We are pleased to inform you that Dr. Taxin’s presentation on “Sleep Apnea and Dentistry: Improve Your Patient's Health and Your Bottom Line" was a success. If you missed his lecture, here are some of the topics you missed:
Dr. Paul Taxin, a neuromuscular dentist here in Cortlandt Manor, NY, is on the front lines in educating others on how obstructive sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of stroke in middle-aged and older adults, especially men.
“Overall, sleep apnea more than doubles the risk of stroke in men,” he says during an interview from his office. “Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder in which the upper airway is intermittently narrowed or blocked, disrupting sleep and breathing during sleep.”
A recent landmark study on this disorder was released this week by the Researchers from the Sleep Heart Health Study (SHHS). The study was supported by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) of the National Institutes of Health.
Dr. Taxin has been very involved in treatments for patients who suffer from sleep apnea.
report that the risk of stroke appears in men with mild sleep apnea and rises with the severity of sleep apnea. Men with moderate to severe sleep apnea were nearly three times more likely to have a stroke than men without sleep apnea or with mild sleep apnea. The risk from sleep apnea is independent of other risk factors such as weight, high blood pressure, race, smoking, and diabetes.
As well, sleep apnea causes an increased risk for stroke in women.
“Stroke is the second leading cause of death worldwide,” says Dr. Taxin.
“Although scientists have uncovered several risk factors for stroke -- such as age, high blood pressure and atrial fibrillation, and diabetes -- there are still many cases in which the cause or contributing factors are unknown. We now know however that sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke.”
Dr. Taxin indicates that the time is right for researchers to study whether treating sleep apnea could prevent or delay stroke in some individuals. The quest for a deeper understanding of sleeping disorders led Dr. Taxin to complete a number of courses from the Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dental Studies.
The Cortlandt Manor dentist applauds the release of the SHHS study as it educates more people on sleep apnea and will prompt more research in this area.
The SHHS study yielded that just after adjusting for several cardiovascular risk factors, the effect of sleep apnea on stroke risk was stronger in men than in women. In men, a progressive increase in stroke risk was observed as sleep apnea severity increased from mild levels to moderate to severe levels. In women, however, the increased risk of stroke was significant only with severe levels of sleep apnea.
The researchers who carried out the study suggest that the differences between men and women might be because men are more likely to develop sleep apnea at younger ages. Therefore, they tend to have untreated sleep apnea for longer periods of time than women. It's possible that the stroke risk is related to cumulative effects of sleep apnea adversely influencing health over many years.
The findings provide compelling evidence that obstructive sleep apnea is a risk factor for stroke, especially in men. Overall, the increased risk of stroke in men with sleep apnea is comparable to adding 10 years to a man's age. Importantly, the SHHS study proves that increased stroke risk in men occurs even with relatively mild levels of sleep apnea.
Research on the effects of sleep apnea not only increases our understanding of how lapses of breathing during sleep affects our health and well being, but it can also provide important insight into how cardiovascular problems such as stroke and high blood pressure develop.
The new results support earlier findings that have linked sleep apnea to stroke risk. SHHS researchers have also reported that untreated sleep apnea is associated with an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart attack, irregular heartbeats, heart failure, and death from any cause. Other studies have also linked untreated sleep apnea with overweight and obesity and diabetes. It is also linked to excessive daytime sleepiness, which lowers performance in the workplace and at school, and increases the risk of injuries and death from drowsy driving and other accidents.
More than 12 million American adults are believed to have sleep apnea, and most are not diagnosed or treated. Treatments to restore regular breathing during sleep include mouthpieces, surgery, and breathing devices, such as continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP. In people who are overweight or obese, weight loss can also help.
“These treatments can help improve breathing and reduce the severity of symptoms such as loud snoring and excessive daytime sleepiness, thereby improving sleep-related quality of life and performance at work or in school,” says Dr. Taxin. “Randomized clinical trials to test whether treating sleep apnea lowers the risk of stroke, other cardiovascular diseases, or death are needed.”
Dr. Taxin indicates that it’s very encouraging that people are now choosing to address this problem more quickly. “When I first initiated my approach to advanced dental healthcare there was some hesitancy on the part of people because the problem was not readily acknowledged on a widespread basis.”
In point of fact, people tend to suffer from sleep problems for approximately ten years or more before they seek medical help.
Dr. Taxin is an ardent proponent of oral appliance therapy. This approach is achieved by using an effective device (known as SomnoDent MAS) that confronts sleep apnea. This precisely made, and relatively compact, aid fits over the upper and lower teeth. The SommoDent Mas is a precision-made, clinically tested medical device. This appliance is highly effective (in most cases) in stopping snoring and treating obstructive sleep apnea in the mild to moderate range. In all, it’s a true benefit for those who suffer sleep apnea.
