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By Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center
May 19, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

How the dentists at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, Kansas, can help with sleep apnea

If you’ve been told you snore loudly, don’t ignore it. Your deep snoring could be a sign you have sleep apnea. Sleep apnea can result in many serious problems and it can even shorten your life! It results from the tissue at the back of your throat collapsing and blocking your Snoringairway while you sleep. Your breathing stops and starts continuously, and you probably won’t even realize anything bad is happening.

Your dentists at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, Kansas want you to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Waking up with a sore throat
  • Waking up with headaches
  • Waking up with a choking, gasping sensation
  • Being excessively drowsy during the day

Sleep apnea is a potentially life-threatening issue because your body is deprived of oxygen from a restricted airway. That means your vital organs aren’t getting enough oxygen to function normally. Your dentists  want you to know that chronically lower oxygen levels can cause:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Chronic acid reflux
  • Memory impairment
  • Erectile dysfunction

The conventional treatment for sleep apnea is a Continuous Positive Air Pressure machine, or a CPAP. The CPAP fits over your nose and mouth and delivers a continuous flow of air through your nose. The only problem with the CPAP is many people find it restricting and uncomfortable and so they discontinue treatment.

Your dentists want to introduce you to a much better choice, the Oral Mandibular Advancement Appliance. It is much more comfortable than CPAP, portable, and easy to maintain. This easy-to-wear appliance fits over your upper and lower teeth, and moves your lower jaw forward when you are sleeping. Your airway stays open because the appliance keeps the tissue at the back of your throat from collapsing.

If you think you might have sleep apnea, get some help from your dentists at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, Kansas. Don’t ignore sleep apnea because your health is at risk! Call today!


By S & G Family Dentistry
May 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
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Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.

He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”

Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.

There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.

The Science Behind the Magic

There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.

The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.

How’s that for a disappearing act?!

If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”


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Tooth sensitivity can be quite uncomfortable. But the glancing pain you feel may be more than an irritation — it may also be telling you there’s a deeper problem that needs attention.

As with other types of oral pain, tooth sensitivity can be a symptom for a variety of problems. Some of them are relatively minor, while others require immediate attention. It’s important to pay attention to the details about your tooth sensitivity and what they might be indicating you should do about it.

For example, your teeth may be sensitive to hot or cold foods or beverages. If it’s just a momentary pain it generally doesn’t mean an emergency — it could be a small area of decay on a tooth, a loose filling or an exposed root due to gum recession or overaggressive brushing. Besides seeing us for treatment for any decay, you can adjust your brushing habits to more gentle pressure with a soft-bristled brush. Fluoride toothpaste has also been shown to reduce this kind of sensitivity.

If, however, the pain from hot or cold substances lingers, then decay or some form of trauma may have affected the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth. The pulp is rich in nerve fibers and can become inflamed and irritated from the decay or injury. You should visit us as soon as possible: you may require a root canal treatment that will not only relieve the pain but also save the tooth.

If you notice a sharp pain when biting down on food, it’s possible you have a loose filling or even a cracked tooth. As with inner decay, a fracture requires immediate attention. A loose filling should be easy to repair, but if it’s a fracture you may need extensive treatment to save the tooth or, if beyond salvage, have the tooth removed to make way for dental implant or similar restoration.

The key point is not to delay seeking treatment, especially if the pain is persistent, severe or long-lasting. The sooner you visit us about your tooth sensitivity, the sooner you’ll have solutions to stop the discomfort.

If you would like more information on tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don’t Wait!