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When many people think of dentures they picture an old lady with her teeth flapping out of her mouth. This picture is horribly outdated! And unfortunately it deters many patients from getting partial or complete dentures that could dramatically change their lives. With modern technology, dentures are more natural looking, and easier to use than ever before. Here I’m going to review some options our O'Fallon dentures dentists offer for patients suffering from tooth loss. Depending on your situation you may benefit from partial or complete dentures.

 

So What’s The Difference?

 

If you’re missing all of your teeth on either the top or lower jaw you may benefit from complete dentures. These dentures are fitted to your gums, and they stay in place with dental adhesive. With complete dentures you can regain the appearance of a complete smile along with the functionality of a full set of teeth.

 

If, on the other hand, you are missing some teeth, but you still have natural, healthy teeth on your jaw line, you may be able to use partial dentures. These dentures replace teeth with a smaller denture piece. Partial dentures are affixed to adjacent teeth. Natural teeth hold partial dentures in place, and simultaneously partial dentures keep teeth from shifting or moving along the gum line.

 

Both of these tooth-replacement options can help you feel more confident and happy with your smile. There’s not reason to go through life trying to hide your teeth—you have options with comfortable, modern dentures. Give our O’Fallon dentures dentists a call—we can answer all of your questions and get you on the way to your dream smile— (636) 614-1217.

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.

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