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How Invisalign differs from traditional braces

How Invisalign differs from traditional braces

The East Quarter Dental team wants to help our patients achieve smiles they are proud of. This is why we offer Invisalign! We get many questions about Invisalign. Hopefully, this information will help you decide whether Invisalign is right for you!

Many patients are worried that Invisalign will affect their daily quality of life, but this is false! You will be able to see your smile progress through every step of treatment. When wearing your aligners, you will be ready for anything. Just take them out before eating or drinking, and brush your teeth before putting them back in. Wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours per day will give you the best results and shortest overall treatment time. If you are a parent, your child’s aligners will have blue compliance indicators, so you can ensure they are wearing them for the required time per day. Invisalign treatment is risk-free, straightforward, and an excellent option for all ages and stages of life!

How does Invisalign differ from traditional brackets-and-wires braces? There are three differentiating factors:

1. Invisalign gets straight to work! You will get customized treatment based on years of research and no guesswork! The proper force is calculated for every tooth movement, so your teeth will move in the correct order.

2. Invisalign is more comfortable. SmartTrack material is used for comfort and the best results! You won’t have to worry about getting sores in your mouth due to irritation like you may with regular braces.

3. Invisalign gives you results that will last. Keeping your new smile is easy with the retainer provided after your treatment. This will keep your teeth from shifting over time.

Your new smile will be achieved through the three-dimensional mapping and 100-year-old science going into Invisalign treatment. One of the best parts is that you can enjoy all the foods you usually eat and smile regularly throughout treatment! Orthodontics is often met with the apprehension of pain and treatment that lasts too long. Luckily, Invisalign involves three simple steps:

Step 1: Meet with your dentist and get a sneak peek at your new smile.

Your dentist can take a quick and precise scan of your teeth and map out a custom treatment plan just for you.

Step 2: Start transforming your smile right from your first fitting.

This is a critical step in the success of your treatment. Your dentist will ensure your aligners fit well, answer all your questions, and let you know what to expect. Once you start wearing your aligners, you will have regular check-ins with your dentist. Depending on the complexity of your case, you could finish your treatment in as little as six months! You will start seeing results in a matter of weeks.

Step 3: Keep your brand new smile beautiful!

It will be easy to keep the smile you love after transforming it with Invisalign! All you have to do is be consistent with wearing the retainer you are given after your treatment is complete.

We hope this was helpful regarding Invisalign and answered all your questions! It provides face-to-face care with your dentist, long-lasting restoration, gives you a customized plan for your smile needs, and uses the latest material for optimal results. These are some main reasons we love it and believe it truly stands out! If you’re interested in scheduling a consultation or have any questions, call East Quarter Dental at (469) 943-1400. We would be happy to help you!

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Oral Hygiene for Summer Travel

Everyone loves Summer! We understand how exciting vacations can be, but we want you to keep your smile in check! 

Ways To Practice Good Oral Hygiene This Summer

While oral health probably isn’t the first thing on your mind while traveling, it is surprising how easy it can be to take care of it with these simple tips in mind.

First, make sure to keep your consumption of sugary foods in check

Vacation is a perfect opportunity to treat yourself, and everyone deserves this! However, we want to make sure you avoid any potential dental issues that could form due to high sugar intake. You might want to try swapping out carbonated soda for an equally delicious and healthier beverage, such as green tea. While avoiding your favorite treats may not be possible, adding in foods such as vegetables high in fiber will aid in keeping your teeth clean. It is all about balance.

Second, it is always a good idea to have sugar-free gum on hand 

Whether flying, driving, or taking a bus, you may go longer than usual without brushing your teeth. Chewing sugar-free gum after eating is a wonderful way to keep your mouth as clean as possible. Not to mention, there are many delicious flavors out there!

Third, stay hydrated for good oral hygiene for summer

Hydration is essential for many reasons, including when it comes to the health of your smile. If you are enjoying a vacation adventure during the day and aren’t able to brush your teeth until later, drinking water while you eat will help dilute any plaque-forming acids and protect your teeth while you are having fun. Hydration is also key in guarding against dry mouth. Saliva is 99% water, so the more you drink, the more saliva you produce!

Fourth, let’s discuss your toothbrush’s ideal environment!

