when the weather was bad it was challenging and intense. Either way, I loved it.” 

Unfortunately, his demanding responsibilities didn’t always allow for great dental care. “I’m tough on my teeth,” Chuck said. On top of a busy travel schedule, he had a habit of grinding his teeth while he worked. They were worn down, cracking, discolored and putting him in visible distress.

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Chuck’s co-pilot, Steve Ball thought he had a solution to the problem. He mentioned his daughter, Dr. Amy Norman, runs a dentistry practice and recommended that Chuck go see her.

Although thankful for the suggestion, Chuck didn’t take choosing a dentist lightly. His wife, Gail who coincidentally works as a flight attendant, had poor dental work done in the past. They pulled unnecessary teeth and left her in pain and off balance.

As soon as Chuck walked in the door of Dr. Norman’s practice, Dream Smile, he was glad he did. “They are meticulous, professional and attentive,” he said.  

During the procedure, Chuck was comfortable and felt confident in the care he received. “Amy is one of those people who works very hard and intense,” he said. She’s the real deal and I knew it.” 

After

After restorative work, Chuck looks great. But more importantly, his mouth is healthy again. He’s never had problems with his fillings and even encouraged Gale to have her teeth restored by the Dream Team as well.

Despite the hour-long drive to Everett from their home, the Spaeth’s continue to see Dr. Norman for regular cleanings and maintenance nearly 20 years after Chuck’s first procedure. The couple has built a relationship with the office manager, Judy, who knows exactly when to schedule them to avoid traffic on the trip. 

“I’ve never come into contact with someone in her office that’s not unbelievably good,” Chuck said. “It’s fun going to the dentist. It’s very well orchestrated and she (Dr. Norman) is the best of the best.”

Now that his mouth is healthy and he is on the ground, Chuck enjoys motorcycle riding, skiing and boating in Alaska. “I have a tendency to have too much fun,” he said laughing. Gale still works as a flight attendant, although Chuck wishes she would retire and join his adventures full time already.

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