2322 196th St. SW, Suite 201 Lynnwood, WA 98036  |  Call Us Today! 206-316-8286

Slide 2
Super User has not set their biography yet

Are Cavities Contagious?

We all dread cold and flu season, when every cough or sneeze from a neighbor could spell disaster for not only ourselves, but also the whole family. But who would have thought that sharing food and drinks or swapping spit in a kiss would also leave us more at risk for cavities?  

Continue reading
25 Hits

Could This Medication Help Treat Sleep Apnea?

According to a new study from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Northwestern University, researchers believe they have discovered a drug that could lower the frequency of apneic episodes in patients with sleep apnea. The medication, dronabinol, is currently used to help chemotherapy patients deal with nausea and vomiting during treatments.  

Continue reading
126 Hits

Sleep Apnea Linked to Memory and Attention Problems

New research published recently in the Annals of the American Thoracic Society shows a newly discovered link between sleep-breathing disorders such as sleep apnea and problems with memory and paying attention.  

The study looked at 1,700 adults using technology in their home environment to measures things like oxygen levels and other functions during sleep. Researchers determined that those with less than 90 percent oxygen saturation levels, which is a clear marker for sleep apnea, scored much lower on memory and attention tests. Researchers believe the lack of oxygen can damage blood vessels in the brain and cause inflammation that can result in nerve cell loss and lead to cognitive problems. 

Continue reading
135 Hits

Are Braces to Blame for TMJ Disorders?

You may have considered braces or other orthodontic therapy for yourself or for your kids, but have you ever thought about how orthodontics may be related to jaw problems such as TMJ? Dr. Buck firmly believes that traditional orthodontic treatments can cause or worsen TMJ problems. That’s not to say in every single case this occurs, but it’s something to take seriously when considering braces and other orthodontic therapy.

Continue reading
813 Hits

Marijuana Causes Dry Mouth: Why it Matters

As the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, and in some states recreational purposes, becomes more widespread, it’s important to look into one of the most well-known side effects of its use. Dry mouth, or xerostoma in the medical and dental community, occurs for many reasons. It can be a side effect of medication, a medical condition or the result of using marijuana.

Continue reading
109 Hits

New Study Shows Link Between Feelings of Purpose in Life and Better Sleep

 New research from a study conducted at Northwestern University in Chicago has found that a sense of purpose in life could help people sleep better. The study looked at over 800 people ages 60 to 100. Question about sleep quality and motivations in life were the core focus of the study and the researchers discovered that those who felt their lives had more meaning were actually less likely to have sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome along with a higher quality of sleep overall. The new study was published in the journal of Sleep Science and Practice.

Continue reading
219 Hits

Walks on the Beach May Help Improve Dental Anxiety

 Most people dread going to the dentist for even the most common treatments, but what if you could transport yourself to another world during the procedure? Researchers at the University of Plymouth set out to discover if using virtual reality in a dental setting could help improve patient experience and their findings were very interesting.

The study separated participants into three groups. The first group, the control group, received their dental treatments as usual with no distractions or interventions. The second group used a virtual reality headset to stroll through the streets of a random city during their procedure. The third group wore the virtual reality headsets and walked along a beach in Devon, England.

Continue reading
313 Hits

For Some Couples it Feels Like Snoring Should be Grounds for Divorce

It’s a gold mine for comedic material, especially when it comes to sitcoms, but for the spouses of those who snore, it’s no laughing matter. Snoring is not only a concern for the one doing it, but for anyone else trying to get a good night’s sleep in the same room, it can be a big concern as well.

Most spouses will tell you they’ve tried every over-the-counter remedy they could find. They’ve tried nasal strips, nose plugs, wristbands, chin straps, you name it. They’ve tried hitting them with a pillow, wearing ear plugs, propping them up on 4 pillows until they fall over and even nudging (possibly kicking) them every time they snore.

Continue reading
617 Hits

4 Ways to Protect Your Jaw Health

Keeping your jaw strong and healthy is probably not something you’re always mindful of. In fact, we often take our jaws for granted, using their strength to pry open packages and chomp away on tough treats, like beef jerky. But keeping our jaws healthy is important, especially as we age. Here are 4 tips to keep your jaw in tip top shape.

Tip # 1: Regularly practice jaw stretches

Every day, take a few minutes to stretch your jaw and jaw muscles. A few simple stretches will help keep the jaw joints and muscles lubricated and functioning properly.