Can you guess one of the most important things to pay attention to on vacation? Minimizing potential bacteria growth on your toothbrush. Yes, you read that right! There are two main ways to ventilate your toothbrush and prevent bacteria growth. When looking for a travel toothbrush case, try to find one with small holes or room for air to circulate. A case without holes will keep the moisture locked in, which is not ideal. Also, keep your toothbrush free from its travel case when possible. Leaving it out to dry will aid in prevention.

Lastly, try your hardest to stick to your regular morning and evening oral hygiene routines

If you brush your teeth first thing in the morning, keep doing that. If you regularly brush your teeth throughout the day, travel toothbrushes were made for you. This will keep a healthy habit going, and it will also aid in preventing tooth decay and plaque. To make it even easier on yourself, pack an extra toothbrush and toothpaste just in case you misplace yours!

If you’d like to learn more about the prevention and treatment of cavities, read about it on our blog.

At East Quarter Dental, we want you to have the best Summer possible with your family and friends! Have you been in for your first appointment of the year yet? If not, call to make an appointment at (469) 943-1400 before your first Summer trip. This way, you will be able to make sure you do not need any treatment and will be able to enjoy your vacation without any pain or stress. You deserve it!

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Prevention and Treatment of Cavities

Cavities are something everyone has heard of and everyone dreads. When you go to the dentist, you may have the question, “Will I have a cavity?” in your mind. Everyone has been there! Luckily, prevention and treatment for cavities are straightforward and more accessible than ever, especially at East Quarter Dental.

A cavity is a damaged area on your enamel that can eventually develop into a small hole. Cavities have many causes; some of the most common include overindulging in sugary snacks and drinks, bacteria, and not keeping your teeth clean. Cavities are problematic, but they can become even more complex if left untreated. If ignored for too long, a cavity can grow and affect deeper parts of your tooth. This can lead to infection or even the loss of your tooth. So, what are some of the best ways to prevent cavities?

Prevention And Treatment Of Cavities

Regular dental cleanings and checkups

Staying on top of hygiene appointments and oral exams will prevent cavities from forming and catch any that have already formed in their early stages before they progress and cause more harm!

Ask your dentist about fluoride treatments

Fluoride treatments are a great preventative measure, especially if your teeth aren’t getting enough fluoride. We can perform fluoride treatments right here in our office and your routine cleanings and checkups!

Use fluoride toothpaste

Brushing your teeth twice a day is imperative, but it is even more beneficial when using fluoride toothpaste. This will decrease your risk of tooth decay.

Enjoy sugary snacks and drinks in moderation

Specific snacks and beverages create acids that can be destructive to your enamel. If you have a sugar craving, rinse and brush your teeth soon after!

Sometimes, however, things can slip through the cracks, and you may find that you have developed a cavity despite your best preventative efforts.

What are some signs that suggest you may have a cavity? 

If a cavity is forming in your mouth, you may notice pain when eating or drinking something hot or cold, pain or sensitivity in a tooth, black or brown staining on a tooth, or even small pits in a tooth.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call our office immediately at (469) 943-1400!

Learn more on why keeping up with treatment is so important.

We offer treatment for cavities that will restore a tooth’s look and feel back to its natural state and function. These services include fillings, root canals, and crowns. Feel free to visit the services section of our website to learn more!

We understand that some patients may worry about the cost of regular preventative treatments and services for cavities. Our office offers a comprehensive Membership Plan that covers preventive care and discounts on treatment. If you would like to learn more, check out this link. The East Quarter Dental team wants to help you obtain the best oral healthcare possible.

5 Dallas Neighborhood Favorites you need to try

5 Dallas Neighborhood Favorites you need to try

The East Quarter Dental team has been loving spending time in downtown Dallas and getting to know our neighbors! Dallas has so much to offer, and we are lucky enough to be located at its center. We understand that many people don’t enjoy going to the dentist, but what if your visit with us could be turned into a fun Dallas outing? We are excited to share some of our favorite Dallas neighborhood favorites locations in downtown Dallas for eats and sips with you! If you haven’t booked a visit with us yet, maybe this will convince you!

