Bruxism Awareness Week   By Matt Everatt, Technical Director at S4S Dental Laboratory, and co-founder of Bruxism Awareness Week.    A condition more commonly known as tooth clenching and/or grinding, bruxism affects many people who have very little awareness of the condition itself, let alone the - often simple – solutions available. Matt Everatt, co-founder of Bruxism Awareness Week, discusses why the event was created and how you can request your free information pack to help educate your patients.   As a dental professional with over 20 years’ experience, and a sufferer myself, I have come across hundreds of patients who suffer from bruxism. Alarmingly, the majority of these patients suffer in silence - without knowing who to go to to seek help and, on the whole, being unaware that there are simple solutions.  A patient, Elizabeth from Accrington, demonstrates the general lack of information available: “For years I woke with pain in my jaw and a dull headache that gradually faded. I was unaware that my symptoms were caused by grinding my teeth…”  Realising just how little awareness there was amongst both the public and dental professionals, something had to be done. Bruxism Awareness Week was launched in 2010, with the explicit aim to enlighten sufferers as to the nature of their condition, and encourage them to contact their local dentist for simple, swift and straightforward treatment.  Bruxism - the clenching and/or grinding of teeth (mainly nocturnally) - is thought to affect over 80% of the population to some degree but many people go undiagnosed because a; they don’t realise they are actually doing it, and b; symptoms such as headaches, neck aches, jaw pain and poor sleep quality which this activity leads to are not usually associated with the condition so are often not mentioned by sufferers to their dentist.  As well as a lack of public awareness, there is also a lack of awareness within the dental profession. In many cases, a simple dental splint like the SCi (Sleep Clenching Inhibitor) - worn whilst sleeping - can reduce the intensity of bruxism and therefore relieve the associated symptoms. The feedback from patients and dentists alike is compelling. “I don’t wake with any pain or tenderness in my head or neck. I am sleeping so much better”, says Mr Fitzpaterick from Surrey.  As with the previous campaigns, hundreds of dental practices nationwide will be receiving information and promotional packs to enable them to raise awareness in their practices. Hopefully, in the process, we will be able to help hundreds of undiagnosed bruxism sufferers to seek and receive treatment.   Bruxism Awareness Week runs from Saturday the 21st of October through to the 28th. S4S Dental Laboratory are offering bruxism information packs out to any practice that is keen to get involved.     Visit us  here  to request your FREE information and patient education pack.       Who we are:  S4S Dental Laboratory  S4S Dental Laboratoryare a unique and award-winning UK dental laboratory, focusing on providing solutions to many medical and dental conditions through dental splint technology. Focusing on  snoring and sleep apnoea , bruxism, and  orthodontics , including  Smilelign  clear aligners, you can read more at   s4sdental.com  .  Contact: Sarah Bailey, Communications & Marketing, on 0114 250 0176 or sarahb@s4sdental.com, for more information.

Matt Everatt - co-founded of Bruxism Awareness Week - talks about the event and why their is a need for such an event.

Quality, innovation & customer service - come and see for yourself!

Quality, innovation & customer service - come and see for yourself!

At S4S, we are proud of our orthodontic team and the appliances they produce. We want to invite you to see just how good we are!

Members of the British Orthodontic Society (BOS) and DAMAS accredited, we offer a full range of orthodontic appliances and a wealth of experience. With a focus on first-class customer service, the dentist and the patient are at the heart of all we do.

Made in-house by our qualified, GDC registered technicians, we offer functional, fixed and removable devices that are made entirely to our dentist’s specification.

  • ‘Local service’ - offered to orthodontists and general dentists throughout the UK, no matter where you are based. We offer a freepost service with all impressions & appliances and are happy to pop in to your practice to discuss our products, anytime.
  • Quality assurance process – every appliance is checked by our GDC registered technicians to ensure the highest quality before it leaves the lab. To show our passion for customer service, every job also includes a technician QA card and we actively encourage feedback.
  • Experienced team – together, with over 30 years of experience, our ortho team offer bespoke designs that are tailored to you. They are readily available on the phone for any advice or design queries you may have to ensure that the end-product is made to your prescription.
  • Fast turnaround – our 48-hour retainer service means that we can help you treat your patients quicker. Our standard turnaround time for all appliances is 10 working days.
  • Digital Dentistry -  an innovative lab, we are able to accept digital cases via email, as well as offer a scan & store option – an accurate, convenient and risk-free way to store, view & archive impressions.
  • Smilelign clear aligners – showcasing our drive for digital dentistry, we are the exclusive providers of Smilelign clear aligners. Made entirely in our laboratory using the latest 3D CADCAM technology and software, we are able to help orthodontists and dentists provide alternative and cost-effective treatments for their patients.

