New Michael Brown Surveillance Video Raises Questions

New surveillance video captured hours before Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer has raised questions about the case. Brown was an 18-year-old man who was shot several times by an officer in Ferguson, Missouri. The killing sparked protests and outrage.

The new surveillance footage is the focus of a documentary called "Stranger Fruit," which debuted at South by Southwest in Austin, TX. Director Jason Pollock says the video shows Brown did not rob a convenience store prior to his death, which is what police said happened. Pollock reveals Brown was at the store the night before he was killed for an exchange. Pollock says that night Brown gave employees a bag of weed, they handed over two boxes of cigarillos, which Brown asked them to keep behind the counter for him. Pollock says Brown went back the next day to pick them up and there was a misunderstanding, not a robbery.

CNN reports an attorney for the store claims Pollock edited the video. The New York Times reports a spokesperson for the county police said he couldn't confirm the authenticity of the video and the video wasn't released to the public because it was not relevant to the investigation. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the store owner told them Brown "grabbed the cigarillos and stole them."

Gig Harbor, Washington Dentist, Dr. Rhonda Savage on Uptown Dental’s Many Patient Services

One of life’s challenges can be finding the right dentist. Patients can be very nervous about finding a dentist who will meet their needs and make them feel confident. Dr. Rhonda Savage understands that finding good dental care can make patients nervous. Her office makes patients feel warm, comfortable, and well cared for, so that their experience with a dentist will be a good one.

Dr. Rhonda Savage

Dr. Rhonda Savage

But Dr. Savage and Uptown Dental offer more than warm feelings. She offers patients the latest and best technology to provide the level of care patients deserve. She works with patients who have sleep apnea and TMJ problems, and she uses high technology to help with diagnosis and treatment. Uptown Dental uses CT scans to analyze a patient’s mouth to spot problems. Dr. Savage also provides dental implants for patients who need them.

One thing that sets Uptown Dental apart from other practices is the level of technology available to help patients. One such item is the CariVu three-dimensional imaging device that provides an alternative to dental x-rays. Uptown Dental also uses the Identafi® oral cancer screening device. Dr. Savage points out that patients should have an oral cancer screening at every check-up, something her practice provides.

Dr. Savage also uses saliva testing to check for a number of problems, including a patient’s exposure to the viruses that cause head and neck cancer. Tests will also find gum disease and help to determine whether a patient’s family has a genetic risk of developing gum disease.

The CT imaging has a number of benefits. Dr. Savage can get a three-dimensional picture of a root canal that is causing problems for a patient. The CT imaging is also helpful in working with implant placement and TMJ analysis. CT imaging can provide an airway picture of a sleep apnea patient. Uptown Dental also uses cold laser and ultrasound in the treatment of TMJ problems.

Dr. Savage is enthusiastic about her work. “I love dentistry. I’ve been in it for many years, and it’s just incredible what we can help [our patients] with.”

Dr. Rhonda R. Savage, DDS, CSP, owner of Uptown Dental Gig Harbor in Gig Harbor, Washington. She has almost four decades of experience in the field, including service as a dental assistant and a Navy dentist during the years of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition to providing excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, Dr. Savage focuses on the total health and well-being of her patients with the TruDenta® system of pain relief. Because she believes that when patients sleep well, they are generally healthier, Dr. Savage provides diagnosis and treatment of snoring and/or sleep apnea, as well as treatments for TMJ Dysfunction (TMD), migraine headaches and/or tension headaches. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Gig Harbor, Washington Dentist, Dr. Rhonda Savage Discusses Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a widespread problem that affects hundreds of thousands of people every year. It is a serious issue, one that can even be fatal. But what is sleep apnea? Dr. Rhonda Savage, who owns a cutting edge dental practice, Uptown Dental Gig Harbor, explains the problem and what can be done to treat it in this report.

Dr. Savage explains that sleep apnea is a condition that can affect a patient’s ability to breathe while they are sleeping. While there are several kinds of sleep apnea, this discussion focuses on obstructive sleep apnea. Simply stated, a patient’s tongue falls backward and blocks the airway. It might be caused by the physical structure of a patient’s throat, such as having too much tissue in the throat. When the tongue falls back, it vibrates against the back of the throat and soft palate and produces the snoring sound most of us are familiar with. Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, “but a lot of patients who snore do have sleep apnea.” Sleep apnea is a cessation of breathing at night, meaning that a patient is not getting enough oxygen.

Dr. Rhonda Savage

Dr. Rhonda Savage

Other types of sleep apnea are central sleep apnea, a condition that can only be diagnosed through an in-clinic sleep study. Another sleep disorder is upper airway resistance disorder. This is a condition where a patient does not have the ability to keep the airway open at night. “We see this a lot with women that are thin, fit, and still feel tired and exhausted during the day.” This is another disorder that requires testing at a sleep clinic.

Sleep apnea can have many causes. A common one is being overweight. “We gain weight, and then that puts pressure on our neck,” Dr. Savage explains. Some sleep apnea patients have a genetic issue. Sleep apnea can be induced by medication or alcohol consumption.

Treatment of sleep apnea requires a proper diagnosis in the first place. Dr. Savage uses a questionnaire for her patients to let them grade their sleep quality. Then, she uses an in-home sleep study. If the results indicate sleep apnea, treatment can begin. One option is an oral appliance that advances the lower jaw, keeping the airway open at night. A familiar treatment option is a CPAP machine (continuous positive airway pressure). There are newer CPAP options that are more comfortable for patients than some of the older machines. Another treatment option is to surgically open up the airway by an ENT physician. Sometimes, jaw surgery is the solution.

