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You can’t control whether or not you have a chronic sleep apnea condition. However, as an informed patient you can control how disruptive your sleep apnea is on a day-to-day basis. Nobody knows your sleep habits better than you do—and if you take proactive steps to get the sleep apnea treatment you need, you can significantly reduce your complications from sleep apnea. So take charge of your health and look out for these common sleep apnea-associated problems. If you look at this list and think, “hey, that sounds like me,” let your dentist know!

 

Common chronic symptoms:

  • Extreme daytime sleepiness
  • Heartburn/sour taste in the mouth
  • Nighttime restlessness and tossing and turning
  • Frequent headaches
  • Concentration problems
  • Decreased memory
  • Irritability

Nighttime sleep-apnea specific symptoms:

  • Choking/gasping during sleep
  • Swelling of the legs
  • Chest pain at night
  • Disruptive snoring
  • Periods of obstructed breathing—your bed partner may even be able to hear that you are not breathing for a period of time
  • Frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom

As you can see, some of these symptoms ostensibly point more directly to sleep apnea than others. Swelling of the legs, for instance, may be a result of a variety of troubling problems. Our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists can help you determine whether your symptoms are connected to sleep apnea breathing problems or another condition. Therefore, if you find yourself struggling with one or more of these symptoms it’s important to contact your dental health professional immediately so that you can get an accurate diagnosis. Feel free to give our O’Fallon sleep apnea dentists a call if you have any questions or you’d like more information—(636) 614-1217.

Fear of the dentist is one of the number one reasons that patients loss control of their dental health and end up with smiles that are both unhealthy and unattractive. As a dentist, I know that this fear is unnecessary and counterproductive, but it’s a reality for many people. Our O’Fallon sedation dentists empathize with this common problem, and we offer an innovative solution to help anxiety-prone patients get into the dentist’s chair—oral conscious sedation.

Oral conscious sedation isn’t nearly as complicated as it sounds. You simply take a small pill before treatment. Then during your procedure you are conscious—able to respond to questions and interact with our dental team—but you remain relaxed and pain-free. Although you’re never asleep, you probably won’t remember any of your procedure when you get home. Patients who underwent oral conscious sedation report that when they look back on their dental treatment they remember taking a sedative, arriving at the office, and then…nothing until they are relaxing at home post-care.

Oral conscious sedation is often referred to as “sleep dentistry.” However, this is largely a misnomer, because although it may feel like you slept through your appointment you are never actually asleep. In fact, many patients are excited about oral conscious sedation precisely because they never have to be unconscious and under general anesthesia.

Effective and regular dental care is vital to maintaining a healthy, functional smile for life. Fear and anxiety can become your greatest enemies and keep you from getting the care you need. Some patients feel trepidation about the idea of sedation dentistry—don’t hesitate to give our O’Fallon sedation dentists a call to get more information or talk about your specific situation in greater detail. We’re here for you—(636) 614-1217.

If you’ve been evaluating different tooth replacement options, you’ve probably noticed that there are a variety of different treatments available. Dental implants are surgically implanted into the jawbone to replace teeth, while dental bridges are kept in place because they are anchored to adjacent teeth. Dentures on the other hand sit on top of existing gum tissue. A flexible, custom-fitted acrylic gum form keeps your dentures in place.

Because dentures sit on top of the teeth and are removable, they require some denture-specific cleaning in order to keep them fresh. By following some basic denture hygiene tips you can enjoy functional, beautiful dentures for years to come. Here are some cleaning tips our O’Fallon dentures dentists generally recommend:

Remember to Rinse

Make sure to rinse your dentures after eating and anytime you’re about to put them back into your mouth.

 

Keep Your Gum Tissue and Natural Teeth Clean

After you take out your dentures, take the time to clean your mouth as well as your dentures. Brush your gums and oral tissues to remove and debris that might have been trapped by dentures during the day.

 

Soak Dentures

You should be cleaning your dentures with a dental cleaner at least once day—giving them a good scrub with a soft-bristled brush. It is equally important that you then soak your dentures in specially formulated dentures solution. The exception is dentures with metal parts that could corrode—your dentist will give you special instructions to clean metal dentures.

 

See Your Dentist!

Semi-annual regular professional cleanings will keep your mouth and natural tissues clean and healthy. These cleanings are also an ideal time for your dentist to assess the fit and functionality of your dentures.

 

By following a few simple rules you can keep your dentures clean and comfortable for years to come. Give our O'Fallon dentures dentists a call for more information or to schedule an appointment—(636) 614-1217.

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