Sleep Apnea

April 20th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

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Sleep Apnea …. it’s real and it’s a big deal for more people than you think.  It’s not just overweight, older men anymore.    Women and children of all shapes and sizes are being diagnosed with sleep apnea, too.

Untreated apnea puts your health at risk.

Adults … ask Yourself:

  • Are you tired or fatigued more than you should be?
  • Can you easily nod off while sitting inactive in a public place, or when you are riding in a car?
  • Do you have high blood pressure, insomnia, heart disease, gastric reflux?
  • Do you snore?
  • Do you clench your teeth?

Children:    

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  • Do they snore or mouth breathe a lot?
  • Have bed-wetting, frequent ear aches, clench their teeth?
  • Have ADD or ADHD …. maybe you can take your child off these medicines ??
  • Have larger tonsils and adenoids, or a large tongue and small throat?

Let us help you figure out if you have sleep apnea through a simple screening questionnaire.  SCRMC has an excellent sleep therapist and pulmonologist who can perform a sleep study and see if you are experiencing any sleep disorders.

Yes … it might mean a night at SCRMC hooked up to sleep monitors … but if you could feel refreshed and reduce medications for health problems, wouldn’t you want too?

How does the possibility of preventing a stroke or heart attack sound?

CPAP or oral night-guard appliances can be life changing.

Your spouse will LOVE you for it !

Let us help you improve your sleep and your health.

Let us help get you started.

Check out these links.

www.MAYO CLINIC.org/sleep-apnea/basics/

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A Mom’s Guide to Fluoride

January 5th, 2017 - By steve.mccormack

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Please explore this link to answer questions about fluoride for your children … 

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/babies-and-kids/moms-guide-to-fluoride?source=Morning_Huddle

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Children & Medical Assistance

October 20th, 2016 - By steve.mccormack

 

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For Children enrolled in the Wisconsin  Medical Assistance Program … age 20 or less.

Through a special pilot program, 4 counties in Wisconsin are experimenting with much improved reimbursement rates to dentists providing dental care to children.  Because of that, we are now able to see many more MA children at our office.   The program was very seriously underfunded and the state legislature is trying the approach used in Michigan to see if dentist participation increases …. and more children are cared for.  Give us a call and maybe we can help your child.

Non Discrimination Policy

September 6th, 2016 - By steve.mccormack

Discrimination is Against the Law

 

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS ] complies with applicable Federal civil rights laws and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] does not exclude people or treat them differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS ]   Provides free aids and services to people with disabilities to communicate effectively with us, such as:

  • Qualified sign language interpreters
  • Written information in other formats (large print, audio, accessible electronic formats)
  • Provides free language services to people whose primary language is not English, such as:
  • Qualified interpreters
  • Information written in other languages

If you need these services, contact [Kris McCormack, office manager]

If you believe that [Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS ] has failed to provide these services or discriminated in another way on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability, or sex, you can file a grievance with the

  • S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office for Civil Rights, electronically through the Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal,
  • available at https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf,

or by mail or phone at: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building Washington, D.C. 20201 1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD) Complaint forms are available at http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.

Spanish Version

Discrimination is Against the Law

 

[ Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] cumple con las leyes federales de derechos civiles aplicables y no discrimina por motivos de raza, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] no excluye a las personas ni las trata de forma diferente debido a su origen étnico, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo.

[Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS]: • Proporciona asistencia y servicios gratuitos a las personas con discapacidades para que se comuniquen de manera eficaz con nosotros, como los siguientes: ○ Intérpretes de lenguaje de señas capacitados. ○ Información escrita en otros formatos (letra grande, audio, formatos electrónicos accesibles, otros formatos). • Proporciona servicios lingüísticos gratuitos a personas cuya lengua materna no es el inglés, como los siguientes: ○ Intérpretes capacitados. ○ Información escrita en otros idiomas.

Si necesita recibir estos servicios, comuníquese con [Kris McCormack].

Si considera que [Office of Steven L. McCormack DDS] no le proporcionó estos servicios o lo discriminó de otra manera por motivos de origen étnico, color, nacionalidad, edad, discapacidad o sexo, puede presentar un reclamo a la siguiente persona

Steven L. McCormack DDS  PO Box 220, St Croix Falls, WI   54024

715-483-3570

fax 715-483-5699

Puede presentar el reclamo en persona o por correo postal, fax o correo electrónico. Si necesita ayuda para hacerlo, [Kris McCormack ] está a su disposición para brindársela.