To discover more about our full orthodontic range, request an info pack for your practice (including some great offers!), or even a visit from one of our client services team, click here

We're also going to be at the British Orthodontic Conference in Manchester from September the 14th - come and see us at stand 37!

Sleep breathing disorder testing carried out by NHS doubled in 10 years

Sleep breathing disorder testing carried out by NHS doubled in 10 years

The BBC reported that the number of tests carried out by the NHS to diagnose people with sleep disorders across England has doubled in the past decade.

NHS data shows that 147,610 sleep diagnostic tests were carried out last year - compared to 69,919 in 2007-08. Sleep tests are more commonly undertaken to diagnose Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - the most common sleep disorder, according to the NHS. OSA occurs when the muscles and soft tissue in the throat relax, causing a blockage of the airways. The lack of oxygen to the brain causes those with the condition to wake up or have regular interruptions to their sleep. Common symptoms include loud snoring or gasping and grunting whilst asleep.

Matt Everatt – Technical Director at S4S (UK) Limited, a Sheffield based company who provide dental appliances to treat snoring and Sleep Apnoea, said: “In 2005, we set up the company to help patients in the UK get help for Snoring and Sleep Apnoea. Having worked in the NHS for around 10 years treating these patients, it was obvious that there were millions unable to get help, either because there were no sleep services in their local hospitals, or they simply didn’t know how.”

He went on to say, “It comes as no surprise to me that the figures for sleep testing have doubled in the last 10 years. In fact, I suspect that our work at S4S and the network of 2000 dentists that we have trained to screen for OSA has contributed to the number of referrals to the NHS. Sleep Medicine in the UK is often referred to as a ‘3rd World service’ when compared to the US, Australia and, indeed, Europe. We have worked hard over the past 12 years to get more patients screened for signs and symptoms of OSA. We even set up links with Philips Respironics several years ago to try and offer a cost-effective ‘Private Sleep Study’ in hope to get more patients tested - patients unable to get tested in the NHS due to access or waiting lists. It’s staggering that only 22% of OSA patients get treatment here in the UK. Access to treatment needn’t be an obstacle anymore. Up until recently, Sleep Physicians would usually only offer cPAP to OSA sufferers. Dental appliances, known as Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) are now used more regularly in NHS units, not only to treat simple snorers, but patients with severe OSA too. The devices, like the Sleepwell MAS, are not only clinically effective, patient compliance has now been proven to be higher than with cPAP in several studies.”

A local Sheffield MP, Meg Munn has spent many years of her career lobbying for Westminster to take a serious look at treating more OSA sufferers. In September 2016, she met Lucinda Roberts and Tamara Sandoul from the British Lung Foundation who presented a new report on the health economics of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA). The report showed that treating OSA can generate direct health benefits to patients, and reduce costs incurred by the NHS, in comparison with not treating the condition.

Currently, only 22% of OSA patients are treated in the UK - but increasing diagnosis and treatment rates to just 45% could yield an annual saving of £28 million. This includes savings from reductions in road traffic accidents, heart attacks & strokes, as well as the positive impact on patients’ quality of life and improved survival rates. It is estimated that, if everyone with moderate to severe OSA was treated, approximately 40,000 road traffic accidents could be prevented - accidents that not only affect sufferers, but cause injury and death to others.

At Westminster Hall, Munn debated with the Health Minister on OSA and stated that as many as 40,000 lorry drivers may suffer from sleep apnoea, with one third of road accidents being caused by a working driver. In 2012, the number of people killed in road accidents was 1,754, with approximately 600 deaths involving people who drive for work.

Josie Beatson, from Sheffield, reported to the BBC that before receiving treatment for her sleep apnoea, the condition had a terrible impact on her life. She said: "It's embarrassing to be at work and have your colleagues wake you up because they can hear you snoring. The condition turned me into a recluse. I was so exhausted all the time that I didn't want to socialise, and, because of my loud snoring, I was too embarrassed to go and sleep at anyone else's house."

