Fabey Dental Studios December 2018

From Childhood Cavities to a Lifelong Passion How I Learned to Love Dentistry

I may be the first dentist in the world to admit that I had a lot of cavities as a kid. Luckily, they were on my baby teeth, but they were still a huge hassle. To make matters worse, the treatment I received could best be described as a necessary evil. In those days, patient experience wasn’t really a concern. It didn’t matter if people hated the dentist, the thinking went, because they needed the treatment. So when I was in high school and decided I would pursue dentistry, I knew that I wanted to focus just as much on making people feel welcome and comfortable as I did on providing the latest and greatest in care. In my eyes, you need both to be a successful practice. Our goal is for our patients to no longer view going to the dentist as a necessary evil. Also, it’s just a lot more fun and rewarding to treat people like friends and family rather than a set of teeth in a chair. At the beginning of my career, I was a partner with another dentist for about a dozen years. We got along well, but I eventually realized that we were at different points in our careers. He was fine with things just the way they were, but I wanted to continue to grow and improve our practice. After much thought, I decided to take a massive risk and strike out on my own. It was just time to go our separate ways and the chance for me to build the practice that I envisioned, focusing on patient care first and foremost. Let me tell you — the early days were scary. We started with me, one hygienist, and one assistant, who also happened to be my wife, Joanne. Slowly but surely, we built the practice with those principles of great care, relationships, and the most comfortable experience possible. Today, we have doctors on staff, including a recently hired endodontist. We have cookies baking in our office oven for all of our patients, and we’ve become the practice I always dreamed of.

That being said, I’ve never been one to rest on my laurels. I believe that a dentist’s education never stops, because the industry changes so rapidly. Sometimes, the inspiration for new services comes from classes I take, especially those at the Pankey Institute. Just as often, though, they come from real-life experiences. For instance, when my younger daughter was in sixth grade, she was having trouble sleeping. I sawwhat a negative effect her poor quality of sleep had on every aspect of her life. After watching a seminar, I realized that our practice could provide services to my daughter and our patients to help them sleep better and enjoy their lives more. It wasn’t a hard choice to begin taking classes on sleep apnea and start offering treatment to our patients. Outside of work and continuing education, my biggest passion is spending time with my family. Our older daughter, Kristin, works as a nurse delivering babies and just got married this year. Our younger daughter, Lexi, is currently studying biology at Moravian College and applying for dental schools — I know her inspiration to join the field is based on positive experiences rather than the negative ones of my childhood. It’s also an opportunity for her to make a career of the outreach work she enjoys so much. We’re also a family of huge Disney fans, so you can bet when we get together, we’ll be watching a few of the classics. I also coach girls’ soccer at Freedom High School, which is a big but hugely rewarding commitment. It’s another arena where there’s always something new to learn and a way to improve. In all aspects of my life — whether as a dentist, father, or coach — I strive to always get better. I hope that approach resonates with you, our wonderful patients.

December 2018

Fabey Dental 2690 Kingston Rd. Easton, PA 18045



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A Fun Trend You Can Easily Follow!



It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. YOUR VERY OWN UGLY SWEATER Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore.

It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest. This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

Is Poor Sleep Hurting Your Health? Find Out With Sleep Apnea Screening

the most comfortable treatment option. An oral appliance is a device you wear while sleeping that adjusts the position of your lower jaw and tongue to minimize airway obstruction. It looks very similar to the mouthguards you find on athletes, except that it’s designed for the express purpose of giving you the best sleep possible. People who suffer from more severe sleep apnea may need to sleep with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. No matter your situation, we’ll work with you and present you with all of the effective options. An added bonus of being screened and treated for sleep apnea is that it can result in the elimination of snoring. We’ve even had couples return to the same bed after years apart as the result of treat- ment. If you’re curious if your airway is obstructed and hampering the quality of your sleep, give us a call today to schedule a screening.

Getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t just give you more energy to tackle the day. It affects every aspect of your health and quality of life. Study after study shows that how well we sleep, not just how long we sleep, is a major indicator of overall wellness. To make matters worse, many people don’t know that their quality of sleep is suffering. That’s why we’re so proud to offer snoring and ob- structive sleep apnea screening and treatment as part of our suite of services at Fabey Dental Studios. Obstructive sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts your normal sleeping patterns. Those with sleep apnea suffer major interruptions in their deep sleep. Due to airway obstructions, their breathing pauses or becomes shallow, moving them into light sleep and adversely affecting the quality of their rest. We use the Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer and Rhinometer to screen for sleep apnea. These high-tech devices use acoustic reflection technology to accurately map out the size, structure, and collapsibility of the oral and nasal airway. Both tests are minimally invasive and can be completed in minutes.

After screening, there are a variety of different treatment options depending on the severity of the condition. Many patients find oral appliance therapy (OAT)

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Win a Trip to DisneyWorld!

