Candidates for CPAP

Candidates for CPAP
Many cases of sleep apnea go untreated every year, most likely because a lot of people are unaware of their symptoms. Some others may be aware of their disruptive snoring and frequent awakenings but believe treatment will be ineffective. In most treatment cases for obstructive sleep apnea, CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) has proven to successfully eliminate the occurrence of apneas.

Who Qualifies for CPAP?

Our expert in sleep apnea in Los Angeles recommends CPAP therapy for most adults suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. Before patients can receive the machine, a reliable diagnosis must be made. If your doctor is unable to diagnose you based on symptoms and medical history, you may need to undergo a sleep test. This can be administered either at home or overnight at a sleep center.

What If CPAP Does Not Work for Me?

Even if you experience increased energy and alleviated sleep apnea symptoms using CPAP therapy, you may find that, for one reason or another, it is not for you. If the mask is uncomfortable, try adjusting the straps or using a different style mask. Consult a doctor for assistance with CPAP treatment. Our expert in sleep apnea dental appliance in Los Angeles is also well-versed in CPAP, so call our office today to schedule a consultation.

What are Fast Braces?

What are Fast Braces?
If you need orthodontic treatment but are not looking forward to spending the next several years in braces, Fast Braces may be right for you. Fast Braces are a special kind of orthodontic treatment that works much faster than traditional braces and can straighten crowded teeth, gapped teeth and misaligned teeth or correct bite issues. Treatment time can vary from a few months to 12 months. Our dentist can help you decide if Fast Braces are right for you.

Traditional braces move the crown, or visible part, of the tooth first and then the root. Fast Braces work by moving the entire tooth. This allows for treatment to be completed much faster. Treatment is considered safe and effective, and they are appropriate for patients of all ages. Because they are smaller and lighter than traditional braces, they can be more comfortable and easier to clean, so there is a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

If you are a candidate for Fast Braces, we will help you explore your options and make personalized recommendations. Orthodontic treatments such as Fast Braces can give you a straight attractive smile, but they can also help improve the health of your smile. Contact our office today to find out more or to schedule your appointment with our expert in Fast Braces in Canoga Park.

When are Lower Dentures Used?

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Lower dentures are a type of dental restoration that can be used to replace all of the teeth in the lower jaw. Our Agoura Hills dentist can help you decide if dentures are right for you.

If you are a candidate for lower dentures, we begin with a complete dental exam. Any remaining teeth will be removed if necessary, and an immediate denture may be placed to ensure proper healing of the extraction site. These dentures can be adjusted as necessary as the tissues heal. After healing, the final dentures will be made.

We work closely with you to create aesthetic solutions for your needs. The size, shape and color of the teeth will be designed to closely match your own natural teeth and to flatter your overall appearance. We can use both traditional dentures or implant-supported dentures for the best results and will work with you to determine the best solution for your needs.

If you have lost most of your teeth or all of your teeth, dentures can offer an effective, easy-to-use replacement that allows you to eat, smile and talk comfortably and confidently. Contact our office today to find out more about available restorations or to schedule your appointment with our expert in lower dentures in Agoura Hills.

When are Upper Dentures Used?

When are Upper Dentures Used?
Upper dentures are a type of denture that is used to replace all of the teeth in the upper jaw. It consists of the artificial teeth and a gum-colored base, which attaches to your gums using suction or dental implants. Our Agoura Hills dentists can help you decide if upper dentures are right for you.

If you are a candidate for upper dentures, we will explore your options together. Dental implants are one of those options. Implants are artificial tooth roots that can keep the dentures securely in place. They also stimulate bone tissue, which helps it stay stronger. Traditional upper dentures can fit in place using suction and attach simply to your gums.

We can usually complete your dentures in a few appointments. After designing the shape, color and size of your smile, we will send the information to the dental lab, which will craft your new denture. When the denture is ready, we will check its look and fit. You may need to wear your denture constantly to help us identify any areas that require adjustment.

Contact our office today to find out more about your tooth replacement options or to schedule your appointment with our expert in upper dentures in Agoura Hills.

How to Prevent Dental Problems

How to Prevent Dental Problems
Did you know that most dental problems are entirely preventable? Our dentist in Westlake Village encourages our patients to practice good dental habits at home and visit us regularly to reduce the risk of experiencing future dental problems and to keep their smiles as healthy as possible.

1. Keep them clean. Brush at least twice a day or after every meal using a soft-bristled brush and fluoride toothpaste. This keeps plaque and bacteria under control and provides your teeth with an extra dose of topical fluoride, which can combat the bacteria that cause tooth decay. Use dental floss or interdental cleaners to clean between your teeth at least once a day.

2. Eat right. A balanced diet with plenty of wholesome foods feeds both your body and your smile. Skip those sweet treats and simple carbohydrates, which can stick to the surface of the teeth and feed oral bacteria. After eating a meal, wait about half an hour before brushing to avoid damaging your teeth.

3. Treat as needed. Most people need to visit us about every six months. We will check your teeth for signs of problems, professionally clean your teeth and make treatment recommendations, such as supplemental fluoride applications or dental sealants.

Contact our office today to learn more about keeping your smile safe and healthy or to schedule your appointment with our expert in preventive dentistry in Westlake Village.

Benefits of Teeth Whitening

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Teeth can become discolored due to a variety of lifestyle factors, including heavily pigmented foods and drinks and tobacco smoking or chewing. Although consumers can buy over-the-counter teeth whitening kits in stores, professional whitening from our cosmetic dentist in West Hollywood works faster and offers more dramatic results.

How Professional Whitening Is Different

Professional whitening uses stronger bleaching agents than those in store-bought whitening products, which can take months to work. The results of professional whitening not only turn teeth several shades whiter in a single session but also last longer afterwards. Because our dentist monitors professional whitening, patients are also safer with this option.

Reaching a Brighter Shade of White

Although many patients can reach their desired shade with a single professional whitening session, others may desire even brighter results. In these cases, patients can simply schedule additional whitening sessions. Repeated teeth whitening can cause sensitivity in some patients, but our dentist applies fluoride afterwards to help prevent this from happening.

Teeth whitening works well for reducing or eliminating most superficial stains, but our dentist may recommend veneers or crowns for discoloration originating inside the teeth. A consultation with our expert in teeth whitening in West Hollywood can be scheduled to learn more about this treatment and what it can achieve.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Treatment for Sleep apnea
Sleep apnea currently troubles the sleep of 18 million Americans. Treatments for this sleep disorder continue to be developed. The most recent, a $30,000 just FDA-approved pacemaker-sized implant surgically implanted in the chest, signals the nerves in the neck to keep the airways open. Many effective sleep apnea treatment options are neither this expensive nor invasive.

Lifestyle Changes
• Weight loss
The majority of those afflicted with sleep apnea are either overweight or obese. Many sleep apnea doctors notice significant symptomatic improvements when patients lose weight.
• Sleeping on the side or stomach rather than the back
• Taking a nasal decongestant
• Cutting out alcohol and heavy meals right before bedtime

Doctor-Prescribed Treatments
• Oral appliances
If lifestyle changes prove ineffective, our Los Angeles sleep apnea dentist may issue an oral appliance. This resembles a sports mouth guard and is worn during sleep. Depending on the type, an oral appliance either pushes the tongue or the jaw forward to allow for easier breathing at night.
• CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure)
This machine, highly effective for treating sleep apnea, dispenses pressurized air through a mask worn on the face. This air keeps the airway open while you sleep.

In rare cases, when both lifestyle changes and sleep apnea appliances fail to improve sleep apnea symptoms, doctors may resort to surgery.