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Monday, October 26, 2009

Dentistry That Can Change Your Life

DR. Tejas Patel, DDS at the Center of Cosmetic and General Dentistry, Texas, studied at the prestigious Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dental Studies and has years of experience performing a wide variety of cosmetic and general dentistry procedures and treatments. Dr. Patel is also an active member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. With the most advanced techniques and finest technology, Dr. Patel can help treat your Sleep Apnea and he can help you, and your spouse, regain that good night’s sleep. Visit www.lakewaysmiles.com for more information on Dr. Tejas Patel and the many services he provides for his patients.

Monday, October 12, 2009

How Dr. Patel Can Help Your Sleep Apnea

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can be treated with different options including a CPAP machine or a dental oral appliance. Recently the American Sleep Disorders Association adopted a resolution, which accepted dental appliance therapy for the treatment for snoring and for mild to even severe cases of sleep apnea in cases in which the snorer rejects or can’t comply with the respirator-like device known as the CPAP (Continuous Positive Air Pressure).

Sometimes users report problems like claustrophobia, nasal congestion, headaches, bloating, noises and tube interference when using a CPAP machine. In these instances the use of a dental oral appliance is a great option to help treat those with sleep apnea. Studies have shown that advancing the mandible (lower jaw) with dental sleep appliances may provide relief from snoring by physically pulling the tongue forward and out of the airway. This forward movement of the tongue tightens the soft tissue and muscles of the upper airway keeping the airway clear while you sleep. When this soft tissue is tightened the air that passes over cannot cause any vibrating and eliminates loud snoring.

Dental sleep appliances are unique, custom-made devices that consist of upper and lower dental plates and allow for normal opening and closing of your mouth. They are also adjustable which makes them comfortable, and unlike the CPAP, they are noiseless, they are easy to wear, and discreet. Many users of the device have reported a better night’s sleep and effective results. Dental sleep appliances are also easy to keep bacteria-free and will not disturb your sleep partner, all while remaining comfortable for you, the wearer.

Sleep Apnea Symptoms to Look For

One of the main concerns with sleep apnea is that a person may not even be aware that their snoring may point towards this much more serious condition. In fact, of the 40 million Americans with sleep disorders, only 10% of them are actually diagnosed and treated. However reports of sleep apnea generally come from outside observers like a sleep partner. Other good indicators of sleep apnea include: feeling tired throughout the day, needing to nap during the day, or feeling like you haven’t slept at all after a full night’s rest.

Sleep apnea is also not age specific. It can affect anyone from childhood up to old age. Both men and women can develop sleep apnea, but it is more common to men; particularly middle-aged, overweight men. A recent study shows that 34% of men are habitual snorers, while 50% report occasional snoring.

Some other symptoms of sleep apnea can include: instances of irritability, short temper, trouble with concentration or memory, lethargy, anxiety, depression, frequent nightmares and sexual dysfunction. There are also indications that high blood pressure, with the added risk of heart attack and stroke may be attributed to snoring and sleep apnea.

Follow up on our next post to learn how Dr. Patel can help!

Dr. Patel Case Study - Mona's Story

Mona's Story

"My teeth were yellow! I had terrible stains and I really wanted a brighter, whiter smile. I am a pediatric dentist so I am careful about my teeth, but I have known Dr. Patel for a long time. He is a very good person with good ethics so I knew that when it was time to have cosmetic work done, I could completely trust him. He recommended Zoom!® to brighten and whiten my teeth. What a great choice! I wanted instant results and Zoom! provided me with them. I was never apprehensive because Dr. Patel made sure I was comfortable. Now I have beautiful white teeth – everyone always says that my smile is so white and bright. When I wear red lipstick, my teeth do not look yellow. I feel as if I look younger and my teeth certainly look healthier! Thanks Dr. Patel!"

Procedures Performed: Zoom Teeth Whitening, General Dental Care

Friday, October 2, 2009

Stop the Snoring!

Sleep is a precious gift. But for over 87 million Americans, snoring and sleeping go hand-in-hand. Since snoring is often passed off as a simple annoyance, many people don’t understand the potential health problems snoring can cause. Snoring can be very disturbing and may disrupt or even strain your relationships with your spouse, family members or roommates.

Snoring may also be a sign of Sleep Apnea (OSA) in which you actually stop breathing at times during the night, which can be a very serious health condition. The multiple pauses in breathing can last anywhere from 10 to 30 seconds per incident, up to 7 minutes over the course of a single night.