Continue reading
542 Hits

SPG Block Helps Migraine Sufferers Find Relief

According to the Migraine Research Foundation, migraines affect 38 million Americans and one billion people worldwide including men, women and children. It’s the third most common illness in the world and the sixth most disabling. In fact, every 10 seconds, someone in the United States visits the emergency room for head pain said Dr. David Buck, DDS, a neuromuscular dentist in Washington.

"Migraines are considered chronic when a patient experiences at least 15 a month over the course of three months," he said. "People who don’t suffer from these painful attacks have the tendency to brush them off as just bad headaches with little sympathy for the patient. But, 90 percent of migraine sufferers can’t function at all, let alone work, drive or socialize during a migraine."

Continue reading
303 Hits

The Serious and Somber Reality of Sleep Apnea

With the recent news that actress Carrie Fisher died as a result of sleep apnea and other additional complications, this serious health condition is making headlines across the country. Though officials cannot conclusively determine the exact cause of death, it appears that sleep apnea likely played a role. If left untreated, sleep apnea is harmful to your health and can quickly become dangerous.

What is Sleep Apnea?
The Greek word "apnea" translates to "without breath. As such, sleep apnea is a structural problem characterized by repeated cessations or pauses in breathing during sleep. Typically, the airway collapses during deeper levels of sleep, compromising breathing and interrupting sleep. Millions of American suffer from the disorder, and it affects their everyday way of life, impacting work performance, personal relationships and daily functioning.

Continue reading
460 Hits

A Smarter Way to Sleep: Using Smartphones to Diagnose Sleep Disorders

Sleep disorders are often evaluated and diagnosed by polysomnography (PSG), which measures brain activity, eye movement and heart rhythms during sleep, but a new type of technology designed by researchers out of Osaka University utilizes a smartphone to help diagnose sleep disorders. It uses machine learning via a smartphone to help determine if a patient is suffering from a sleep disorder.

Using Modern Technology to Diagnose Sleep Disorders
According to Osaka University Associate Professor Ken-ichi Fukui, PSGs are ineffective because they require a patient to be monitored outside of their natural sleeping environment, typically in a sleep lab or other medical facility. He believes that because "our environment influences how we sleep...we should not expect the same patterns sleeping at a hospital [versus] or sleeping at home."[1] This could be why so many people aren’t diagnosed with a sleep disorder, even though they really do have one.

Continue reading
235 Hits

Get the Picture? Selfies and Orthodontics

 The age of the "selfie" has led many people to fix their smiles in hopes of presenting a picture-perfect image to share with the social media world. Dr. Buck sees many patients who are unhappy with the state of their smile and are looking to make a change. But what many patients aren’t aware of is that improving your smile isn’t just aesthetically beneficial, but it also provides several health benefits.

Social media has revolutionized the way we do many things, like shopping and staying connected with friends and family, but it’s also changed how critical we are of ourselves. Gone are the days of tearing up an unflattering picture, and what remains is an ever-present snapshot that lives on across social media platforms. With our social media accounts being so heavily scrutinized by prospective partners and employers, the pressure is on to put our best face forward.

Continue reading
506 Hits

Spring into Action and Tackle Sleep Apnea: Three Tips to Sleep Better this Spring

 With the spring season in full swing, many people are experiencing a noticeable uptick in their allergy symptoms, and that’s especially true for those who suffer from sleep apnea. From watering eyes to excessive sneezing to itchy throats, spring time can be uncomfortable for allergy suffers, but it can become even more problematic for people living with sleep apnea. Dr. Buck specializes in treating sleep apnea patients, and he notices a significant increase in patients seeking treatment during the springtime months.

According to Dr. Buck, sleep apnea is a structural problem where the airway collapses during deeper levels of sleep, compromising breathing and interrupting sleep. Springtime allergens can aggravate sleep apnea symptoms. When a patient suffers from congestion in the upper respiratory area, it limits the amount of breathing space, thereby impacting airflow and making breathing more labored and difficult. Here are a few tips to help you breathe a little easier during the spring season:

Continue taking your allergy medicine consistently
Be proactive about promoting an open airway by taking your allergy medicine daily. Anything you can do to limit congestion and stuffiness will ultimately help you breathe better at night.

Continue reading
566 Hits

3 Ways Sleep Apnea is Hurting Your Health

Sleep apnea can cause many health issues, and some of those can be life-threatening if the condition is not treated in a timely manner. Not only can the condition interrupt sleep, leaving you feeling tired and groggy, but it can lead to more serious health issues. Dr. Buck specializes in treating sleep apnea, and he fully understands how the condition can be harmful to the patient’s overall health if left untreated.

