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Dr. Clay Hansen, DDS in Moscow, Idaho

Website: http://www.palouseviewdental.com

Phone: (208) 882-4923

Email: pvdc@moscow.com

Address: 1526 Levick Street
Moscow, Idaho 83843

Clay Hansen, DDS completed his undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University. He graduated in 2003 from The Ohio State University Dental School. Dr. Hansen is committed to high standards for his practice and feels privileged to have the opportunity each day to help patients improve their lives and prevent emergencies. Dr. Hansen has received the Academic Certificate of the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy for Oral-Systemic Health. He and the team at Palouse View Dental receive four to five times the continuing education courses required by the state. They stay current on their professional development through lectures, workshops, and by reading publications about advancements in techniques and technology.

Dr. Hansen has been in private practice at Palouse View Dental since 2005. Previously, he practiced as an associate for two years in Oregon. He and his wife, Amy, have been married since 1997 and have two children, Joseph and Emma. As a family, they enjoy fishing and making music together. Dr. Hansen also enjoys photography, hiking, and cycling.

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Monday
Nov242014

Dentists Can Find Many Health Problems During Routine Exams, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho

As oral health in uniquely linked to many health problems, dentists can pick up a lot during a routine dental exam.  Beyond checking the teeth and gums, Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho, will routinely screen for signs of oral cancer and he will look at a person's face and forehead for any other signs of cancer as well.  

Dr. Clay HansenDr. Hansen will also look for gum disease, specifically the bacterial infection that goes into the gums.  With gum disease, comes a higher risk of adult-onset diabetes and if you already have diabetes, it's much harder to control when also having gum disease.  For pregnant women, their risk of low-weight births are increased when having gum disease.  There is also a higher risk of heart disease and high blood pressure for those with gum disease.  Additionally, there is a link between gum disease and arthritis and erectile dysfunction.

By looking in your mouth, dentists are able to determine how well you breathe and seeing if you're at high risk for sleep apnea, which is where you stop breathing while asleep.  Sleep apnea greatly increases the risk of heart attacks, strokes, erectile dysfunction, depression and diabetes, just to name a few.  

Dentists provide a very viable alternative to the CPAP device when treating sleep apnea.  The CPAP is a fan that blows air up your nose to pull your airway open while you sleep.  A dentist can provide an oral appliance, similar to a mouth guard, that doesn't need to be plugged in and doesn't make any noise, like a CPAP device does.  The oral appliance postures your jaw in such a way that it keeps the airway open while you sleep.

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Nov242014

How to Choose the Right Dentist to Treat Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

When choosing a dentist to treat your sleep apnea, Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho, recommends asking certain questions to be sure you're choosing the right dentist.

Dr. Clay HansenDr. Hansen says to be sure to ask how long they've been treating sleep apnea.  Having treated sleep apnea since 2006, it wasn't until a couple of years ago where Dr. Hansen realized he wanted to increase his 50% success rate.  He then joined three different sleep medicine academies and has done an enormous amount of continuing education on sleep apnea, with the intent of trying to find a better way to treat this disease.  Since starting his current protocol, in the forty people he's treated this year thus far, he's only had one failure.  

The next question Dr. Hansen recommends asking a potential dentist is how they know they're successful.  Before starting his new protocol, the only way Dr. Hansen thought he was successful is if a patient told him they were feeling better and weren't snoring anymore.  He now wants to know for sure if his patients have been treated successfully and to that end, he has his patients use a home sleep test to check his results.  Once that report shows success, Dr. Hansen sends that off to the physician to draw the final conclusion.  

Dr. Hansen says it's important to ask about the dentist's training and credentials in sleep apnea.  Being a member of three different academies, including the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, which is for physicians, as well as the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  He currently has his academic certification in the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorders Disciplines and is working on becoming a diplomat in that academy as well.   

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Nov242014

How Dentists Treat Sleep Apnea, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho

A dentist has a role in treating sleep apnea in that they open the airway for their patients.  In doing so, a dentist can put a custom-fit mouthpiece inside your mouth to pull your lower jaw open and forward.  This type of treatment is in sharp contrast to a CPAP device, which blows air up your nose while wearing a mask, says Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho.

Dr. Clay HansenBy law, any dentist can make a sleep oral appliance.  That being said, Dr. Hansen, having graduated ten years ago, received no training in dental school on sleep apnea and even today, there's very little training done in the area of sleep apnea.  When considering a dentist to treat sleep apnea, there are some things Dr. Hansen recommends patient ask of the dentist.  

The first thing Dr. Hansen recommends you ask is how many people have they treated for sleep apnea, what their success rate is, how the dentist knows when they're successful and to be sure to ask about their training in sleep apnea.  This type of sleep apnea treatment provided by a dentist is actually covered by medical insurance, according to Dr. Hansen.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Nov182014

How to Take Care of Baby Teeth, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Dentist, Moscow, Idaho

When your baby's first teeth start coming in, one of the best things you can do is gently wipe off their teeth after they feed.  Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho says that this is very helpful in the early stages of the baby's teeth.  He also says it's important that the baby doesn't fall asleep with a bottle in their mouth or while they're nursing because that milk won't be swallowed and it's essentially bathing the teeth in sugar.  

Dr. Clay HansenThe American Academy of Pediatricians just recently put out that fluoride toothpaste is fine for your child and Dr. Hansen agrees.  The key is to only use the amount equal to a grain of rice.  If some is swallowed, it's such a small amount of fluoride that it won't be a problem, Dr. Hansen says.  He emphasizes how important fluoride is for the teeth and for this reason, it's now being recommended in young children due to the high amount of cavities being seen.  

Both the American Academy of Pediatricians and the American Dental Association recommend bringing your child into the dentist for the first time at about the age of one, which is about the time you first start seeing teeth coming in.  The initial visit is for the dentist to communicate to the parent the best way to take care of their child's teeth, as well as allowing the child to become accustomed to going to the dentist.  

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Monday
Nov172014

Amalgam Fillings, With Dr. Clay Hansen, Moscow, Idaho

The American Dental Association, along with a lot of research, says that the amount of mercury in amalgam fillings is too small to cause any health problems.  The bigger problem, according to Dr. Clay Hansen, a dentist in Moscow, Idaho, is what these amalgam fillings do to the teeth themselves.  As mercury expands, the fillings will expand in your mouth during temperature changes, such as when eating something hot or cold.  Over time, the constant expanding and contracting can cause the tooth to crack and break.  Additionally, it can cause a space between the filling and tooth, leaving room for food or bacteria.

Dr. Clay HansenAmalgam fillings can be replaced with tooth-colored composite fillings, depending on the size of the filling and the condition of the tooth.  On lays and crowns can also be used to replace amalgam fillings, which look just like a natural tooth.

Dr. Clay Hansen is a dentist in Moscow, Idaho with Palouse View Dental.  He is a leading sleep expert and spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content.  Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.