Sleep Apnea Diagnosis & Treatment
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects the way you breathe while sleeping—often leading to frequent, loud snoring. Specifically, this is instigated when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes while you sleep, causing interruptions in breathing. These interruptions usually last between 10 to 20 seconds each and can occur up to hundreds of times a night. Sleep apnea is typically more prevalent in males, smokers and the elderly. It can also cause a wide range of problems from sleep disturbance to more serious health issues. However, with advances in dental devices, this condition can now be treated and controlled.
Common Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
- Loud, chronic snoring and long pauses in breath
- Choking or gasping while sleeping
- Feeling tired and sleepy throughout the day
- Waking up with a headache, dry mouth or sore throat
- Insomnia or constantly waking during the night
- Forgetfulness, irritability or depression
Problems That Can Develop from Untreated Sleep Apnea
- Chronic tiredness from sleep deprivation
- Slower reflexes, poor concentration
- High blood pressure and weight gain
- Health issues such as diabetes and heart disease
Preventing Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be treated by the use of a dental oral appliance. Most of these devices are acrylic and fit inside your mouth like an athletic mouth guard. When using these dental devices, it’s important to consult a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea and have the equipment properly fitted. There are other small things you can do every day to minimize sleep apnea as well, including avoiding smoking, alcohol, heavy meals and caffeine and keeping regular sleeping hours and sleeping on your side.
Here at Marina Tooth Fairy, we offer high quality dental care for competitive prices and we accept most forms of dental insurance. If you think you may be suffering from sleep apnea, please contact us or visit our office today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to getting to know you and helping you take care of your smile.
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Traditional braces are effective, but many people like the new invisible and removable Invisalign appliances. The Invisalign® technique utilizes a transparent, custom-fitted appliance. It is thin, so comfort is routine, and since it is clear, it is essentially invisible in your mouth! It is easy to remove to eat, brush and floss.
- Oral Cancer Screening
Oral Cancer Screening
At the front line in the fight against oral cancer, we at Marina Tooth Fairy have the best tools to help protect our patients from this deadly disease. Sapphire Plus Lesion Detection (LD) is that tool. Sapphire Plus LD provides enhanced visual information so we can better detect and diagnose the presence of cancer or pre-cancer, which is why Sapphire Plus LD is a routine part of all the complete visual and physical exams we perform in our practice. Early detection is the key! When cancer is discovered late, survival rates are as low as 28%; when it’s discovered early, survival rates are as high as 82%. Getting screened is an effective way to discover oral cancer at an early, highly curable stage. With Sapphire Plus LD, we can even detect lesions before they produce any pain or symptoms.
- Oral Salivary DNA Testing
Oral Salivary DNA Testing
Oral HPV is a manifestation of the HPV virus in the mouth, and is primarily found in the oropharyngeal complex. Early detection and identification of the presence or absence of oral HPV is important, as early oral HPV infections do not typically cause any clinical signs or symptoms.
Dr. Benjamin and her team are one of the few San Francisco dental offices in the Bay Area that offer this procedure. Please feel free to ask any of our team members about it.
- Canker Sore Therapy
Canker Sore Therapy
Have you ever had a canker sore? The official term for them is an apthous ulcer. If you’ve ever had one, you know how painful a canker sore can be and how unbearable it feels to wait for them to heal. It could be a week to two-week wait! Dental lasers are an amazing answer to the suffering that has been associated with canker sores.
A dental soft tissue laser used for 30–45 seconds can relieve the pain that canker sores cause. The dental laser doesn’t even touch the lesion! It is literally waved like a magic wand over the lesion. After the dental laser is moved over the lesion, the stinging, burning pain is gone!
- Cold Sore Therapy
Cold Sore Therapy
Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas. Laser treatment at Marina Tooth Fairy is the most effective way to heal and prevent cold sore breakouts. Laser treatment not only relieves pain, but prevents future outbreaks as well.
Call us today to learn more about our effective laser cold sore and cancer sore treatment or to make an appointment.