 

THE FACTS ABOUT OSA & SLEEP TESTING

  • Sleep tests are designed to identify sleep apnoea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing during sleep.
  • Only 22% of OSA sufferers are treated in the UK.
  • Sleep apnoea is a serious condition which can lead to other problems, such as: high blood pressure, strokes and heart attacks.
  • An estimated 40,000 lorry drivers may suffer with OSA.
  • Approximately 600 people who drive professionally die in road traffic accidents.
  • Dental appliances such as a Mandibular Advancement Splints (MAS) are appropriate for people who snore or have mild OSA with normal daytime alertness. They can also be used as an alternative for people unable to tolerate CPAP [SIGN, 2003Lim et al, 2006].
  • Sleep quality and nocturnal respiratory function are both improved following the use of a MAS in people with OSA. They are effective, non–invasive, and easy to manufacture [Lee et al, 2009].

Further Study

The role of the dentist is crucial in the diagnosis and treatment of those suffering with snoring or OSA. S4S pride themselves on offering a comprehensive service that allows GDPs to get the training required to treat their patients. 

Presented by Professor Ama Johal, one of the leading clinicians in sleep related breathing disorders, Snoring: A Role for the GDP stresses the part the dentist has to play and covers: sleep related breathing disorders, clinical reviews of MAS devices, skills required to prescribe MAS devices, and more. Find more information at here.

Carrie Fisher: Sleep Apnoea

Carrie Fisher: Sleep Apnoea

It has been reported that Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher died from sleep apnoea and "other factors", according to the Los Angeles County coroner. We discuss the condition, and the treatments available.

#LifeHacks – Something to Smile About

#LifeHacks – Something to Smile About

For National Smile Month, we are aiming to raise awareness of three all-too-common problems, providing medically-proven solutions – to help you give your patients something to smile about!

The best of Sheffield, food, Cars and CPD

The best of Sheffield, food, Cars and CPD

A review of the May Bank Holiday 2017, spent enjoying the superb country routes of the Peak District, lunch at John Holland Cars and a CPD session at the S4S Laboratory here in Sheffield

The British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2017

The British Dental Conference & Exhibition 2017

From today until the 27th of May, we will be exhibiting at the British Dental Conference and Exhibition in Manchester. It’s good to be here, standing together with the people of Manchester in what's been one of its darkest times. Thanks to the spirit of the people, we're pleased that the conference is going ahead and we're able to contribute to this wonderful city.

For the next three days, there will be over 160 conference and exhibition sessions, in collaboration with 140 leading experts - respected in their field. Attended by over 4500 dental professionals,  this event offers CPD-verifiable learning opportunities, the chance to network, as well as insight into the latest products on the dental market.

Meanwhile, we will be joining together with fellow exhibitors to showcase a selection of our products. Providing solutions for bruxism, snoring & sleep apnoea, and tooth malalignment, our main focus will be on:
 

The Sleepwell
The most clinically proven Mandibular Advancement Splint (MAS) for snoring and mild to moderate sleep apnoea.

The SCi
A splint designed for manufacture in-surgery, FDA-approved for treating bruxism and medically diagnosed migraines

Smilelign
The invisible orthodontic treatment, designed to fix malalignment in the anterior teeth

 

We hope to see you here on stand C30 in the coming days

 

It's National Smile Month!

It's National Smile Month!

To celebrate National Smile Month, we have put together an informative guide to help you improve your oral hygiene!

Highly Commended at the Dentistry Show...another at the end of the month!

Highly Commended at the Dentistry Show...another at the end of the month!

We had a great time at the Dentistry show this year, in part due to winning Highly Commended at the awards evening, hosted by the Probe magazine.

The award is testament to our commitment to clients, the first-class service we deliver and the innovation that goes into our products...an honour to all at S4S!

We were also lucky enough to share our table with an amazing lady, who works tirelessly with vulnerable people, helping to promote good oral health and getting the treatment some of them need so badly...there are some wonderful people out there!

So congratulations to all who attended - everyone who was short listed deserves a pat on the back.

Looking forward, next week sees another exhibition - the British Dental Conference and Exhibition held at Manchester Central Convention Complex, from Thursday the 25th to Saturday the 27th of May. It is meant to be a great one - so we hope to see you all there! We'll be at stand C30 - come and say hello: find out more about our exclusive products that can help you grow your practice.

 

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National Stop Snoring Week

National Stop Snoring Week

Taking place from the 24th to the 29th of April, National Stop Snoring Week is aimed at promoting general awareness of snoring, emphasising that nobody need suffer as a result – it is a condition that can be treated.