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Do you have sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a serious medical disorder in which breathing repeatedly starts and stops throughout the night, creating a myriad of health problems along the way. However, sleep apnea is treatable, and the dental experts at PearlFection Dentistry, located in Frederick and Urbana, MD, can help you! Read on to learn more.
About Sleep Apnea
In obstructive sleep apnea, the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, causing a stoppage or reduction in airflow. Each pause in breathing can last for a few seconds to a few minutes and may occur up to 30 times or more during sleep.
Causes of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea affects people of all ages, even children. Obesity is one of the most common causes of sleep apnea along with other factors including consuming alcohol, having certain illnesses, and taking medications. Other risk factors for sleep apnea include being over age 40 as well as having a family history of sleep apnea and nasal obstruction.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include pauses in breathing, loud snoring, gasping sounds, insomnia, daytime sleepiness, fatigue, morning headaches. People with sleep apnea may also experience irritability, memory loss, decreased sexual desire, and nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom).
Sleep Apnea Treatments
For a mild case of sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend lifestyle changes, such as losing weight or avoiding alcohol. Sleep apnea is also treated with oral appliance therapy. This oral appliance repositions the jaw during sleep, improving airflow and reducing your symptoms, helping to give you a good night's rest. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious complications such as glaucoma, diabetes, heart attack, stroke, and cognitive disorders.
You can stop sleep apnea today. Call PearlFection Dentistry at (301) 831-8303 for the Urbana office, and (301) 663-5550 for the Frederick location. Effective treatment of sleep apnea improves quality of life and improves psychological and physical health. You will experience exemplary service and world-class care thanks to our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, and Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani. Serving the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and also conveniently located only 45 minutes away from Washington DC and Baltimore.
Don’t ignore a true dental emergency when it happens to you.
Think you are dealing with a dental emergency? If so, you may be wondering, “Now what?” Our Frederick, MD, general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to help you pinpoint a true dental emergency so you know what steps to take next.
So what constitutes a dental emergency? Here are problems that can arise that need immediate attention from your Frederick, MD, dentist:
- A toothache
- A cracked or fractured tooth
- A knocked-out or partially dislodged tooth
- A severely bitten tongue or lip
- Broken dental work or braces
If you or a family member is dealing with any of the problems above, it’s time to get immediate dental care.
Stay Calm and Seek Dental Care
While we know it can be difficult to stay calm when you are dealing with a dental emergency it’s important not to freak out. Here are some pointers to follow to help you know what to do when a dental emergency happens to you or a loved one:
- Call your dentist right away and let them know what’s going on. They will let you know whether you need to come in right away. This is the first and most important step you need to take.
- If you are dealing with pain or swelling, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as ibuprofen to at least temporarily stave off discomfort until you get into our office. Never rub aspirin or any pain reliever directly on your gums.
- If your tooth has been knocked out or cracked, collect the tooth (or pieces of the tooth). If the tooth is fully intact rinse it with lukewarm water (handle the tooth by the crown only; never the roots) and then carefully try to place it back in the socket. If the tooth won’t go back in the socket hold the tooth between your cheeks and your gums and head to our office immediately. Cracked pieces of a tooth can be placed into a protective container.
- If there is bleeding, apply a clean cloth to the area and apply pressure for several minutes. If the bleeding gets worse or doesn’t stop in 15 minutes then you may need to go to your nearest emergency room.
- If there is facial swelling, take a pain reliever or apply a hot or cold compress to your face for 10-15 minutes at a time.
If you are looking for emergency dental care in Frederick, MD, then look no further than Pearlfection Dentistry. We are proud to provide comprehensive dental services to the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas, and we are only 45 minutes from Washington, DC, and Baltimore. If you have a dental emergency call us right away.
Don’t let another night of poor sleep affect your quality of life.
Dealing with chronic and loud snoring is one of the main complaints among partners. If you or a loved one’s snoring is keeping everyone up at night, it’s important that you turn to a sleep specialist to find out if sleep apnea could be the reason for your snoring. Even if sleep apnea isn’t the cause, snoring can disrupt sleep and lead to daytime fatigue and a host of potentially serious and chronic health problems such as heart attacks, high blood pressure and stroke.
So, how can our Urbana, MD, dental team help? While it might seem rather odd to go to a dentist to treat your sleep apnea or snoring symptoms it’s actually not as odd as you might think. After all, there is a connection between your symptoms and your mouth. For example, in those with obstructive sleep apnea (the most common type of sleep apnea) the tissues in the back of the throat, or the tongue itself, end up blocking the airways throughout the night, affecting how much oxygen your brain and body are getting each and every night.