Dallas Neighborhood Favorites

  1. National Anthem. Located directly across from our office, National Anthem is an upscale American-style restaurant with meals to die for. Not only is the food incredible, but the atmosphere will make you want to stay for hours while enjoying appetizers and drinks with friends! Our favorite meals include the Prime Double burger, the Proper Fish n Chips, and the Good Ole Steak Nachos. We also recommend checking out their daily specials. They’re sure to blow your taste buds away! If you decide to go to National Anthem after visiting with us, make sure to wait 30 minutes for your fluoride treatment to set in!
  2. Palmieri. Is your morning coffee important to you? We understand! Luckily, there is a delicious coffee shop just a short walk away from our office, located next to the Dallas Farmers Market! Palmieri has every caffeine lover’s favorite choices, from a variety of flavored lattes to cold brew to simple black coffee. It is common knowledge that consuming too much coffee can be harmful to the health of your teeth, and our team wants to do everything we can to inform you on how to drink coffee safely! Once you come in to see us, you will be armed with the knowledge to enjoy Palmieri coffee and keep your teeth healthy.
  3. Taqueria la Ventana. Everyone loves tacos! Taqueria la Ventana, located close to Palmieri, is the perfect stop to enjoy a wide variety of tacos with high-quality elote on the side. In addition to this, they offer churros, burritos, queso, burrito bowls, and horchata! Satisfy all your Mexican food cravings, and stop by our office to have your teeth cleaned afterward!
  4. Postino. Appetizers and wine are the perfect way to end a long day. Postino not only has delicious meals but also offers some of the best appetizers in downtown Dallas in our humble opinion! It is located less than five minutes from our office by car in the vibrant arts district of Deep Ellum. It is the perfect place to get a glass of wine and share bruschetta with friends on a Friday evening!
  5. SOVA. Boutique hotels are the best, and we are lucky enough to be located right next door to one! SOVA is a great place to stay, and it is also an easy stop for a tasty cocktail. There is a relaxed bar located right in the lobby, and they offer all the go-to beverages, including some delicious concoctions of their own. Make sure to give them a visit next time you come in for an appointment with us.

After you visit out Dallas neighborhood favorites

It was challenging to narrow down all of our Dallas neighborhood favorites in downtown Dallas, but these five stand out and are worth your time. We love supporting fellow local businesses and want to do everything to build relationships with the people around us. If you have any questions for our staff or would like to schedule an appointment at East Quarter Dental, call us at (469) 943-1400 or visit eastquarterdental.com/schedule/. It will be a perfect excuse to check out one of these fun spots!

If you’d like to learn more about keeping up with treatments at our dental office, check out this blog.

Keeping up with Treatment

Keeping up with Treatment

At East Quarter Dental, we want to do everything to ensure your dental health is the best. This includes emphasizing the importance of staying up-to-date with diagnosed treatment.

So why is keeping up with treatment so important?

1. You will save time and money spent in the long run. No one likes spending money they don’t need to. If you put off your diagnosed treatment, it is likely you’ll pay more later. While treatment can be costly, it becomes more expensive when delayed. More complex treatments usually require more time for the procedure(s) and subsequent recovery. You will thank yourself later if you schedule as soon as you can!

2. You will be more comfortable! Whether you require restorative treatment or are looking for cosmetic treatment, getting it done will relieve pain and/or make you more comfortable with your smile. Nothing beats that!

3. Current dental issues will grow more severe the longer they go untreated. One of the main reasons patients develop severe oral health problems is that they do not follow up with their dentist’s recommended treatment. Not following through with diagnosed treatment will result in even more in-depth treatment.

Our dentist is proud to offer a wide range of treatments at East Quarter Dental and always makes sure she does what is best for each patient. Treatment looks different depending on the patient’s smile goals and the urgency of addressing dental issues. So what does East Quarter Dental offer treatment-wise?

Here are a few of our treatment options:

  1. Crowns – If you want to prevent a weak, broken, or cracked tooth from breaking further, a crown is the best option! It will protect your tooth while giving it a natural look.
  2. Fillings & root canals – Cavities and infections can be easily treated with our filling and root canal options! They both provide simple ways to restore and maintain your natural set of teeth.
  3. Invisalign – Do you want to straighten your smile but not have to worry about the drawbacks of traditional braces? Invisalign clear aligners could be the perfect option for you!
  4. Nightguards – A nightguard is a great way to keep your smile straight after finishing up Invisalign treatment and will help protect your teeth from grinding.
  5. Extractions – A chronic toothache or infection in a tooth may require an extraction. This will improve the overall health of your mouth and keep the problem from worsening.

These are only some of the various treatments offered here at East Quarter Dental! Remember, it is best to get your treatment taken care of as soon as possible to prevent further dental issues. If you need to schedule your treatment or have any questions for our staff, call us at (469) 943-1400.

