Symptoms of Sleep Apnea You Should be Aware Of

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Although sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder, many people are unaware of its symptoms. Some symptoms are more noticeable, and other symptoms can be easily dismissed or ignored. In some cases, these symptoms can also indicate the presence of other problems. If you have any sleep apnea symptoms, our Los Angeles sleep apnea expert can help.

Snoring is possibly the best-known symptom of sleep apnea. Not all snoring indicates sleep apnea, but snoring that is extremely loud, chronic or capable of waking you should be further evaluated. Snoring is not the only symptom of sleep apnea, however. The constant sleep interruptions that can occur even without your awareness can leave you feeling tired and irritable throughout the day regardless of whether you have had plenty of sleep. You may notice that you wake up with a dry mouth, sore throat or headache. Other people may notice that you occasionally stop breathing during your sleep, or you may wake with a gasping or choking sensation.

Symptoms can be managed, and sleep apnea can be alleviated. With the right treatment plan, you can once again enjoy peaceful sleep at night. Contact our office today to learn more or to schedule your evaluation.

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?

How Often Should You Visit the Dentist?
Patients can vary significantly in how much they should visit the dentist, but most patients should get check-ups at least twice per year. When problems such as gum disease are present, patients may receive recommendations for more frequent visits to our West Hollywood dentist. Here is more about why regular check-ups are important and what they involve.

Why Regular Check-Ups Are Important

Our dentist cleans teeth, assesses them for damage and looks for signs of developing problems at check-ups. Regular teeth cleanings keep teeth looking good in addition to helping guard patients from gum disease and tooth decay. By looking for damage and diseases such as cancer, our dentist helps patients pursue treatment right away if necessary for the best prognosis.

How Our Dentist Performs Check-Ups

Our dentist examines oral tissues by eye and uses X-rays to inspect the teeth, gums and jaws more closely. Using special dental instruments, our dentist removes tartar that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease over time. In addition to looking for problems in the mouth, our dentist may spot systemic diseases that manifest in the mouth and throat.

Patients should visit our dentist at least once every six months. By scheduling a consultation with our expert in dental exam in West Hollywood, patients can find out whether they may require more frequent appointments for optimal oral health.

Full Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures

Full Dentures Vs. Partial Dentures
Dentures are a common way to restore smiles that have suffered from tooth loss. Whether you are missing a few teeth or many teeth, dentures can restore the appearance and function of your teeth so that you can smile with confidence. Our Northridge dentist can help you decide if full or partial dentures are right for you.

Partial dentures are designed to replace a few teeth. They are made with prosthetic teeth on a gum-colored base or frame to match your remaining natural teeth along with metal attachments that allow them to be attached securely to your other teeth. In some cases, precision attachments are used to create a closer fit with greater security.

Full dentures are used when you are missing an entire arch of teeth. They consist of the prosthetic teeth attached to a gum-colored base. This base is designed to fit securely over your gums. Full dentures allow you to continue eating comfortably, speaking confidently and sharing your smile with everyone you love without fear.

Both full and partial dentures can be secured using dental implants for greater stability. Contact our expert in dentures in Northridge today to learn more about available tooth restoration options or to schedule your consultation.

Dental Appliances and Sleep Apnea

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Dental devices for sleep apnea can be a great option for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. This type of sleep apnea is often associated with repetitive airway obstruction due to anatomic abnormalities, such as a large tongue, excessive throat tissue, enlarged uvula or tonsils or nasal obstruction. The consequences of untreated sleep apnea can be serious, so it is important that you find the right treatment for your needs.

The proper treatment for sleep apnea can vary based on your needs, preferences and severity of your condition. Dental devices for sleep apnea are not a one-size-fits-all solution, but they can provide significant relief for many patients. We create custom-designed appliances that are designed to enlarge the airways or prevent them from collapsing. They may also be designed to stabilize the soft tissues in the oral cavity and keep the tongue out of the airway.

If you are a candidate for dental devices for sleep apnea, we will begin with a comprehensive evaluation and design your new device to fit comfortably and securely. Adjustments may be needed over the course of treatment to ensure the best results possible. Contact us today to learn more about sleep apnea treatment options or to schedule a consultation with our expert in treatments for sleep apnea in Los Angeles.

Taking Care of Veneers

Taking Care of Veneers
If you have veneers it is important to maintain proper care of them so that you can avoid any potential damage to the porcelain. The thing wafer material is durable and very strong, however each patient should still practice great oral hygiene such as brushing and flossing. If you grind your teeth, you can talk to our dental professional about obtaining a mouth guard so you do not damage your veneers.

The veneers are so natural looking that it is impossible to tell the difference between the material and the natural teeth. They are designed to look and feel like your original teeth. They are a very successful option for people with chipped teeth and discoloration. Sometimes stains do not respond well to teeth whitening treatment, and thus a veneer is a more appropriate option. Our dentist can match the veneer to the color of your natural teeth. You will be left satisfied and will be able to smile with confidence once again.

Using Crowns with Implants to Replace Teeth

Using Crowns with implants to replace teeth
While crowns are typically used as a covering to protect existing teeth that have extensive damage or to hold a fixed dental bridge in place, dental crowns may also be used as a vital part of a dental implant to replace one or more missing teeth.

A dental implant is often used as a more permanent replacement for a missing tooth. While many people consider the entire appliance to be the implant, a dental implant is simply the metal screw or rod that is inserted into the jaw bone to replace the tooth root. Other parts of a complete implant appliance include an extension if necessary, an abutment, and a crown.

A crown is the part of the implant appliance that resembles the former tooth to restore proper appearance and functioning. This crown is attached to the dental implant with an attached abutment. A root extension piece may be needed to connect the abutment to the root, but this is not always the case.

If you are considering a crown and a dental implant, speak with our North Hollywood dentist to determine if you are a good candidate and to discuss your options.

Ideal Patients for Lumineers Treatment

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Lumineers have become the top choice for patients seeking veneers. With thinner construction compared to conventional veneers, this treatment allows patients to have them removed later if they find it necessary or desirable. This treatment can conceal heavy discoloration, cracks, improper tooth rotation, chips and gaps quickly and easily.

Unique Advantages Compared to Traditional Veneers

This treatment requires little preparation by our El Monte cosmetic dentist, which makes it possible to complete the treatment in just two visits. Because little or no structure must be removed from the teeth that receive this treatment, the teeth retain their strength better than those covered with conventional veneers.

The Procedure Used by Our Dentist

Our dentist can place this treatment in just two visits for many patients. In the first visit, our dentist determines the shade necessary for the treatment and places temporary veneers. In the next visit, our dentist bonds the treatment in place permanently.

Patients can help this treatment last longer by brushing and flossing daily and visiting our dentist at least twice each year for check-ups. In certain cases, patients can opt for this treatment over orthodontics for concealing bite irregularities that do not impact oral health. Patients can schedule a consultation with our dentist to learn more about this treatment and find out if it is right for them.