Ella with Puppies

Hello friends watching and waiting for puppies.  Ella’s temperature has dropped which means puppies to be delivered this week.  We are expecting puppies the end of the week.  Ella has slowed down her normal activities, but still wants to play!!  Ella has gained 17 pounds. Whelping (birthing) boxes are ready for Queen Ella & puppies!!  Thanks to everyone for assistance in building the whelping boxes!  Stayed tuned for updates as they will be coming more often now!!

 

Ella’s X-Ray

Ella had her x-ray today!!  We’re happy to announce the verdict is still out on the official number of puppies we’ll have to love!  The vet says she either has 7 or 8 puppies!!  Hopefully the vet does better than the staff has done with their NCAA Men’s Basketball Brackets!  How many puppies do you see in the x-ray?  Keep checking back for updates as she is getting much closer to delivery date!  Thanks for all of the excitement for Ella and the puppies!!

Thank You

Dr. Brady would like to say Thank You to all of the patients for their support of Ella & getting the new office whelping box ready!!  Thank You to our patient for bringing Ella’s first metal collar back to life!! We are all looking forward to cuddling Ella’s puppies.

Congratulations Ella!!

Ella had an ultrasound on 23 February 2017.  The vet showed us 5 puppies in the ultrasound.  The vet tells us she has at least 5 puppies but there could be more!!  If you would like to see the ultrasound please visit the office facebook page.  On facebook we are “Craniofacial Pain & Sleep Center of Fort Collins”.

Please check back frequently for updates on Ella and the puppies.

A Welcome to Dr. Kingdon Brady

Dr.BradyCraniofacial Pain & Sleep Center welcomes Dr. Kingdon Brady to our office, a specialist in TMJ and Dental Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Brady comes to Fort Collins from West Lafayette, Indiana where he has spent over twenty years in practice.  He received his dental degree from the University of Tennessee and he is a Diplomate in Craniofacial Pain, TMJ/TMD and Dental Sleep Medicine from the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain.  He has extensive training in pain management and Phase II orthodontics and holds patient health and well being in the highest regard.

Dr. Brady will be working with several medical payers as a contracted provider so that you will continue to have an in-network option and receive the same economic benefits.

Dr. Brady is excited to re-locate to Colorado and become part of our community.  Come by and help us welcome him to his new home.

No-Cost Sleep Appliances for Medicare Patients with Sleeping Disorders

craniofacial_sleep_applianceDr. Brady’s office of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Center is proud to be DME Certified by Medicare.

What does DME Certified by Medicare mean? DME stands for “durable medical equipment” and covers long-lasting medical equipment, which for Medicare patients, means they can get sleep appliances at no-cost to them. Unfortunately, TMJ/TMD or any type of jaw dysfunction is excluded by Medicare. However, for patients who have a sleep study and script we can help get a custom sleep appliance at no-cost to them.

Who can benefit from sleep appliances? Our custom sleep appliances are beneficial for those who suffer from sleep disorders and/or snoring. When an individual suffers from a sleep disorder, their emotions, energy, and behavior is affected, leading to a slow deterioration of their health. Snoring may be an indicator of a more serious problem – Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA causes an incomplete night of much needed rest for your body, which can have negative long-term effects on your health.

If you feel that you have a sleeping disorder or snoring is affecting your sleep, contact our offices today. Our sleep appliances are fitted by our doctors and can help reduce or completely eliminate snoring, leading to a better night’s rest.

Maximizing Your Insurance Benefits at the End of the Year

business-861325_640As the year comes to a close, many of us have the holidays on our minds, but have you been thinking about your insurance deductible? Many insurance policies carry a maximum out-of-pocket deductible, which for some of us, may be hit near the end of the year. This is a great time to utilize your insurance benefits.

For example, an insurance policy may have a $2,000 deductible with 20% coinsurance. An insurance policy would not pay for any medical expenses until the $2,000 deductible has been met. After the deductible has been met, the policy holder would only pay 20% of the contracted rate for in-network care for their medical expenses.

If a policy holder goes to an out-of-network provider after maximizing their out-of-pocket deductible, the insurance will still pay, but since there are no contracted rates, the patient may have a higher out of pocket or co-insurance fee to pay.

As the year comes to an end, it’s great to take full advantage of your insurance benefits. If you’ll be signing up for a new health insurance policy, it’s important to research the out-of-pocket deductible and find an insurance policy that will best fit your needs.

Treating pain related symptoms of TMJ/TMD with Ozone Therapy

tmjointIn the United States, TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint and Muscle Disorder) affects over 10 million people, being more common in women than men.

What is TMJ/TMD? Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) involves a range of conditions that affect TM joints, jaw muscles, and facial nerves. TMD causes the jaw to twist during opening, closing, or side-motion movements.

Dr. Brady of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Center has found a successful treatment for pain related symptoms of TMJ/TMD – ozone therapy. Ozone is a specific form of oxygen. In standard atmospheric oxygen, these molecules have two atoms, but the ozone we create has three atoms. This gas is injected into particular muscles or the TM joint, promoting healing of damaged tissue and improved cellular function. Cells that are deprived of sufficient oxygen become weaker and are more vulnerable to invasion or infection. Using ozone therapy stimulates cells to create an enzyme coating around themselves, protecting from invasion or infections.

Dr. Brady introduces the right amount of oxygen concentration in the body through ozone therapy. Doing so allows the muscles that are affecting the temporomandibular joints to relax, providing relief to facial pain caused by TMJ/TMD. Ozone therapy helps increase circulation, clearing arteries and veins, in addition to reducing inflammation.

Ozone therapy is a painless treatment, safe, and effective that works in conjunction with appliance therapy and other modalities.  If you suffer from TMJ/TMD and are seeking an effective solution, contact us today to learn more.

Hard Appliance vs. Soft Appliance – Which is Better?

Hard appliances are a viable solution to those who suffer from TMJ/TMD. Many do not realize that they suffer from TMJ. Here are a few signs you may need an orthotic while sleeping:

  • Awaken with sore or tight jaw muscles
  • Experience nighttime grinding or bruxism
  • Clicking or popping sounds in the TM joints
  • Jaw lockage
  • Have worn, sharp, or short and flat teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

Hard appliances are one solution to alleviate these problems. Most dentists no longer recommend soft orthotics, as hard acrylic ones have been proven to be more effective. Hard appliances provide a solid surface to bite on, which helps minimize grinding or bruxism.  Soft appliances are meant to be temporary as long-term use will worsen or exacerbate TMJ symptoms.  When sleeping with a soft appliance, you will grind harder, as your teeth are looking for contact with each other.

If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms listed above, or know you grind your teeth at night, consult with Dr. Brady of Craniofacial Pain and Sleep Center. He will work with you to get a custom-fitted hard appliance.