‘‘The more I learn about sleep, the more I want to learn. Sleep is such a vital part of our wellbeing and so many people are not getting the quality and/or quantity they need in order to live a healthy life. I have dedicated my practice of dentistry exclusively to treating patients who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, and remain the only dentist in Gig Harbor to do so. In November of 2014, I committed myself to work toward obtaining the title of Diplomat of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. This is in addition to taking more than 50 hours of dental sleep medicine continuing education per year.”
Dr. Iregui joined SoundBridge Center for Dental Arts in the fall of 2013. With her children in school full time, she had debated what her next step in life would be. A dentist by profession, she was brought into the practice to help Dawn with administrative responsibilities. As luck would have it, sleep apnea and the role of dentistry in its treatment was also coming to the forefront in the dental profession. In the spring of 2013, Dr. Bloomquist and Dr. Iregui joined together to open SoundBridge Dental Sleep Therapy.
Dr. Iregui did her undergraduate work at Washington University in St. Louis and graduated in 1988 with a Bachelors in Biology and a minor in dance. She then attended the University of Missouri - Kansas School of Dentistry where she received her DDS in 1992.
She completed her training at Denver General Hospital as a General Practice Resident in 1993. Dr. Iregui has practiced restorative dentistry full time in Denver, Colorado, in Lake of the Ozarks and St. Louis, Missouri. She also taught operative dentistry part time at Southern Illinois University School of Dental Medicine. In 1998, Chiarina began working full-time at the dental school as Director of the Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency as well as maintained her private practice one day a week.
Dr. Iregui is working towards becoming Diplomat of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.
When her husband completed his Fellowship in Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine in 2002 at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, Dr. Iregui and her family relocated to Gig Harbor, Washington. Chiarina stayed home with their three children until re-entering the dental profession here at SoundBridge.
Shortly after Dr. Iregui joined the practice, she and Dr. Bloomquist began talking about sleep apnea and the role that dentistry can play in treating patients who suffer from it. That was the start of SoundBridge Dental Sleep Therapy. Both Dr. Bloomquist and Dr. Iregui attended conferences and courses on sleep apnea for several months prior to treating patients in this area of dentistry.
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