The dento-oral complex has long been the domain of the dentist. Here we have anatomic and physiologic features that hold immense importance for the human being. Eating, breathing, speaking and smiling are all direct functions of these structures.
With over thirty-five years experience in dentistry, Dr. Hauge has long been an advocate of the view that a whole person is connected to their teeth. His passion has been to use dentistry for improvement of general health and well being. His extensive training and experience in neuromuscular technique has enabled the relief of Temporo-Mandibular Dysfunction headaches and facial pain on both sides of this continent. As a stroke survivor with a history of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Dr. Hauge has had a very special interest in the treatment of the upper airway. He has provided care for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea with oral appliances for nearly twenty years. For those who cannot tolerate or comply with CPAP therapy, the oral device may indeed be lifesaving.
Dentistry has long been aware of the importance of “gum” disease. We’ve always known that teeth are lost to periodontal disease. What we haven’t always known was that the chronic infection of periodontal disease leads to systemic inflammation which in turn has huge significance in heart disease, strokes, diabetes and pre-term births among other maladies. The body of evidence in research now shows that controlling periodontal disease may be lifesaving.
The Bangor Center for Dental Medicine is saving lives one smile at a time. Their purpose is to stand at the forefront of the “Oral-Systemic-Balance” connection using proven protocols for treating periodontal disease, TMD and OSA as part of a comprehensive dental program.
Dr. Hauge received his DMD degree from the School of Dental Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. He has maintained practices in Washington State and in Maine. Dr. Hauge has stayed on the forefront of his profession by ongoing continuing education. He has frequently spoken at seminars on the TMD/Airway connection. He is currently a lecturer in local anesthesia and pain management at the University College of Bangor Dental Hygiene Program. He is a member of the Maine State Dental Association, the American Dental Association, past president of the Penobscot Valley Dental Society and is a Fellow of the International College of Cranio-Mandibular Orthopedics.