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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a potentially dangerous disorder with fairly benign symptoms—loud snoring at night, and morning headaches or daytime bouts of sleepiness. The cause? Intermittent periods throughout sleep when an individual actually stops breathing. Breathing cessation, or apnea, lasts from seconds to nearly a minute. When breathing resumes—the brain senses lack of oxygen and wakes you up—snoring is loud, sometimes explosive. In the morning, the build-up of carbon dioxide in the blood causes headaches. And the lack of deep, relaxing sleep has you drowsy, and usually grouchy, during the day. During sleep apnea, the upper air passages in the mouth and throat obstruct (no one is sure why). One form of treatment is wearing an acrylic appliance during sleep to [...]

By |2020-12-01T00:17:40+00:00December 15th, 2020|Snoring & Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on What is Sleep Apnea?

Is Snoring an Issue at Your House?

Snoring Mouthguards in Sacramento, California To treat obstructive sleep apnea. Is snoring an issue at your house? Do the walls vibrate at night? Does your dog or cat sleep with his paws over his ears? If so, you may find some snoring relief by contacting our office. Some men and women can reduce or eliminate snoring by merely wearing an oral appliance at night. The mouthguard enlarges the airway by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward. Much like a preventative mouthguard to stop nighttime grinding (bruxism), a snore guard fits snugly onto the teeth of each arch, with the teeth slightly apart. The procedure to make the appliance is easy and painless. The fee is about the same as a [...]

By |2019-11-16T19:25:01+00:00January 7th, 2020|Snoring & Sleep Apnea|Comments Off on Is Snoring an Issue at Your House?

Teeth Whitening Facts

Is your wedding approaching and you want your smile to be its brightest? Or maybe you have an important speaking engagement? Whatever the reason, tooth whitening isn't just for the movie stars, and it isn't just for one day. Many people have their teeth whitened, and probably millions more are thinking about it. The desire for a brighter smile with whiter teeth is very strong, and teeth whitening safely lightens the color of the teeth, lasting for up to five years. Is whitening for you? Generally, whitening is successful in at least 90 percent of patients, though it may not be an option for everyone. Consider tooth whitening if your teeth are darkened from age, coffee, tea or smoking. If [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:16:14+00:00November 5th, 2019|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on Teeth Whitening Facts

TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment

What is the Temporomandibular Joint? TMJ (the temporomandibular joint) is the part of the jaw that slides and rotates just in front of your ear. It consists of the side and base of the skull (temporal bone) and the lower jaw (mandible). Chewing muscles connect the lower jaw to the rest of the head, allowing you to move your jaw forward, sideways, and open and close. When the jaw joint is working correctly, the lower jaw (both the right and left portions) is smooth and synchronized during movement. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder occurs when the jaw twists during opening, closing, or side-motion movements. These movements affect the jaw joint and the muscles that control chewing. What is TMJ? TMJ describes a [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:25:19+00:00September 3rd, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on TMJ Disorders, Causes and Treatment