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Ronald K Shelley DMD MAGD
Jeffrey E Feller DDS
 
Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry
20265 N 59th Ave Suite B5
Glendale AZ 85308
623-362-9616
aldentistry@gmail.com

 

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

Thursday
Jul192012

How to Stop Snoring, Featuring Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Sleep Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

Nearly 30 million Americans snore.  At night, our body relaxes, including our throat and as it relaxes, the airway gets smaller and the air speeds up as you breath in and out.  The air gets to a point when the soft tissues vibrate and that's where the noise comes from.  

At the far end of the problem, is sleep apnea.  Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Sleep Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona says that sleep apnea is when the airway shuts down and causes all sorts of health effects, which, if left untreated, can cause life-threatening health issues.

Snoring is easily treated by a dentist with an oral sleep appliance.  This allows the jaw and tongue forward, opening up the airway for better breathing.  In addition to this nighttime mouth guard, from a lifestyle standpoint losing weight and smoking cessation have eliminated snoring as well.  Those with seasonal allergies can use medications to clear their nasal passages and those with nasal obstructions can use nasal strips or sprays to open up the airway.

Dr. Ronald Shelley is a leading sleep expert at sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found about his dental practice at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.

Friday
Jun292012

Dr. Ronald Shelley and his Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry Practice in Glendale, Arizona

Dr. Ronald Shelley, DMD, MAGD of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona offers a neighborhood, community-based, family dental practice for all ages and all stages of dental care.  Dr. Shelley's current phase of dentistry is with treating sleep apnea, or snoring, with oral sleep appliances.

Technology has always been an interest of Dr. Shelley and he was one of the first dentists in the country to receive the Cerec machine in 1991, which provides ceramic fillings and crowns in one visit.  The patient does not need temporaries or a return visit and receives strong restoration with this advanced technology.  Dr. Shelley also uses Cone Beam X-ray imaging, for a 3-D image of the skull and teeth for a more accurate diagnosis and better treatment. 

With these advanced technologies, patients can receive treatments in one day with a better result than they had previously.

Dr. Shelley is a sleep expert with Sleep Better TV.  More information regarding Sleep Better TV can be found at www.sleepbetter.tv and more information about Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry can be found at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.

 

Friday
Jun292012

What is Sleep Apnea, Featuring Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

 

Affecting nearly 18 million people, sleep apnea is when breathing stops at night for at least 10 seconds at a time.  The tissues relax enough to where the airway will literally close up, the tongue falls back and the airway closes.  Air is blocked and there is significant damage done when this happens.

There are a number of side effects and associated health risks with sleep apnea.  There is a decrease of oxygen flow to your brain that it needs at night.  As our bodies go through different sleep levels throughout the night, it is through this deeper sleep that our brain repair our bodies.  When a person has sleep apnea, they cannot get to those deeper sleep levels because their brains have to wake them up just enough to take a breath.

This fragmented sleep combined with decreased oxygen flow to the brain creates a situation where a persona doesn't heal well, doesn't feel good, doesn't wake up refreshed and has excessive daytime sleepiness.  In addition, the health effects of sleep apnea are made worse.  There is an increased rate of cancer associated with sleep apnea, a person's immune system is more suppressed, increased risk for heart attacks, stroke and hypertension and an increased risk for diabetes.  All of these problems are worse than they'd be without sleep apnea due to the repetitive lack of oxygen and lack of sleep.

As sleep apnea is a medical condition, a person is diagnosed by a physician at a sleep center through a sleep study.  Depending on the diagnosis, a dentist can provide treatment through an oral sleep appliance, similar to a sports mouth guard, which brings the jaw forward to keep the airway open.

Dr. Ronald Shelley is a sleep expert with sleepbetter.tv and more information can be found on his website at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.

Thursday
Jun282012

The Importance of Proper, Custom-Fit Oral Sleep Appliances, Featuring Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

Sleep Better TV

In order for an oral sleep appliance to work, the jaw must be kept forward enough to open the airway.  This needs to be done precisely to allow proper breathing at night.  Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona says that the use of an oral sleep appliance adds additional strain on the surrounding tissues. 

At his practice, they adjust the appliance by bringing the jaw forward enough but not too much to overstrain the joints, muscles, ligaments and teeth.  Those are the problems most commonly seen with oral appliances purchased over the internet or off of tv, when people buy a one-size fits all or limited-adjustment appliance.  They just don't get a good, custom-fit and precise adjustment and the results are not as favorable.

Dr. Ronald Shelley is a leading sleep expert with sleepbetter.tv and more information about Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona can be found at www.arrowheadlakesdenstistry.com.


Wednesday
Jun272012

What is Bruxism, or Teeth Grinding, Featuring Dr. Ronald Shelley of Arrowhead Lakes Sleep Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona

Sleep Better TV

Bruxism is the habit of clinching and grinding teeth at night and a person is not in conscious control of it.  Affecting nearly one-third of the U.S. population, it is not clear why it happens as it is deep-seated in the brain.  Dr. Ronald Shelley, of Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona says that bruxism causes severe damage to the teeth, which are made of of the hardest structure in the body - enamel.  Some people grind their teeth flat, leaving them unattractive and sensitive and can even loosen the teeth.  With the teeth grinding, there is also the clinching of the jaw, which over-stresses the muscles and the joints.  

Dr. Shelley prescribes an oral appliance to be worn at night as the least invasive treatment for bruxism.  While a dentist cannot stop you from grinding and clinching at night, the damage can be mitigated by using an athletic-type mouth guard at night.  By only allowing the front teeth to touch, a mouth guard prevents the back teeth from touching, thus preventing any damage.  Our mouths have a protecitve reflex in that the front teeth cannot bite down as hard as the back teeth.  By wearing a mouth guard, the contraction intensity is decreased by 50-75% and a person cannot bite down as hard.  This allows everything to heal, the joints to adapt, the muscles to relax and the pain to go away.

According to Dr. Shelley, the use of mouth guards treat 80% of patients very effectively, allowing them to chew better, function better and to relieve pain.  For the 20% experiencing a more complex problem, they are typically referred to a pain specialist.

Dr. Ronald Shelley is a leading dental and sleep expert with sleepbetter.tv and more information about his Arrowhead Lakes Dentistry practice in Glendale, Arizona can be found at www.arrowheadlakesdentistry.com.