To prevent these obstructions from happening, our dental team will provide you with an oral appliance. Many people with sleep apnea will receive CPAP therapy to treat their condition. This is a standard treatment option, but it’s not the only treatment option. In fact, if your condition is mild you may not even need to wear the CPAP mask at all. You could get the treatment and results you need with our simple oral appliance. Instead of putting a mask over your nose and mouth each night you will pop this custom-made dental device over your upper and lower teeth.
An oral appliance looks similar to a mouthguard; however, it can work in one of two ways: It can either reposition the jaws forward to prevent the tissue in the back of the throat from collapsing at night or it can suppress the tongue so the tongue doesn’t block the airways while you sleep. This treatment has helped many patients get better quality sleep while eliminating snoring and sleep apnea symptoms.
Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, is ready to help you get the quality sleep you finally deserve. If you are dealing with sleep apnea or chronic snoring and are ready to find out if oral appliance therapy is right for you, give our office a call today!
Give your family the extensive and gentle dental care they need.
Caring for your family’s smiles shouldn’t be challenging, especially when you have a team of friendly, trustworthy dental experts by your side. Here in Frederick and Urbana, MD, Pearlfection Dentistry prides itself on providing endodontists, orthodontists, periodontists and a regular dental team under one roof. Our general, cosmetic and restorative dentists Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, Prosthodontist Dr. Vincent Auth, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to tell you why caring for your family’s oral health is easy with us.
First of all, most families these days have hectic, jam-packed work schedules. Finding time to see the dentist can be challenging, but our Urbana and Frederick, MD, dental team wants to make getting dental care for the whole family simpler. Now, instead of visiting different dentists or specialists to get the checkup, treatment or procedure everyone needs, you can get it all here in our office. No need to run to another specialist to deal with gum disease or visit another office to discuss your child’s orthodontic needs. We can help with all of this and more.
Plus, you’ll find it’s far less stressful when you can schedule appointments for the whole family for the same day. No need to keep running back and forth to different dentists and for different appointments. We will work with your schedule to make sure you get the appointments that work best with your life.
Having a dental team you trust is by far the most important. The sooner you get kids to visit the dentist the more comfortable and easy it will be to get them in for routine checkups. Plus, over the years we really get to know them. We know their detailed and changing medical history so we can always provide them with safe, tailored dental treatments. After all, a healthy smile is crucial for a healthy body and mind.
Here at Pearlfection Dentistry in Frederick, MD, we want all families to get the dental care they deserve. We make it convenient for families living in the Hagerstown and Germantown, MD, areas to get the dental care they need. Most days our office is open 12 hours per day including Saturdays and we offer implants and dentures. We are also only 45 minutes from Washington, DC and Baltimore.
This clear orthodontic system could give you the straight, beautiful smile you want.
Are you an adult who is tired of having gaps between teeth or crowding? Want to fix misalignments without having to wear metal brackets and wires? Well, you’ve come to the right place. Our Frederick, MD, team of general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. EJ Stringer, and Dr. Amadeus Lopez, as well as periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, oral surgeon Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist Dr. Pratik Patel, and orthodontist Dr. Stephen Tigani are here to tell you how Tigani aligners could give you the perfect smile.
When most people think about a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment they often think about Invisalign; however, this isn’t the only effective system out there that uses clear, plastic aligners rather than brackets and wires to get a straighter smile. Tigani aligners are not Invisalign; however, it works similarly to provide you with an easy, discreet treatment to fix your smile.
When you come in for Tigani Orthodontic Aligners (TOA) the first thing we will do is examine your smile and run x-rays to make sure that everything is healthy and that the dental issues you want to treat can be corrected with our transparent aligner system. If we deem you an ideal candidate for treatment the next step is to create your detailed, customized treatment plan. We will need to map out which teeth will need to move over the course of your treatment (as well as how much they need to move) in order to give you the optimal results.
From there, we will take impressions of your teeth and send these to an outside dental laboratory where they will get to work creating a unique and custom set of aligners. While most patients will have multiple aligners in their treatment plan, if you are only dealing with very minor adjustments, you may only need one or two aligners to get the look you want.
The best part is that our TOA system allows older teens and adults to get a perfectly aligned smile without having to wear metal braces. We know that school and working life are tough enough without having to add the embarrassment of metal braces into the mix. Plus, Tigani aligners are often less expensive than Invisalign brand aligners, which means that you can get the results you want without breaking the bank.
In Frederick, MD, just 45 minutes outside Washington DC, you could get a discreet orthodontic treatment that could finally give you a smile you can’t wait to show off. Find out if Tigani aligners are right for you. Call Pearlfection Dentistry today.