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Thanksgiving Favorites!

November 21st, 2017

Everyone has their favorites when it comes to the Thanksgiving Feast. Chris wanted to share one of her favorite recipes with you. 

Gourmet Sweet Potato Souffle
3 ½ pounds of sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
1 tablespoon of white sugar
½ cup butter, melted
¾ cup white sugar
1 cup of heavy cream
5 eggs
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
½ cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt

1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil over medium-high heat. Add sweet potatoes, cover and cook until soft about 10 minutes. Drain, and set aside. 
2. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease a 2 quart soufflé dish. Sprinkle dish with 1 tablespoon of white sugar, shaking dish to evenly coat bottom and sides. 
3. Place the sweet potatoes into the bowl of a food processor. Add the butter, ¾ cup sugar, heavy cream, eggs, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and salt. Process until mixture is smooth. Pour into prepared soufflé dish. 
4. Bake the sweet potato mixture in preheated oven for 20 minutes. Lower oven temperature to 350 degrees.
5. Bake the sweet potato mixture until edges are slightly browned, about 40 minutes more. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Home Sleep Studies Used in Dentistry

August 22nd, 2017

For over the last 15 years, our office has supplied support services for our patients who have been diagnosed with sleep breathing disorders (often Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA). Whether the referral for a sleep study came from signs and symptoms noted in a dental examination, or if was requested by a patient's physician, the method to collect the data necessary to make a diagnosis required a hospital-based overnight sleep study (Sleep Labs). This is medically referred to as a Polysomnography or PSG.

The 'Sleep Medicine' industry has begun to move away from the use of hospital-based Sleep Labs and towards tests that a patient can take in the comfort of their own home. Not only is there huge cost saving for the medical insurance companies but many patients greatly prefer an evaluation that can occur in their home rather than in a hospital room disguised as a hotel room.

This fall we will focus on Home Sleep Tests (HST) and how dentistry is incorporating this into the everyday screening of patients visiting for a routine tooth cleaning and examination.

To learn more about HST, please read further using this link:


Helping people with Damaged Teeth, Snoring and Daytime Sleepiness

December 7th, 2016

Our office has recently began using a new home sleep-monitor on selected patients, called the DDME Bruxism Monitor, to determine the best treatment options for people at risk for extensive tooth damage. New research indicates that people grind their teeth (bruxism) for specific reasons. While most patients attribute the habit to stress; that is often unrelated to a habit that leads to significant damage to the teeth and subsequent excessive dental expenses.

More often people clench and grind their teeth due either to bite (occlusion) issues OR an obstructed airway that occurs during sleep. Determining the underlying cause of tooth grinding/clenching will lead to dramatic differences in the recommended treatment to decrease the habit and protect the teeth. Prior to this research; all bruxism/clenching habits were treated the same. Selecting the wrong treatment can lead to an increase in the habit, and symptoms, while also leaving a dangerous condition untreated.

People that grind/clench their teeth due to bite or stress problems often need a more traditional (but well adjusted) ‘night guard’.  Those who show signs of tooth damage from clenching/grinding, and who also report snoring or other indicators of poor sleep patterns, need a very different type of appliance. These type of appliances often improve or correct the airway problem, thus eliminating snoring and providing a more sound and restful sleep, while also protecting the teeth from bruxism. This can be a life-saver as those with Obstructive Sleep Apnea are prone to cardiac and stroke events.

We also now utilize a new in-office, inexpensive, bruxism/airway appliance that can be used to verify the effectiveness of this treatment. This appliance is called the BRX-PRO and is designed to be worn to prevent bruxism and also measure its impact on airway improvement (utilizing the DDME Bruxism Monitor). This is a very nice benefit to our patients as we can now measure the effectiveness of the appliance before they invest more time and money into the more permanent appliance.

Yellow Springs Dental strives to stay educated and ‘cutting-edge’ in order to continue to provide the best dental care possible for our family of patients. On your next visit; let us know if you want us to look further into helping you or your family members prevent damage to their teeth and eliminate an annoying snoring habit.

Snoring, mouth-breathing tots more likely to develop behavioral problems

July 6th, 2016

(CBS News) Snoring has been tied to many health problems in adults, including obesity, sleep apnea, and a higher risk for heart disease. But according to a new study, snoring may also be problematic for kids' mental health.

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The study found toddlers who snore are more likely to develop behavioral problems like hyperactivity once they reach school-age.
For the study, published in the March 5 issue of Pediatrics, researchers at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in The Bronx, New York City, examined the impact of "sleep-disordered breathing" on kids' behavior by looking at survey results from parents of more than 11,000 children over a six-year-period. Sleep-disordered breathing includes snoring, mouth breathing, and sleep apnea.
Parents were asked to fill out sleep surveys at various intervals when their kids were 6 months to 7 years old, and when their kids were approximately 4 or 7-year-olds, the parents filled out a behavioral assessment.
By study's end, the researchers found children whose sleep-disordered breathing peaked at 6 or 18 months old were between 40 and 100 percent more likely to develop behavioral problems by age 7, compared with kids who breathe normally during sleep. What's more, kids who had the worst behavioral problems had breathing problems throughout their infancy, which peaked when the child was 30 months old.
"This is the strongest evidence to date that snoring, mouth breathing, and apnea [abnormally long pauses in breathing during sleep] can have serious behavioral and social-emotional consequences for children," study author Dr. Karen Bonuck, professor of family and social medicine and of obstetrics & gynecology and women's health at Einstein, said in written statement. "Parents and pediatricians alike should be paying closer attention to sleep-disordered breathing in young children, perhaps as early as the first year of life."
According to the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Health and Neck Surgery, nearly one in 10 children snore regularly and 2 to 4 percent have sleep apnea. Common causes of sleep-disorder breathing are enlarged tonsils or adenoids.
What does snoring have to do with bad behavior? The researchers think these breathing troubles are affecting oxygen flow to the brain and disrupting the restorative processes of sleep, which results in problems related to areas of the brain that control for the abilities to pay attention, suppress behavior, and regulate emotions.
"We are sleeping to restore our brains, and sleep-disordered breathing interferes with that process," Bonuck told HealthDay. "For kids, these are critical periods in brain development."
Can anything be done to prevent future behavioral problems in snoring tots? Bonuck says parents should be paying close attention to how their kids sleep, and if they notice signs of sleep-disordered breathing, should talk to their pediatrician or take their child to an ear nose and throat doctor or a sleep specialist.