Types of Sleep Apnea

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Sleep apnea is a common condition that involves involuntary cessation of breath during sleep. There are three types of sleep apnea, including obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and mixed sleep apnea. If you have symptoms of sleep apnea, our sleep apnea doctor in Los Angeles can help.

Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of this condition, and left untreated, it can lead to serious health problems. This condition occurs when the soft tissues of the throat collapse and block the airways. Central sleep apnea occurs when the brain fails to tell the muscles around the lungs to breathe, and mixed sleep apnea includes some combination of the two.

Nearly 20 million people around the country suffer from some form of sleep apnea. Loud snoring, choking or gasping during sleep and daytime fatigue tend to be the most common symptoms, but some people may have few or no noticeable symptoms. A sleep apnea oral appliance can offer significant relief from the symptoms of sleep apnea so that you can get better sleep at night. Addressing the underlying condition and making lifestyle changes can also be beneficial. Contact us today to learn more or to schedule your consultation.

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Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Treatment

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Snoring is extremely common among people of all ages, but when snoring becomes loud or chronic, it may be a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder that can trigger daytime symptoms and may even increase your risk of suffering from certain health problems, including cardiovascular disease.

Symptoms can include not just snoring but also daytime drowsiness or fatigue, irritability, depression or morning headaches, sore throats or dry mouth. These symptoms can indicate other health issues as well and should be further evaluated for an accurate diagnosis. If you have sleep apnea, our dentist in Northridge can help. We offer comprehensive apnea solutions including oral appliances that can help you sleep better at night.

Treatment is designed to reduce symptoms. The goal is to keep your airway open so that your breathing is adequate all night long. When you have sleep apnea, the airways can collapse, which blocks your breathing. Your brain then rouses you just enough to reopen the airways, but this interrupts your sleep and can leave you feeling worse in the morning.

The best sleep apnea solutions depend on your unique needs. Contact our expert in sleep apnea in Northridge today to learn more or to schedule your appointment.

Good Candidates for Zoom Whitening

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Discolored, stained, or dull teeth make you look older or may decrease your confidence when smiling or talking to others. Our cosmetic dentist in North Hollywood can examine your teeth to determine the best whitening method for your needs and to see if you are a good candidate for Zoom whitening.

Teeth may become stained for a variety of reasons. Zoom whitening works best on stains and discoloration caused by external factors, such as by the foods you eat and beverages you drink. If a food or beverage can stain your clothes, there is a good chance it can stain your teeth as well. Items such as coffee, tea, dark sodas, wine, fruit juices, dark fruits and vegetables, sauces, and more can leave teeth looking discolored or stained.

While Zoom whitening does not change the structure of the tooth, the dentist may give you a fluoride treatment following a Zoom treatment to help strengthen teeth and to reduce sensitivity.

If you feel that your appearance is affected by stained and discolored teeth, make an appointment with our expert in Zoom whitening in North Hollywood to get the whitest and brightest smile that you possibly can.

When are Lumineers Used?

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There are many different dental procedures that can be used to correct a number of cosmetic issues involving the teeth. Teeth that are discolored, stained, cracked, chipped, slightly crooked, or gapped may benefit from the placement of Lumineers. Our North Hollywood cosmetic dentist can help determine if you are a good candidate.

Unlike with traditional dental veneers that are attached to the front surfaces of the teeth, there is no need to remove part of the tooth surfaces in order to place Lumineers dental veneers. This is because Lumineers are half the thickness of traditional veneers and fit against your natural teeth surfaces. Not only can Lumineers give you a whiter, straighter, and more even smile, but they are also strong and functional. With proper care, Lumineers may last 20 years or longer. Unlike traditional dental veneer placement where tooth removal is necessary, the process of placing Lumineers is completely reversible if necessary.

If you would like to improve the appearance of your smile and would like more information on Lumineers ultra-thin dental veneers, schedule an appointment with our expert in Lumineers in North Hollywood. With just two appointments you can have a better smile.

What are the Advantages of Lumineers?

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Lumineers are among the most popular cosmetic treatments, offering quick concealment and reinforcement of imperfect teeth. Compared to traditional porcelain veneers, Lumineers are thinner, which speeds treatment and enables later removal if it ever becomes necessary. Here is more about the advantages of Lumineers during and after placement.

Quick and Easy Treatment

Placement of Lumineers teeth is minimally invasive and can be performed in just two visits for most patients. During the first visit, our dentist takes dental impressions to be sent to a Lumineers lab. Once our dentist receives the finished Lumineers, patients return for a second visit to have the Lumineers bonded permanently in place.

How Lumineers Help Patients

Lumineers work well for concealing tooth imperfections related to structure, color, rotation and spacing. For heavy discoloration, Lumineers often work where whitening treatments have failed. Certain orthodontic issues that affect only appearance can also be concealed with Lumineers for faster results. In addition to cosmetic improvements, Lumineers offer protection against tooth breakage and decay.

Lumineers can last for 20 years, and patients can help keep their Lumineers looking good for longer by brushing and flossing daily and getting biannual check-ups from our dentist. By scheduling a consultation with our dentist, patients can learn more about the factors affecting the cost of Lumineers and the advantages of this treatment for them.