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Dr. Clay Hansen, DDS in Moscow, Idaho

Website: http://www.palouseviewdental.com

Phone: (208) 882-4923

Email: pvdc@moscow.com

Address: 1526 Levick Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843

Clay Hansen, DDS completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. He graduated in 2003 from The Ohio State University Dental School. Dr. Hansen is committed to high standards for his practice and feels privileged to have the opportunity each day to help patients improve their lives and prevent emergencies. Dr. Hansen has received the Academic Certificate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy for Oral-Systemic Health. He and the team at Palouse View Dental receive four to five times the continuing education courses required by the state. They stay current on their professional development through lectures, workshops, and by reading publications about advancements in techniques and technology.

Dr. Hansen has been in private practice at Palouse View Dental since 2005. Previously, he practiced as an associate for two years in Oregon. He and his wife, Amy, have been married since 1997 and have two children, Joseph and Emma. As a family, they enjoy fishing and making music together. Dr. Hansen also enjoys photography, hiking, and cycling.

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Wednesday
Nov122014

Over the Counter Devices to Treat Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

A person's airway is like a lock and for those with sleep apnea, the airway gets closed off while asleep and locking shut.  In treating sleep apnea, that airway needs to unlock and open again, says Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.  

Dr. Clay HansenThere are several parts required to get this airway opened up.  Putting plastic on your teeth is an important part but there are other parts involved, including moving your jaw forward and how far forward needs to be determined, Dr. Hansen says.  

Another important component is how far open your jaw should be and these combinations of parts are different for every patient.  There are a lot of factors involved in opening up the airway ideally and effectively that can't simply be addressed by buying something online without the oversight from a properly-trained dentist.  In Dr. Hansen's office, he uses an ultrasound to measure the internal size of the airway and with the ultrasound, the jaw is put in different positions to find the most effective opening of the airway.

 Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Negative Health Effects of Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

The health effects associated with sleep apnea have been linked to some of the most common things most adults are concerned about today, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow Idaho.  Adult-onset diabetes, or type II diabetes has been linked to sleep apnea.  A recent study shows that those who smoke and have sleep apnea are six times more likely to have a heart attack, compared to just twice as likely for those who don't have sleep apnea.  There is also higher incidence of atrial fibrilation with those having sleep apnea.  Studies are showing an increased rate of cancer when having sleep apnea, as well as an increased rate of dementia in the elderly who have sleep apnea.  Many implications just affect lifestyle, with many deadly implications, says Dr. Hansen.

Dr. Clay HansenA stereotypical sleep apnea patient is obese, middle-aged or older men and while people who are overweight have a higher incidence of sleep apnea, many of Dr. Hansen's sleep apnea patients are not overweight or men.  In fact, one of his first patients who not only had sleep apnea but severe sleep apnea was a woman.  "Sleep apnea can affect anybody," Dr. Hansen says.  

For those who are overweight with sleep apnea, when the sleep apnea is treated, a lot of those people are able to better control their weight, mainly because they have more energy due to better sleep.  Also, the human growth hormone is very important to weight control and in patients with sleep apnea, human growth hormone is not produced as much, Dr. Hansen says.

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Dental Implants, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

A dental implant is a titanium screw, similar to what's used in knee or hip replacements.  When you lose a tooth, you lose the top part, or crown, but the root is underneath and the dental implant replaces the root of the tooth.  On that, an artificial crown can be placed on top or a sleep apnea appliance can be affixed to it, as can dentures, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.  This makes implants very versatile, as they can be used for a variety of things.

Dr. Clay HansenWhile getting a screw drilled into your jaw bone sounds painful, most of Dr. Hansen's patients say there is less post-operative discomfort after having an implant placed than getting the tooth removed.  He says there are not a lot of nerve endings in the bone and inflammation is minimal.  Most of his patients require minimal pain relief that day and by the next day feel fine.  Dr. Hansen says there's a bit of a misconception of the cost of implants but he says they cost about the same as a bridge.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Implants Vs. Bridges, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

When considering an implant or a bridge, for the majority of people, an implant is a better option, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.  Cost is about the same for both but an implant is a stand-alone solution, as a tooth is replaced without affecting any of the other teeth in the mouth.  A bridge needs to be attached to the other teeth alongside the missing tooth, which involves three teeth, as opposed to an implant only involving the one missing tooth.  Long-term, if something goes wrong with the bridge, the whole bridge needs to be replaced, whereas just the crown on the implant needs to be fixed should something go wrong.  An implant is also much easier to clean and maintain, Dr. Hansen says.  

Dr. Clay HansenResearch shows that about 95% of dental implants have lasted about 20 years and the main reason implants fail is from gum disease, according to Dr. Hansen.  Bridges often fail due to tooth decay on one of the teeth holding the bridge in place and in Dr. Hansen's experience, he's seen more bridges fail than implants.  In his career, he's only replaced one implant, compared to 2-3 bridges per year.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Nov112014

Same-Day Crowns, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

Using CAD-cam technology, patients can come in for a crown, the dentist would shave the tooth for the crown, and then design the crown right on a computer in front of the patient.  Once that crown is designed, it is sent off to a mill, which, in Dr. Clay Hansen's case, is right in his office in Moscow, Idaho.  The mill only takes a few minutes to make the crown, after which it is tried on by the patient to make sure it fits right and then the porcelain crown is fired.  After the crown is cemented on, the patient can walk out of the office in two hours.  This process avoids the use of temporary crowns and it's all done in one visit.  

Dr. Clay HansenDr. Hansen says that because of the use of CAD-cam technology instead of impression material, the accuracy is only 7 microns.  The average human hair is 100 microns.  These same-day crowns are much more accurate than the crowns Dr. Hansen used to send out to the lab because of the digital technology.  Because of the continually developing technology and the porcelain material used, same-day crowns last quite a long time, says Dr. Hansen, with 95% of them still in place ten years after he's put them in.  In his practice, Dr. Hansen has done over 400 same-day crowns, without a single one coming out or breaking.

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.