Scuba Diving Tips for Beginners

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Scuba Diving

Dental surgeon Mickel Malek has more than 30 years of experience helping his patients care for their smiles. Throughout his career, he has published manuscripts on reconstruction and implantology and has been a featured speaker on numerous dental topics. In his leisure time, Dr. Mickel Malek enjoys a number of outdoor activities, including scuba diving.

Scuba diving is an exciting and rewarding leisure activity that provides individuals the opportunity to see the wonders of beneath-the-surface aquatic wildlife. However, there are some important things to keep in mind when diving for the first time. Here are two important tips for beginners taking up scuba diving.

For most people, the instinct to hold one’s breath is strong when submerged beneath the water. While it may seem counterintuitive, holding the breath is actually detrimental to the scuba diving process. It can lead to erratic breathing patterns and can, in some cases, result in injury to the lungs. Rather than holding the breath, divers should focus on breathing in a slow, consistent, and relaxed manner, fully inhaling and exhaling with each breath.

Perhaps the cardinal rule of scuba diving, however, is to never dive without a partner. Best practices dictate that partners should never stray more than ten feet away from one another. It’s also important to regularly check in with one another using hand signals, such as the “okay” sign. It is not hyperbole to say that diving with a partner can literally save one’s life if something should go awry.


What Is Sedation Dentistry?

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Sedation Dentistry

A graduate of University of Michigan’s School of Dentistry, where he studied advanced prosthodontics, earning top honors, Dr. Mickel Malek treats patients at I Smile Spa in Santa Cruz, California. To ease patients’ discomfort, Dr. Mickel Malek practices sedation dentistry.

Fear of pain is one of the most common reasons patients are hesitant to visit the dentist. As the mouth is a sensitive area, many dental procedures do involve some pain. To help alleviate pain and anxiety, some dentists and orthodontists offer sedation in the form of a pill that keeps the patient relaxed.

Different from sleep dentistry, sedation dentistry allows patients to remain conscious and respond to commands during dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is ideal not only for patients with a phobia of dental work but also for those with a fear of needles, a strong gag reflex, or difficulty becoming numb from local anesthesia. Further, sedation makes long dental procedures seem much shorter to patients.

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