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September 25th, 2017

You would never think of taking your hard-earned money and tossing it out the window, but that’s what you would be doing if you didn’t make full use of your dental benefits.  Most dental insurances are based on a calendar year (January to December), and if the dollar amount of coverage allowed each year is not used, you lose those benefits as of December 31.  You could be throwing away several hundred to several thousand dollars in benefits that were either paid by you directly or through salary deductions.  With the rising costs of insurance, you may not have comparable benefits in the future.  Remember, also, that if you have satisfied your (year) deductible, as of  January 1, (current year), a new deductible may have to be met.

Although our recommended treatment is never dictated by insurance policy limitations, our experience has shown that benefits often can be maximized by careful planning.  We often can plan necessary treatment to take full advantage of your insurance coverage.  We do not want you to be among those who lose valuable dental benefits.

This year is rapidly coming to an end.  During the next couple of days, we recommend that you phone your insurance carrier to learn what coverage you have remaining this year.  Or, if you prefer, call our office at 631-261-6014 and we will contact your insurance carrier on your behalf.  We can make an appointment for you and/or a family member to either begin or complete any necessary treatment.  With the holidays coming, preferred appointment times are filling up quickly and we don’t want you to be left out!

Yellow Is For Bananas - NOT Teeth!

August 30th, 2017

Everyone wants a bright, white smile. However, it’s common for teeth to get discolored over time. Teeth get stained from drinks like red wine, coffee, tea and cola.

While getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist is the safest and most effective way to get a brighter smile, home-whitening methods are also popular. It is the most popular form of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you decide to try the home-whitening route, be sure to have us perform a professional cleaning and oral exam first. At Dr. Lamberg’s office, we can let you know if you are a candidate for teeth-whitening and a cleaning will help maximize your results.

Dr. Lamberg’s office has been whitening Long Island smiles for over 30 years. We have enhanced thousands of lives, advancing health through dentistry - one smile at a time. We are currently offering several teeth whitening options with really great results. Please call our office @ 631-261-6014 to schedule your whitening consultation to see what is best for you!

Whitening products come in pastes, gels, pens and strips. Be sure that the whitening products you use are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Peroxide is the main ingredient in most whitening products. It is safe for teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth. You will want to choose a product that has no more than a ten percent concentration of the peroxide.

Do not attempt to whiten your teeth if you have crowns, veneers or bonding. These restorations will not whiten and, thus, they will not match the rest of your teeth. Also, you should not attempt to whiten your teeth if they are especially sensitive.

Don’t go overboard with whitening. Going overboard can make your teeth look unnatural. Too much bleach can even give your teeth a bluish tint. Be sure to careful to follow the instructions on whichever product you choose.

You will get faster and more effective teeth-whitening results in our office, but as long as you use safe products that are approved by the ADA, you’ll be okay doing the whitening at home. If at-home whitening doesn’t get you where you want to be, we can help you get that “Hollywood” smile.

Please remember that at Dr. Lamberg’s office, we are here for you. If you have any questions about this or anything else concerning your dental health, please give us a call at 631-261-6014, or visit our website at drlamberg.com.

Yellow Is For Bananas - NOT Teeth!

August 29th, 2017

Everyone wants a bright, white smile. However, it’s common for teeth to get discolored over time. Teeth get stained from drinks like red wine, coffee, tea and cola.

While getting your teeth professionally whitened by a dentist is the safest and most effective way to get a brighter smile, home-whitening methods are also popular. It is the most popular form of Cosmetic Dentistry. If you decide to try the home-whitening route, be sure to have us perform a professional cleaning and oral exam first. At Dr. Lamberg’s office, we can let you know if you are a candidate for teeth-whitening and a cleaning will help maximize your results.

Dr. Lamberg’s office has been whitening Long Island smiles for over 30 years. We have enhanced thousands of lives, advancing health through dentistry - one smile at a time. We are currently offering several teeth whitening options with really great results. Please call our office @ 631-261-6014 to schedule your whitening consultation to see what is best for you!

Whitening products come in pastes, gels, pens and strips. Be sure that the whitening products you use are approved by the American Dental Association (ADA). Peroxide is the main ingredient in most whitening products. It is safe for teeth and the soft tissues of your mouth. You will want to choose a product that has no more than a ten percent concentration of the peroxide.

Do not attempt to whiten your teeth if you have crowns, veneers or bonding. These restorations will not whiten and, thus, they will not match the rest of your teeth. Also, you should not attempt to whiten your teeth if they are especially sensitive.

Don’t go overboard with whitening. Going overboard can make your teeth look unnatural. Too much bleach can even give your teeth a bluish tint. Be sure to careful to follow the instructions on whichever product you choose.

You will get faster and more effective teeth-whitening results in our office, but as long as you use safe products that are approved by the ADA, you’ll be okay doing the whitening at home. If at-home whitening doesn’t get you where you want to be, we can help you get that “Hollywood” smile.

Please remember that at Dr. Lamberg’s office, we are here for you. If you have any questions about this or anything else concerning your dental health, please give us a call at 631-261-6014, or visit our website at drlamberg.com.

