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Posts for: June, 2019
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.
Dr Leslie Oakes, board certified pediatric dentist will join PearlFection Dentistry in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland, serving the children of the region with exception dental care. With this addition of a pediatric dentist, PearlFection Dentistry now has all general dentists and dental specialists under one roof, including pedodontists, orthodontists, oral surgeons, endodontists, prosthodontists and periodontists. Please help us welcome Dr Oakes to our team.
FREDERICK, Md. - June 11, 2019 - PRLog -- PearlFection Dentistry is pleased to announce that we have hired Dr Leslie Oakes, a board-certified pediatric dentist, also known as a pedodontist, who will begin seeing children and adolescent dental patients. We are pleased to announce this new addition to our dental team and we extend a warm welcome for our patients to schedule dental appointments for their children. The team at Pearlfection Dentistry is thrilled to have this additional resource in house.
Board-Certified in pediatric dental care, Dr Leslie Oakes brings with her the skills to see special needs dental patients, young children and adolescent. Dr Oakes is able to perform the most complicated and technically challenging procedures on children, from crowns and bridges, to fillings, cleanings and sedation. This Board-Certified Pedodontist is supported by the entire PearlFection team of general and cosmetic dentists, oral surgeons, periodontists, orthodontists, endodontists, and prosthodontist and support staff.
When it comes to providing superior dental care, PearlFection is always looking for the best talent, and with the addition of Dr Oakes, our team is that much stronger. Dr Oakes, will lead the pedodontist team, preforming and overseeing children's dental cases that our general doctors feel would be better served by a pedodontist specialist. To learn more about dental care for children and the other services we offer at our Frederick dental center or our Urbana dental center, visit our Frederick Maryland dentist website https://www.pearlfectiondentistry.com/pediatric-dentist.html or call (301) 663-5550 or visit our Urbana Maryland Dentist website at https://www.pearlfectionurbana.com/services.html or call (301) 831-8303
Dr Oakes will work closely with our general dentist and especially with our orthodontist, Dr Tigani and oral surgeon, Dr Chang to develop comprehensive treatment plans for our child dental patients.
Dr. Leslie Oakes is a board-certified pediatric dentist and also a Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Army. Dr. Oakes graduated from the University of South Alabama with a degree in Biomedical Sciences after which she then went on to earn her dental degree at the University of Florida College of Dentistry. Upon graduation, Dr. Oakes completed a 1 year Advanced Education in General Dentistry at Ft. Carson, Colorado and practiced as a general dentist for several years prior to pursing her passion in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Oakes was competitively selected among her peers to represent the Army in a civilian program and earned her certificate in Pediatric Dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, Texas. While rotating through Children's Medical Center and Texas Scottish Rite Children's Hospital in Dallas, she had the opportunity to treat a variety of children from healthy to severely medically compromised. She considers it a privilege and an honor to welcome all kids into her practice and looks forward to creating a "dental home" for the children in the Frederick Maryland community.
Dr Oakes has presented papers on pediatric dentistry in international forums in countries from Germany and the United States to Korea and with subjects ranging from sugars in juices to general dentistry to trauma.
Dr Oakes is currently the department chief serving the United States Army at Walter Reed Hospital in Maryland. In additional to serving as a pediatric dentist at Walter Reed, Dr Oakes has served with distinction at pediatric dental clinics at Camp Humphreys, South Korea; Stuttgart, Germany; Heidelberg, Germany; and Mannheim, Germany.
Dr. Oakes practices both traditional and minimally invasive dentistry, and has experience treating children under nitrous oxide ("laughing gas"), oral sedation and general anesthesia. She is a Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and is an active member of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Board of Pediatric Dentistry, and the College of Diplomates of the American Board of Pediatric Dentistry.
We asked PearlFection Dentistry for a comment as to why they brought Dr Oakes to Frederick and Urbana to provide child dental care. PearlFection General Manager, Stewart Stringer commented, saying "We have been searching a long time for the final piece to our comprehensive dental care puzzle. We have general dentists, emergency dentists, endodontists, oral surgeons, prosthodontists and denture specialists, we even have periodontists and orthodontists. With the addition of a pediatric doctor we now have all the specialists under one roof. We were still sending out special needs and some kids to pediatric specialist. Patients wanted us to serve their kids and now we can. We can offer 100% comprehensive care to the entire family for any type of dental care. It is rare for a practice to have such a wide and deep team. We provide exceptional dental care in Frederick Maryland and Urbana Maryland and patients from all over Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia and Pennsylvania seek us out because of our reputation of providing exception dental care with excellent customer service. I'm proud of our team and I'm proud of the level of care we provide. It has taken us a long time to get here and with the addition of Dr Oakes at the helm of our pediatric department, we have finally reached a goal we have had for 10 years."
If you would like to learn more about pediatric dental care, special needs dental care, or other dental care options for children available at PearlFection Dentistry, please call our office at (301) 663-5550 (Frederick Maryland Dentist) and (301) 831-8303 (Urbana Maryland Dentist).