The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures

The Main Goal Of Dental Routine Procedures

Do you remember growing up, you heard that going to the dentist every six months for hygiene and a checkup is essential? Routine appointments will not only keep your smile shining but will also prevent you from developing severe oral health issues that can lead to more time and money spent at the dentist. So what do these routine checkups consists of, and how does each aspect contribute to your overall oral health? We are here to tell you everything you need to know!

Dental Routine Procedures and Anxiety

Many people struggle with dental anxiety. There is nothing to be scared of when you come in for your routine appointment! All the cleaning and exam procedures performed by your dentist and hygienist are safe, effective, and made to keep your oral health in the best shape it can be in. If going to the dentist makes you anxious, make sure to tell our office. We specialize in working with patients who struggle with dental anxiety and will do everything we can to make your visit as comfortable and easy as possible. Explaining checkups and procedures as we do them is one way we can do this, and we hope this blog helps alleviate some stress you may feel.

What To Expect In Your Dental Routine Procedure

When you first come in for your hygiene appointment, your hygienist will clean built-up plaque and tartar off your teeth. Why is this important? There are some very advanced electric toothbrushes out there, but even using one every time you brush will be unable to remove the toughest plaque from your teeth. Specific surfaces of your teeth are much more challenging to reach and clean, even if you keep up with flossing. Your hygienist will be able to use special tools to thoroughly clean these areas, which will prevent dental disease in the long run!

What’s Gum Disease?

Gum disease can develop if your teeth aren’t given regular attention by a professional, and it is easily spotted when you come in for your appointment. Gum disease is one of the most common culprits for declining oral health. Your hygienist will examine your gums for signs of gum disease and use preventative hygiene measures to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy in unison.

Why Dental Exams Are Important

The dental exam you will receive when you come in for your routine appointment is just as crucial as your hygiene! Your dentist will carefully examine your teeth and gums to determine their health and catch any early signs of dental problems. Oral cancer is also checked for. If caught early, oral cancer can be easily treatable. X-rays are another aspect of routine appointments and are used for your dentist to check for any internal dental issues such as decay between teeth, impacted teeth, or damage to the jawbone.

Final Thoughts

It is better to come to the dentist every six months than to put it off and have to spend an excessive amount of time and money on treatment later on. If you would like to schedule an appointment at East Quarter Dental, give us a call at (469) 943-1400. We will be happy to answer any of your questions and do everything we can to make your visit with us as positive and straightforward as possible. Learn about wisdom teeth recovery.

Learn How To Love Your Teeth!

Learn How To Love Your Teeth!

Self-love doesn’t have to stop just because Valentine’s Day is over! The team at East Quarter Dental wants to make sure you give your smile some love. There is much more to keeping your smile shining than just brushing every day. In fact, there are a variety of small daily tricks you can use to optimize the health of your smile. We are excited to share these simple tips on how to brighten your smile as well as the services we offer that will boost your self-confidence.

Learn How To Love Your Teeth

Here are six simple practices you can adopt at home to elevate your oral care routine:

  1. Don’t brush too often. You may feel the need to brush your teeth after every meal. However, brushing more than twice per day can damage your gums and enamel. If you still feel the need to have your mouth feel clean after every meal, try rinsing with plain water. This will disrupt food particles without placing extra pressure on your teeth or gums.
  2. Don’t spend too much time on your favorite sugary drinks. Some people finish their favorite latte or soda in a few quick gulps, while others nurse on it for hours. So why is finishing it quickly more beneficial for your teeth? Suppose your teeth are being exposed to sugar over a more extended time. In that case, bacteria in your mouth that use sugar as a food source will metabolize it into lactic acid. This acid can eventually dissolve the healthy minerals on your teeth, leading to cavities down the road.
  3. Eat teeth-whitening foods. Did you know that there are foods that can help whiten your teeth? Crunchy foods generally need to be chewed for longer, and therefore your mouth will generate more saliva while eating them. Saliva assists in neutralizing acids that wear down your enamel, which will help prevent yellowing. In addition to this, foods that are coarse and rich in fiber, such as apples, pears, carrots, lettuce, celery, and cucumbers, can help rid the surfaces of your teeth of accumulated plaque.
  4. Keep your toothbrush holder clean. This may not be a step you think of taking when it comes to keeping your teeth themselves clean. If you haven’t cleaned your toothbrush holder in a while and take a close look at it, you may notice that it has accumulated grime. Your toothbrush holder holds on to many of the germs that reside in your bathroom and is known to be the third-dirtiest household item. To keep it clean, we recommend washing it in your dishwasher a couple of times per week!
  5. Switch to a soft-bristled toothbrush. Have you ever had trouble with sensitivity while brushing your teeth? This may be due to applying too much pressure as you brush, which can be exacerbated by the quality of the bristles on your toothbrush of choice. It is common knowledge that you should switch out your toothbrush every few months. Make sure you keep doing this but pick up a soft-bristled brush on your next trip for a switch. In addition to these brushes being better for your teeth and gums, applying less pressure when you brush will help minimize abrasiveness.
  6. Start by brushing in the back of your mouth. All of us are probably guilty of skimping on paying attention to brushing our back teeth during our oral care routine. These teeth need some love! Your molars are more prone to infection and gum disease because of all the hard-to-reach spots surrounding them. Brushing your back teeth before the rest of your mouth will ensure you are not too fatigued to hit all the right places!

