How Your Dentist Can Help with Your Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans each year, many of whom do not know how to properly seek treatment for their condition. If you are someone who is having difficulty breathing at night, affecting you or your partner's ability to get a good night's sleep, you may wonder what solutions there are to find relief.
Luckily, Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub of Schneider Family Dentistry are tackling the problem of sleep apnea in Gaithersburg, MD, using oral appliance therapy to help. In fact, they have been improving their patients' sleep quality for 20+ years now!
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that involves abnormal breathing patterns at night, usually caused by a blocked or collapsed airway. Often presented as loud snoring, gasping, or frequently waking up at night, sleep apnea can negatively affect not only people's quality and duration of sleep, but also their daily activities as they are more tired during the day, less focused and productive, and more irritable as a result. This can shorten one's life by 8 years! What many people may not realize is that your dentist can help to treat sleep apnea by using oral appliance therapy.
What Is Oral Appliance Therapy?
Oral appliance therapy consists of wearing an oral appliance at night while you sleep to effectively treat sleep apnea. The oral appliance fits like a retainer or mouth guard, working to keep the jaw in a forward position to keep the airway open, reducing the risk of the airway becoming obstructed. As a result, many people suffering from sleep apnea can eliminate their symptoms with the use of oral appliance therapy and follow-up visits with their dentist to ensure proper fit and effectiveness. Our office is one of few to use sophisticated equipment using Doppler sound wave technology to set up the appliances with much higher accuracy.
How To Get Help Today
If you are looking for treatment for sleep apnea in Gaithersburg, MD, consider oral appliance therapy with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub at Schneider Family Dentistry. For questions or to make an appointment today, please give us a call at (301) 948-3111.
The idea of going to the dentist can be scary for some if you’re afraid of tools that may feel invasive or if you’re worried about the effects of anesthesia throughout the day. Luckily, dental technology has been constantly updating and there’s a form of treatment that is quick, minimally invasive and doesn’t need anesthesia. Laser dentistry from Dr. Adam Schneider, Dr. Katie Staub, and Dr. Mary Alexander at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, can help keep your smile healthy and pain-free!
What Exactly is Laser Dentistry?
Laser dentistry uses a specialized laser to treat things like uneven gums, gum irritation, small cavities, and minor decay from your smile. Laser treatment from your dentists in Gaithersburg, MD, is quick and painless and doesn’t require any anesthesia to perform. Because of this, you won’t feel any side effects from anesthesia, like a numb face or fat lip, and you can continue with your normal life immediately.
Your dentist has six different types of lasers, each with a specialized purpose. There are four different wavelengths used to amplify the usefulness of each laser, giving your dentist the right tool for almost any job. Certain lasers can be used to detect cavities and fix any issues before it becomes more serious and will help you feel comfortable immediately.
Before laser dentistry was developed, the only way to treat any of these issues was with scalpels, drills, and anesthesia. Now, laser treatment fixes the issue you’re struggling with, as well as immediately helping the affected area heal.
Contact Your Dentist Today!
If you’ve avoided the dentist because of a fear of pain or anesthesia, wait no more! Take advantage of laser dentistry and give yourself the smile that you deserve! Contact Dr. Adam Schneider, Dr. Katie Staub, and Dr. Mary Alexander at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, today at (301) 948-3111.
Need to restore a damaged tooth? Same-day crowns may be perfect for you.
If you’ve been putting off dealing with a chip or cracked tooth because you feel like you don’t have time to spend going back and forth to our office, then you’ll be pleased to hear that you don’t have to any longer. Our Gaithersburg, MD, dentists Dr. Adam Schneider, Dr. Katie Staub and Dr. Mary Alexander would like to introduce you to a revolutionary new procedure known as same-day crowns. Same-day crowns can restore your smile and your tooth in just a single appointment. Now, who doesn’t have time for that?
Here are only some of the benefits of getting same-day crowns,
Fast, Advanced Technology & Treatment
If you’ve had crowns in the past you probably remember us taking impressions and sending them to a lab for fabrication. This process usually took a few weeks, but now that our Gaithersburg, MD, family dentists have CEREC technology for creating same-day crowns, this is all a thing of the past.
CEREC uses CAD/CAM technology to take digital images of your damaged tooth. The CAD software helps our team design your same-down crown while the CAM technology creates your new tooth. This technology is fast and impressive.
No More Temporary Crowns
No one is a big fan of temporary crowns. They are awkward, flimsy and not designed to last a long time (they are merely there to protect your tooth until you get your permanent crown). Since your same-day crown is made right here in our office, you don’t have to worry about a temporary crown at all.
They Look Natural
The crown looks as real as your natural teeth. No one will be able to tell the difference. CEREC’s revolutionary technology ensures that your porcelain crown matches the color of the rest of your tooth’s enamel, so you will have a smile that looks all yours.
Saying yes to tooth-colored restorations like same-day crowns means that you won’t have to deal with silver fillings affecting your beautiful smile. Instead, you’ll feel confident smiling in public because only you will know that you have a dental crown.