Similarly, another effective tool in the struggle against sleep apnea has proven to be the CPAP. The key aspect of this particular device is that it permits an opened and unobstructed airway in the throat. However, given the cumbersome nature of the device, compliance by patients using CPAP is estimated to be well less than 50 percent.
Dr. Taxin also offers patients the WatchPat 200, an FDA (US – Food and Drug Administration) approved device for patient-friendly at-home diagnostic evaluation.
“We want to provide people with the most comprehensive care that meets their needs. People come to us with their lives disrupted by sleep disorders,” says Dr. Taxin. “It is highly satisfying to be able to successfully return patients to a healthier state of existence.”
In an age when life is unfolding at an increasingly hectic pace, the human and economic health impacts are still being calculated. Thanks to the good works and dedication of Dr. Taxin, measures dealing with sleeping disorders are increasingly accessible and affordable.
While Terrell Owens is turning 37 on December 7, 2010, he credits an early birthday gift that’s been helping him dramatically improve his performance on the field as a star player with the Cincinnati Bengals.
You see, T.O. is using the Makkar Pure Power Mouthguard, or PPM – a device like no other. He indicates that the PPM is a key ingredient to his success. The cutting-edge device is now being offered by Dr. Paul Taxin, a well-known neuromuscular dentist here in Cortlandt Manor, NY.
“If you don’t have this [the PPM], you can’t get your game on,” says T.O. during an interview in Cincinnati while holding up his PPM.
“I am always trying to do what I can to get an edge on the field… Once I was fitted for the proper bite of my mouthguard I instantly thought to myself that the science behind this product is simply amazing. I used it during practice, and again was blown away.”
“Anyone who knows me, they know I am about fitness; they know I am about training. The mouthguard has helped my endurance, flexibility, and strength.”
He adds, “I can definitely tell the difference when I am using the mouthguard and when I am not using the mouthguard. So if I am looking for optimal performance – trying to get ahead and really trying to strengthen my body especially during the off season and preparing myself for the upcoming season – the Pure Power Mouthguard is what I use.”
Before the season even started, sports fans and sport analysts alike were quick to doubt T.O. and his ability to perform because of his age.
However, thanks to the PPM, T.O. has simply silenced all critics.
So far this year he has caught 55 passes, exactly the total he had in Buffalo in half the playing time. He currently ranks third in the NFL with 770 receiving yards, tied for third with seven receiving touchdowns, and nearly single-handedly beat the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday Night Football in Week 9. This is why the wide receiver is being hailed as the comeback player of the year in the NFL.
Dr. Taxin explains the science secret behind this miraculous invention and how it's helping out T.O.
“The PPM is designed to be more than just a mouth guard and strives to increase balance, strength, flexibility, range of motion and endurance,” says Dr. Taxin.
“The science is based on the position of the lower jaw, when the lower jaw is in the right position it aligns the neck with the spine,” he says. “When the body is in a perfect erect position, you experience a number of benefits. Unfortunately, a large percentage of the population is not in proper alignment.”
Dr. Taxin says that the proper alignment of the lower jaw, is defined, via a “tens” machine.
“This machine relaxes the major muscle groups of the face, and thereby putting the jaw in a relaxed state. Once the right position of the jaw is found, it is captured with a bite registration material. This bite is then sent to a lab and incorporated into a re-positioning device (mouthpiece),” he says.
This special “bite” is the foundation of an athlete unlocking their true potential. Once the athlete bites into the PPM, the muscles in their face become completely relaxed, which allows them to use more of their upper and lower body strength.
Instant balance is achieved, because the lower jaw has come down and forward, thus allowing the neck to align it with the spine.
Rutgers University recently conducted an intense study on the PPM and concluded the device is a real benefit for athletes. The device is not sold in stores and one has to get specially fitted by specially trained neuromuscular dentists, like Dr. Taxin. The Cortlandt Manor based dentist has extensive training at the esteemed Las Vegas Institute (LVI) for Advanced Dentistry. Prices of the PPM range from $595.00 to $2,000.00.
There are currently over 400 professional athletes are using the PPM, with representation in Major League Baseball (MLB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the National Hockey League (NHL), the National Football League (NFL), the Professional Golf Association (PGA) and most sports in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). As well, there are over 1,000 collegiate, Olympic and amateur athletes who have embraced the PPM phenomenon.
