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7 January 2015

New year resolutions - help choosing your dentist

We have been thinking about anxiety recently, particularly as we have a new therapist working with us at Granta Health - Amy Smith, who is a Licensed and Approved Thrive Consultant, fully qualified hypnotherapist, member of The National Hypnotherapy Society and the International Association of Evidence Based Psychotherapy.   Amy helps us provide a real wrap round service for patients at Granta Dental, especially helping them if they are concerned about visiting us, their dentist. 

26 September 2014

Dental related sleep problems are a nightmare!

I am looking forward to joining the Somnomed Sleep Medicine course at the end of September where SomnoMed will be bringing together medical professionals with an interesting program for all sleep specialists. The course provides insights on the medical perspectives, hands on training on fitting of SomnoDent Oral Appliance Therapy and the ongoing management of patients diagnosed with Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). I am really pleased to see that the course includes presentations by a Sleep Physician, Neurologist, Ear Nose and Throat Surgeons and an experienced BSDSM Dentist and it will be a chance to learn more about sleep disordered breathing from specialist doctors and how to fit oral appliances from an oral medicine specialist.

27 August 2014

What is it about dentistry .............................

It is always a valuable exercise to be forced to explain yourself to someone else!  This happened recently when the lovely Jeremy Sallis from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire came to visit me recently for his Workplace Wednesday slot. It was great fun and we got our patients involved - hear Gregory and his mum talking to Jeremy about visiting the dentist in 2014 compared to last century! And there was the surprise appearance by our mystery piano player - although working here at the practice on the last Wednesday in August I think I have heard about three different pianists in the waiting room. Being asked what you love and hate about the job; why you are doing it really makes you think.   Having to answer succinctly - as you are not going to get much airtime really concentrates the mind - I did not know what Jeremy was going to ask. It made me realise that being able to make a difference to the lives of my patients is really important. I am so lucky to be in a job that is not routine or clock watching!  Sometimes it takes a long time to see the results of what I am working on with my patients; other times there are almost instant changes.  It is a privilege and it really matters - listen to what I had to say to Jeremy here.

4 July 2014

Those z waves - the impact of poor sleep patterns and what we can do about it

It isn’t just about the teeth! As a dentist I find that more and more I have to consider the patient holistically and that is why we chose to set up Granta Health which brings together the best therapists to work with the dental team here at Granta Dental, Cambridge. Osteopathy, butyeko, massage, yoga, myofascial release; patients can benefit from all these approaches in their daily lives as well as during their treatment.  However one key aspect of health that seems to be very topical at the moment and that is sleep and the impact poor sleep has on your life.

23 April 2014

Listening to the Machine - the systems in our bodies

What a title! I was really intrigued when we sat down to think about how to explain what Gavin James – who has led the development and implementation of the ALF appliance into clinical dentistry and orthodontics - was going to come and talk to us about. Listening to the Machine – Tensegrity & Engineering in Orthodontics – I think this really captures the dynamic tension of the bodies and systems that we need to deal with in helping diagnose and treat patients with TMD.

29 November 2012

Celebration time

Part  7 of the story of our move to 39 Newnham Road

22 November 2012

Inspection and building control

Part 6 of the story of our move to 39 Newnham Road

15 November 2012

Meeting building regulations hurdles and much more

Part 5 of the story of our move to 39 Newnham Road

9 November 2012

Certifications and regulations

Part 4 of the story of our move to 39 Newnham Road

31 October 2012

Building works begin

Part 3 of the story of our move to 39 Newnham Road

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