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Sleep Apnea and Dental Treatment Options

Did you know that 22 Million Americans currently have sleep apnea? Many people find snoring to be one of the biggest nuisances when co-sleeping. Depending upon your condition, Hyde Park Dental may be able to provide treatment for your sleep apnea. We use oral appliances to aid in moving the teeth and jaw, allowing for proper airflow to occur.

Sleep Apnea Oral Device

We create custom oral appliances designed to improve your sleep. You will want to use an oral appliance designed to treat obstructive sleep apnea. Our oral appliances are designed to be long-lasting, comfortable, and affordable. We recommend trying an oral device prior to additional treatments like a CPAP machine or corrective surgery. When we use the oral device, you will see your lower jaw is moved into a forward position, allowing for a comfortable position while sleeping. The movement will help to relax the throat muscles, designed to keep your tongue from blocking the air passages. If you have mild or moderate sleep apnea, dental devices for sleep apnea can be effective at aiding in treating the condition by allowing air to flow properly through the nose and mouth and down the throat.

Mandibular Advancement Devices

A mandibular advancement device is the most commonly used device to treat dental sleep apnea. Mandibular devices are referred to as oral appliances and are designed to move the lower jaw forward while sleeping. What this will do is open the airway and keep the tongue from blocking the airway.

Tongue Retaining Device

Another tool used for dental sleep apnea is the tongue retaining device. A tongue retaining device will hold the tongue in a forward position. It isn’t quite as comfortable and it can take awhile to adjust to it where you are used to wearing it while sleeping.

Sleep Apnea Advanced Treatment with CPAP

If you have a different diagnosis of sleep apnea where you do need to wear a CPAP device, you can also use a dental sleep apnea device to aid in effective treatment. We can create an oral appliance to move the jaw and can be worn with your CPAP, which allows you to reduce the pressure setting of your CPAP.

For more information about dental devices used to treat sleep apnea, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

What Types of Dental Anesthesia Are Available?

Several dental procedures require dental anesthesia to numb the area prior to working on it. The dentist will need to use anesthesia in order to eliminate any pain you might feel when they are working on your mouth. Depending upon the way your body reacts, we may need to use different anesthesia in order to help you relax.

Here are some definitions of the different type of anesthesia we may use:

  • Local anesthesia. This is the most common type if anesthesia used by a dentist. It will numb the tooth and area that needs to be treated. They are used only for the numbing of the mouth in order to perform oral procedures from the filling of cavities to root canals and extractions.
  • Conscious sedation. This is used by placing a tube over your nose in which you will breathe in a mild sedative that will relax you. You will remain awake during the procedure but it is common to not remember the pain or much about the procedure.
  • General anesthesia. Typically dentists do not use this type of anesthesia as it requires the hiring of an anesthesialogolist in order to administer it. This will affect your entire body as you will fall asleep and will not remember the procedure at all. Individuals that have extractions commonly have general anesthesia as it will allow them to fall asleep and they will not remember anything.

At Hyde Park Dental, we are focused on providing our dental patients with the best treatment options. If you have dental anxiety, or you do have concerns about procedures, please let our team know. Our goal is to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during dental treatments. We want to focus on giving you the right treatment methods to ensure you have a smile that you are proud to share with others for years to come!

Understanding Composites and Bonding

healthy teeth North LoganWhen you head to your Cache Valley Dentist for a yearly cleaning, it’s common to find out that you have tooth decay or cavities. Just about everyone will have a cavity in their lifetime due to the amount of plaque and bacteria that is starting to break down the enamel on your teeth. So what happens next? If you have a cavity, your Dentist will use special tools to remove the cavity and replace it with composites and bonding.

Bonding simply means that you are having special dental materials secured to your teeth. This happens by using a curing light that will harden the material to your tooth, proving you with a strong tooth again. What is composite material? This is the “white” filling we will place into the tooth where they have removed the cavity. Composites are often used to replace other issues with the teeth like gaps in the teeth or stains on the front of the teeth.

Composite material comes in a number of different shades, making it ideal for anyone that would like to repair their smile. The filling material can be matched perfectly so that no one will even notice that you have had dental work done.

If you have old fillings that are sliver (amalgam) it is common for a dentist to recommend replacement of these fillings. This will improve your smile, especially if you open your mouth and others can see your silver fillings.

Depending upon how large your cavity is and how much work you need done, it will only take the dentist a few minutes or an hour to work on your teeth. Smaller fillings that do not go deep into the dentin (inner part) of the tooth may not even require anesthesia to treat the tooth and to bond the composite material to the tooth.

Call Hyde Park Dental today to schedule your cleaning and examination!

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Cleanings

dental cleaningsIs brushing and flossing enough to protect your teeth against serious dental problems? No matter how well you brush or floss your teeth, nothing can take the place of a regular dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. If left to their own devices, plaque and tartar will cause gum disease and can easily cause serious damage to your teeth, leaving you with limited options when it comes to caring for your teeth.

