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Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Apr 21, 2015 @ 10:04 AM

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Snoring is not funny. It's often joked about and presented as a comic behavior displaying boredom.

In reality, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and excessive snoring that interrupts sleep can indicate a serious disease and cause excessive daytime sleepiness, pauses in breathing, irritability and depression. Studies show that 30 to 50 percent of the people in the U.S. experience snoring.

Most sleep related breathing cases go un-diagnosed and untreated. A dental survey found that an estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, according to the American Dental Association.

A successful treatment to combat excessive snoring and sleep apnea is the use of dental snore appliance. Such devices reposition the mandible in forcing the lower jaw down and forward slightly. It looks a lot like a sports mouth guard. Oral appliances are designed to help stop the collapse of the tongue and soft tissues in the back of the throat, keeping the airway open during sleep. It assists in preventing problems in breathing.  

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has pioneered the design of dental snore appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea and sleep related breathing disorders.  With an oral appliance, dentists can minimize or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea in mild to moderate cases. If you cannot tolerate a CPAP machine, then a dental appliance can be a life saver!

Dentists are often the first to recognize symptoms of sleep apnea since one of the symptoms can be tooth grinding (bruxing) during sleep. Your dentist may recommend further evaluation with a sleep monitor or referral to a sleep physician. The success rate of dental sleep appliances is very high in significantly reducing risks of dealing with mild to moderate cases of apnea. Treatment with dental appliances is often covered by medical insurance.

If you have questions about sleep apnea or excessive snoring, contact us and we will be happy to discuss options with you. 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg Dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry,

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Got Gaps? Dental Implants may be the Solution.

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 @ 13:02 PM

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We often hear about incredible advances in medicine such as artificial organs grown in a laboratory and the latest artificial knees or hips.  We don’t hear as much about the latest advances in dentistry, but they have been just as stunning.

 

The last thirty years in dentistry, for example, has seen a revolution in the development and availability of dental implants.  Once considered experimental and as a last resort treatment, implants have become the best standard of care for many situations. They can replace a single tooth or all your teeth.   Implant dentistry is changing lives every bit as much as artificial knees and hips.

 

When we lose a tooth we actually lose a lot more.  Often 40 percent of the jawbone is lost within the first year of tooth extraction.  The face can collapse and we age prematurely.  Until implants were available, there was nothing we could do about this dramatic loss of facial structure.  Replacing a tooth or teeth with implants not only replaces the teeth, but even more importantly it prevents the melting away of the jaw structure. 

 

Problems with your loose,  lower denture?  As few as two implants can hold a lower denture solidly in place.  You can eat healthy foods you had given up on and stop worrying about embarrassing denture slips.

 

Want to learn more about dental implants?  Come to a free seminar at our office on Thursday Feb. 12 at 5:30 P.M.  Just give us a call to RSVP!

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland Dental School.

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