It’s important to understand that sleep apnea is more than an annoying snoring sound at night that disturbs your bed partner. Dr. Savage says that “some patients gaps for air at night, and that’s really hard on the body.” This can increase the risk of stroke or heart attack. Sleep apnea patients can also get more cavities because snoring dries out the mouth. Gum disease can also be a result. Another issue is that people just don’t feel well when they are not getting good sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to stomach problems, including acid reflux. Lack of good quality sleep can affect short term memory.

Dr. Rhonda R. Savage, DDS, CSP, owner of Uptown Dental Gig Harbor in Gig Harbor, Washington. She has almost four decades of experience in the field, including service as a dental assistant and a Navy dentist during the years of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition to providing excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, Dr. Savage focuses on the total health and well-being of her patients with the TruDenta® system of pain relief. Because she believes that when patients sleep well, they are generally healthier, Dr. Savage provides diagnosis and treatment of snoring and/or sleep apnea, as well as treatments for TMJ Dysfunction (TMD), migraine headaches and/or tension headaches. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Gig Harbor, Washington Dentist, Dr. Rhonda Savage Discusses Miles Global

Miles Global is a practice consulting firm exclusively for dentists. Dr. Rhonda Savage, CEO of the firm, explains that it is an international consulting firm in business for over seven years.

One thing that sets the firm apart is its personalized attention to a client’s practice. “We really know your practice, and we don’t take on a lot of clients every year because we want the best for you.” The firm also does not believe that every dental office needs a full roster of consulting services. The firm focuses on helping clients grow their practices. This enables clients to consider their time and budget in deciding what they are looking for from the consultation and what they want to accomplish. Some practices work with Miles Global on a smaller, individualized level. Others may opt for the full consulting process.

Fees are always an issue. Dr. Savage says that Miles Global offers very reasonable fees and high content. If you are interested, call the firm at 877-343-0909. You can speak on a complementary basis for up to thirty minutes to decide if a consultation would be desirable. Dr. Savage believes that every practice has room for growth. “I know every practice can improve, even the best, in areas of teamwork, communication, business systems, and leadership.”

Rhonda Savage D.D.S. is an internationally known author and lecturer, and CEO of Miles Global, an international dental training and consulting firm. She lectures and publishes on women’s health issues, leadership, and business management. Her credentials are strong. Dr. Savage is a Past President of the Washington State Dental Society, and an Affiliate Faculty Member of the University of Washington School of Dentistry. She is also a member of the Pierre Fauchard Academy, American College of Dentists, and the International College of Dentists. She is the owner of Uptown Dental Gig Harbor. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Gig Harbor, Washington Dentist, Dr. Rhonda Savage Discusses TMJ Disorder

Many people who have pain around their ears may be experiencing pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Dr. Rhonda Savage explains that the TMJ is the joint found near the ear where the lower jaw connects to the head. It is easy to confuse TMJ pain with an ear ache “because the ear and the joint are so close together.” The pain can radiate through the head, the back of the neck, and into the shoulders. The pain is sometimes, but not always, caused by clenching and grinding of the teeth. For some women, Dr. Savage says, the pain can be caused by hormonal changes that women go through naturally.

Dr. Rhonda Savage

Dr. Rhonda Savage

How can someone tell if a problem is TMJ-related? Dr. Savage says that “If you have any chronic . . . head and neck pain, it’s good to see your dentist.” One thing a dentist will check is to see that a patient’s bite is balanced, and it’s a problem most patients don’t even realize can be a problem. But, Dr. Savage points out, if you have one body part out of balance, it is likely to cause problems with other body parts. TMJ can work the same way. Teeth clenching and grinding or TMJ issues can cause referred pain in the head, neck and shoulders. The pain can be debilitating for patients. They can develop headaches, among other problems.

Dr. Savage explains that several things can cause TMJ problems. One of them is stress. Another is habitually clenching or grinding the teeth. One way a person can become aware of this kind of problem is to notice if their teeth are together during the day. The teeth should not be together like that, says Dr. Savage. People will clench their teeth “when they’re driving, when they’re focused, working, or on a computer or stressed out.” If you do it during the day, you will do it at night as well. “That can lead to TMJ problems.” A bite imbalance can also cause TMJ issues.

Dr. Savage explains that in her office, they do an initial screening of all patients. Those who don’t sleep well at night can have snoring or sleep apnea. Sleep issues can be related to headaches and migraines. There are often connections between problems. “Patients with TMJ and headaches can have sleep apnea as well.” So Dr. Savage scans patients for both sleep apnea and TMJ problems. If problems are detected, Dr. Savage has a computerized analysis of a patient’s bite. The detailed analysis the computer provides lets Dr. Savage determine precise bite adjustments.

For patients who have headache problems, Dr. Savage can treat the head and neck muscles using cold laser, ultrasound, and TENS units. These treatments can reduce inflammation and increase blood flow. Also, Dr. Savage can work to deprogram a patient from clenching and grinding. The root cause might be an automobile accident or other injury in the past. “But simply having had their wisdom teeth removed or having orthodontic treatment can also trigger this kind of head and neck imbalance.”

Dr. Rhonda R. Savage, DDS, CSP, owner of Uptown Dental Gig Harbor in Gig Harbor, Washington. She has almost four decades of experience in the field, including service as a dental assistant and a Navy dentist during the years of Desert Shield and Desert Storm. In addition to providing excellent general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services, Dr. Savage focuses on the total health and well-being of her patients with the TruDenta® system of pain relief. Because she believes that when patients sleep well, they are generally healthier, Dr. Savage provides diagnosis and treatment of snoring and/or sleep apnea, as well as treatments for TMJ Dysfunction (TMD), migraine headaches and/or tension headaches. The Legal Broadcast Network is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.