Meet Patricia (Trish) Braga, DDS
Clinical Director, AADSM Accredited Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic, Cahill Dental Care
Dental Sleep Apnea Consultant, Allina Medical Health Care System, St. Paul, Minnesota
Dr. Patricia (Trish) Braga has been a dentist in Inver Grove Heights for over 30 years. After graduating as Valedictorian with a BA in Chemistry from the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, MN she completed her dental degree as Valedictorian of her University of Minnesota Dental School class. She is also the recipient of the Women in Dentistry Award.
Dr. Braga is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM). Diplomate status in the ABDSM is recognized by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the physician sleep medicine specialty.
To achieve that status required Dr. Braga to:
—Present to the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine documentation that years of significant specialized training in dental sleep medicine was completed
—Submit a large number of completed dental sleep medicine patient treatment records for review and acceptance
—Pass a rigorous written examination
Dr. Trish Braga is one of four Minnesota dentists to achieve Diplomate status in Dental Sleep Medicine.
Cahill Dental Care is one of only two Accredited Dental Sleep Clinics in Minnesota. Clinical Accreditation was awarded by demonstrating that Cahill Dental Care adheres to strict treatment protocols and audited procedures for dental sleep medicine treatment. The Accreditation is awarded by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), an affiliate of of the prestigious medical Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM), after the presentation of documentation and completing an on-site clinical audit and review of Clinical protocols and treatment requirements. Cahill Dental Care's Treatment protocols closely follow procedures that the physician members of American Academy of Sleep Medicine must present for their Accreditation.
As a life-long student, she is actively involved in the following organizations:
—Diplomate, American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM)
—Clinical Director, Accredited Dental Sleep Medicine Clinic at Cahill Dental Care (AADSM)
—Chairman, Accreditation Committee, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
—Member, Ethics Committee, American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
—Dental Sleep Apnea Consultant, Allina Medical Health Care System, St. Paul, Minnesota
—Fellow, International College of Craniomandibular Orthopedics
—Graduate, Las Vegas Institute of Neuromuscular Dental Studies
—Presenter, Numerous Times, National Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
—Member, Minnesota Sleep Society
—Member, Dental Organization for Sleep Apnea
—Member, American Dental Association (ADA)
—Member, Minnesota Dental Association (MDA)
—Member, Minnesota Holistic Medical Society
—Member, International Association of Mercury Safe Dentists
—Member, International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology
In addition, her practice is both mercury free and mercury safe . Checkbook, a Consumer Reports magazine that accepts no advertising, conducted an independent study to identify the best dentists in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area. Dr. Braga was one of only two dentists to receive a 100% approval ratings in all surveyed categories. Her office has received the Reader's Choice Award for "Best Place" to go to the dentist for the last 5 years running.
With a special interest in overall health and well being, Dr. Braga has focused her practice on life changing care including the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, Safe Mercury Removal and Cosmetic Transformations. She recognizes how fortunate she is to have been a part of the community for so long and reports that “her work has never been more rewarding.” On days off, when she is not golfing with her husband, Bob, you can find her at her Zumba class or out catching up with her friends. Her son, Joe, is a business graduate from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is working in Minneapolis. Her daughter, Michele, is a strategic consultant living in Boston's North End. Her other daughter, Amie, lives in the warm weather of Fort Myers, Florida and is an Event Planner for Bank of America.