If you refer your friends and loved ones to Fabey Dental Studios, you’ll be entered to win a six-day, five-night trip to Walt DisneyWorld, including airfare, accommodations, and park passes.


Hurricane Hero Tony Alsup How One Man Rescued Hundreds of Animals In the wake of destruction, it’s easy to focus on self-preservation. After all, fight-or-flight instincts are hard-wired into our brains so that we can survive dangerous situations. But while fear drives the actions of many in times of chaos, there are a fewwho find greater strength in compassion. Tony Alsup considered the potential devastation of Hurricane Florence as he sat comfortably in his home in Greeneville, Tennessee. Rather than sit back and watch, the truck driver by trade packed up an out-of- commission school bus he’d bought and set off to South Carolina with one goal in mind: to save as many animals as possible. Stopping by every shelter he found along the coast, Alsup rescued over 60 cats and dogs in both North and South Carolina and took them to Foley, Alabama. The heroic efforts of Alsup saved the lives of many animals, but it wasn’t the first time he’d rushed into danger for a good cause. He’d originally purchased the school bus, which he turned into Noah’s Ark last year, to save animals in Texas and Florida as Hurricane Harvey pounded the Gulf Coast. When he finished there, his mission shifted to helping animals in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria ravaged the island. It’s said that character is defined by the way someone acts when no one is watching. Many people heard of Alsup’s bravery after the devastation of Florence, but as news stories turned to sports, politics, and business, America slowly moved on. Victims of the hurricane who lacked supplies received less national attention, but more than a month later, Alsup’s commitment to the cause was as strong as ever. Living out of the back of the bus for weeks, he drove pets out of the persistent flooding and convoyed shipments of desperately needed supplies to the coastal Carolina towns. You can follow Tony’s commitment on Facebook. He’s not asking for money or fame; he’s just a person with a heart to serve, using social media to promote awareness about those who desperately need our help. If you’re wondering what drives such a person, you can find it written at the bottom of every update he posts: “Love y’all, mean it.”

All patients referred prior to Jan. 19 will count as entries for the contest. Thank you so much for your referrals. They are the best compliments we can ever receive.

Holiday Roast Prime Rib


• 1 bone-in prime rib (6–7 pounds) • 8 cloves garlic, thinly sliced • 2 cups red wine

• 4 cups beef stock • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, chopped • Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste


1. 30 minutes before cooking, remove roast from fridge and let sit until it reaches room temperature. 2. Heat oven to 350 F. 3. Make small slits in prime rib and stuff with slices of garlic. Liberally season with salt and pepper. 4. Place a rack inside a roasting pan and roast prime rib for 2 hours, until medium-rare. 5. To make au jus, place roasting pan with drippings from roast over 2 burners on high. Add wine and scrape pan as liquid reduces. Add beef stock and cook until reduced by half. Finally, sprinkle in thyme. 6. Slice roast and serve topped with au jus.


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The Best Ways to Get Into the Spirit Local Holiday Events The Lehigh Valley is one of America’s hotbeds of holiday cheer, with a laundry list of festivals, events, markets, and more during the most wonderful time of the year. It would be impossible to list everything cool that’s going on in our area, but we wanted to highlight a few seasonal favorites.

‘A CHRISTMAS CAROL’ AT THE CIVIC THEATER OF ALLENTOWN Where: 527 N 19th Street, Allentown, PA 18104 When: Showtimes from Nov. 30 through Dec. 15 Everyone knows Charles Dickens’ classic holiday tale “A Christmas Carol,” but there’s nothing compared to seeing it come alive on stage. Even the Scrooges in the audience can’t help but take delight in the hope and warmth of the story of the Scrooge on stage. You can go to CivicTheatre.com for tickets and more information. KOZIAR’S CHRISTMAS VILLAGE Where: 782 Christmas Village Road, Bernville, PA 19506 When: Weekends through Thanksgiving, daily from Black Friday through NewYear’s You don’t have to drive far to arrive in a winter wonderland thanks to Koziar’s Christmas Village. One minute you’re driving in the dark, quiet countryside. The next you’re taking in more Christmas lights than you’ve ever seen before in your life. The display will fill your kids with wonder and provide countless Instagram-worthy photo opportunities.

CHRISTKINDLMARKT BETHLEHEM Where: SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, Bethlehem, PA 18015 When: Friday through Sunday, ending Dec. 23 Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018, the Christkindlmarkt in Bethlehem is an unbridled delight. Based on the historical Christmas markets of Germany, it’s the perfect place to enjoy some food and drink, shop for locally made gifts, and meet St. Nicholas in the flesh. Heralded as one of the best Christmas markets in the world by Travel & Leisure magazine, it’s a can’t-miss event that draws visitors from thousands of miles away.

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