Our own Lauren has graduated from Dental Hygiene School – we are so proud of her! Congratulations Lauren on all your hard work!
Dr. Phillip Durden of Winterville Dental, PC, an Athens based dental practice, accepted appointment as the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry incoming President at the recent GAGD symposium.
Dr. Durden will officially step into his position in July. During his service, he will work with his fellow dental professionals to seek out quality continuing education programs for dentists and maintain the GAGD’s commitment to the highest standards of clinical care.
We are proud of you Dr. Durden!
Dr. Phillip Durden has been named as President-Elect for the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry. This appointment is made by his peers for his commitment to the profession of dentistry. He will serve as GAGD President in 2014. In this role, he will be responsible for communicating with the national Academy of General Dentistry on state and local dental legal and licensure issues, as well as managing a nationally renowned continuing education program for dentists in the State of Georgia. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Durden on this significant professional achievement!
Dr. Durden recently attended professional continuing education through the Georgia Academy of General Dentistry. Our doctors and our team are passionate about maintaining an active schedule of advanced clinical training in topics such as implant dentistry, soft tissue laser therapy and dental surgical procedures.
Southern Distinction Magazine Medical Breakthrough Editorial / April 2012 Issue
Over the last decade or so, public and professional awareness have played a major part in the increased diagnoses of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition, characterized by the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep, can occur hundreds of times a night, and can last for a minute or longer. This results in a decrease in blood oxygen, and, in turn, can be attributed to unexplained headaches and tiredness.
Studies show untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and increased risk for stroke. While medical doctors commonly prescribe a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device to deliver a constant supply of oxygen to the patient, one’s family dentist may actually be the unlikely hero in this alarming situation.
The complex systems of bone, muscle, nerves and soft tissue that form the joint of the jaw (Temporomandibular joint), the pair of which are located just in front of each ear, are, by far, the most frequently used joints in the body. Involved in over 2,000 swallowing actions per day, they are prone to misalignment which commonly leads to headaches as well as ear, face or neck pain. The trigeminal nerve, often referred to as “the dentist’s nerve,” because it is responsible for sensation to the face and for motor functions like biting, chewing and swallowing, innervates approximately 40 percent of the head and face, and is connected to the onset of headaches and other head and neck painful conditions when disrupted. Often these symptoms are misdiagnosed as migraine or tension headaches when the real culprit, TMJ Dysfunction (TMD), can be the cause. The recognition that sleep apnea aggravates or triggers temporomandibular disorders (TMD) is gaining gaining momentum as more patients look towards dental solutions for relief from their sleep apnea symptoms.
Many patients with sleep apnea disorder suffer from severe teeth grinding (bruxism). Sleep apnea is typically associated with loud snoring, and even a “gasp” sound as the individual wakes up and resumes breathing after an apneic episode. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching often occur during this semi-awake, agitated state as the struggle to breathe ensues.
Dr. Phillip Durden of Winterville Dental, PC in Winterville, Ga. is a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain. He understands the relationship between TMD, sleep apnea and unexplained headaches and employs a number of technologies in his practice that assist him with TMD diagnoses. With the 2005 opening of his TMJ Therapy and Sleep Disorder Center, Dr. Durden can efficiently narrow down the cause of pain and begin appropriate treatment.
“The “gold standard” for treatment of obstructive sleep apnea is, unquestionably, the CPAP method,” explains Dr. Durden. “However,” he continues, “there are some people who just can’t tolerate it. For them, an oral appliance may be the answer.”
Dr. Durden comments that many of his patients are unaware that oral appliances are available as an alternative to the CPAP machine. Although the benefits of the CPAP therapy are unarguable, the method is somewhat difficult with which to become accustomed. The machine consists of a facemask, worn at night, that connects a hose to a ventilator through which a continuous level of oxygen is pumped. Despite the success in treating sleep apnea with this device, many individuals find that it causes a certain level of discomfort, aggravation and inconvenience.
Consequently, some patients find that they are unwilling to continue its usage. As a welcome alternative, Dr. Durden offers a variety of oral appliances that aim at opening the airway by repositioning the lower jaw. This non-invasive treatment stabilizes the lower jaw, tongue, soft palate and throat muscles, effectively keeping the airway open and unobstructed. These appliances, similar to orthodontic retainers, are usually made from clear acrylics and can have adjustment features.
For the approximately 18 million Americans who suffer from sleep apnea and/or TM Disorders, dentists like Dr. Durden can provide welcome relief. The utilization of a wide range of diagnostic methods by which to identify the cause of individual problems will continue to result in a reduction of misdiagnoses and an increase in pain relief.
The partnership of dentistry and technology has resulted in an effective, “whole body” approach to healthcare. As the study of the connection between oral-facial structures, breathing and systemic conditions further reveals linked relationships, less invasive and early treatment options will continue to emerge.
Dr. Durden and the Winterville Dental Team had a great time at the 2012 Marigold Festival! Our float was awarded recognition as “Most Creative – Children”. A Special Thank You to our extended family members for their help and support. We had a blast and look forward to next year!
We are raving fans of Invisalign® ! Our awesome team recently attended an all-day Invisalign® training in Atlanta, where we learned even more about the benefits of a straighter smile and the incredible convenience of clear orthodontics. Read more about Invisalign®
Learn more about Dr. Phil Durden at www.wintervilledental.com
Catherine Drewry of Crawford started the Oglethorpe County organization over 15 years ago when she discovered there wasn’t a nonprofit organization collecting clothes and toys for kids in her community.
Her nonprofit – Community Christmas – has grown from helping a few children to making Christmas special to over 500 kids today.
“Really, it’s the whole community that comes together,” said Drewry, a Crawford resident who designs landscapes and serves as the director of children’s ministries at an Athens church. (onlineathens.com 12/2010).
Mrs. Thiel, volunteer at Community Christmas, shared with us that not only do they need toys, but basic necessities such as shoes, clothing and personal care items can also make a huge difference.
Agencies like the Department of Family and Children Services pass along names of needy families in Oglethorpe and wish lists to Community Christmas, and the program also helps provide Christmas presents to foster children.
Dr. Durden and the Winterville Dental Team applaud the efforts of Ms. Drewry, Mrs. Thiel and the Community Christmas organization!!
Ready to help? People interested in getting involved can call Catherine Drewry at (706) 743-3592. Donations are accepted year around, and can also be mailed to 143 Bowen Farm Road, Crawford, GA 30630.
Community Christmas in the News