by Lee Anne Austria on July 10, 2018 , Comments Off on BED PARTNER BLUES affordable dentist xenia
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Are you constantly being awakened in the middle of the night by a partner who snores? Does he or she wonder why you’re in such a bad mood due to lack of a good night’s sleep? If you bed partner snores, it could be affecting not only their life, but your life more than you think. Sleep deprivation can become a serious issue and many times, your bed partner will deny the problem or simply overlook it.
OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA…What is it? Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep. Even though this process can happen hundreds of times each night, most people are not conscientiously aware it’s happening. Over time, however, symptoms can begin to manifest themselves affecting daily life and health. Some of these symptoms include fatigue, aches and pains, depression, and memory loss. Sleep apnea doesn’t only affect the person who is afflicted, it can have negative consequences on their partner…they are being deprived of sleep as well!
Here are 10 signs you or your partner may have Obstructive Sleep Apnea: – Daytime Sleepiness – Snoring – Depression – Forgetfulness – Morning Headaches – Not feeling refreshed in the morning – Gasping – Energy Loss – Memory Loss – Grinding teeth at night
TREATMENT Your dentist can help! There is ample evidence supporting the effectiveness of oral appliances. This custom designed “mouthpiece” fits over teeth and is designed by a licensed dentist who has advanced training in dental sleep medicine. The orthotic device gently realigns the tongue and jaw to create an open airway and allow normal air flow to the lungs during sleep. There are many benefits to oral appliances! They are: – Covered by most medical insurances – Easy to use and comfortable to wear – Portable – Easier to use than CPAP They can: – Help achieve better sleep – Help improve daytime functioning – Help achieve less snoring – Help improve the sleep of bed partner
Treatment is simple and can be completed in a few appointments.*
WE CAN HELP!
(*The only way to be sure you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea is to have a sleep study completed at home or at a qualified sleep center. A score of 10 or greater on the quiz indicates pathological sleepiness)
by Lee Anne Austria on May 1, 2018 , Comments Off on #COOL MOMS (PLUS A SPECIAL OFFER!) (xenia dentist xenia cosmetic dentistry)
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Moms are the best! If you are a Mom, you know that there’s not always time to focus on yourself and your health. So with Mother’s Day just around the corner we thought we would take a moment to suggest some easy ways (no Botox or plastic surgery involved) to brighten up your look, take care of your oral health, and keep everyone guessing about your age.
Get rid of those old dark fillings: Modern, non-toxic tooth-colored restorations are a great investment. Not only will you look younger, these fabulous composite fillings are less likely to break and crack so so you’ll be better protected against damage and decay in the years to come.
Treat yourself to whitening: As we age, teeth tend to darken naturally, although “adult” beverages like coffee, tea, and red wine can speed up the process. Whitening is one of the fastest and easiest ways to bring that youthful glow back to your smile.
Consider veneers: Are your teeth chipped, stained, cracked, misshapen or all of the above? Dental veneers can give you the flawless smile you’ve always wanted. And a flawless smile exudes radiance and confidence. Veneers are thin porcelain coverings that fit perfectly over teeth and can completely transform a smile in just a few visits.
Straighten things up: Even if your teeth are naturally straight, shifting can occur after years of biting, chewing, and grinding. Facial muscles can also change over time which can lead to crookedness. Invisalign™ Orthodontics is a fantastic way to fix these issues without wires and metal in as little as 10 weeks!
Missing some teeth? Tooth loss is never fun and can make you feel and look older. Dental implants are simply amazing. Not only can they keep your smile and the structure of your mouth intact, they can help you eat, speak, and smile more naturally. Gaps in the mouth due to missing teeth will cause the existing teeth to move in order to fill the gaps, and can result in a poor bite and a crooked smile. Also, missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw which can give the face that dreaded sunken-in appearance. Implants can help keep the bone structure in place while keeping your teeth strong and healthy.
