Ronald K Shelley DMD MAGD
Jeffrey E Feller DDS
Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry
20265 N 59th Ave Suite B5
Glendale AZ 85308


Dr. Ronald Shelley was born and raised in Southern Califorina. He graduated with honors from Brigham Young University in 1976. His dental education came from Tufts University, School of Dental Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. He received his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine), with honors, in 1979. His education continued in a General Practice Residency while serving in the United States Army. Click Here for more on Dr. Ronald Shelley

Dr. Jeffrey Fellner grew up in Southern California. He received his undergraduate education at UCLA and the University of San Diego. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Biology (and doing alot of surfing), he sought his dental training at Creighton University’s Boyne School of Dental Science. He received his DDS in 1993 and moved to Arizona. Click Here for more on Dr. Jeffrey Fellner


Snoring in Children, Dentist Dr. Ronald Shelley, Glendale, Arizona

Snoring in children is probably something many parents ignore, but it is something that deserves attention. Dr. Ronald Shelley explains that childhood snoring is a real concern. He discusses the problem in this report.

Dr. Shelley points out that snoring is a sign of sleep disordered breathing. It is found along with mouth breathing and underdeveloped jaws. A child who snores may well develop sleep apnea. And sleep apnea in children is often associated with attention deficit disorder (ADD), attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), swollen adenoids and tonsils, bedwetting, restless sleep, and nightmares. Children who snore often have trouble in school and may have dark circles under their eyes. They may have daytime drowsiness, crowded or crooked teeth, chronic allergies and teeth grinding. Childhood snoring should not be ignored by parents.

However, the problem can be solved. Dr. Shelley says that the best solution is to guide the growth and development of a child’s jaws. The guidance focuses on “downward, forward, and wide.” This approach allows nasal breathing in a child and a larger airway. And that solves the problem of sleep apnea and snoring.

Dr. Shelley’s practice uses Perfect Start dental appliances to obtain this result in children. The appliances are designed to fit over the teeth and guide the teeth and jaws into their optimal positions. Once the sleep disordered breathing is gone, the other problems go away.

Dr. Ronald Shelley practices with Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry, Glendale, Arizona. Dr. Shelley received his DMD (Doctor of Dental Medicine), with honors, in 1979. In 1994, he relocated to Glendale, Arizona and opened the present office March 1998 and presently shares his time at Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry with teaching the next generation of dentists at Midwestern University College of Dental Medicine as adjunct faculty. In 2014 two honors came his way; he became a diplomat of the American Sleep and Breathing Academy and was awarded the Lifelong Learning and Service Recognition from the Academy of General Dentistry. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of the Sequence Media Group.


Ron Shelly, DDS Discusses The Application Of Cone Beam Technology In His Dental Practice

Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona, has been using cone beam technology in his practice for about six years now.

Dr. Shelley's primary use is with dental implants, where he can see how much bone is available and he can use bone beam to create the surgical guides in order to very precisely and accurately place the implants.  This is all done through software, which has made placing implants extremely easy, he says.

The biggest benefit, Dr. Shelley says, is the greater service he can provide his patients by being more accurate and precise.  Whether it's 3-D or slices that he can see in the images, if he can see the situation, he can better understand the situation.  "Cone beam imaging has made us much better at diagnosing and if we can diagnose better, we can treat better," says Dr. Shelley.

The equipment is extremely easy to use, notes Dr. Shelley and it's assistant-driven, being that all of his assistants have been trained to use the equipment.  All of the data sets are read by radiologists, like Dr. Dale Miles, who will upload the data set to a secure server.  He will then examine the data set and then send Dr. Shelley a written report back electronically.

Cone beam lasers are one of the more expensive items a dentist can purchase, so it's important for a dentist to consider the amount and kind of business they are doing.  For oral sleep appliances, one of the applications in which Dr. Shelley uses cone beam lasers, it is an item billable to medical insurance, which expands the opportunity to use the machine.

Another option is for a dental group to get together and share the technology.  Ultimately, a dentist needs to look at their own practice to see if cone beam technology fits in.  For Dr. Shelley, he "can't imagine practicing dentistry without it."

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Mini Implants for Denture Wearers, with Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

Lower dentures can be very problematic because of the nature of where they go, says Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona.  If we can anchor it down, that denture wearer can function better and that's where mini implants come in.

Dr. Shelley says that they are relatively small titanium pieces, about the size of a wooden toothpick and gets placed in the bones of the jaw through a simple surgery.  Within an hour on the same day a patient comes in, they walk out with their dentures hooked to the implant and can then function well.

It is a very affordable procedure and Dr. Shelley says that 4 mini implants to secure the lower dentures are about the same price as 1 conventional implant.  "It can really improve the quality of life," says Dr. Shelley.

The recovery time is a day or two and Dr. Shelley's patients often say that it is more traumatic to have a tooth removed than to have the implants placed.

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How Sleep Disorders in Children Often Get Misdiagnosed as ADHD, with Dr. Ron Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry, Glendale, Arizona

The symptoms of sleep apnea in children can look just the same as the symptoms in ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder).  These include lack of focus, poor behavior and inability to sit still but Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona says that it's important to tell the difference.

The diagnosis of ADHD is getting more relevant and Dr. Shelley says that a recent NY Times article indicated that 1 in 5 high school males are diagnosed with ADHD.  "Children can quickly be labelled as ADHD and it's important we know the difference," he says.

When adults don't get enough sleep, they are tired the next day, says Dr. Shelley.  Children, he notes, can have a different reaction and get over tired, wound-up and hyperactive, which are symptoms very similar to ADHD.  There are, however, signs to look for with a sleep problem, which include snoring, enlarged tonsils and adenoids, a high palate or crooked teeth, which is something as a dentist he is looking for.  There is a vicious cycle where poor breathing leads to poor sleep which leads to poor growth and more airway problems, Dr. Shelley says.  Teeth grinding, abnormal sleeping positions, gagging easily, bedwetting, frequent ear infections are also common signs of a sleep disorder.

Treatment options include removing the tonsils and adenoids, orthodontics while the child is still growing, oral appliances and a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) device in severe cases.  "The bottom line is that if ADHD is suspected, one should consider having a child tested for a sleep disorder," says Dr. Shelley.

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Sleep Disorders in Children, with Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

It is important for parents to look for the signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder in their children, as it can affect their growth, education and social behavior, says Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona. 

Dr. Shelley says there are many signs of a sleep disorder, to include snoring, pauses in breathing, gasps, snorts, stopping breathing, restless sleep, abnormal sleep positions, sweating heavily at night, rib cage goes in and out a lot and bedwetting.  All of these signs point to an airway problem while sleeping.

During the day, symptoms include over tiredness, symptoms similar to ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder), poor behavior, crankiness, lack of focus, difficulty waking up, waking with a headache, daydreaming and gastro reflux disease.  Additionally, Dr. Shelley says it can lead to obesity or stunted growth in children.

Dr. Shelley says that this is all treatable and children can be diagnosed through sleep tests.  Children can also have their tonsils and adenoids removed if they are enlarged.  An orthodontist can expand the palate and open the airway, eventually having the child grow out of their airway problem.

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