What is Sleep Apnea and What Are its Complications?

Sleep Apnea is a serious medical disorder in which the patient’s breathing stops and starts throughout the night. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 18 million U.S. adults have this disorder. The disorder impacts both males and females of all ages. Sleep apnea which occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat do not keep the airway open is called obstructive sleep apnea. In central sleep apnea, another form of the disorder, the brain does not properly control breathing during one’s sleep.

Common signs of this are chronic and loud snoring, gasping for air during sleep, waking up with dry mouth, difficulty staying awake during the day, lack of focus during the day, and/or morning headaches.

Below are just two of the many serious complications associated with sleep apnea:

Difficulty concentrating or staying awake: The repeated cycle of waking up and going back to sleep makes it impossible to reach REM sleep, the restorative sleep stage. Patients suffer from daytime fatigue and difficulty concentrating and staying focused. Your mood may also be irritable because of this. There is a danger when driving or operating machinery when you are not well-rested and serious injury can occur.

Heart problems: When blood oxygen levels drop during this disorder, your blood pressure can increase, which subsequently places a strain on your cardiovascular system. Those who already suffer from heart disease may suffer a heart attack or death from low levels of oxygen in the blood.

If you or someone you know could be suffering from sleep apnea, we are here to help. Please reach out to DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333 to schedule an appointment. We gladly welcome patients at DaVinci Dentistry from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

The Benefits of a Dental Implant

If you have lost a tooth due to an extraction, infection, or decay, dental implants are a wonderful option to restore a missing tooth. There are several benefits to a dental implant when compared to other appliances, such as a dental bridge.

An implant looks and feels just like a natural tooth, so no one will ever know you had implant surgery. They are comfortable and do not require specific care. You brush and floss the implant as you do your natural teeth, and because the tooth is implanted, there is no need to remove the implant as you would a denture. Also, there is no need to affect the surrounding teeth as you would a dental bridge.

Implants are durable and can last for a very long time! Bridges and dentures have to be replaced over time. An implant saves you time and money over the long run.

Having an implant also stimulates your own bone growth and prevents further loss to the bone as would happen if the tooth was not replaced. 

Lastly, the implant is permanent, will not shift or move, and allows you to smile with confidence.

If you are interested in learning more about implants, please reach out to DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333 to schedule a consultation where we will assess your situation and determine if you are a good candidate for a dental implant(s). We gladly welcome patients at DaVinci Dentistry from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

Ouch, my tooth!

Experiencing pain or discomfort from a sensitive tooth is a common problem. This pain or discomfort can be felt when your teeth are exposed to cold water, hot or cold drinks, or very cold foods such as ice cream or other frozen foods. Tooth sensitivity can be treated, so it is important to see your dentist if you experience any tooth sensitivity.

You can reduce your risk of experiencing tooth sensitivity by exercising good oral hygiene. It is important to brush twice a day, morning and night, for at least two minutes each time, and floss regularly, preferably after each meal. It is also best to try to limit foods that are acidic such as oranges, grapefruits, lemons, and limes because the acid in these foods causes enamel to wear away, making your teeth more sensitive. Don’t ignore a sensitive tooth because doing so can lead to more serious issues, especially if the tooth sensitivity causes you to brush less frequently or brush for less time.

Some common treatments for sensitive teeth include the use of a desensitizing toothpaste which your dentist may recommend. A fluoride treatment is another option which involves applying fluoride to the sensitive tooth or teeth to help reduce the pain associated with the sensitivity and strengthen the enamel. Other treatment options that are available will be discussed at the time of your dental visit.

If you are suffering from the pain and discomfort of sensitive teeth, we can help. Call DaVinci Dentistry’s Southlake, TX office at 817.251.9333. We treat patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas.  We look forward to seeing you!

Pregnancy and Dental Visits

Preparing to have a baby is a busy time in any mother’s life. There are visits to your doctor, shopping for the baby’s needs, and setting up the baby’s room that all take time. During this busy time, make sure that you are still seeing your dentist for regular checkups. Dental checkups are safe and important for your oral health, especially when you are expecting a child. They are important so your dentist can identify and correct any pregnancy-related symptoms that may occur.  If your pregnancy is not showing yet, be sure to tell your dentist you are pregnant and how many weeks along you are. Advise your dentist of any medications you’re taking, both prescribed and over the counter, and any supplements you take as well. Be sure to disclose any medical conditions you may have so your dentist can work with your doctor.

During pregnancy, some women may experience gingivitis caused by hormonal changes. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease that causes inflammation of your gums, and if left untreated, can lead to periodontitis, a much more serious gum disease that can lead to tooth loss. When you suffer from gingivitis, you can experience swollen and inflamed gums or gums that bleed when you brush. Your gums can also be tender. When pregnant, you are also at risk of increased tooth decay resulting in cavities. These issues can all be addressed by your dentist.

In addition to seeing your dentist regularly while pregnant, be sure to keep up your good oral routine. It is important to brush twice a day, morning and night, for at least two minutes each time, and floss regularly, preferably after each meal.

Call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333 to schedule your next checkup. We gladly welcome patients from the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas.

You Have Options When It Comes to Dental Fillings

When you have a cavity, talk with your dentist on what type of dental filling is best for you and your situation. According to the ADA, some common filling options include composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings; amalgam, which is the silver-colored fillings used by dentists for decades; or gold amalgam fillings which are also durable and long-lasting but are more expensive and do not look as natural as composite resin. A nice thing about composite resin fillings is that it can be matched to the natural color of your tooth, making it far less noticeable that you had a cavity filled.

The best choice of dental filling for your needs depends on the situation, and this should be discussed with your dentist. Metal amalgam (silver or gold) should not be disregarded as a filling, even though it looks less natural because it has its own benefits. Amalgam does not wear out as quickly as composite resin. Also, if the filling has to cover a larger surface area, composite resin may not be the best choice in this case. Amalgam can withstand the biting forces exerted on it better than composite resin for larger cavities. Amalgam generally costs less as well. 

If you have a cavity that needs a filling, or if you have old metal fillings that you would like replaced with the more natural-looking composite resin filling, call your Southlake, TX DaVinci Dentistry office at 817.251.9333. We proudly treat patients from Southlake, TX and the surrounding areas.

Oral Care for Your Dentures

In our last blog post, we debunked some myths about dentures. This week, our topic is how to take care of your dentures once they are placed.

  • According to Colgate, be sure your dentures don’t dry out. Place them in warm water or denture cleanser overnight or when you’re not wearing them. Hot water can cause dentures to warp, so you will want to avoid soaking them in hot water. Dentures need to stay moist to keep their shape, but you don’t want them to warp.
  • You should brush your dentures, even though they are not your natural teeth. Brushing removes food particles and plaque that can build on dentures just as they do natural teeth. Dentures can also become stained, so you will want to brush them well to keep any surface stains at bay.
  • In addition to brushing your dentures, you will want to place your dentures every morning into a clean mouth, so be sure to brush your tongue and gums before placing your dentures.
  • You will also want to continue seeing your dentist on a regular schedule who can check the denture appliance to ensure it fits properly and that the dentures are not causing you any irritation.  If your dentures are ever damaged or become loose, you will want to see your dentist right away.

If you ever have a question about your dentures or need to see the dentist about your dentures, call DaVinci Dentistry at 817.251.9333. We are happy to help our patients in the Southlake, TX and surrounding areas with any questions or concerns they may have. 

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