También puede presentar un reclamo de derechos civiles ante la Office for Civil Rights (Oficina de Derechos Civiles) del Department of Health and Human Services (Departamento de Salud y Servicios Humanos) de EE. UU. de manera electrónica a través de Office for Civil Rights Complaint Portal, disponible en https://ocrportal.hhs.gov/ocr/portal/lobby.jsf,

o bien, por correo postal a la siguiente dirección o por teléfono a los números que figuran a continuación: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 200 Independence Avenue, SW Room 509F, HHH Building Washington, D.C. 20201 1-800-368-1019, 800-537-7697 (TDD) Puede obtener los formularios de reclamo en el sitio web http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/office/file/index.html.

 

Language  Assistance … Wisconsin

We will take reasonable steps to provide free-of-charge language assistance services to people who speak languages we are likely to hear in our practice and who don’t speak English well enough to talk to us about the dental care we are providing.

Spanish:
Tomaremos acciones razonables para proporcionar servicios de asistencia lingüística gratuitos a aquellas personas cuyo lenguaje escuchemos frecuentemente en nuestro consultorio y que no hablen un inglés lo suficientemente bueno como para hablar con nosotros sobre el servicio odontológico que suministramos.
Hmong:
Peb yuav tsum nrhiav kev pab-dawb los ntawm kev pab cuam txhais lus rau cov neeg uas hais lus peb yeej tau hnov hauv peb txoj kev kawm thiab tus uas tsis paub hais lus Askiv txaus los tham rau peb txog cov kev pab kho hniav peb muaj.
Chinese:
我们将有序地做到提供免费的语言服务使我们能听懂英语不好的人向我们咨询有关牙齿护理
German:
Wir werden angemessene Schritte unternehmen, um denen eine gebührenfreie Sprachunterstützung zu bieten, die Sprachen sprechen, die wir möglicherweise in unserer Praxis hören, die aber kein Englisch sprechen, das gut genug ist, um mit uns über die Zahnpflege zu sprechen, die wir anbieten.
Arabic:
سوف نقوم باتخاذ خطوات معقولة من أجل توفير خدمات المساعدة اللغوية بدون تكلفة للأشخاص الذين يتحدثون لغات أخرى من
المرجح أن نستمع إليها خلال ممارستنا والذين لا يتقنون تحدث الإنجليزية بشكل جيد يمكنهم من التحدث إلينا فيما يتعلق برعاية الأسنان
التي نقدمها.
Russian:
Мы принимаем необходимые меры, чтобы предоставить бесплатные услуги переводчика для общения на языках, с которыми мы сталкиваемся в нашей практике с клиентами, которые не владеют английским языком достаточно, чтобы обсудить с нами стоматологическое обслуживание, которое мы предоставляем.
Korean:
저희는 적절한 조치를 통하여 언어 지원 서비스를 무료로 제공할 것입니다. 다만, 실제로 저희에게 관심이 있는 언어를 쓰지만 저희 치아 관리 서비스에 대해 의견을 줄 수 있을 만큼 영어로 의사소통이 원활하지 않는 경우로 한정합니다
Vietnamese:
Chúng tôi sẽ thực hiện các bước cần thiết để cung cấp dịch vụ hỗ trợ ngôn ngữ miễn phí cho những người giao tiếp bằng những ngôn ngữ mà chúng tôi có thể nghe thấy tại phòng khám của mình và cho những người không có đủ trình độ tiếng Anh để thảo luận về dịch vụ chăm sóc nha khoa mà chúng tôi đang cung cấp.
Pennsylvania Dutch:
Mir zelle unser Beschtes browiere fer Hilf griege fer ennich ebber as Druwwel hett fer verschtehe was mer an schwetze is in Englisch weeich Zaahdokteres do. Die Hilf, as mer aabiede kennt, deet nix koschte.
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Laotian:
ພວກເຮົາຈະໃຊ້ຂ ້ນຕອນທ ີ່ເໝາະສົມ ເພ ີ່ອໃຫ້ບໍລິການຊີ່ວຍເຫ ອດ້ານພາສາບໍີ່ເສຍຄີ່າແກ້ຄົນຜ ້ທ ີ່ເວົ້າພາສາທ ີ່ພວກເຮົາອາດຈະໄດ້ຍິນຢ ີ່ໃນການຝຶກຊ້ອມຂອງພວກເຮົາ ແລະ ຜ ້ທ ີ່ບໍີ່ເວົ້າພາສາອ ງກິດໄດ້ດ ພໍ ເພ ີ່ອລົມກ ບພວກເຮົາກີ່ຽວກ ບການເບິີ່ງແຍງດ ແລແຂ້ວທ ີ່ພວກເຮົາກໍາລ ງຈ ດໃຫ້.
French:
Nous prendrons les mesures raisonnables pour fournir des services d’assistance linguistique gratuits pour les individus qui parlent des langues que nous sommes susceptibles d’entendre durant nos séances et qui ne parlent pas suffisamment bien l’anglais pour discuter avec nous concernant les soins dentaires que nous fournissons.
Polish:
Będziemy podejmować stosowne kroki, by zapewnić bezpłatne usługi wsparcia językowego dla ludzi, którzy rozmawiają językami, które my chcielibyśmy słyszeć w naszym gabinecie i dla tych, którzy nie mówią po angielsku na tyle dobrze, aby rozmawiać z nami o opiece stomatologicznej, którą zapewniamy.
Hindi:
हम उन व्यक्तियों को, जो कक ऐसी भाषाएं बोलिे हैं जो हम अपने अभ्यास में संभाविि रूप में सुनना चाहिे हैं और जो हमारे द्िारा प्रदान की जाने िाली डैंटल देखभाल के बारे में हमारे साथ उचचि ढंग से अंग्रेजी नहीं बोलिे, मुफ़्ि सेिाएं प्रदान करने के ललये उचचि कदम उठायेंगे।
Albanian:
Do të marrim hapa të arsyeshëm për të ofruar shërbime falas për asistencë gjuhësore për njerëzit që flasin gjuhë që ka të ngjarë të dëgjojmë në punën tone dhe që nuk flasin anglisht aq mire sa të flasin me ne për kujdesin dentar që ofrojmë.
Tagalog:
Gagawin namin ang mga makatwirang hakbang para maibigay namin ng walang bayad ang mga tulong na serbisyo sa wika para sa mga taong nagsasalita ng mga wikang karaniwan naming naririnig sa aming pagsasagawa at sa mga hindi bihasa sa pagsasalita ng Ingles na sasangguni sa amin tungkol sa pangangalaga ng ngipin na ibinibigay namin.

