Do you have Dental Insurance or a Flex Spending Account?

It's time for your End of Year Check-up! 

Did you know that most dental insurance plans "start over" on January 1st?  Many Health Flex Spending Accounts are also a "use it or lose it" benefit.

If you have dental treatment needs, we can help you with a strategy to get the most from your coverage.   

Contact Us Today to take advantage of these important benefits!  

Orthodontics is not just for kids anymore

As parents we worry about our kids getting cavities.  For us grown-ups,  our greater risk is actually gum disease, or periodontal disease.  In fact, periodontal disease is the #1 cause of tooth loss in adults. 
In dentistry, we focus on 1) treatment of periodontal infection with therapeutics and lasers and 2) prevention of further disease. 

A Straighter Smile is a Healthier Smile

Great home care and regular visits for xrays and cleanings are important, but for adults with crowded and misaligned teeth, keeping the teeth surfaces clean can be more difficult.

When teeth are properly aligned, this helps the gums fit more securely around the teeth, allowing for the strongest and healthiest defense against potential periodontal problems.

Many of our adult patients have enjoyed the benefits of Invisalign® clear orthodontics.  These comfortable and clear aligners gently and gradually begin to move your teeth into the proper position - without unsightly brackets and wires.

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Do You Snore?

Chronic Snoring is impossible to ignore for a good reason…

It can be a sign of a more serious condition, Obstructive Sleep Apnea. 

Sleep experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients are undiagnosed and untreated. 

Many patients do not know they have a problem because they are unaware that they wake up throughout the night to breathe.  Bed partners often detect OSA because of the loud snoring that can accompany the breathing disorder.

Common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:

 Irritability or changes in behavior

  •  Morning headaches
  •  Difficulty concentrating
  •  Night sweats
  •  Heartburn
  •  Nocturia (frequent night-time urination)
  •  Restless sleep
If left untreated, OSA can lead to more serious medical conditions, such as : 
  • Increased risk of stroke
  • Increased risk of heart disease and heart attack
  • Depression
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • High blood pressure
  • Weight gain
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Social/marital problems
Because dentists see patients on a regular basis, they frequently screen patients for sleep apnea. If screening shows the patient is at risk for OSA, he or she is referred by the dentist to a sleep physician for a diagnosis and treatment.



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by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine










Reference

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

www.aadsm.org