When looking at signs and symptoms that contribute to sleep apnea, our dentists can determine during an examination if a patient has very little airway space. We also have a thorough discussion about sleep patterns, where typical warnings can include if a patient wakes up tired no matter how many hours are slept.
Oftentimes, a sleep study is also recommended. This is performed at a certified clinic where your sleep is monitored overnight and specialized equipment is used to determined how many times you wake up overnight and if there were any episodes in which breathing ceased.
Sleep apnea therapy is a refined skill and specialty we offer not only to improve our patient’s health but in many cases, save their lives.
One of the great things about Invisalign is that it features a shorter average treatment time than regular braces. However, it may still take several months — or a year or longer — before you work your way through all of your aligners and get to begin enjoying your perfectly aligned smile. Is there any way to speed up the process? For most patients, the answer is yes. Let’s talk about how using AcceleDent and complying with your dentist’s treatment instructions can make your treatment proceed as quickly as possible.
The general treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine. In short, this is a medical device where patients wear a mask at night that pushes air down the throat. The continuous flow of air keeps a patient’s airway kept open, eliminating the negative effects of sleep apnea.
Many people cannot stand wearing a CPAP, and subsequently do not treat their sleep apnea with this device due to its bulkiness, loud operation, and general discomfort.
Sleep apnea appliances are designed to reposition the jaw to open up the airway, allowing a patient to breathe easier at night and virtually eliminate sleep apnea and snoring. They are much smaller, emit no loud noises, can virtually eliminate sleep apnea — and are very cost-effective.
Many people love their dentures. Indeed, dentures provide reliable tooth replacement that can look beautiful. However, as wonderful as dentures are, it must be acknowledged that they come with some drawbacks. For instance, they may become destabilized and slip around in the mouth. They also do not support the health of the jawbone. Implant-supported tooth replacement, on the other hand, is incredibly sturdy and helps to keep the jawbone healthy and whole. Are you ready to transition from dentures to dental implants? Here is a general overview of what you can expect as you make the switch.
Countless individuals have crowns, bridges, or porcelain veneers. Depending on their specified purpose, such restorations can improve the appearance of your smile, enhance dental function, protect your teeth, and bolster your oral health. However, if your teeth are not properly aligned, and you already have some restorations on some of them, an important question arises — will you be able to get Invisalign in the Capital District? For many people, the answer to that question is yes.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is sleep apnea associated with obstruction of the airway during sleep. Simply put, something is blocking the airway while you are trying to sleep — and in turn, causing complications such as loss of air and less restful sleep. Lingering lifestyle effects such as brain fog, grogginess, weight gain, high blood pressure (and many more) are usually warning signs associated with OSA. An obstruction during sleep could be too large of a tongue — where when you lay your head down to rest, the tongue falls back and blocks the airway. Other times, anatomical considerations can be in play where someone has too small of an airway.
After a simple exam, our dentists can determine if very little airway space is available — and, through a discussion of sleep patterns, we can further figure out if Obstructive Sleep Apnea is inhibiting restful sleep.
Sleep studies are also usually recommended, where a physician monitors your sleep and can tell how many times you have woken during the night and if there are episodes where breathing stops.
In discussions about tooth replacement, dental implants emerge as the undisputed champion when it comes to functionality, longevity, and health benefits. As wonderful as they are, however, not everyone with missing teeth qualifies for them. Are they right for you? Your dentist is the only person truly qualified to answer that question. However, before you schedule your consultation with them, you can read this blog post to learn about five characteristics that mark a good dental implant candidate in the Capital District.
Bruxism is often related to TMD. At Capital Smiles, we see a lot of bruxism cases that have no symptoms associated with them except for loose or worn down teeth. We also see a lot of TMD/TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) issues which have no bruxism associated with them at all. They are related because bruxism is associated with the overuse of the same jaw muscles. In many situations, the treatment is similar for these different problems.
Bruxism is a damaging, destructive process. We often recommend a soft nightguard so long a patient’s bruxism isn’t associated with any other diseases or problems. If TMJ problems are present, we recommend different types of splints that protect the teeth and remove a lot of the joint discomfort from the overuse of the jaw and facial muscles. Our dentists also offer BOTOX treatments that can help loosen and relax these muscles and prevent them from further damage.
Dental implants in Schenectady and other major oral procedures may instill some mixed feelings in you. On one hand, you may be excited by how your treatment will improve your smile’s function and appearance. On the other hand, you could be a little nervous because you don’t quite know what to expect during your treatment journey. In this blog post, we’ll give you some tips that will help you head into your next major oral procedure with total confidence.
Excessive grinding and pressure from jaw muscles can lead to tremendous TMJ problems, loss of teeth mobility, loss of bone, notches in teeth, and excessive wear. We understand that when a dental patient is suffering from the loss of teeth, there are multiple reasons. When you are taking steps to correct the issue and receive replacement teeth from our office (dentures, crowns, bridges, or dental implants), we always make it a goal to provide relief and protection from pressure (especially with dental implant patients), A tried and true method of ensuring your restorations stay healthy is through delivering Botox to the chewing muscles as a quick post-operatory procedure. This method weakens the force placed on implants and tooth restorations during the healing period, ensuring your dental work lasts. We also have the ability to make our dental patients nightguards that provide protection from involuntary clenching and girding while sleeping.