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Posts for: December, 2016

By S & G Family Dentistry
December 28, 2016
Category: Oral Health

For major-league slugger Giancarlo Stanton, 2014 was a record-breaking year. After the baseball season ended, he signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins — the biggest deal in sports history. But earlier that same year, Stanton suffered one of the worst accidents in baseball: He was hit in the face by an 88-mph fastball, sustaining multiple fractures, lacerations, and extensive dental damage.

After the accident, Stanton didn’t play for the remainder of the season. But now he’s back in Spring Training… and he’s got a not-so-secret weapon to help protect him against another injury: A custom-made face guard designed to absorb impacts and keep him from suffering further trauma.

As sports fans, we’re glad that Stanton was able to overcome his injury and get back in the game. As dentists, we’d like to remind you that you don’t have to be a major-league player to feel the harmful effects of a sports injury — and you don’t have to look far to find a way to protect yourself. In fact, you can get a custom-made mouthguard right here at the dental office.

Mouthguards have a long tradition in sports like football, boxing, and hockey. But did you know that far more Americans are injured every year playing “non-collision” sports like basketball, baseball — and even bicycling? And it doesn’t take a major-league fastball to cause a dental injury: The highest incidence of sports-related dental injuries occurs in 15-to-18-year-old males. In fact, about one-third of all dental injuries among children stem from various types of sports activities. These injuries may result in countless hours being lost from school and work, and cost significant sums for treatment and restoration.

Mouthguards have a proven track record in reducing dental and facial injuries: They are capable of absorbing the energy of a blow to the mouth, and dissipating it in a way that prevents damage to facial structures and teeth. But not all mouthguards are created equal: Custom-fabricated mouthguards, which are produced from an exact model of your mouth made right here in the dental office, offer by far the best protection. They fit better and safeguard the teeth more fully than any off-the-shelf or “boil-and-bite” type can. Plus, they’re more comfortable to wear. And let’s face it: No mouth guard can protect your teeth if you don’t wear it.

What’s more, some recent studies indicate that custom-made mouthguards may offer significant protection against concussion. An increasing awareness of the dangers that concussion may pose to athletes is one more reason why we recommend custom-made mouthguards to active people and their families.

To get his face guard, Giancarlo Stanton reportedly went to a specialist sporting-goods manufacturer in Illinois, and paid around $1,000. But you can get a custom-made mouthguard for yourself or your loved ones right at our office for a fraction of that price. And the peace of mind it can give you is… priceless.

If you have questions about custom-made mouthguards, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “An Introduction to Sports Injuries & Dentistry” and “Athletic Mouthguards.”

By S & G Family Dentistry
December 13, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: jaw pain  

If you're suffering from jaw pain or impaired function, it may not be the only source of chronic pain in your body. Of the millions of adults with temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD), many have also been diagnosed — among other conditions — with fibromyalgia, rheumatoid arthritis or sleep problems.

TMD is actually a group of painful disorders that affect the jaw joints, muscles and surrounding tissues. Besides pain, other symptoms include popping, clicking or grating sounds during jaw movement and a restricted range of motion for the lower jaw. Although we can't yet pinpoint a definite cause, TMD is closely associated with stress, grinding and clenching habits or injury.

It's not yet clear about the possible connections between TMD and other systemic conditions. But roughly two-thirds of those diagnosed with TMD also report three or more related health conditions. Debilitating pain and joint impairment seem to be the common thread among them all. The similarities warrant further research in hopes of new treatment options for each of them.

As for TMD, current treatment options break down into two basic categories: a traditional, conservative approach and a more interventional one. Of the first category, at least 90% of individuals find relief from treatments like thermal therapy (like alternating hot and cold compresses to the jaw), physical therapy, medication or mouth guards to reduce teeth clenching.

The alternative approach, surgery, seeks to correct problems with the jaw joints and supporting muscles. The results, however, have been mixed: in one recent survey a little more than a third of TMD patients who underwent surgery saw any improvement; what's more alarming, just under half believed their condition worsened after surgery.

With that in mind, most dentists recommend the first approach initially for TMD. Only if those therapies don't provide satisfactory relief or the case is extreme, would we then consider surgery. It's also advisable for you to seek a second opinion if you're presented with a surgical option.

Hopefully, further research into the connections between TMD and other inflammatory diseases may yield future therapies. The results could help you enjoy a more pain-free life as well as a healthy mouth.

If you would like more information on TMD, 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 “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”

By S & G Family Dentistry
December 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   sleep disorder  

You deserve a good night’s rest. Find out how our Leawood, KS dentists might be able to help you.

Sleep is so very important, but sadly so many Americans deal with sleeping problems that make it difficult to fall or stay asleep. Many sleep apneapeople have sleep disorders and don’t even know it. Of course, if you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea find out exactly how our Leawood, KS, dentists, Dr. Nancy Addy and Dr. Jarret Grosdidier, could help you.

While CPAP therapy is often the most common and recommended treatment for handling sleep apnea, not everyone is successful with this treatment option. Some people experience issues and irritation wearing the mask at night. Some people may accidentally even lose the mask while moving around in their sleep, which obviously negates having the equipment in the first place if it isn’t actually helping.

If you are someone for whom CPAP equipment just isn’t cutting it when it comes to managing your sleep apnea symptoms then it might be time to start talking to one of our Leawood general dentists about whether oral appliance therapy is right for you. We can work with you to help determine whether this is a great way to manage your symptoms and finally help you sleep more soundly.

This custom-made oral appliance can treat patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea but can often be used in conjunction with your CPAP equipment for those with more severe cases. The appliance is designed to fit over your upper and lower teeth to shift the jaws forward and prevent the muscles of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airways while you sleep.

There are many benefits to oral appliance therapy for those with milder forms of sleep apnea. Most people find that wearing this retainer-like appliance is much more comfortable and more convenient than a CPAP mask. It can also be easily transported with you wherever you go.

Those who suffer from sinus issues due to the drying CPAP mask won’t have these same issues when they wear this dental appliance. Also, there is much less of a chance of this appliance being removed or knocked out in the middle of the night and can be a great option for someone who tends to toss and turn a lot while they sleep.

Here at Snoring and Sleep Apnea Dental Treatment Center in Leawood, KS, we understand the importance of sleep. If you are ready to finally have quality sleep, then it’s time to call us and let us know that you are looking for a way to manage your sleep apnea symptoms once and for all.