Don’t Keep Losing Sleep: Your Dentist Might Have The Solution For Your Sleep Apnea...

Oct 3, 2014 by

If you suffer from sleep apnea, chances are you’re always tired. Often the first thing doctors give to patients with obstructive sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. However, if your CPAP machine just isn’t giving you the restful sleep you need, maybe you should consider talking to your dentist about oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea. What Is Oral Appliance Therapy? Obstructive sleep apnea causes difficulty breathing when you sleep due to blocked airflow. Often, your jaw or tongue is what blocks your breathing and causes the non-restorative sleep you get with sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy prevents your jaw and tongue from blocking your throat while you sleep. Patients who do not benefit from CPAP therapy or are not satisfied with their results may be able to benefit from oral appliance therapy....

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Can Botox Provide Relief To Patient’s With Nocturnal Bruxism?...

Oct 3, 2014 by

Nocturnal bruxism, also known as sleep tooth grinding, refers to the clenching or grinding of teeth while asleep. Although bruxism is usually not dangerous, it can cause a number of uncomfortable symptoms, such as disturbed sleep, facial pain, and dental damage. For most cases of bruxism, stress-relief techniques are recommended, as well as wearing a mouth guard at night to protect the teeth. However, according to studies presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting, Botox injections may provide relief to patients who suffer from nocturnal bruxism. Learn more about sleep tooth grinding and how Botox may be able to help. Causes of Bruxism It’s not yet completely understood what causes bruxism. While most people grind their teeth from time to time, tooth grinding on a regular basis can result in a number...

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How To Treat The 2 Most Common Types Of Mouth Sores...

Oct 2, 2014 by

Getting a sore in your mouth occasionally is normal, but if you suffer from chronic sores inside your mouth you may want to seek help from a dentist. There are a variety of different types of sores you can get in your mouth, and here are two of the most common: Sores From Rubbing or Biting Some sores develop from habits or devices in the mouth. For example, if you have dentures you might develop sores if they rub against your gums. Another reason people get mouth sores is from biting their cheeks. If you accidentally bite your cheek, you can be left with a painful sore that takes days to heal. For sores caused by oral devices, getting help from a professional is wise. Your dentist may be able to adjust your braces...

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How To Conquer Your Fear Of Dentists...

Oct 2, 2014 by

If you find yourself cringing at the idea of your dental visits, or avoiding them all together, you’re not alone. As much as 40% of the population has a significant fear of dentists or dental work. If you’re experiencing significant anxiety around your dental visits, there are ways you can reduce or eliminate this anxiety. Here are some of the ways people have conquered their fear of dentists, and reclaimed control of their dental health. Exposure Therapy In severe cases, some patients may require psychotherapy before proceeding with dental treatment. Therapists often address phobias of all types with the gradual, controlled exposure to the feared item or situation. For example, if your fear of the dentist’s chair centers around the noises and smells of a dentist’s office, your therapist might begin by helping you...

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Dreadful Dry Socket After An Extraction: Understanding The Dry Socket Complication And Treating The Pain...

Oct 1, 2014 by

From a broken or chipped tooth or a serious case of tooth decay, surgical extractions are common procedures for patients with these dental issues. While extractions offer your mouth a bit of relief from the pain associated with these dental concerns, improper recovery can lead to serious health problems. Surgical extractions are safe and effective, but a dry socket is a common complication. Fortunately, understanding the development of a dry socket and infection will help you treat the pain effectively.  Dreadfully Dry Your dentist or prosthodontist will make a small incision in the gum of your problem tooth. This incision is necessary for removing the tooth from its socket. Once extracted, sutures close up the incision to allow a clot to form. This clot protects the actual incision site, but also the underlying nerves....

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What Four Surprising Health Problems Can Result From Poor Oral Care?...

Oct 1, 2014 by

From the time you were a child, you were probably instructed about the importance of brushing and flossing daily. Good oral care can give you an attractive smile while prolonging the life of your teeth.  However, did you know that dental problems can cause a variety of other health problems elsewhere in the body? Read on to learn more about four specific health issues that can stem from poor oral care or untreated dental problems. 1. Heart disease A growing body of research has pointed to a connection between gum disease and heart disease. Many researchers believe that this connection is caused, in part, by breaches in the protective layers of skin on your gums. Because the human mouth is laden with bacteria, chronic sores or tiny cuts within the mouth or on the...

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