Achieving a healthy, shining smile is something everyone deserves, whether before or after Valentine’s Day! If you employ these six tips, we promise you will see a difference in the health of your teeth over time. If you’re interested in pampering your smile even more, East Quarter Dental offers both in-office teeth whitening and take-home teeth whitening kits. These options are excellent for self-care and make great gifts! Give us a call at (469) 943-1127 if you have any questions about our teeth whitening or other cosmetic options or would like to schedule an appointment. Click here to learn to have a comfortable wisdom teeth recovery.

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

It is finally 2022! The New Year is the perfect time to ditch bad habits and revamp your oral care routine. We are sure you’re used to hearing about New Year’s resolutions and the fact that relatively few people stick with them after the first month of the year. The goals we want to help you set are not only beneficial to your oral and overall health but are also attainable and sustainable! Here are ten simple goals to help you keep your teeth healthy this year:

How To Improve Your Dental Health This New Year

The goals we want to help you set are not only beneficial to your oral and overall health but are also attainable and sustainable! Here are ten simple goals to help you keep your teeth healthy this year:

Commit to replacing your toothbrush every three months

If you use the same toothbrush for too long, the bristles will become worn out and less effective at cleaning your teeth. This may mean more visits to the dentist and more money spent in the long run. Prevent this from happening, and start your year by treating yourself to a new toothbrush today!

Schedule your first hygiene visit of the year

We recommend seeing your dental hygienist every six months. If you haven’t come in for hygiene since June, it is time to schedule! Keeping up with your hygiene appointments has many benefits, the greatest of which is keeping any plaque and tartar that has developed on your teeth under control.

Start brushing twice per day for two minutes each time

We hope all of you are already brushing twice per day, but increasing your brush time to two minutes will ensure a healthier smile and a lower likelihood of developing cavities.

Drink more water

Water is vital for all areas of your health, including oral health! When you drink water, especially with a meal, it will wash away plaque-causing substances such as sugars and starches.

Keep up a healthy, balanced diet

Everyone knows staying away from sugar is essential for the health of your teeth, but did you know having a generally balanced diet is too? Fiber-rich foods such as fruits and vegetables and dairy products are beneficial to the overall health of your teeth and enamel.

If you like to chew gum, make sure it is sugarless

In addition to this, chewing sugarless gum after big meals can help prevent tooth decay!

Keep up with your flossing

If you have been to see us recently, you know how much we emphasize flossing. When you floss, you can clean surfaces of your teeth that a toothbrush cannot reach. Floss twice a day with your brushing!

Drink water that is infused with fluoride

Fluoride is excellent at helping prevent the onset of cavities by giving your teeth a stronger resistance to acids.

Use mouthwash

Mouthwash is great for fighting bacteria, especially on your tongue and gums. You will see the best benefits of mouthwash if you use it for 30 seconds twice per day as a part of your brushing routine.

Brush your teeth gently

If you use too much pressure when you brush your teeth, you can damage your gums over time.   

Final Thoughts For The New Year

Your oral health is so important! What better way to start 2022 than by prioritizing it? We promise adopting these ten accessible practices will make a difference in the long-term health of your smile. If you’re feeling overwhelmed and don’t know where to start, give our office a call today at (469) 943-1400 to schedule your first hygiene appointment of the year and have all your questions answered!

