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Boise Dentist Blog

The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe

HealthyStart Treatment

HealthyStart Treatment

What is HealthyStart™? The HealthyStart™ appliance is an advanced orthodontic/orthopedic device and is BPA, Silicone / Latex Free, FDA Cleared and American made. The HealthyStart™ treatment is safe, pain free, non-invasive and effective. It provides multiple benefits including straightening teeth without braces, helping develop proper oral habits, and addressing the root causes of sleep disordered breathing.

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Kids Who Snore

Kids Who Snore

The following article from Reuters Health discusses how sleep-disordered breathing can affect a child's school performance: Kids Who Snore May Have Poorer Grades in School By Larry Hand September 08, 2015  (Reuters Health) - Snoring and other breathing problems during sleep can put kids at risk for poorer performance in school, a new study confirms.

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OSA and Anxiety and Depression

OSA and Anxiety and Depression

We have posted a lot of information over the years about the impact obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has on your health, and there continues to be more and more research regarding the link between sleep apnea and multiple health issues. A recent study published in the Journal of Research in Medical Sciences explored the link between OSA and anxiety and depression.

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Sleep Apnea and Dementia

Sleep Apnea and Dementia

A new study suggests that sleep disturbances such as sleep apnea may contribute to the brain changes that precede dementia. While previous studies have shown an association between sleep apnea and dementia, this is the first study which may help to explain that relationship.

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Bedwetting in Children With Sleep Apnea

Bedwetting in Children With Sleep Apnea

Research shows that some children with sleep apnea who also wet the bed can be helped by tonsil and/or adenoid removal. One study demonstrated that fifty percent of children with sleep apnea who were bedwetters stopped wetting the bed after surgery to remove their tonsils and/or adenoids.

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Dr. Dan Named an ABDSM Diplomate

Dr. Dan Named an ABDSM Diplomate

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Dan Bruce has recently become an American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM) Diplomate. The ABDSM board is the leading organization for dentists who treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

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Sleep Deprivation

Sleep Deprivation

The Dangers of Losing Sleep A recent article in the Huffington Post illustrates the devastating effects long and short term sleep loss can have on your body and mind. The article sites research from multiple sources, including the SLEEP journal, Carnegie Mellon University, University of California Berkley, and Harvard Medical School.

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Video Testimonials

Video Testimonials

We have five new videos up on YouTube! One video is an introduction to the practice and the three dentists. The other four videos are patient testimonials about different dental services we provide, including Invisalign, veneers, and sleep apnea oral appliances.

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Periodontal Disease and OSA

Periodontal Disease and OSA

Several recent research studies have reported a link between chronic periodontal disease and obstructive sleep apnea. Both conditions are relatively common and are associated with a systemic inflammatory response. One large, population based study published in the Journal of Clinical Periodontology revealed that between 77% and 79% of subjects with obstructive sleep apnea also had obstructive sleep apnea.

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Sleep and Memory, postings on Sharecare

Sleep and Memory, postings on Sharecare

I wanted to use this post to introduce Sharecare, which is an information sharing site.  Users post healthcare questions and experts in that field answer the questions.  Since we treat a significant number of patients with oral appliances, I thought this particular question on memory and sleep was interesting.

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