Medical History Update

June 13th, 2015 - By steve.mccormack

Medical History Update:

 Why Is This Needed?

 

Most Patients might not realize the importance of a current medical history with their health professional. 

The safe and successful completion of dental care is often times significantly influenced by a patient’s health and medications.

Let me give some examples of why it is important to keep an accurate medical history of our patients so that we “don’t treat a stranger!”

 

  • Many medications cause dry mouth [xerostomia] … and that leads to a high risk for gum disease and cavities.
  • Many medications … and herbal supplements … influence bleeding and clotting times.
  • Anesthetics like “Novocain” interact or are influenced by the medications a patient takes.
  • Medications can cause patients to faint more easily in the dental chair when we change the position of the chair, or stand up too quickly, or are stressed by their dental care.
  • Past medical surgeries, general anesthesia, surgical complications, medicine interactions or problems, and more can influence our treatment recommendations.
  • Diabetes, heart disease, and smoking have a significant impact with your dental care.
  • Referrals to specialists … like oral surgeons and periodontists … dictate that we know our patients and refer patients appropriately.
  • Liability issues can arise if we are not made aware of medical issues that would influence any dental treatment.

 

Please know that we will keep your information confidential and use it appropriately to recommend dental treatment.  Your trust is important to us, but we do want to be fully aware of any health issues and medications before providing you with care that is in your best interest.

 

Steve McCormack, DDS

 

 

3RD Molars / Wisdom Teeth

May 1st, 2015 - By steve.mccormack

 

3rd molars [wisdom teeth] usually develop and erupt around age 18.    It is at this time that a special X-Ray is often times taken … called a panoramic x-ray.     At our office then we decide if the 3rd molars should be extracted.

Typical reasons for removing 3rd molars are:

  • There is not enough room for full eruption into the correct position.
  • They are impinging on the neighboring molars.
  • They may increase the odds of further crowding of your other teeth.
  • They develop very sore or infected gums if they are only partially through the gum … and cannot fully erupt into position.
  • If they are partly erupted they are very hard to clean and much more prone to decay and gum disease.
  • Without the 3rd molars it is easier to clean the 2nd molars in front of them … further reducing the risks of cavities and gum disease on these teeth.
  • Unerupted 3rd molars sometimes develop cysts around them, which requires their removal.

