Want To Know More About Dental Anxiety, Sleep Apnea and Oral Hygiene?

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For more helpful information about dental anxiety, sleep apnea, oral hygiene or sedation dentistry? If so, check out the following articles:

  • Find out how your dentist can help you overcome sleep apnea by reading this article from the University of Maryland Medical Center.

Visit Sanford Dental Excellence to receive comprehensive dental care in the Lake Mary area. We provide all your cosmetic, implant and dentistry needs in as little as one or two appointments. To learn more, call us at (407) 320-1700.


How the Dentist Can Help Relieve Sleep Apnea

If you’re coping with severe exhaustion day in and day out but can’t explain why, sleep apnea may be the cause. People with obstructive sleep apnea stop breathing while asleep, when the soft tissue at the back of the throat closes, blocking the airway. When breathing ceases, the sufferer may gasp for air or jerk awake momentarily. Although you may not recall waking at all, you may awaken many times during the night, leaving you feeling exhausted during the day. The good news is that your dentist can use oral appliance therapy to cure your sleep apnea and help you get the rest you need. Here is what you need to know about dental treatments for sleep apnea:

Sleep Apnea and CPAP

What Are Oral Appliances?
Oral appliances, which are also sometimes called dental devices, readjust the jaw and tongue position as you sleep to discourage the soft tissue in your throat from slackening and closing.

There are two types of oral appliances: the mandibular advancement device (MAD) and the tongue retraining device (TRD). The MAD is the most commonly used device and works by forcing the lower jaw slightly down and slightly forward. The TRD keeps your airway open by holding your tongue flat in your mouth. Both are worn at night while you sleep to reduce apnea and keep you breathing.

What Are The Benefits of Oral Appliances?
Oral appliances can provide instant relief from sleep apnea for many patients. Patients find them easy to use and stick with them more than other sleep apnea therapies. Because these dental devices improve sleep apnea symptoms, many patients report feeling better rested.

Who Can Use These Treatments?
There are many different kinds of treatments available for sleep apnea. Only your dentist can decide which is the right option for you. Although these dental devices have a great track record of success, they may not be ideal for patients with severe sleep apnea.

If you suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, let Sanford Dental Excellence evaluate you and recommend a personalized treatment plan. With dental care from us, you could finally get back to getting the restful sleep you need. Call today to schedule an appointment at (407) 320-1700. We offer a full range of general dentistry and sedation dentistry services for your comfort.

Learn How Dental Treatments Can Be Customized To Your Smile by Reading These Articles

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A great smile makes you look good on the outside and feel even better on the inside. The information in these articles will help you understand your dental treatment options. To get the confidence that comes from strong, healthy teeth, call Sanford Dental Excellence today. Our Lake Mary dental practice offers general and cosmetic dentistry services with your total comfort in mind. Call us today at (407) 320-1700 to schedule your consultation.


Overcome Dental Anxiety with Sedation Dentistry

Does the thought of a trip to the dentist make you feel nervous? You’re not alone. Around 70% of people have anxiety about dental care; in fact, surveys have shown at least 20% of the population is so on edge about dental treatments that they simply don’t go to the dentist. You don’t have to put your oral health at risk by avoiding dental care. Modern dental technology allows your dentist to offer you virtually pain-free treatment, but if you can’t overcome your anxiousness, sedation can make your visit more comfortable. At Sanford Dental Excellence, we offer both IV and oral sedation dentistry. Here’s what you need to know about dental sedation:

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What Is Sedation Dentistry?
By using sedation, your dentist can perform a range of services, from cleanings to more invasive surgical procedures, while you are completely relaxed. While under sedation, you will be able to respond to requests from your dentist and you will remain conscious. However, you will be in a state of deep relaxation and may not even remember treatment.

What Are Your Sedation Options?
Your dentist can choose IV or oral sedation, depending on your medical history and the procedure. With IV sedation, sedatives are delivered intravenously while your vital signs are monitored. You will be relaxed but conscious. The sedatives used in the IV tend to produce amnesia during the period of treatment, so you’re unlikely to remember your dental care.

With oral sedation, you will take a sedative in pill form. You will feel sleepy but will not become unconscious.

What Are The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is hugely beneficial to anyone who has been avoiding dental care because of anxiety. Sedation makes treatment completely comfortable. This option is also great for people with sensitive gag reflexes or chronic jaw soreness that makes dental care uncomfortable.

At Sanford Dental Excellence, we will evaluate your medical history and discuss your dental anxieties with you to determine the best sedation options for your care. Don’t let fear keep you away from the dentist. We’re committed to your comfort, so let us help you get your dental health on track. Call us at (407) 320-1700 to schedule an appointment today.

Dealing with Dental Anxiety

Dental anxiety is extremely common. As many as 70% of dental patients experience anxiety to some degree before a dental visit; but thanks to modern technology, the notion of painful dental care is a thing of the past. By working with your dentist, your exams and treatments can be comfortable and stress-free.

Watch this video to get tips for coping with dental anxiety. You’ll learn why it’s so important to communicate your fear to your dentist and dental care team. You’ll also find out the different treatment options available and what may be the best fit for you. 

At Sanford Dental Excellence, your complete comfort is our priority. Let us know if you’re feeling nervous about your dental care, and we’ll discuss options to make you feel at ease, including sedation dentistry. Call our Lake Mary area office at (407) 320-1700 to schedule an appointment today.

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