Dr. Saggu knows that the number of athletes using the device he is offering will only continue to grow. He’s already been fitting local athletes with the PPM right here in the Cortlandt Manor area and across the state of New York.
“I would encourage anyone who is interested in improving their athletic ability to talk to us about taking a short and simple test for the PPM,” says Dr. Taxin.
“We all have different goals when it comes to sports, but there isn’t anyone who wouldn’t like to have an overall increase in strength, balance, and range of motion. The PPM is a great, natural way to achieve these things.”
The PPM was invented by Dr. Anil Makkar, a renowned neuromuscular dentist in Canada and the device is now the rave in the sports world. The roster of renowned professional athletes using the PPM include Shaq O’Neil, Tracy Porter (NFL), Bode Miller (World Skiing Champion), Scott Munroe (World Renowned PGA Instructor), and Scott McCarron (PGA).
“Everyone who has been using the PPM — amateurs and professionals alike — has noticed a big difference in their sport of choice,” says Dr. Taxin. “I would encourage any athlete who wants to improve their performance to book a test with me. I know anyone who undergoes a few simple tests will realize just how effective this device is and how it will help them in their sport of choice.”
Mother's gum disease linked to infant's death Pregnant woman's gingivitis caused baby to be stillborn, scientists say By Linda Carroll msnbc.com contributor updated 8:43 a.m. ET, Fri., Jan. 22, 2010
Pregnant women with untreated gum disease may have more at stake than just their teeth. They may also be risking the lives of their babies, a new study shows. Expectant mothers have long been warned that gum disease can cause a baby to be born prematurely or too small. But for the first time scientists have linked bacteria from a mother's gums to an infection in a baby that was full-term but stillborn, according to the study which was published Thursday in Obstetrics and Gynecology. Scientists from Case Western University made the discovery after a 35-year-old California woman contacted them to help investigate the death of her baby. Earlier studies by the same researchers showed that an oral bacteria called Fusobacterium nucleatum could spread from the bloodstream to the placenta in mice. The woman wanted to know if it was possible in humans. Bacteria from the mouth can easily get into the bloodstream once a woman's gums are bleeding, explains the study's lead author Yiping Han, an associate professor of periodontics and pathology at Case Western University. Generally, this type of bacteria can be easily combated by the immune system of the mom-to-be, whether mouse or human. But because of special conditions that exist in the womb, the fetus can be more susceptible, Han suspects. Once the bacteria are in the blood, they can go almost anywhere, Han says. The placenta is an immuno-suppressed organ, compared to other organs like the liver and the spleen. And that makes it easy for the bacteria to colonize the placenta. The California woman told researchers that she had experienced heavy bleeding from her gums (a sign of gum disease) during her pregnancy. Bleeding gums aren't unusual in pregnant women, with about 75 percent developing the condition due to normal hormonal changes. Mild gum disease can be treated simply by brushing and flossing more often. Pregnant women with more serious cases may need dental surgery. Usually women's uterine infections, which can harm a fetus, are caused by bacteria that work their way up from the vaginal canal, says Han. But the researchers detected a bacteria in the baby not typically found in the vaginal region. Plaque samples from the woman's teeth were found to be positive for the exact same strain of the oral bacteria found in the dead baby's stomach and lungs. Women shouldn't be overly alarmed by the new study, says Dr. Richard H. Beigi, an obstetric infectious disease specialist and an assistant professor of reproductive science at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. This is just one case, he explained. Most pregnant women have bleeding gums and most don't have dead babies. This can happen, but it's rare. And this finding doesn't mean that it's increasing.
Dr. Paul Taxin and Team has successfully completed the Soft Tissue Laser Therapy seminar which included the following:
This seminar was presented by Janet Press, RDH a trainer and speaker in the evolving field of Laser Dentistry. She is a veteran dental hygienist with 15 years experience in soft-tissue laser speacilty practice and over 30 years in general dental hygiene practice.
Are you aware of the dangerous relationship between diabetes and gum disease? No? Well, then come find out. Whether you're a person with diabetes, a person who cares about someone with diabetes or just a person interested in the topic you are invited to join Dr. Taxin at Putnam Hospital's Diabetes Support Group where he will be speaking on the negative impact gum disease can have specifically on the health of person with diabetes. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, 12/15/09, at 6pm at Putnam Hospital's Michael Weber Auditorium in Carmel, NY.
Feel free to call our office if you have any questions. See you all there!
Dr. Paul Taxin has successfully completed a 2 day seminar in the treatment of:
This seminar was hosted by Rondeau Seminars the leading in Dental Continuing Education and DynaFlex the head in Orthodontic Services.
