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Dr. Stuart Rich, DDS, PS Auburn, Washington

1348 8th Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002
 

Phone: (253) 245-3597

Email: info@stuartrichdds.com

Website: www.SleepSolutionsNW.com

Website: www.StuartRichDDS.com

 

Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design 6/1983
La Sierra College, Riverside, CA

Doctor of Dental Surgery degree 5/1987
Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Loma Linda, CA

Private Practice, employed by Stuart Rich, DDS, PS 9/1987 – present
9 years in the Silicon Valley of California and 17+ years in Auburn, WA

Dr. Rich has held various positions, including Publications Chair and board member of the Santa  Clara County Dental Society while in California. He currently writes a column on dental topics periodically for our local newspaper, the Auburn Reporter. He is a member of the ADA, WSDA, SKKDS, ACSDD and the AADSM. He is also a member of Omicron Kappa Upsilon, an honorary dental organization that offers membership to only a small percentage of graduating dentists each year.

Dr. Rich attends many hours of advanced continuing education each year on a number of topics including Sleep Medicine, Sedation Dentistry, Endodontics, Cosmetic Dentistry and Sleep Apnea treatment alternatives to the CPAP.

Dr. Rich has been honored with repeated consecutive selection at a TOP Dentist in the Seattle area, based upon an annual survey of his specialist colleague peers. Readers of the Auburn Reporter newspaper have also repeatedly voted his practice, Simply Smiles, as “Best of Auburn” for several years in a row. The internet dentist rating site www.DoctorOogle.com also lists Dr. Rich as the most highly rated dentist in Auburn, and his practice has almost 400 positive online reviews left by patients over many years, more than any other dentist in the Seattle area.

Dr. Rich is active in the Auburn Rotary club, and has held several club positions over the years. He served as the club President during the 2011-2012 club year.

Dr. Rich has been happily married for over 25 years and counting, and is the proud dad of two amazing teenage sons. In his spare time he enjoys the fine arts, reading, writing and spending time with his camera recording the beauty of the Northwest. 

Tuesday
Feb042014

How Sleep Apnea is Linked to Gout, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

An Australian study was recently done with 60,000 patients, who had undergone a polysomnogram to see if they had sleep apnea.  When compared with other medical issues they had, the people who were diagnosed with sleep apnea showed a high correlation with arthosis, which is a degeneration of the joints, and gout, says Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist in Auburn, Washington with Sleep Solutions Northwest.

The correlation between joint damage and sleep apnea is the interment hypoxia happening hundreds of times a night, which changes some of the chemicals in your bloodstream, says Dr. Rich.  There are high uric acid levels in gout, where the uric acid forms little crystals, which don't feel good when trying to move joints.  When someone with sleep apnea is treated with a CPAP, studies have shown that the uric acid concentration goes down considerably and the gout is resolved.  It's Dr. Rich's opinion that a properly-made oral appliance would do the same thing.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Tuesday
Feb042014

Obesity and Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

Sleep apnea is more common in obese people because if you're carrying extra fat around your neck, that's closing up the tissues around your airway and if there's extra fat on your chest and middle, it's affecting the areas of respiration, says Dr. Stuart Rich, of Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He also says that when you're asleep and relaxed, all of the extra tissues collapse more easily.

Dr. Rich says it's a chicken and egg thing when it comes to obesity and sleep apnea.  One of things that chronic sleep deprivation does is it messes up with your hormones, especially the ones that regulate diet.  If those are not right, you're more likely to get obese.  If you're not getting your sleep, it will be very hard to get motivated to do anything else throughout the day.  "There are misconceptions about obese people being lazy but it's far more complicated than that," Dr. Rich says.

Getting a sleep test first is important, says Dr. Rich because if you do have sleep apnea, it's going to be incredibly difficult to lose the weight until you've got it adjusted.  He says there are effective treatments for sleep apnea and once you get treated, you can then address the other areas of your life because "you'll have the energy and mental clarity to make good choices."

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Tuesday
Feb042014

Association Between Erectile Dysfunction and Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

The association between erectile dysfunction and sleep apnea is a complicated issue with a lot of overlapping things causing it, says Dr. Stuart Rich, dentist in Auburn, Washington, with Sleep Solutions Northwest.  Certainly, obesity, age and high blood pressure are some of those things, caused by chronic oxygen deprivation.  Research is also showing changes to the lining of the small blood vessels.

To Dr. Rich, it doesn't matter the cause because in treating sleep apnea, you are treating all of the issues, including erectile dysfunction.  In a study he read, if there's one strong association between erectile dysfunction and sleep apnea, it's how low your blood oxygenation drops.  The longer the blockage is there, thee more your oxygen dips.  If it drops below 77%, the positive correlation between erectile dysfunction is almost 90%.

If you're feeling tired, not well-rested, are overweight, and a middle-aged man, you've already got several risk factors stacked up and the erectile dysfunction is just one more and you should get tested.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Tuesday
Feb042014

Children Given ADHD Diagnosis May Actually Have Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

The ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) diagnosis rate has been sky rocketing, with a recent study showing that one out of five high school boys are diagnosed with ADHD.  This is a "scary statistic," says Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist in Auburn, Washington, with Sleep Solutions Northwest.

Dr. Rich says that at least some of those may be related to sleep breathing issues and before he would put a child on medication, he'd get that checked out first.

Kids and adults react differently with sleep deficits, where adults are exhausted, children may be disobedient, have trouble concentrating, have a lack of direction at school and not wanting to sit down and slow down.  Unless a child has bad allergies or a cold, snoring in children is not normal.  If you hear your child snoring consistently, it needs to get checked, says Dr. Rich, because it could be related to enlarged tonsils or a small jaw.  During these years, it's critical because so much of the brain development is occurring and you've got to make sure air is getting in there, he notes.

Dr. Rich says it's important to get this evaluated by a qualified dentist trained in something like this or an orthodontist.  Certainly, a pediatrician is a good place to start but as a parent, he suggests to trust your gut, especially if you feel like you're being put off, wherein a second opinion should be sought out.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Monday
Feb032014

Symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Stuart Rich, of Sleep Solutions Northwest, Auburn, Washington

A bed partner will usually be the first alert to someone that may have sleep apnea, as the bed partner will hear the snoring, choking and gasping for air.  While snoring is not always present, it is very common for those with obstructive sleep apnea, says Dr. Stuart Rich, a dentist in Auburn, Washington with Sleep Solutions Northwest.  If these symptoms are present, chances are you have a problem, with loud snoring as a "slam dunk," which should get evaluated, he adds.

Other typical symptoms include waking up unrefreshed, even after a normal night's sleep and a person can be masking the symptoms with stimulants like caffeine.  There are people with sleep apnea that don't report being excessively tired, so not everyone has all the symptoms or is the typical middle-aged, overweight male, cautions Dr. Rich.  The only way to tell if you have sleep apnea is with a formal sleep study.  There are simple scoring tests and if you score above a certain number, a person should get checked, he says.

In addition to snoring and excessive tiredness, symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea can include obesity, chronic irritability, depression, frequent bathroom visits in the middle of the night, loss of concentration and personality changes.  These may all be common but they are not normal, Dr. Rich says.

Dr. Stuart Rich is a dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington.  He is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.