CEREC promises a crown that is effective and precise each and every time. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do this sooner. If you’re interested in getting same day crowns from our Gaithersburg, MD, dentists, then call Schneider Family Dentistry at (301) 948-3111 to schedule a consultation.
Did you know that you have the ability to prevent gum disease from happening in the first place?
Your gums should never bleed. So, if you find yourself seeing pink in the sink then it’s time to get yourself into our Gaithersburg, MD, office so that our dentist Dr. Adam Schneider can determine whether you might be dealing with gum disease. If left untreated, gum disease can wreak havoc on the health, shape, and appearance of your gums, not to mention that gum disease can also lead to tooth loss. This is why you should visit us right away if you notice any of these telltale signs of periodontal disease,
- Bleeding gums
- Puffy, swollen gums that are tender to the touch
- Red gums
- Receding gums
- Persistent bad breath
- Pus between the gums and teeth
- Changes in the way your teeth fit together
- Loose teeth
While it’s important to be able to spot even the most subtle changes in the appearance or feel of your gums, it’s just as important that you are practicing oral hygiene to prevent gum disease from happening in the first place. While gum disease happens to nearly half of all American adults, there are simple habits and lifestyle modifications that you can make this very minute to protect your gums from disease. These habits include,
Floss every day
You would be surprised at how many people aren’t flossing daily. Maybe you do it sometimes but not all the time. If you want to protect the health of your gums, you need to floss every day (no excuses!). Brushing cannot take the place of flossing, which makes it possible to get into those tiny spaces between teeth to remove plaque and food from along the gum line. Brushing alone is not enough. You also need to floss.
Visit Your Dentist
Those six-month dental checkups are also critical for maintaining a healthy smile. Along with practicing good oral hygiene you still need to visit us so that our Gaithersburg, MD, general dentist, Dr. Adam Schneider, and his team of knowledgeable, friendly dental hygienists can get into those hard-to-reach spaces and ensure that there is no plaque or tartar buildup. Protect the health of your gums and teeth by simply visiting us twice a year for a cleaning.
Use Medicated Mouthwash
While mouthwash can certainly give you minty fresh breath, this isn’t the only reason to use it. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash throughout the day can help kill bacteria in your mouth that could be responsible for gum disease and decay. While this shouldn’t take the place of brushing and flossing, rinsing your mouth out several times a day can help cut down on oral bacteria. We recommend rinsing your mouth at least 3 times a week with a mixture of 50% mouth rinse and 50% peroxide.
Don’t let gum disease affect your smile. Our Gaithersburg, MD, family dentist can provide you with ways to keep your gums healthy and free from disease with simple checkups. If it’s almost time to see your dentist for a cleaning, call Schneider Family Dentistry at (301) 948-3111 to schedule an appointment.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a condition where the relaxed muscles surrounding the throat and tongue blocks the airflow to the lungs as you sleep. One of the most widely used and effective methods of treatment for OSA is oral appliance therapy.
Here at Schneider Family Dentistry in Rockville, MD, our dentists, Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub, have helped many patients find relief from sleep apnea symptoms through oral appliance therapy.
Oral Appliance Therapy Basics
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) remains the most widely prescribed treatment option. On the other hand, not all individuals can qualify for this treatment due to various reasons. Fortunately, these individuals can turn to oral appliance therapy to get the relief they need.
There are different types of oral appliances that can be used to address the symptoms of sleep apnea. Essentially, however, patients under oral appliance therapy will be required to wear a customized mouthpiece as they go to sleep every night. This is designed to help ease the symptoms associated with sleep apnea.
To ensure that it is comfortable in the mouth as the patient sleeps, a mold of the teeth is used to customize the appliance. Understanding the relationship between your mouth, teeth, and airway is essential in designing the oral appliance. It will ensure that all elements remain balanced to allow you to comfortably breathe as you slumber. These oral appliances can likewise help curb severe snoring.
Also, oral appliances can fall under three categories:
- Mandibular Repositioning Devices. These are designed to gently shift your jaw forward and prevent the soft tissues in the mouth and throat from blocking the airway.
- Tongue Retaining Device. These are customized to keep the tongue in its neutral position to avoid obstructing the airway.
- Hybrid Devices. These oral appliances are capable of shifting the jaw and keeping the tongue in a neutral position simultaneously.
It will be up to your dentist in Rockville, MD, to decide which specific oral appliance will best suit your needs.
How Oral Appliance Therapy Works
Patients who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate OSA typically use oral mandibular advancement devices. These types of dental appliances are intended to prevent the tongue from obstructing the throat, or to move forward the lower jaw of the patient, and allow the smooth passage of air. By allowing the airway to remain open as the patient sleeps, the symptoms of OSA are addressed.
This is not the only type of oral appliance used for OSA symptoms. Each of the oral appliances is designed to provide a solution to a specific set of symptoms or problems. For example, a particular oral appliance can be designed for sleep apnea alone. Another appliance can address symptoms not just of sleep apnea but of teeth grinding as well.
For Help Managing Your Sleep Apnea Symptoms, Talk to Us
Arrange a meeting with your dentist here at Schneider Family Dentistry in Rockville, MD, Dr. Adam Schneider or Dr. Katie Staub, by dialing (301) 948-3111.
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