Sleep apnea is a disruptive sleep disorder that affects as many as 22 million Americans according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. More Americans could have this disorder than reported because most glaring symptoms only show when the patient is asleep. Do you believe that you may be struggling with sleep apnea, or has someone you love told you that your snoring has gotten out of control? The team at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, can help you with dental CPAP alternatives.
Struggling with Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea causes intermittent moments of waking while you’re asleep, and loud snoring. This is caused by the tonsils, tongue, or other soft tissues blocking the throat and obstructing normal breathing. Sleep apnea patients usually don’t realize that they’re waking up dozens of times during the night, and can’t understand why they still feel tired in the morning. Men are most likely to struggle with sleep apnea, as are certain cultural and familial groups. Being overweight is also a contributing factor.
Sleep Apnea Help
Living with sleep apnea could lead to other medication conditions (including depression, lack of sexual function, cardiovascular issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and memory problems) if it isn’t brought under control. Some patients are reluctant to sleep with a bulky, noisy CPAP mask. Luckily, dental CPAP alternatives are available. Your Gaithersburg, MD, dentist can create a custom oral device that you’ll wear while sleeping to position the jaw forward and keep the airway free.
Other Tips for Sleep Apnea Prevention
In addition to wearing a dental device that helps keep your air passageways clear while you sleep, there are additional lifestyle changes you can make to ensure a better night of sleep. Losing weight can provide major improvements for sleep apnea patients. Starting a smoking cessation program and limiting alcohol use can also help improve symptoms. You might also consider reducing your caffeine consumption.
Sleep Better and Longer
The better the quality of your sleep, the better you’ll feel in the morning and throughout the day. Dental CPAP alternatives could provide you with the low maintenance help that you need to cure your sleep apnea. Call (301) 948-3111 today to schedule a visit with Dr. Adam Schneider or Dr. Katie Staub in Gaithersburg, MD.
With CEREC same day crowns, it is now possible to restore a damaged tooth in just one day! Created right in the dentist’s office while you wait, same day crowns deliver a number of benefits, including quickly restoring damaged teeth so that you can resume normal biting and chewing functions without delay. Here at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, Drs. Adam Schneider and Katie Staub are your dentists for same day crowns!
What are Same Day Crowns?
Same day crowns are made at our Gaithersburg dentist’s office in one day using a technology called CEREC, which stands for Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramics. CEREC utilizes both computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) technology to first take a digital impression of the teeth and then create custom ceramic crowns from that digital impression. Your new crowns can be bonded in place on the same day they are made so you leave the dentist’s office with your teeth fully restored.
There are many benefits to choosing CEREC same day crowns for restoring damaged teeth, notably including that there is no multi-day waiting time! Prior to CEREC same day crowns, it often took several weeks and multiple dental appointments to get new crowns.
Another benefit of same day crowns is the use of digital imaging, which eliminates the need for creating a physical impression of the teeth. Making a physical mold of the teeth can be messy. The process can also cause discomfort for some patients, especially those with a sensitive gag reflex. The technology utilized by CEREC same day crowns eliminates the messiness and discomfort associated with making physical molds of the teeth.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
To learn more about how same day crowns could benefit you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub, your Gaithersburg dentists, by calling Schneider Family Dentistry at (301) 948-3111.
Provide your gums with proper care to prevent gum disease from happening to you.
Flossing every day isn’t just a habit that you should consider—it’s one that you absolutely need to adopt if you want to keep your gums healthy. After all, if you neglect your oral health, not only do you put your teeth and gums in danger, but you also leave your body susceptible to serious systemic health disorders. Read on to find out what you can do to prevent gum disease, and contact the Gaithersburg, MD, office of family dentists Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub for personal treatment!
What is gum disease?
Our mouths, like the rest of our bodies, contain bacteria. Unfortunately, when something affects the hospitable environment within your mouth, it is left susceptible to infection. When bad bacteria gets into our mouths, it can cause inflammation and result in damage to gum tissue.
If gum disease isn’t treated, pockets of infection can buildup in the gums and cause them to pull away from the teeth, an effect that can result in loose teeth or tooth loss. In fact, gum disease is the most common cause of tooth loss in adults!
How does gum disease affect my overall health?
It’s been determined that people who have gum disease have also been linked to serious systemic health issues such as heart disease, chronic respiratory disease, diabetes, dementia, and even pregnancy complications. While it’s not certain whether or not gum disease actually causes these health problems, it is true that patients dealing with these health problems also have more trouble with maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
How do I know whether I have gum disease or not?
