Decades ago, bad experiences at the dentist were all too common. One traumatic experience could ruin a person’s attitude towards their dental care provider. With today’s technology, bad dental experiences are rare. Finding the right dentist is easy. Once you find the right dentist; though, it is important to not let past experiences get in the way of successful treatment. Don’t let the sound of a drill or the sight of your cleaning reminder postcard get in your head. Just because an experience at one dentist wasn’t up to par doesn’t mean that an experience at another dentist will be the same. Many patients wait years before returning to a dentist because of a bad experience; leading to advanced decay and serious damage. Don’t let that happen to you!
The Importance of
In the United States, about 30 million adults suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sleep apnea occurs when the mouth’s muscles relax and block the airway. The lack of breathing causes the oxygen level in the blood stream to fall, leading to multiple medical problems such as hypertension, congestive heart failure, stroke, and early death from heart attack. Untreated sleep disordered breathing can also contribute to TMD, bruxism, and gastroesophageal problems. Did you know that the use of a mouth appliance can help treat OSA? By advancing the lower jaw, the appliance can open the airway and get the precious oxygen into the lungs for distribution throughout the body. We all know that quality sleep in important; but who knew for this reason?
Yogi in You
“Yoga is about clearing away whatever is in us that prevents our living in the most full and whole way.” -Cybele Tomlinson
Yoga can be a great activity to help cleanse and clarify the soul. The movements rid the body of tension and toxins. However, more often than not, the tension is redirected to other parts of the body. The next time you find yourself in downward dog or reverse warrior; be mindful of the muscles being used. Are you clenching your jaw as you reach for that bind? Grinding your teeth as you sit into chair pose? Making sure that tension is fully released can elevate your yoga practice and allow you to live in the most full and whole way.
Like robotic surgery, Computer Guided Surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that we have been employing at the office for decades. “Minimally invasive” means that instead of operating on patients through large incisions, we use miniaturized surgical instruments with pinhole incisions that rarely require stitches. Applications include periodontal grafting and dental implant placement. With ongoing advances in technology, Computer Guided Surgery continues to improve and evolve. The operations are planned utilizing 3D computer software for the ultimate in precision and safety. Other benefits include less trauma, speedy recovery, minimal bleeding and swelling. This particular case involved upper & lower rehabilitation with dental implants and Prettau bridges. A delighted patient reports, “The best thing I every did was fix my teeth this way”.
...Dr. David Forlano