ASDA News

Snoring or interrupted sleep may signal a serious condition

osa-mouthingoff-imagecropForty percent of adults over 40 snore – half of them every night; and while for most of these individuals snoring may be nothing more than a social inconvenience, for more than 18 million Americans it may be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a potentially life-threatening condition.

Finding your superheroes

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“If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” — Isaac Newton
My interest in organized dentistry began during my undergraduate years at the University of Central Florida where a local dentist, Dr. Pete Lemieux, took special interest in my pre-dental club. As a nerdy science major, that dentist was a superhero in my eyes. I remember being absolutely star-struck when he invited our club to an event to socialize with real life dentists. That night I shared a glass of wine with that dentist who spoke so openly about his journey through dental school and his trials with different associateships. I remember thinking, “Wow, I can actually do this.”

Student challenge: Which is the right insurance provider for you?

great-west-financial-october-blog-post-imageOf all the “tests” you’ll face as you become a dentist, choosing the disability and life insurance coverage that’s right for you may be one of the more challenging. There are no textbooks on the subject. So to help you study up, we put together a checklist that provides some of the key features you should look for when buying insurance, and how the ADA members insurance plans stack up to the competition.

Patient records and non-payment: What’s a dentist to do?

ADA CPS video stillIn an American Dental Association survey, 69 percent of people said they were more likely to choose an ADA member the next time they were looking for a dentist because of the patient-first promise ADA members make as a part of the Association’s code of ethics.

The ADA has created short videos that present and answer ethical situations a dentist may face in his or her practice.

Be mindful of your mental health

Prof_Success_HeaderASDA has designated September as Wellness Month. Managing your mental health is major factor in maintaining overall wellness.

Multiple studies have been used to measure stress among dental students. The primary stressors reported by students include examinations, grades, and workload. Students reported that the effects of chronic stress resulted in mood changes, frustration, and decreased concentration. Some students even reported changes in behavior like developing smoking habits and substance abuse.

If stress can be identified early, action can be taken before the pressure becomes a problem. The American Psychological Association has published several tips to help you manage stress…

Distracted driving quiz: Test your knowledge

Geico_ImagePut down the phone and fries this summer. Weekend getaways, vacations, and visits to and from the clinics mean more vehicles on the road. We want you to join us in a summer of no distracted driving to keep friends and family safe.

Take our quiz to learn more about the dangers of driving distracted. Then, take the online pledge to drive distraction-free and GEICO will make a donation to a worthy cause on your behalf.

What is oral and maxillofacial surgery (OMS)?

AAOMS fileThough it may be a mouthful to pronounce, oral and maxillofacial surgeons are the experts in face, mouth and jaw surgery. Many patients find the name confusing and don’t know everything our surgeons can do. Learn about some of the key OMS procedures in this short, entertaining video.