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Have you been told that you snore, to the point that you keep others awake or abruptly stop breathing? If so, you may have sleep apnea, a common disorder that affects approximately 22 million American adults. Chronic sleep apnea can have negative effects on not just your sleep, but your overall health and well-being. You may not immediately think of a dentist as your source for sleep apnea treatment, but Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan are dentists who can help manage and treat your sleep apnea at their practice, Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale or Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix. You can learn more in this post.
What is sleep apnea?
There are two main types of sleep apnea: central and obstructive. Central occurs when the brain doesn't put out the proper breathing signals during sleep; the obstructive type is due to abnormal weakness of the muscles at the back of the throat. Both cause loud snoring due to the restriction of air passing through the trachea. Sleep apnea also causes a person to wake up many times during sleep; this is the body's way of restarting breathing. Most people don't know they wake up, but they often feel it the next morning in the form of being lethargic and unmotivated. This lack of energy, coupled with the constant interruption to your body's natural functions, can lead to poor productivity at work, lack of concentration while driving or performing other important tasks, and is thought to play a part in the development of heart disease or stroke.
How can a dentist treat my sleep apnea?
After you've been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you might not think about containing your Scottsdale dentist. However, Dr. Scott Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan help their patients manage sleep apnea through the use of a custom oral appliance, which is worn during sleep. These oral appliances are designed to reposition your jaw and tongue so the muscles in the back of your throat have more room, thus accommodating the airway for the sagging that occurs. Unlike CPAP machines, these guards are lightweight, comfortable, and easily portable.
If you have sleep apnea and want to learn more about your options for treatment, contact Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale or Metro Refresh Dentistry in Phoenix for an appointment today!
Have you lost a tooth and hate the way your smile looks? Dental implants can replace that missing tooth and improve your smile. Waterfront Dentistry and Refresh Dentistry explain how implants can help you. Dr. Sutton and Dr. Shawn Monahan offer implants to residents of the entire Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ areas.
What are implants?
A dental implant looks like a tiny screw. Your dentist makes a small opening in your jawbone and places the implant inside. During the next three to six months, the titanium implant will begin to bond with the bone in your jaw. The process usually takes about three to six months, although it does vary. When bonding is complete, your Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix dentist will place a crown on top of the implant, allowing you to chew and speak normally. In some cases, you may receive a crown on the same day you receive your implant.
Why is it so important to replace a lost tooth?
Tooth replacement offers several benefits including:
- Better ability to chew and bite: When you lose a tooth, particularly if that tooth is a molar, it may be difficult to thoroughly chew food. Failing to adequately chew your food can result in stomach upset.
- Improved health for surrounding teeth: The surrounding teeth begin to drift toward the gap in your smile after you lose a tooth. When this occurs, your teeth begin to overlap, making it difficult to remove cavity-causing plaque from the overlapping sections. Your new implant prevents drifting from occurring and helps keep all of your teeth straight and healthy.
- Better bone health: Your teeth roots provide constant stimulation to your jawbone. Without that stimulation, your jawbone can begin to weaken and recede. Since implants replace your tooth roots, they provide the stimulation that the bone needs to remain strong.
- Improved self-confidence: It's hard to feel like smiling when there's a gap in your smile. Once your implant and crown is in place, you'll feel more confident in social and professional settings.
Would you like to find out if a dental implant is the ideal option for you? Call Waterfront Dentistry and Refresh Dentistry in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ and schedule an appointment. With a little help from Dr. Sutton and Dr. Monahan, your smile will be complete again!