At a young age the wisdom teeth are easier to remove, since often times the roots have not fully formed.  Also, teenagers heal more easily and thoroughly than older adults.

Note the 4 wisdom teeth … all impacted under the gum and jaw bone.

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Note all four 3rd molars …  2 are erupted almost completely and 2 are impacted completely.  Also, the one on the lower left side of the x ray has a cyst around it.

25 Years In 2015

March 1st, 2015 - By steve.mccormack

McCormack Dental Office

Celebrating 25 Years in St Croix Falls

IMG_4340As of 2015  I have had my dental office in St Croix Falls for 25 years !

To celebrate that milestone I decided to spearhead a campaign to get donors for these bike racks in town.  28 racks were donated at $300 apiece.

I kicked off the campaign and donated 6 racks myself.  [Better than a pig roast for my patients I thought.]

It is an effort I have undertaken to develop our city theme, “City of Trails.”   Our 4 trail types are Snow … Foot … Bike … and Water.

 

Artificial Joints and Antibiotics

January 23rd, 2015 - By steve.mccormack

Do you have an artificial knee or hip joint?  

Have you been taking antibiotics before all dental appointments?

You may not have to take those antibiotics anymore.

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An American Dental Association panel of experts, in conjunction with the published recommendations from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons from  2012 has made this clinical recommendation…

“In general, for patients with prosthetic joint implants, prophylactic antibiotics are NOT recommended prior to dental procedures to prevent prosthetic joint infection.”  Probably 90% or more of patients will NOT need antibiotics now.

Reasons to continue taking these antibiotics before your appointment are:

  • if you are immuno-compromised
  • if you have had joint infections or complications
  • if you have ever taken osteoporosis medicines
  • if you have been on long term steroids like prednisone

HOWEVER …. the local orthopedic group of surgeons … St Croix Orthopedics … has chosen to continue to tell ALL patients to continue with antibiotics before all dental appointments.   This conflict in recommendations will confuse patients, so I would suggest you have a serious discussion with your surgeon at your next visit.

Ask them”why do I have to take antibiotics …. it is not what is currently recommended?”

Dr. McCormack will follow the recommendations of the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons … and discuss with each individual patient whether they should take antibiotics or not for their dental care.

Same Day Implants and Dentures?

February 3rd, 2014 - By steve.mccormack

Maybe you have seen the full page ads in the Minneapolis – St Paul newspapers about same-day extractions and implants.     First off … this is truthful and it is possible to do this advanced care with today’s dentistry.  But let’s look at this a little closer.

Myths and Facts:

  • Same-day refers to the extractions, implants, and dentures.  It can be accomplished in one day.
  • There is considerable pre-planning and appointments needed to prepare for that same-day surgery.  That includes examinations, cat scans, photos, impression of the jaw, etc.
  • Some people might need bone grafts to build up the area supporting the implants.
  • The implants and dentures might not be the final restorations needed.   Some of the implants might be temporary or transitional … same with the dentures or bridgework.
  • Follow-up appointments can be significant.
  • These are very highly trained specialists and surgeons.  Their fees reflect that.  Typical fees can easily start at $15,000 and reach $30,000 or more.    [not a typo.]
  • Although implants are very very successful, not everyone is a candidate for them … especially the dramatic results seen on TV and in the newspapers.

Let us know if you want more information on these remarkable options for your dental care. 

The world of  Dentistry is always changing, improving, and offering a wide range of treatment options.

 

Kids Teeth & Decay … Baby Teeth Matter!

January 31st, 2014 - By steve.mccormack

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Kid’s Teeth ARE Important  

[click this video link from the WDA]

 

Baby teeth should be kept healthy until the adult teeth erupt.  Some baby teeth aren’t lost until age 11 or later.

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  1. They hold position for the permanent teeth.    Early loss means extra crowding in the adult teeth.
  2. Baby teeth can decay, become abscessed, chip or break like adult teeth.   Keep them healthy!  They are important.
  3. Children should be seen by age 1 or so for a first visit examination.    Don’t wait until age 3 or 4!
  4. Most children who start seeing us by age 1 are doing very well in the chair [by themselves] by age 2-3.