Dr. Stuart Rich, DDS, PS Auburn, Washington

1348 8th Street NE
Auburn, WA 98002

Phone: (253) 245-3597





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 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. 


Obstructive Sleep Apnea Link to Diabetes, With Dr. Stuart Rich, Dentist with Sleep Solutions Northwest in Auburn, Washington

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to a diabetic condition as far as your body is concerned, says Dr. Stuart Rich.  The chronic oxygen deprivation is causing some of the problems that mimic insulin resistance, he says.

If your blood sugar control is poor, your kidneys respond by trying to remove that excess sugar into your urine.  People with untreated sleep apnea find themselves getting up to go to the bathroom multiple times a night, resulting in fragmented sleep, in addition to the already fragmented sleep from the sleep apnea, compounding the effect.

When Dr. Rich started studying sleep apnea in his practice, Sleep Solutions Northwest, in Auburn, Washington, a physician explained to him how your body reacts during a sleep apnea event.  He says that with sleep apnea, your body is reacting the same was as if someone was choking you multiple times a night, increasing one's heart rate and blood pressure and causing the body to go into "flight or fight" mode.  If that's happening all night long, your body is releasing a ton of adrenaline, which your body has to metabolize and in turn, turns it into sugar, says Dr. Rich.

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.

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