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Wisdom Teeth Recovery 101: What To Know

Wisdom Teeth Recovery 101: What To Know

Have you had your wisdom teeth removed yet? “Wisdom teeth” is another name for the molars that are furthest back in your mouth. Most people will grow in during the adolescent years, and many people do not have enough room for them in their mouths. Because of this, most people will have their wisdom teeth surgically removed as a teenager or young adult. Whether you require getting your wisdom teeth removed or someone close to you is about to, we are excited to share a few tips that can help wisdom teeth surgery recovery go as smoothly as possible.

What To Know About Wisdom Teeth Recovery

Whether you still need to get your wisdom teeth removed or have someone close to you who is planning to do so, we are excited to share a few tips on optimizing your recovery process.

Take your recovery seriously when you get home

It is essential to take precautions when you get home from your surgery to avoid infections and other issues. Rinsing with salt water to keep the surgery wounds clean and free of bacteria is one of the most simple and effective things you can do regularly. Make sure you don’t forcefully spit the saltwater when finished, but let it gently fall from your mouth. Your mouth will have some blood in it right after the surgery, so make sure to gently clean the wounds with gauze or a cotton ball after rinsing. It is also integral to avoid dislodging your stitches. This can disrupt the healing process and lead to dry sockets, which are painful and can lead to a prolonged recovery process. Make sure to be gentle with yourself!

Manage the pain carefully

There is a high chance that you will have some pain and swelling in the days immediately following your surgery. One of the best ways to manage this is by using an ice pack. Make sure to ask your dentist about how often you should be using an ice pack. In addition to this, it is important to not directly place ice on your face, as this can lead to an ice burn. Pain medication is another way to help your recovery along. Your dentist will be able to guide you in whether you need to be taking over-the-counter or prescription medications. You may also be advised to take antibiotics. Antibiotics will help protect your mouth from infection as the wounds heal.

Think about what you are eating

Finding the right foods to aid your recovery can help immensely. You may not have a considerable appetite directly after surgery, and your mouth will most likely be sore. The best foods to consume while recovering are those that won’t require much chewing and will be safe for your stitches. Soft smoothies, apple sauce, soup, pudding, cottage cheese, and mashed potatoes are tasty and safe! You should also avoid foods that are too hot or could potentially get stuck in the surgery site. It is also essential to avoid drinking from a straw, as slurping too aggressively may compromise your stitches or the blood clot that protects the wound. The more careful you are with what you eat after your surgery, the sooner you’ll be able to re-introduce your usual favorite foods into your diet!

Even though it is a common procedure, wisdom teeth extraction should be taken just as seriously as any other surgery. Being careful about what you are eating, proactively managing your pain, and taking your recovery seriously are three straightforward ways that will make your recovery as speedy and straightforward as possible! Make sure you listen to the tips your dentist gives you regarding recovery. If you or someone you know has questions about wisdom teeth removal and recovery, feel free to call us today at (469) 943-1400. Read more about crowns and bridges.

Sleep Apnea 101: What to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea 101: What to Know About Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea in Dallas, Texas

East Quarter Dental provides treatment for excessive snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy – a non-invasive and comfortable treatment option. Excessive snoring can affect the quality of one’s rest and those around them while sleep apnea is a condition that causes pauses in breathing during sleep. Since we sleep for about one-third of our lives, it is important to strive for quality rest that revives our bodies and minds.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Excessive Snoring

Since snoring and sleep apnea occur when we are at rest, they often go unnoticed until someone else points out the symptoms. Some symptoms you may notice include waking up with dry mouth, headaches, and feeling tired even after a full night of sleep.

Sleep Apnea and Health

Research shows strong correlations between sleep apnea and other health issues – especially issues related to sleep deprivation. Long-term sleep deprivation can cause chronic fatigue, memory loss, impaired motor function, depression, and irritability. Studies have also shown that erratic breathing patterns caused by sleep apnea can weaken the heart and negatively affect the pulmonary system.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

Certain factors can put a person at increased risk for sleep apnea. Those who are overweight are likely to develop bulky throat tissue that can block the airway when one lies down to sleep. Patients who drink alcoholic beverages before bed or take medications that cause sedating or drowsy effects can also cause soft oral tissue to relax into the throat and block airways. Other contributors to sleep apnea can include developmental abnormalities at the back of the mouth, smoking, and a family history of sleep apnea.

Treatment Options

There are a few treatment options available for sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is detected, we will recommend the use of a custom oral appliance, which is the most comfortable and conservative treatment option. If this treatment is ineffective, we can refer patients to specialists for further evaluation. Click here for more information regarding crowns and bridges.