Cosmetic and restorative dentistry can dramatically improve your smile leading to more confidence and a better quality of life. And contact us for a special Mothers Day offer! (Hint: It’s an amazing offer on KoR Whitening!) We wish all of you remarkable moms out there a beautiful Mothers Day filled with family and fun!
by Lee Anne Austria on March 26, 2018 , Comments Off on I’M NOT TIRED, I’M JUST RESTING MY EYES (xenia ohio dentist)
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Sleep is supposed to be a time of peaceful relaxation, right? For many of us (87 million of us in fact) it is anything but because of a condition called SLEEP DISORDERED BREATHING (SDB.) Have you ever been told you snore? Snoring is a very strong indicator of SDB, along with Sleep Apnea. Both of these conditions can severely affect your sleep and in turn, your quality of life and your health. The good news is this: Your dentist is in a position to recognize the symptoms and HELP.
Sleep deprivation has been associated with these diseases:
Atrial Fibrillation (A Fib)
High Blood Pressure
And, it has been associated with the following alarming conditions in children:
ADD (in adults as well as children)
Given the sheer number of people affected by SDB, we find these conclusions disturbing. So at Brilliant Smiles, we are making it a priority to screen patients with potential sleep disorders and then direct them to the appropriate professional for further diagnosis and treatment.
Interested to see if you’re at risk? Click here to take the test!
Did you score greater than 10? If so, then you should be evaluated for SDO. Treatment can not only make for a better quality of life, it could save your life! Questions? Contact us.
by Lee Anne Austria on March 26, 2018 , Comments Off on EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE – TAKE THE TEST (xenia ohio dentist)
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EPWORTH SLEEPINESS SCALE
Likelihood to fall asleep in the following situations:
0 – Would never doze off 1 – Slight chance of dozing off 2 – Moderate chance of dozing off 3 – High chance of dozing off
Sitting and Reading___
Watching TV ___
Sitting, inactive in a public place ___
As a passenger in a car for an hour without a break ___
Lying down to rest in the afternoon when circumstances permit ___
Sitting and talking to someone ___
Sitting quietly after lunch without alcohol ___
In a car, while stopped for a few minutes in traffic___
Did you score greater than 10? If so, then you should be evaluated for Sleep Disordered Breathing. Treatment can not only make for a better quality of life, it could SAVE YOUR LIFE. Questions? Contact us.
by Lee Anne Austria on February 27, 2018 , Comments Off on WORDS THAT ARE SCARY (Dr. Greg Austria Xenia Dentist Bellbrook Dentist)
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You may think that cavities are the number one problem dentists address with their patients. Would you believe that GUM DISEASE is a huge problem as well? In fact, a large number of the American population has some sort of gum disease with an early indicator being gums that are swollen, sore, and bleeding. This condition is called Gingivitis. If that sounds scary, it’s because it is.
DON’T IGNORE BLEEDING GUMS! You would be worried if you were brushing your hair and your scalp was bleeding…well, you should be worried if you see blood in the sink after brushing your teeth. Gum disease is serious business and is a major cause of tooth loss. Like so many other afflictions, the early signs of gum disease are not painful at all so many times patients ignore those early symptoms because their daily routines are not affected. It is so important to talk with your dental professional if you notice changes in your teeth or gums because getting the problem diagnosed and treated early can make a huge difference later on…not only in your mouth but in the rest of your body…think HEART DISEASE (that’s scary too.) Make no mistake, there is a definite link between the two – here’s why:
When a person has gum disease and the gums bleed, the bacteria from the mouth can reach the rest of your system by going into the bloodstream. Once there, the bacteria can access the arteries near your heart and wreak havoc. This is why gum disease is so closely linked to heart disease. Studies show that the plaque that builds up in arteries and leads to heart attacks is found in only one other place in the body -you guessed it: The mouth. So the moral of the story is: When you take care of your gums, you take care of your heart too.
by Lee Anne Austria on February 20, 2018 , Comments Off on xenia cosmetic dentistry YOU CAN HAVE IT ALL…
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Did you know…
We are your one-stop shop for all of your dental needs! Do you have tooth discomfort that is keeping you awake at night? Call us or schedule online and we’ll work you in so you can be pain-free. Have you been told you need a root canal only to find you have to wait months to see a specialist? We treat many such cases in our practice without the need for a referral. Or are you simply unhappy with your smile and not sure what to do about it? From teeth whitening to Invisalign to a comprehensive smile makeover… we can help.
There is no reason to wait! Visit us here to learn more.