In the beginning stages, you won’t usually be able to tell if you have gum disease or not since it doesn’t usually cause symptoms until it has become more severe. The best way to detect gum disease early on when it can be reversed, or at least managed, is to visit our Gaithersburg office every six months for routine checkups. It’s during these exams that we can check the gums to look for the early warning signs of infection.
If you need to schedule your next dental cleaning, call Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, today at (301) 948-3111!
You lost a tooth and desire the best tooth replacement possible. At Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, Dr. Adam Schneider and Dr. Katie Staub recommend and place dental implants--true artificial teeth which reside right in the jaw. Highly successful and faithful imitators of natural teeth, implants restore oral health, function and appearance.
What is a dental implant?
A dental implant is a titanium screw or cylinder placed into the jaw bone. At Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, your dentist completes the entire implant process--from examination and X-rays to oral impressions to oral surgery and restoration--right in the treatment room. Dr. Schneider and Dr. Staub use implants to fill smile gaps caused by decay, abscess, oral trauma or congenital problems such as misshapen or missing teeth.
A single implant has three parts: the implant itself, an extension post and porcelain crown. The post and crown complete the implant after the site has completely healed.
The jaw bone adheres to the dental implant through something called osseointegration, This process creates a firm and almost unbreakable bond. In fact, that's a main benefit of dental implants: they actually improve the width, height and density of the jaw bone.
In addition to replacing one tooth, implants can support multi-tooth bridges, partial dentures and full dentures. So, even patients with substantial tooth loss can take advantage of these great dental prosthetics.
Can you receive dental implants?
Many adults and older teenagers can if they:
- Are in good overall health
- Have enough bone in their jaws to support implants (this is determined by X-ray and CT scan)
- Faithfully floss daily and brush their teeth twice a day to avoid plaque and tartar build-up
Plan on a consultation with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub. They'll fully explain the process, costs and timeline. Dental implant treatments take several weeks to complete; however, the process is comfortable and the results..amazing.
Miscellaneous facts about dental implants
- Research shows that dental implants last upwards of 25 years, says Columbia University School of Dental Medicine.
- Smokers can receive implants but should abstain from tobacco for 3 days before and 3 days after their procedures. Cigarettes can break down implant sites and cause peri-implantitis, an infection similar to gum disease. Quitting tobacco is best.
- Precise imaging techniques help your dentist accurately place your implants for maximum functionality.
Find out more
We recommend you come in for an individual consultation with Dr. Schneider or Dr. Staub. Learn your options, and look forward to a complete and attractive smile. Call Schneider Family Dentistry today at (301) 948-3111.
Many Americans have some form of gum disease, but haven’t been properly diagnosed. Close to half of Americans have a mild to advanced case according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you are diagnosed with this common oral health problem, see a periodontist at Schneider Family Dentistry in Gaithersburg, MD, for immediate treatment.
What Is Periodontitis?
Overgrowth of bad bacteria in the oral cavity is the cause of most dental problems, including periodontitis. With this condition, the bad bacteria overwhelm healthy gum tissue and gradually breaks down bone tissue. In an advanced case of periodontitis, the gums become red and swollen, there’s bleeding when brushing, and the teeth start to loosen, Without care from a dentist, tooth loss is a possibility.
How a Periodontist Can Help
Early intervention is the best course of action for gum disease. In the early to moderate stages of gum disease, a procedure called root planing and scaling gets rid of much of the diseased tissue and allows new healthy tissue to be restored in its place. In moderate to late-stage gum disease or periodontitis, periodontal surgery may be necessary. Cosmetic gum surgery can help fix receding and uneven gums that develop due to gum disease.
Keeping Your Gums Healthy
It is possible to completely rid your mouth of the symptoms of a gum infection if you and your periodontist pursue aggressive treatments in a timely fashion. These are more tips for keeping your gums healthy after periodontal therapy:
- Eat foods and drink beverages that are high in antioxidants to aid the healing process.
- Floss more regularly than ever before as food getting trapped between the teeth causing plaque and tartar buildup is one of the main causes of gum disease.
- Schedule periodic cleanings with your dentist every three months after periodontal therapy.
Restore Your Gum Health
Know the signs of gum disease and see your periodontist for treatment as soon as possible. Call (301) 948-3111 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Adam Schneider or Dr. Katie Staub at their office in Gaithersburg, MD.
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