How Oral Surgery Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a severe disorder that can gravely affect a person’s quality of life due to a lack of sleep. Our surgeons can help you and treat you with different procedures, some of which are non-surgical.

Sleep apnea can be caused by other disorders or conditions, such as enlarged tongue muscles that block the air passages when you sleep.

One of the most common non-surgical methods to treat sleep apnea is the CPAP which is an appliance that is placed over the mouth to allow air to pass uninhibited and can be used for moderate sleep apnea. In some cases, even if you have surgery for your condition, you may still need to use the CPAP for sleeping.

Surgical Options for Sleep Apnea

Some of the most common surgical options for sleep apnea include:

Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP) – a surgery in which excess palate tissue is removed or repositioned to widen the airway. This can consist of removing your tonsils, but in general, other operations or treatments are needed for severe cases of sleep apnea.
Radiofrequency Volumetric Tissue Reduction (RFVTR) – this is a surgical option for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Our surgeon cauterizes the tissue around the throat to shrink and tighten it.
Genioglossus Advancement – our surgeon moves the tongue attachment forward to prevent it from blocking the airways.

Oral surgery can be beneficial to patients who suffer from mild to severe sleep apnea which is disrupting their and their partner’s sleep. Lack of sleep can lead to poor work and school performance and can even endanger someone’s life while driving.

If you suffer from sleep apnea and want to do something about it, let us know, and we can schedule a consultation to review your history and overall health to determine the best treatment option for your situation.

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Eating Only Soft Foods Will Likely Result in Us Seeing You a Lot

There is nothing wrong with eating soft foods. Ice cream, smoothies and other soft foods are delicious. Some people take it to the extreme. They eat only soft foods.

They may have a reason for eating only soft foods. It may seem to make sense to them. While they may think it is okay to do this, the truth is it can hurt your teeth and gums. You could end up in our office more than you want if you follow a diet that includes soft foods.

People Eat Soft Foods Because They Have To

If you have had oral surgery, you need to eat soft foods for a few days as you recover. As you slowly add other foods as you heal. Once you have completely healed from the oral surgery, you go back to a normal diet that includes all types of textures.

There are some people who turn to soft foods, even if they have not undergone any oral surgery. They may do this because their teeth are sensitive and hard food or chewy food is difficult for them to eat. Their inability to eat other food is a sign that they may already have problems with their teeth that requires a visit to our office.

Exercising Teeth and the Jaw

While you do not want to eat food that is so hard it breaks your teeth, that does not mean you want to avoid food that is difficult to chew altogether. The jaw is a muscle and muscles need exercise. Hard food can also help keep your teeth strong and clean.

The best diet to follow is a varied diet. That includes eating foods from all the food groups and eating foods of all textures. When you follow a healthy diet, your oral health will benefit.

Contact us today if you need to schedule your next appointment at our office.

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Facial Surgery Is Something We Can Help Treat

When you hear the word surgery, you picture an operating room with a bunch of lights and people standing around wearing masks.

There are also other types of surgeries that do not require this type of setting. Our dental office is equipped to help people with facial surgery that need treatment. It is a safe and effective way to perform different procedures that offers many advantages.

Types of Surgeries

Like any type of medical procedure, there are some types of facial surgeries that are more common than others. Many people may not even think of some of these procedures as a surgery. The most common type of facial surgery we perform is a tooth extraction. A tooth extraction is necessary when for diseased teeth, impacted teeth and teeth that are broken and chipped. This is a procedure done with local anesthesia in our office.

Some of the less common types of surgery that we do can help with health and cosmetic issues.

Jaw correction surgery – This type of surgery can help a misaligned bite that orthodontics could not correct.
Cleft Lip – Repairing a cleft lip is one of the most rewarding types of facial surgery. It not only helps a person physically, it helps them emotionally as they become more confident about their appearance.

Why This Makes Sense

Some people may think that the only way to perform facial surgeries is in an operating room. What they do not realize is that many of the surgical procedures that we can do are much simpler in our office setting. Performing these procedures in our office allows for shorter recovery times, are less invasive and are just as safe. Most importantly, they are more cost effective.

There is no reason to fear facial surgeries done in our office. Instead, you can embrace how they can help you.

For more information about what we offer, contact our office to schedule an appointment.

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What Are Impacted Canines and What Type of Treatment Do They Require?

You have several types of teeth in your mouth. Incisors are in the front, and molars are in the back. In between those are your canines. It is not uncommon for the wisdom teeth, which are molars, to become impacted. What about your canines? Can a canine tooth be impacted, and if so, what can be done?

Impacted Teeth

An impacted tooth is one that cannot grow in all the way. There are several reasons why. Often it is because there is not enough room in the jaw for another tooth. Another common cause is because the tooth is not coming in straight. If an impacted tooth is left alone, it could cause pain and even infection. Impacted canine teeth are not all that uncommon.

It is usually children who have an issue with impacted canines, because the canine adult teeth come in before adulthood. An adult can have an impacted canine if their adult teeth have not yet all come in, or if the tooth was not treated when younger.

Treatment

When a child has an impacted canine, often we will recommend braces. This will help for the tooth to have room to come in and will make sure that it will be straight. If the child is a little bit older, or if the tooth did not come in correctly after braces, we might need to fuse the tooth. In rare cases, extraction might take place.

The most important thing that you can do to make sure that your child does not have an impacted canine is to see us on a regular schedule. That is the only way that we will be able to tell that your child’s mouth is healthy. If something doesn’t come in properly, we want to take care of it immediately.

Types of Damage We Often Repair with Those Having Oral Piercings

You may think that oral piercings look cool, but they can do a lot of damage to your teeth, gums, and tongue. Consider long and hard what the consequences may be before you get such piercings. Here are some of the types of damage we often repair that are caused by oral piercings.

Tooth Damage

An oral piercing can really mess with your teeth. If it is a lip ring, it will rub against one or more teeth, which can damage the enamel. It can also chip your teeth. Even worse than a lip ring is a tongue ring. This will hit your teeth as you eat and also as you talk. It does not take long for a tongue ring to damage your teeth.

Gum Damage

Oral piercings will also hurt your mouth by damaging your gums. Lip rings can rub against your gums, causing a tear or other irritation. Tongue rings are even worse for your gums with several studies suggesting that people who have tongue rings have a much higher instance of gum disease than those who do not have a tongue ring.

If you have any oral piercings, make sure that you take care of them while also taking extra care of your mouth. Do not miss brushings and make sure you use mouthwash. This will help keep down the number of bacteria that can lead to infection.

If you have oral piercings, and they give you any trouble, come in to see us right away. You do not want to risk infection. If you notice any damage to your teeth from the piercings, let us know so we can repair them. It is our recommendation that you do not get any oral piercings to begin with.