Expressions Of Gratitude From Members Of Our Team

 

The holiday season means different things to different people. For some, it may be that they look forward to celebrating and spending time with family and friends. For others, it may be a time for faith and devotion.

 We’re Reflecting On The Things We’re Most Grateful For…

Everyone on our team has taken some time to reflect on her (or his) life and to list some of the things we’re grateful for.  We want to share those thoughts with you!  FYI, there was no collusion amongst we participants…

 What we are thankful for:

 Dr. Nadler

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“I’m thankful for having found my wife, Elizabeth, thirty years ago!  And, for our many friends who provide our lives with so much joy and meaning.  And, finally, for my dental practice which has been my raison d’etre for three decades…”

Liz

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“I am most thankful to have found my best friend, my soul mate, my husband, Richard.”

April

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“This year I’m most thankful for my family. Having a baby changes your life and I’m so thankful to have the continuous support from my loved ones.”

Remi

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“I am thankful for my beautiful family and wonderful friends, also for our freedom, the Country that we live in and everyone that helps keep us healthy and safe.  I am thankful for my daughter Sara, she is my sunshine and she makes me smile every day!  I am grateful for learning new things every day and being able to find humor in the craziest places.  And Lastly, I am thankful for my Parents.  When I became a Mom I gained a priceless appreciation for all parents!  Wishing everyone a Great Thanksgiving!”

Maria

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“This year, I am most thankful for my family, friends and life. I’m thankful for my husband, the love of my life and my best friend. I am thankful for my beautiful daughter that I love unconditionally and am so proud of everyday.  I’m thankful for my supportive parents who sacrifice a lot in order to give me and my brother a better life.  But above all, I am most thankful to have a great job that I love, and work together with amazing colleagues that I respect and appreciate.”

Allison

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“I am thankful that I have the opportunity to spend this holiday with my loving family and reconnect with great friends that are visiting during this time of the year. I am also thankful for all of the wonderful opportunities I have had throughout my life including schooling, traveling, and being involved in my favorite sports and activities.”

We Would LOVE To Hear From You Too!

As the holiday season approaches, what are you grateful for? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

 One More Thing…

We’re so grateful for each of you—our wonderful patients and friends! Because of you, we love working here each day. We’re thankful for our relationships, and for the trust you place in us each time you visit and reach out with your health concerns and feedback.

We wish you a very happy holiday season!

What Are Loupes And Why Must Your Dentist Wear Them?

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Dr. Nadler and Zora Circa 2003

Dental loupes are the magnifying glasses that dentists wear to enlarge everything that they see in the mouth. There are two basic reasons why these glasses are worn. First and foremost, vision is improved simply because everything in the field of view is so much bigger. Secondly, loupes are worn to allow dentists to have a more “physiologic” posture while working, and thereby minimize the slouching which dentists are historically known to develop.

 

Why is it important to have an enlarged view of the working area? The most obvious answer is that a better and enlarged view of the treatment site automatically results in more precise dental work. Dentists are better able to see the shapes that they are carving or preparing in the natural teeth as well as in the final restorations which they are providing for their patients. Perhaps even more importantly, dentists are better able to make more accurate and complete diagnoses of what is occurring in each patient’s mouth.

 

As an example, I was testing out a new product which was touted to assist in better diagnoses of oral cancer. This system required the wearing of colored lenses used in conjunction with a special light. Using this system, I would be unable to wear my loupes. I first examined a patient using this new system without magnification. And then, put on my loupes and re-examined the patient. There was no comparison between the two examinations. Without magnification, even with the special light effect, much more was visible and apparent with magnification.

 

I began wearing loupes back around 1990 while I was taking advanced classes at the L.D.  Pankey Institute in Florida. It was at this time when I truly feel that the quality of the treatment which our office provided moved to an entirely new and higher plateau. Not only was I learning some amazing skills, but also the use of the loupes alone allowed significant improvement in my ability to provide excellent treatment.  Since that time, the loupes that I use have gotten increasingly longer and provide more magnification. These glasses are simply addictive to any dentist who is serious about doing his or her absolute best work.

 

A few years after beginning to wear them, I decided to try a headlight mounted right on the  loupes. After the first patient to be seen with this light, and in spite of the discomfort of extra weight on my nose, there was no turning back. The benefits of the light are nearly as significant as those of the loupes themselves. As good as the overhead dental light is, there are still shadows as we lean in as well as from the lips and tongue, etc.  Whereas, wearing the loop-mounted headlight, the light shines exactly where I am looking.

 

I don’t see how any dentist can work without either magnification or head-mounted lights. I believe that dental schools should teach the use of this equipment as mandatory – at least in the final year of dental school. If you’ve ever seen the intraoral photographs that we take for our patients, you’ll know what it’s like to look through loupes with light. It’s just so easy to see!

 

If you have not had the opportunity to see an intraoral photo of your teeth, please ask us for a demonstration at your next appointment. It will only take a moment and can be quite eye opening. If you have any questions or concerns please visit us online at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com or call us at 908-359-6655.

Free Sleep Apnea Screenings Offered in November

Again this year, we are offering free Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) screenings during the month of November. This is our way of giving thanks for all the blessings which we have received during the year, and it is our hope that we may potentially save a life by providing this service.

 Sleep apnea is a serious condition with potentially life-threatening side effects. Most people are not at all aware of this condition and certainly do not think that it affects them.  People who have Obstructive Sleep Apnea are at risk for various medical conditions including:

  •  Adult onset diabetes (the #1 growing disease currently in the US!)
  • High blood pressure (especially when resistant to treatment)
  • Anxiety and depression
  •   Daytime sleepiness
  •  Heart attacks and strokes
  •   Gastro-esophageal reflux disease (GERD)

In addition, OSA patients are prone to daytime sleepiness which places them at risk when driving. Also, these patients may struggle with diet-resistant weight gain.  Such patients frequently lose significant weight when treated for their sleep apnea condition.

If you have any of the above symptoms or conditions, or have been told that you snore or stop breathing while asleep – or you just sleep poorly – perhaps finding out if sleep apnea is the problem may be the prudent thing to do. The screening is very quick and easy. It involves a history form and a brief examination, after which a preliminary diagnosis can immediately be made.

This offer is available to all of our patients as well as their friends, family, and coworkers. Please take advantage of this service! The first step is to determine if you are at risk for sleep apnea.   Once a diagnosis is established, there are various ways to control the condition, allow you to sleep better, live healthier and feel great!

Call us at 908.359.6655 or visit our website at www.DesignsForDentalHealth.com to schedule your free screening.

Have a wonderful holiday!

Richard M Nadler DMD, FAGD and the Designs For Dental Health Team