Sleep Apnea is a disorder that affects breathing during sleep. The most common type is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep; the airway collapses and becomes blocked. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses. A pause in breathing may happen hundreds of times during the night and last from a few seconds to more than a minute. Repeated pauses reduce the oxygen level and cause the heart to beat faster to increase oxygen to the body. As a result, the quality of sleep is greatly decreased causing excessive tiredness during the day. In addition to tiredness, sleep apnea is believed to be a major factor in more serious conditions; High Blood Pressure, Stroke, Heart Disease, Diabetes, Depression, and a decreased Life Expectancy.
Approximately 45-50 million adults in the US have Obstructive Sleep Apnea, but less than 10% have been diagnosed. At the Worthington Dental Group, patients are screened for sleep apnea. If sleep apnea is suspected, patients are referred to a Sleep Medicine physician who prescribes a sleep study or home sleep apnea test. This is required for a definitive diagnosis. Sleep Apnea is manageable using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy (CPAP), surgery, or Oral Appliance therapy. CPAP therapy involves wearing a facemask connected by tubing to a machine that provides a constant flow of air. This method is very effective, but patient compliance has proved to be less than desired, especially over time. There are various surgical options with varying side effects and rates of success. Oral Appliance therapy uses a device similar to a sports mouthguard or an orthodontic retainer. It is worn during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. This type of therapy is more comfortable and therefore, more acceptable to patients to treat snoring and sleep apnea.
Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring, gasping, and choking sounds during sleep, daytime sleepiness and fatigue, morning headaches, irritability, concentration problems, and memory difficulties. Sleep Apnea is more common in men than in women and children. Excessive body weight, a narrow airway or a misaligned jaw, increases the risk. If you think that you might be one of the 90% of undiagnosed Sleep Apnea sufferers, it is important to take the next step to find out. Treating Sleep Apnea changes lives, and even saves them!
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Some main features of Invisalign:
Average treatment is about 1 year
Can remove trays if you have an important event
Easy to maintain and clean
Speech is not effected
Brush and floss like normal
Invisalign is one of the most widely known treatment for adults who’d like to straighten their smiles. Due to it’s completely undetectable appearance, it’s a favorite among people whom want results without comprising! Invisalign is considered an optimal treatment for adults or teenagers whom have had some teeth shifting since having traditional orthodontic braces removed.
Diane and Earl Hughes, owners of Oak Tree Dental Lab, are highly experienced certified dental technicians that operate this full-service dental laboratory. Their talented staff creates beautiful crowns, bridges, and fixed and removable dentures right here within Worthington Dental Group.
Following an oral assessment of your urgent dental problem, a Worthington Dental Group dentist will explain the diagnosis and make a recommendation to resolve the problem. All options of treatment will be discussed, so that you can make a decision about the treatment that is best for you.
When you need urgent dental care, a Worthington Dental Group dentist will examine your mouth to evaluate the source of your problem. To reach a diagnosis, it is often necessary to take an x-ray. With the examination and x-ray, the dentist can make a recommendation for resolving your urgent problem.
Restorative Dental Treatment
The Worthington Dental Group respects your busy schedule and desire to have dental care as soon as the need arises. We are happy to offer immediate restorative dental treatment on the day that you call or walk intoour office.
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For many of our procedures we are able to use laser technology. Laser technology allows for minimal post treatment discomfort and results in fast healing.
When it comes to providing the absolute best dental care possible, it is extremely important to use the latest technologies. At the Comprehensive Dental Implant Center, we pride ourselves by adopting and utilizing the newest technological advances to ensure you receive the best care available.
The latest in x-ray technology includes digital x-rays. Digital x-rays are exactly as they sound, x-rays of your teeth that are made using a sensor rather than film and can be immediately seen and examined by both you and your dentist. This is a great way to enhance patient-doctor communication, diagnose any problems quickly, and most importantly, digital x-rays use much less radiation than traditional film x-rays.
Cone-Beam 3D Radiography
Cone-beam radiography is used to create 3-dimensional images of the teeth and jaw structure. This is indispensable for implant placement, as it shows an accurate and precise structure of the mouth and can help to determine the right size and placement necessary for a successful implant. This allows the implant placement procedures to be more accurate and less invasive.
Intraoral Scanners and Cameras
To accurately examine your mouth, we utilize intraoral cameras and scanners during our initial assessment of your mouth. An intraoral camera is a tool that projects a live stream image into a screen so that both you and the dentist will have a more clear view of your teeth. Images from the camera can be saved and archived for future use. The intraoral scanner replaces the traditional messy impression and plaster models by creating an extremely accurate 3-dimensional image or your mouth and oral structures. This allows us to carefully treatment plan your care with a very high degree of accuracy.
Guided Implant Surgery
For guided implant surgery, we use a combination of 3-dimensional x-rays and 3-dimensional intraoral scans to get an exact, accurate representation of your gums and where your implant needs to be placed. The extreme precision that comes with using this technology allows for less invasive, more predictable, and highly successful results.
We frequently use laser technology in our procedures. Laser procedures are very kind to tissues and heal very quickly. By using lasers for minor procedures we can ensure the best results and the quickest possible healing times.