Oct. 29, 2019
Dental Partners of Vero Beach recognized by The Chamber as Business of The Year
We are honored and thrilled to have been chosen to be the 2019 Minority Owned Business of the Year by the IRC Chamber. Each year businesses are presented Industry Appreciation Awards for various achievements. Our award recognizes our company’s employee recognition and support, community and philanthropy support and overall success with our contribution to the county. Thank you to the chamber, the economic development committee, our employees, who are the best team in the profession and our patients who contribute to our success by allowing us to provide your complete dental care for your complete health. Thank You!
Dr. Jenna wins “Top Dog” of the year for restoring the most implants in her team
For the second year in a row Dr. Jenna has been awarded the “top dog award” for restoring the most implants in her ASIRD (American Society of Implant and Reconstructive Dentistry) team. Dr. Jenna restored over 120 implants this year! A big thank you to Dr. Andrew Colgan, our oral surgeon, for making the experience seamless for our patients and for doing the placement so perfectly. Dr. Brad Purcell teaches ASIRD teams throughout America and said he was extremely impressed as there are no other doctors in any of the other teams that restore even close to 120. His other top docs are restoring around 60 implants! Wow!
Dentists Become First Line of Defense Against Sleep Apnea
Written by: Tom Lloyd for 32963
Everybody knows – or thinks they know – what to expect from a trip to the dentist. But Dr. Jenna Katz Schwibner at Dental Partners of Vero Beach is quick to point out there’s a lot more to modern dentistry than just a twice-a-year cleaning and filling cavities.
Like, for instance, saving your life.
Life-saving and dentistry might sound like a big slice of hyperbole pie from an American Dental Association advertising campaign, but it’s not.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, more than a quarter of the U.S. population suffers from some kind of sleep disorder, and the National Institutes of Health estimates about 18 million Americans have a potentially lethal affliction called “obstructive sleep apnea,” or OSA.
The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care has linked OSA to an increased risk for developing diabetes, depression, memory loss or confusion, sexual dysfunction, high blood pressure, weight gain and, yes, fatal strokes.
“OSA occurs when your throat muscles over-relax, causing the airway to collapse, blocking proper airflow, and temporarily preventing you from breathing,” according to toothwisdom.org, a website specializing in oral care for older adults. “When breathing is interrupted your body reacts by increasing your heart rate in order to maintain proper oxygen levels. Over time, this may cause other changes to your body and lead to poor breathing and increased carbon dioxide levels.”
And it turns out dentists are in a good position to spot the signs and symptoms of this serious condition that doctors might not always pick up on.
“It’s getting to the point now where dentists are becoming part of the first line defense with sleep apnea,” Schwibner says. “We’re one of the primary practitioners to help with it.”
Schwibner continues: “When people see their medical doctor, it’s often more of a sick visit. They see their doctor only when they’re not feeling well. But the majority of our patients aren’t in pain when they come in. They’re just getting their teeth cleaned and getting maintenance and so we see people a lot longer.”
Schwibner says patients “don’t typically think that they’re sick when they have sleep apnea. A lot of times they have no idea they have it. It’s a silent killer, if you will. If we can notice these things on regular check-ups, that’s a really big advantage, and then we can get them in to see their doctor.”
The diminutive Schwibner is quick to add “a dentist cannot tell a patient or diagnose that they have sleep apnea. You always need a sleep study to confirm the diagnosis,” but there are signs a dentist is likely to spot that a primary care doctor, a cardiologist or other specialist might not notice immediately.
For example, “a lot of people, they stick out their tongue and they actually have little indentations on the side of their tongue. We call that a scalloped tongue. It goes into the indentations all around the teeth on the inside and 81 percent of people who have that have some form of sleep apnea. And that’s something that only a dentist would see.”
Likewise, people who grind their teeth at night; Schwibner says teeth grinding is “a big sign for us” that they might well have OSA.
And while OSA is most common in men, it is something of an equal-opportunity health threat. Especially as we age. Postmenopausal women, says Schwibner, are at as high risk as men and the problem is often compounded by the use of sleeping pills.
“The sleeping pill keeps you from waking up due to sleep apnea. It’s actually hurting you even more because your body is trying to wake you up for a reason. It’s trying to warn you, like, ‘Hey, wake up. Breathe.’ And if you’re taking sleeping pills, that response isn’t there anymore.”
While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure or CPAP machines are “always the first line” of defense for OSA patients, according to Schwibner, fully half of patients find they cannot tolerate using those devices.
Fortunately, dentists like Schwibner who are trained in sleep apnea management can provide an alternative: a “mandibular repositioning dental appliance.” The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine calls these “an effective treatment option for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea,” for those who cannot tolerate a CPAP machine, but there is an important caveat here.
TV commercials have begun offering devices people can order by phone or online, but Schwibner warns not only are these not custom-fitted, they’re “not something that has any medical research backing or any studies showing [their] efficacy. It’s definitely not something that we recommend.”
Schwibner, whose local roots run through Sebastian River High School, Vanderbilt University and Nova Southeastern’s College of Dental Medicine, is the daughter of longtime Vero Beach physician Dr. Edward Katz.
Dr. Jenna Schwibner is with Dental Partners of Vero Beach at 3755 7th Terrace, Suite 303. The phone number is 772-569-4118.
Dental Partners of Vero Beach Bringing Beautiful Smiles to Hope for Families Center’s Families
Written by: Jamie Jackson, For Luminaries
Because dentistry is a large expense for families struggling to get back on their feet, the team at Dental Partners of Vero Beach wanted to make a difference in a big way.
They had previously assisted with dental cases at the Hope for Families Center, and following careful research of several nonprofits, they agreed the center’s mission was one that was aligned with their vision to provide the greatest level of community impact.
“We were inspired to serve the families at HFC because we saw parents who are actively engaged in establishing a foundation of stability for their children and good dental health for the family is an essential part of that equation,” said Dr. Jenna Katz Schwibner. “A beautiful smile instills confidence in a job interview. Children without tooth pain do better in school and have fewer sick days. And good dental health prevents many health risks such as heart disease and asthma.”
The center’s mission is to break the cycle of homelessness by providing the foundation for a sustainable life for families with children. They accomplish this through the Shelter Program that includes 21 family rooms with two twin bunkbeds each. Families share bathing, laundry, dining, parking and recreational areas within the center. A resident family’s average stay is 89 days.
As part of the program, motivated parents agree to drug and alcohol testing, establishing employment, creating a household budget and saving 75 percent of income (or three months’ rent). Specialized case managers work with parents to identify and secure permanent housing, navigate services needed by the family from within the community and to facilitate children’s enrollment in school, child care or school break camps.
Families that successfully complete the first 30 days of the Shelter Program are eligible to access free dental care through a program that Dental Partners of Vero Beach recently introduced.
“Our collaboration with Dental Partners of Vero Beach is a perfect example of how local businesses can make a huge difference in a family’s life,” said Dr. Diana Grossi, the center’s executive director.
Dental Partners will provide a comprehensive scope of general dentistry services including, but not limited to, cleanings, fillings, implants, cosmetic dentistry and dentures. But, they aren’t stopping there. They are working on developing partnerships with other providers to provide dental and healthcare services, which are outside their scope of expertise. Also going beyond dental care, the team is working on recruiting local hair stylists that can provide free cuts to prepare parents for job interviews and children for school.
The Hope for Families Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, is a United Way of Indian River County agency partner, which also is supported locally through private philanthropy and grants from Indian River Community Foundation, the Leo and Peggy Pierce Family Foundation, John’s Island Community Service League, John’s Island Foundation and Grand Harbor Community Outreach.