Continue reading
1058 Hits

Added Weight in Childhood Leads to Added Risk of Depression

New research from the Association for the Study of Obesity suggests that being overweight, especially during childhood, could increase the risk of developing major depression later in life. The CDC states that "the percentage of children with obesity in the U.S. has more than tripled since the 1970s," and that "today, about one in five school-aged children (ages 6–19) has obesity."[1] And with those added pounds comes the added risk for developing depression later in life.

The CDC defines obesity as "having excess body fat [which is] measured using the body mass index, or BMI, a widely-used screening tool for measuring both overweight and obesity...Children at or above the 95th percentile have obesity."1 Previous studies have shown that people who are obese are a greater risk of developing depression, but the new study from the Association for the Study of Obesity closely examined the link between early-life obesity and depression risk. The study, which analyzed 889 participants, found "that being overweight at age 8 or 13 was associated with more than triple the risk of developing major depression at some point in their lives, whilst carrying excess weight over a lifetime (both as a child and as an adult) quadrupled the chance of developing depression compared to only being overweight as an adult."[2]   

Continue reading
253 Hits

Ditching the Dentist is Harmful to Overall Health

A recent study out of King’s College in London confirms that dental phobia, also known as odontophobia, leads to an increased incidence of tooth decay and tooth loss. It’s estimated that roughly 30 to 40 million people avoid going to the dentist because of dental phobia. With so many people steering clear of the dentist because of this, these new findings aren’t surprising, but they’re still problematic.

The new study confirms what U.S. dentists have been saying for years: skipping the dentist is harmful to your oral health. The study "found people with dental phobia tend to experience a range of dental diseases which result from their avoidance of the dentist."[i] But it also suggests that dodging the dentist can affect your quality of life.

Continue reading
223 Hits

Need Braces? Don't Do-It-Yourself

The trend of do-it-yourself braces is sweeping the country, but many dentists and orthodontists warn patients that taking matters into their own hands could be dangerous and cause long-term damage. A quick Google search unlocks a plethora of DIY tutorials and videos ranging from how to grow your own windowsill herb garden to how to turn your bike into a Pokémon Go machine to how to make your own braces. While people may feel DIY braces are a cheaper alternative to going to the orthodontist to be fitted for braces, it may end of costing more in the long run.

According to a recent survey from the American Association of Orthodontists, 13 percent of orthodontists see patients who have attempted DIY teeth straightening.2 While the process of DIY braces may sound easy and quick, they can ultimately do more harm than good.[1] Reports indicate people are using rubber bands around two front teeth to draw the teeth together, closing the gap. Medical professionals say this may sound simple enough, but because the rubber band could imbed itself into the gum leading to an infection, it’s much more dangerous than people think. Additionally, the rubber band can travel to the root of the tooth causing the tooth to fall out.

Continue reading
246 Hits

Treating Our Tiniest Patients Early On

Many parents are told by their child’s dentist or orthodontist that correcting a misaligned bite or crooked teeth while their child doesn’t have their permanent teeth yet isn’t possible or effective. While putting braces on baby teeth isn’t a valid option, there are alternatives to correct jaw and teeth issues while your child is still young. In fact, Dr. Buck prefers to work with his tiniest patients sooner rather than later, and here’s why.

If your child has crooked teeth or a misaligned bite, leaving the issue untreated can lead to long-term issues such as sleep apnea or TMJ disorder. But the traditional orthodontic approach is to wait to treat the issue until the child’s permanent teeth have come in. According to Dr. Buck, while this approach may be easier, you miss significant growth opportunities that allow you to fully treat the issue in one shot.

Continue reading
356 Hits

Untreated Sleep Apnea Could Cause Brain Damage in Children

New research suggests that children suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea show a significant reduction in gray matter of the brain. The study conducted by the University of Chicago Medical Center and published in the journal, Scientific Reports, conveys that "there is clear evidence of widespread neuronal damage or loss compared to the general population." [1] The findings of this recent study are especially troubling as it’s estimated that currently, three percent of children suffer from sleep apnea.

The University of Chicago Medical Center study analyzed 16 children with OSA and evaluated their sleep patterns overnight in its pediatric sleep laboratory. Children were administered neuro-cognitive testing and underwent brain scans with a non-invasive MRI. These results were compared with MRI images from nine healthy children of the same age, gender, ethnicity and weight, who did not suffer from sleep apnea.  

Continue reading
283 Hits