Our Cache Valley Dentist is ready to protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Our trained staff will help you feel comfortable if you do suffer from dental anxiety and are concerned about the cleaning process. We treat our patients like members of our family and want to make sure you are receiving the right procedures for your unique needs. Some patients have health conditions that need to be considered prior to a cleaning, other patients may have a history of oral health problems. We recommend coming into the office every six months for regular cleanings and examinations.

Alot of things can change in six months and many patients will end up seeing serious differences in their oral health. We do take x-rays to help us identify issues below the gums and possibly within the root of the tooth. If you are at a higher risk for gum disease, it is important to contact our office. We recommend frequent cleanings for patients with soft teeth or those with a greater risk of oral health problems.

Contact our office if you are ready to have your teeth and gums cleaned and to prevent serious oral health problems.

 

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Are You a Candidate for Dental Sleep Apnea Treatment?

If you suffer from sleep apnea and are dissatisfied with your current treatment, it may be time to look into oral appliance therapy. Oral appliance therapy is used to treat patients who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea.

What is Oral Appliance Therapy?

As a common disorder, sleep apnea occurs when an individual has one or more pauses in breathing while sleeping. The oral appliance maintains an open and clear airway in the throat, which helps you achieve maximum comfort and opening of your airways during sleep.

How to Use Your Oral Appliance

Our dentist, Dr. Carlson, will discuss the benefits of each appliance and help you determine which sleep apnea appliance option is best for you. When you have chosen the right sleep apnea appliance for your requirements, our dentist will educate you on how to best use your sleep apnea appliance.

Oral Appliance Therapy Results

Most of our patients find the devices very comfortable. According to recent studies, oral appliances are effective in treating snoring 90% of patients.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

Our goal is to provide our sleep apnea patients with a great night’s sleep and maximum comfort during sleep. If you current method of treating sleep apnea is ineffective due to discomfort, we can help you resolve those issues through modification to your current treatment method or even changing your course of sleep apnea treatment entirely! Please call Hyde Park Dental today if you are experiencing sleep apnea to see if we can help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Dental Care for Missionaries

Getting ready for your mission is an exciting time for a young man or woman. With so many things to prepare for, it’s easy to forget the simple things, including dental care. Fortunately, we offer missionary specials, including wisdom teeth extraction for all four teeth, 50% off missionary exam, and 20% discount on all other dental work.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

The dentists at Hyde Park Dental creates maximum comfort during wisdom teeth extraction. We use state of the art technology for this procedure to reduce swelling and recovery time following the procedure. We also work quickly to reduce the amount of time the patient is in the chair so they can get home and start the recovery process. We provide each patient with clear instructions for their recovery and we make sure that each patient has someone to drop them off and drive the home after the procedure.

Teeth Cleaning

Before heading off to your mission, it’s essential to get your teeth professionally cleaned by our dentist. This will ensure that any plaque and tartar will be removed and reduce the risk of gum disease. We may also offer fluoride treatments to protect and strengthen the enamel.

Contact Hyde Park Dental for Your Dental Care Needs

Whether you’re about to go on your mission or just get back, we can help make your mouth as healthy as possible with our skilled dental staff and missionary discounts.

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How Pregnancy Affects Dental Health

If you’re expecting a baby, you’ve most likely noticed a lot of changes in your body, including changes in your oral health. The primary changes are due to an increase in hormones. Therefore, it’s essential to practice good dental health during your entire pregnancy. Here’s everything you need to know about a mother’s dental care.

Common Dental Health Problems During Pregnancy

Being pregnant puts you at a higher risk for gum disease, tooth decay, pregnancy tumors, and more. Although these conditions are avoidable with regular brushing and flossing, it may be necessary to make an appointment with your dentist to ensure your mouth stays healthy for the duration of your pregnancy.

When Should I See a Dentist?

We recommend making an appointment with our Utah dentist as soon as you find our about your pregnancy. We’ll assess your oral health and perform a thorough dental cleaning. Throughout your pregnancy, we’ll monitor changes and create a dental plan that will best work for your unique needs.

Are Dental X-Rays Safe for Pregnant Woman?

According to the American Dental Association, dental x-rays are now considered safe. However, if you have any concerns, feel free to talk to our dentists. We can help evaluate whether or not you need an x-ray of if it can be postponed.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today

We take pride in helping every Hyde Park Dental patient achieve a beautiful smile and good oral health. Call Hyde Park Dental today for your general dentistry needs. We are happy to set up an initial consultation and check-up for you at your earliest convenience!

How Sedation Dentistry Works

Sedation dentistry is effective and safe for patients of all ages. We have a special process to help our patients feel relaxed during the visit to our dentist office. We offer three types of sedation methods, including:

Oral Sedation

Also referred to as “sleep dentistry” or “conscious sedation,” Oral sedation is introduced as pill form. The pill will relax the central nervous system, allowing you to feel sleepy.  Oral sedation is a great option for people who experience anxiety with needles or shots.

