Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea UtahDo you snore when you sleep? Do you have a loved one that keeps you up at night snoring? While snoring is one of the most common signs of sleep apnea, there are several other signs that can go unnoticed. Sleep apnea can kill if it is not caught soon enough. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common that most people believe as it impacts nearly 25 million adults in the United States. When a person suffers from obstructive sleep apnea, it causes people to stop breathing for several seconds to more than a minute.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a chronic condition in which the muscles relax when a person is sleeping. The soft tissues will relax, causeing them to block the airway. When this occurs, repeated breathing pauses occur, reducing your oxygen levels. The breathing pauses then lead to brief awakenings as your body tries to prevent the blockage. The awakenings make it difficult for you to recieve a full nights rest. When this pattern continues day after day, it can cause problems with your quality of life.

Signs of Sleep Apnea

How do you know if you or your loved one has sleep apnea? There are several signs to watch out for including:

  • Choking sounds when sleeping
  • Gasping for breath when sleeping
  • Loud snoring
  • Wheezing

Excess body weight, narrow airways, and misaligned jaws increase the risk of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is more common in men, but it often occurs in women during pregnancy.

Why You Need Sleep Apnea Treatment

Treating sleep apnea is one of the most important aspects for your health. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to headaches, fatigue, memory loss, and other concerns. Sleep apnea is treated with oral appliances, surgery, or continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). An oral appliance will include the use of a mouth guard-like device that is worn during sleep. The oral appliance will shift the jaw enough to allow for proper airflow through the throat and to the lungs.

Oral appliance therapy is one of the most effective treatments methods to prevent snoring and obstructive sleep apnea. When you come to Hyde Park Dental, we will fit you with an oral appliance device unique to your mouth. Most medical insurance plans will pay for oral appliance therapy. Contact our Logan dental office today for more information.

 

Finding a Dentist Near Utah State University

Family Sitting On Sofa At Home TogetherWhat is one of the biggest reasons patients do not visit the dentist? LOCATION! While fear is right at the top of this list, we often find patients avoid going to the dentist because they are not located near their office. If you live in Cache Valley, you are in luck as Hyde Park Dental is conveniently located near Utah State University on 3125 N Main Street. Finding a good dentist you can trust with your oral health needs doesn’t have to be a hard task anymore! Here are five tips we always recommend when you are looking for a dentist, it just so happens, we meet all five requirements!

  1. Know your dental health benefits. this is a big deal! We know how expensive dental procedures can become, and we want to help you. Call our Logan dental office to discuss your current dental health plan. We can let you know what your copayment is, and what the average cost is for some of the larger procedures (like dental implants and crowns). If you do not have dental insurance, that’s okay! We do provide patient payment plans to make receiving the care you need affordable.
  2. Ask others for recommendations. What is the best way to find a dentist in Logan? Ask around! At Hyde Park Dental, we are proud of our reputation and we work extremely hard to maintain it. Ask around and you will find that we have one of the best dental teams in the area.
  3. Location. Do you prefer a dentist location near your workplace or your home? We are located right on main street in Logan, making it easy for you to come in on your lunch break, between college classes, or even on your way to Bear Lake!
  4. Scheduling. Give us a call to set up an appointment. We are here for your needs and can provide emergency dental treatments for our patients. We even set up a schedule to keep you on track with your oral health by creating future cleaning dates that meet your busy schedule.
  5. Evaluate the dentist after an appointment. We LOVE to hear from our patients. We encourage you to leave us a review and to tell our staff what you think we could improve upon. We always work hard to provide patients with a clean, organized office, and we have the best dental assistants in the area. Come visit our friendly team in Logan for your dental needs.

We love what we do and we love our patients. When you become a patient of Hyde Park Dental, you will be treated as family. Call our Logan dental office today for more information or to schedule your next appointment!

Understanding the Dental Implant Process

Logan dental implantWhenever you lose one or several teeth, you need to have them replaced. In dentistry, you have a number of alternatives. You can opt for dentures, permanent devices such as bridges or dental implants. The latter option consists of an object placed at the root of where the missing tooth once stood. A cap is then attached on top. The cap, also known as a crown, resembles your other set of teeth. This technique usually results in an artificial tooth that looks like and feels almost like the original tooth.

What is a Dental Implant Made Of?

Implants are made of titanium. They usually look like miniature screws or cylinders. Titanium does not harm your body. It actually becomes part of your jawbone. X-rays taken after installing titanium implants always show a compact jaw structure.

Evaluating Your Jaw Bone

There are conditions that may not be ideal for a patient to have an implant. That is why your medical history is examined. Your jaw bone structure must be strong enough to support an implant before surgery begins.

Do I Need Bone Grafts?

If there is a deficiency in your jaw bone, you will need to undergo grafting. This involves taking bone material from another part of the body and adding it to the jaw. This procedure can take place simultaneous to the implant installation or several months earlier.

Preparing the Implant

The surgeon works together with the dentist and a lab technician. The team makes a device which, when attached to teeth near the replacement area, directs the dentist on the right place to drill a hole.  The surgeon drills a hole in the jawbone after which he places the root anchor. They can press or screw it inside the bone. They will close the gum covering the titanium implant.

Final procedure

After 2-6 months, you have to go back for completion of the procedure. The dentist opens up your gum in order to reach the implant. A crown will be created with porcelain and metal and is attached to the screw in the jaw bone. Adjustments are made to the crown to ensure it fits properly and does not cause pain when you are eating.