Even Dr. Taxin's dog, Ming, knows that it is important to brush!
FAMILY FUN DAY!
September 13, 2009 Fun Time: 11am - 3pm
On March 3rd Dr. Taxin gave a lecture on Dental Appliances and Sleep Apnea at the Vassar Brothers Hospital Sleep Center.
We are doing a community day at East Fishkill on Sept. 16th, we will do a free oral cancer screening there.
Your listing in the "Guide to America's Top Dentists" is most impressive. Being selected as one of "America's Top Dentists" is quite an honor. You are among a select few that have earned this prestigious recognition.
The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies
>"Setting the Standards for Excellence"
November 14, 2003
For a lot of people, a beautiful white smile can be achieved in a matter of a few weeks instead of years. This can be done through a conservative technique that reshapes the teeth and fits them with porcelain laminates that are metal-free, and look and fell like the real thing. Many people can now improve their smiles without the necessity of braces. These natural looking restorations can create the perfect smile that may be desired by many... instantly!
A local dentist, Dr. Paul S. Taxin has recently completed post-graduate training at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies in Nevada. Dr. Taxin completed the Comprehensive Aesthetic Reconstruction program and studied under the world-renowned Dr. William Dickerson, a Fellow of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. While at the Institute, Dr. Taxin underwent intensive training including completing a complex case on a live patient under the direction of teachers. To qualify to complete this advanced level of training, Dr. Taxin had to complete several other courses building up to this one.
Dr. Taxin is one of the few dentists from New Rochelle, NY that has completed a program that teaches these skills. Dr. Taxin's commitment to excellence is emphasized by undergoing this training to provide patients with only the best restorations and care possible. By undergoing this training, Dr. Taxin has achieved the clinical ability that few dentists in the country are even aware exist. For more information, call LVI at (888) 584-3237 or Dr. Taxin at (914) 235-4330.
Destin, Florida, USA -- March 15, 2003 -- Dr. Paul Taxin of New Rochelle, New York, was awarded Standard Proficiency Certification during the Academy of Laser Dentistry's Tenth Annual Conference and Exhibition held March 5-8, 2003 in Destin, Florida. Dr. Taxin was among the 60 laser practitioners undergoing standard examination during the conference by the Academy's Certification Committee.
Successful completion of the certification program formally demonstrates knowledge and clinical proficiency in laser dentistry. The certification program administered by the Academy is a structured educational mechanism for dental practitioners wishing to achieve high standards of dental laser care. The examination complies with the Curriculum Guidelines and Standards for Dental Laser Education, formulated in July 1992 and updated October 1998 by a group of individuals from dental academia, industry, and private practice, and endorsed by more than 100 organizations worldwide.
Destin, Florida, USA – March 15, 2003 – Dr. Paul Taxin of New Rochelle, New York, was among the more than 350 leading national and international clinicians as well as renowned academicians who gathered together for discussions on new research, technological developments and the expanding role of lasers in dental care during the Academy of Laser Dentistry's 10th Anniversary and Annual Conference and Exhibition meeting held March 5-8, 2003 in Destin, Florida.
This educational conference presented a broad spectrum of clinical and experimental applications of dental lasers. Thursday's presentations covered laser soft tissue applications; Friday's topics centered on diagnosis, restorative dentistry and endodontics while Saturday was devoted to periodontal surgery and therapy. New FDA cleared applications which represent a breakthrough in treatment were presented at this annual meeting as well as important studies in HIV oral manifestations, pediatric and geriatric treatment and cosmetic procedures.
General and scientific sessions, hands-on workshops and participation courses, a new daily 2-hour question and answer session was the format for this 10th Anniversary meeting of the Academy of Laser Dentistry. Attendees were encouraged to interact with presenters during the breakfast for learning series. Social events rounded out the 10th Anniversary meeting.
IDEAS, TRENDS, AND INTERESTING BITS FROM ALL OVER
Have you noticed lately that people seem happier, more confident, and, well, just a bit more likeable? It could be because of the latest addition to our grooming regimen – teeth whitening.
In the last five years, in-office teeth bleaching has more than tripled, according to the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. And sales of over-the-counter teeth whitening strips, swabs, gels and pastes have increased 800 percent. “People look at bleaching like getting their hair colored,” says Wynn Okuda, a cosmetic dentist in Honolulu. But, just like with a dye job, the gray comes back, so preserving those pearly choppers is an outgoing task.
Whitening, though, is about much more than vanity, says Okuda. “It makes people smile, and smiling makes you feel happier on the inside.” So praise the Lord – and pass the Pepsodent.
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