IV Sedation

Known as “general anesthesia,” IV sedation is the strongest type of sedation dentistry. Patients receive the sedation drug intravenously, which allows the treatment to work quickly. After the sedative is administered, the patient will become unconscious. Vital signs of patients are supervised at all times. Once the treatment is complete and the patient wakes up, it’s necessary to have a loved one drive you home.

Nitrous Oxide

As the most basic type of sedation, nitrous oxide is a safe and effective sedation agent that is mixed oxygen. It’s introduced through a small mask that fits over your nose. Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide helps patients feel relaxed and comfortable during their time at the dentist. The gas tends to wear off quickly.

Customized Sedation Dentistry

We customize the sedation dentistry experience for each patient depending on age, weight, level of anxiety experienced, etc. If you choose the sedation dentistry experience please keep in mind that you will need a ride to and from your procedure. It is not safe to drive under the effects of the sedation medications. Your sedation is monitored by our dental staff in order to ensure that you are comfortable at all times while you are in our dental office.

Contact Hyde Park Dental Today!

For more questions about sedation dentistry, please call the Hyde Park Dental. We are happy to give you further details and help you decide if sedation dentistry is right for you or your family member.

Gum Disease Awareness Month

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During the month of February, the dental community raises awareness about gum disease. Gum disease is also referred to as periodontal disease. Periodontal disease can easily hide behind a beautiful white smile. Paying attention to the appearance of your teeth is great, but it is important to not forget about your gums. The best way to care for your gums, is to floss every day. Flossing removes bacteria build up between your teeth, preventing your gums from becoming inflamed and swollen. If you’re not flossing, you are missing 1/3 of the surface area of each tooth.

Periodontal Disease Correlates with Overall Health

Your gums that surround your teeth are a barrier. Their role is to prevent any inflammation from damaging your body. There are several other diseases and sickness that is related to gum disease, such as:

  • Heart Disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Premature births
  • Low-birth weight babies.

It hasn’t been determined what the exact link is between gum disease and other diseases that come as a result in your body. Experts have a theory that the bacteria that grows in your mouth from sugary and starchy foods get into your bloodstream and affects major organs. The most common symptom that is revealed between gum disease and heart disease, for example is inflammation. Inflammation in your gums is an indicator of gum disease and could perhaps cause inflammation throughout your whole body. Inflammation is evident and an underlying problem in heart disease and other diseases in the body.

Signs and Symptoms of Periodontal Disease

There are a few signs and symptoms that if you are aware of, you may be able to prevent further damage to your gums.

  • Red, tender and swollen gums
  • Receding gum line
  • Any bleeding after flossing
  • Constant halitosis (bad breath)
  • Indication of pus forming in the gums
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Sore or any pain in your mouth

The biggest key to aid in the prevention of gum disease, is to practice perfect oral hygiene and visit your dentist every six months in order to diagnose and provide proper treatment. At any time during your oral care routine, you notice any of the signs and symptoms listed above, schedule an appointment with your dentist and create an action plan before it gets any worse. Call us today if you have any questions.

Getting Ready for a Special Occasion

getting ready special occasionAt our dental office, we want to help you be ready for that special occasion, whatever it may be in 2017! With New Year’s Resolutions kicked off, you want to look and feel fabulous and be ready for what this year has to bring you.It is during this time of year that you lay the foundation for how you want to look and feel by summer. Don’t forget about your smile! Perhaps you are lacking confidence because you have a gap, or discolored teeth. Whatever imperfection you feel like you have with your teeth and gums, we can help you get it fixed and feeling great!

Bonding

This may be a dental procedure that isn’t heard very often. Bonding is a service that makes lightening stains possible, as well as closing gaps and fixing and teeth that are broken. Bonding is quick and easy, complete without anesthetics. Through cosmetic bonding, our dentists here at Oral Health Center, can create a dramatic difference to enhance your smile in 2017.

Veneers

This cosmetic dentistry service is both beautiful and long-lasting. Veneers are a great option that is smart and a stylish fix to broken, cracked, misshaped, or other ways your teeth may be flawed. This procedure happens over a few appointments. We find the perfect shade and create porcelain shells and with a long-lasting dental glue, place them on your teeth. With a lot of experience, we can place veneers on your teeth that will give your teeth a perfect shape and the confidence to always be smiling.

Invisalign

Invisalign is an option to create a straighter, more aligned smile. Through clear aligners, your teeth will gradually align. The aligners are removable and not very noticeable. This makes the service not very distracting to those you interact with regularly. With Invisalign, you can still eat and drink what you want.

Call us today if you are preparing for a special occasion. We will have your money maker of a smile whiter and brighter in no time.