For more information about dental implants, contact Hyde Park Dental today, 435-258-7447!

Steps to Keep Cavities Away

 

  • Steps to Keep Cavities Away | Hyde Park DentalWhat are Cavities? – It’s important to understand what cavities are. Oftentimes, we hear the word and know that they are damaging to our teeth, but what exactly are they? Cavities are holes that form in the enamel of a tooth once decay has started to break down the enamel. Decay comes from the buildup of bacteria over time, also known as plaque, the sticky film that forms on your teeth. Plaque can’t necessarily be prevented, but it can be cleaned on a regular basis to prevent dental decay.
  • Brush the Plaque Away– The only way to prevent cavities is by cleaning off the decay forming plaque that naturally occurs in your mouth, every single day. Brushing should be done at least twice daily, for approximately two minutes each time. Be sure when you are brushing that you don’t do it too hard, as this can be damaging to the gums. Brush in a circular motion along the sides of your teeth, and along the gum line. Don’t forget to also brush your tongue to remove any bacteria that may be present, as well. Use a soft bristled toothbrush, or consider investing in an automatic toothbrush for added effectiveness. Your toothbrush should be replaced monthly, ensuring to keep your mouth clean and healthy. Also, store your toothbrush in an area that is free from bacterial exposures from the rest of bathroom.
  • Floss Regularly- It is important to floss at least once a day to dislodge any plaque or food that has built up between your teeth. Brushing alone can’t get in between the tight spaces where decay has at a greater chance of occurring. A lot of decay and cavities are usually between the teeth. Flossing can difficult to do between tight spaces. So if you struggle with floss between any of your teeth, consult with your dentist about it.
  • Keep your Enamel Strong– The enamel on the outside of your teeth is important to keep strong, and healthy. It’s your first defense against decay and cavities. To help keep your enamel strong, eat a healthy diet high calcium intake, and other enamel strengthening foods. Avoid eating and drinking too many sugary and starchy foods and beverages. Sugars and starches stick to the enamel of your teeth, feeding the bacteria present. Also, try to avoid biting on non-food items, such as pens, plastics, nails, etc. Your teeth are meant for chewing food; not to open items or packages. It is also important to be careful of chewing on hard candies and gummy candies, as well.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly– Visiting your dentist regularly is important for many reasons. Your dentist will keep ongoing records of your dental health, helping to prevent problems in the future. They will also professionally clean your teeth. Regardless of your own daily cleaning, plaque will still build up. Along with a professional cleaning, the dentist may also include x-rays, allowing them to see all sides of your teeth, diagnosing any cavities that may have developed. In the event of any cavities occurring, the dentist will remove the decay, and fill the cavity hole with a protective filling. The dentist office also has other methods of helping to keep your teeth strong and free from decay, such as fluoride treatments and sealants. You should visit your dentist once every 6 months.

If you would like more information about how to keep cavities away, or to schedule your next visit with us, please feel free to contact us today at: (435) 258-7447.

Give the Gift of a Smile Makeover

Steps to a Great Smile Makeover | Hyde Park DentalSmile! It’s one of the very first things that people noticed about you when greeting, or speaking to them. A smile is often something that people feel self-conscious about, particularly when it isn’t as bright or as healthy looking as they would like it to be. If you personally struggle with the confidence of your own smile, or feel that it isn’t up to standards, or if you know of someone that is in need of or wanting to improve their own smile, you can give the gift of a smile makeover today! Giving the gift of confidence makes the world of a difference in someone’s life, which will positively affect their life for many years to come.

When having a smile makeover done, it’s important to take some things into consideration. For example, what is the size of the individual’s mouth and teeth, the current health of the gum tissues, and overall dental health? Also, the color, age and health of the teeth should be considered, as well. There are many elements that go into making a perfect smile, and not every person may need the exact same things. A smile makeover can include a wide variety of different things, such as:

  • Teeth Whitening– One of the simplest ways to give a mini makeover to any smile is by brightening it up! Over time, teeth naturally begin to yellow for environmental reasons, and from certain eating and drinking habits. Various long-term medications can also affect the coloring of teeth, as well.
  • Replace Any Old Dental Work– If there are a lot of older silver fillings within the mouth, replacing them with a color-matching composite is another great way to get started on a dental makeover. Other outdated dental work such as veneers or implants, can also be replaced as part of the makeover process. This not only helps to improve the overall health of a person’s smile, but it also improves the appearance of it, as well. Properly conducted dental work is nearly impossible to detect.
  • Replace Missing Teeth and Fill Gaps– This can have a huge effect on the appearance of a smile, and reduce the risk of dental decay. Missing teeth and gaps can be replaced with dental implants, bridges or partial dentures.
  • Straightening and Aligning– If the teeth appear to be either crooked or crowded, there are straightening options available such as braces, or dental implants to help fix these issues.
  • Perfecting the Teeth-Whenever dental work is done, there is a method used to perfect the length of the teeth, giving the individual their very best smile possible. If dental implants and veneers are already present, it’s important to make sure that they are adjusted accordingly to coincide with the face of the patient. A smile should look natural, with teeth that are proportionately sized appropriately.

To achieve the patient’s goals for their smile, it’s important to take into consideration that these improvements could take multiple visits to achieve. But once thoroughly completed, it is well worth the time! A bright, confident and healthy smile is a wonderful asset to anyone. If you would like to see what options are available for a smile makeover, please contact us today. We look forward to giving you the confidence you deserve!