Do you or a loved one suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? If so, your dentist may have recommended a mandibular advancement device (MAD), an up and coming alternative to the CPAP machine. Now you might be wondering, “What exactly is a device like this and how does it work?” We’re happy to answer these […]
About Dr. Owen Mandanas
I am very passionate about my work as a family dentist and chose to concentrate on cosmetic dentistry and denture fabrication because of the amazing effect a beautiful, functional smile can have on a person’s confidence and self-esteem.
I completed my undergraduate education at Goucher College, earning my Bachelor of Arts in English in 1990. I continued on to Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, for dental school, graduating with my Doctorate of Dental Surgery in 2000.
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Out of all the options for dental care in Anchorage, why should you go to your local, holistic dentist? It’s true that other dentists offer many of the same services that we do, including general and cosmetic dentistry, implants, dentures, and sedation. It’s also true that we have all the same credentials. So what makes […]
Is your child snoring heavily at night or have you heard that ADHD can be linked to childhood sleep apnea and you think your little one may be a candidate? Sleep apnea displays differently in children than it does in adults. Take a look at some of the symptoms that may indicate your child has […]
If your child has a behavioral disorder like oppositional defiant disorder (ODD), conduct disorder (CD), or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), you may be wondering what your options are for dental treatment. In general, children with behavioral disorders are more likely to have poor oral health. According to a recent study, children with behavioral disorders […]
Many children do not like going to the dentist, but 20% are actually afraid of dental visits, something called dental anxiety or dental phobia. For these children, an upcoming visit to the dentist is more than just an appointment, it is can be something to fear or even dread. If you have a child in […]
It’s 9:00 p.m., time for your child’s bedtime routine. You politely ask your child to please go to the bathroom and brush their teeth. Fifteen minutes later, they are running around the living room with a stuffed toy. You ask them if they have brushed their teeth. They have not. You send them in again. […]
Have sleep apnea? Here’s how the story goes, from your body’s perspective: You fall asleep. Your body relaxes all your muscles, including those in your throat. Uh oh. When your throat muscles relaxed, the tissues in your throat blocked your airway. Your body responds by waking you up, hoping to breathe. Not only were you […]
It is estimated that 80% of people who have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea go undiagnosed. That’s a shocking statistic when you consider how detrimental sleep apnea can be to one’s quality of life! As an integrative dentist, I (Dr. Mandanas) have a few ways to identify patients who are more likely to have […]
The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine has long existed as the “go-to” treatment plan for patients suffering from sleep apnea. It only makes sense–a great way to prevent the airways from collapsing in the back of the mouth is to force air through them. Unfortunately, many people are “CPAP rejects,” struggling to adjust to […]
In a previous article, we discussed five reasons why you should get your mercury amalgam fillings removed. We mentioned that our own Dr. Mandanas is trained in the safe removal of mercury amalgam. But what does that mean? The Safe Mercury Amalgam Removal Technique or “SMART” was developed by the International Academy of Oral Medicine […]