US Agencies Abandons Plans to Require Sleep Apnea Testing

August 8th, 2017

With the recent decision by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration to abandon a plan to require railroads to test train crew members for a dangerous sleep disorder, I am completely outraged!

I believe the recent judgement from President Trump that it is not necessary to test drivers is lunacy.  Sleep apnea affects too large a percentage of our population to ignore the screening and treatment. If our health care system did more to screen and treat apnea it would save hundreds of millions of dollars and prevent many diseases.

Anyone driving a bus, piloting an airplane, or driving a train must be evaluated for sleepiness during the day.   If they have sleep apnea they will be very tired during the day and this has been shown in many studies to impact their judgement and result in accidents and loss of life that is otherwise preventable.

We already have seen many major catastrophes associated with Sleep Apnea:

Challenger disaster

Chernobyl Nuclear Reactor Meltdown

AA Flight 1420

Exxon Valdez oil spill

Michigan Train wreck

Metro-North Train derailment  Bronx 2013

In a recent study (April 2016) University of Minnesota Morris study: Crash risk is 5x higher among truckers not adhering to sleep apnea treatment. Anderson, Burks, Journal Sleep.

Truckers who fail to maintain their sleep apnea treatments have a fivefold increase in the risk of serious, preventable crashes.  That's the finding of new research from the University of Minnesota Morris. The study released Monday is the largest analysis to date of crash risk among commercial truckers who have the breathing disorder. It comes as a debate heats up over whether to require sleep apnea screening for truckers.

People who have obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing temporarily during sleep. The condition disrupts normal rest patterns and causes daytime fatigue. Drowsy driving can affect anyone, but it's especially worrisome in the commercial trucking industry because of the risk of crashes involving a big rig. The study compared 1,600 truckers diagnosed with sleep apnea to a group of truckers who passed an apnea screening test and were unlikely to have the disorder.  Drivers who consistently followed a sleep apnea treatment plan had crash rates over 100,000 road miles that were similar to the comparison group.

But crash risks were significantly higher for drivers who didn't follow through with their treatment.  "The people in the control group and adherent group would have about 14 serious preventable truck crashes (out of 1,000 drivers). And the drivers in the nonadherent group would have 70," said Stephen Burks, an economics and management professor at the University of Minnesota Morris who led the study. "That is a big difference by anyone's standard."

The study looked at crashes that are reportable to the U.S. Department of Transportation. The incidents were serious enough that a vehicle was towed, someone required immediate medical attention away from the scene, or there was a fatality.

Truck drivers involved in these events could have prevented the crashes and should have taken actions to avoid them, Burks added. "The fact that we're looking at preventable crash data, it has sharpened our results and made the relevance of our results greater."

Medical experts estimate that up to 28 percent of commercial drivers have obstructive sleep apnea. Crash data from 2004 to 2013 show that sleepy commercial vehicle operators caused as many as 8,900 traffic deaths in the U.S. over that time period.  Some firms have already acted.

Burks' findings were drawn from Green Bay, Wis.-based Schneider, a huge North American trucking company that has an employer-mandated program to screen, diagnose and monitor the condition among its drivers. It supplies its truckers with a free sleep apnea breathing device that tracks how often drivers wear it and uploads the data to the company's medical service provider for follow-up. Drivers who don't comply with the program can be terminated.

The National Transportation Safety Board and the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine recently signaled their concern about sleep apnea and driving. Both entities recommended officials address the sleep apnea issue in commercial vehicle operators, something Burks supports.

The findings in the above study suggest that commercial truck drivers should be regularly screened for sleep apnea and required to treat it if they have it in order to continue driving, according to Stefanos Kales, associate professor in the Department of Environmental Health at Harvard Chan School, Chief of Occupational Medicine at Cambridge Health Alliance, and senior author of the study. “Mandating screening, diagnosis, and treatment would reduce large truck and bus accidents, and therefore deaths and injuries among the motoring public,” he said.

In 2000, 2008 and 2012, the Medical Review Board made recommendations to the FMCSA about screening, diagnosis, treatment and monitoring for commercial drivers with obstructive sleep apnea.

Some truckers feel that mandatory testing would be intrusive.  Perhaps if they understood that if they have this problem and remain untreated that their lives are at risk.  The consequences of not treating this condition include: heart attack, stroke, diabetes, atherosclerosis, anxiety disorders, depression, GERD, in ability to concentrate, impotence, fatigue, headaches and many more medical conditions.

Within their role as a public transportation driver….putting many people’s lives at risk is perhaps the most serious consequence of all.  The public has a right to use public transportation that is safe and regulated.

I agree with NYS Senator Chuck Schumer’s demand of a reversal on the decision by US federal agencies to abandon plans to require sleep apnea screening for truck drivers and train engineers. For more information on sleep apnea, please visit our page.

Sincerely,

Steven Lamberg DDS, Diplomate ABDSM

140 Main Street ~ Northport, NY 11768

(631) 261-6014

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