26Jun

As the medical community learns more and more about obstructive sleep apnea, it’s becoming clear that there are many patients out there suffering, without even realizing that they have sleep apnea. The first step to managing this chronic condition is getting an accurate diagnosis! With that in mind, our Farmington Hills sleep apnea dentists are here with some helpful information about how sleep apnea manifests.

The basic underlying cause of obstructive sleep apnea is pretty straightforward; when you fall asleep, your oral tissues relax, and they can then block your airway. So, when you try to breathe during the night, your body is not actually getting enough air as you need. This ultimately causes your blood oxygen levels to drop. Your body has to momentarily wake in order to restart the breathing process; as you would imagine, this disrupts your natural sleep pattern.

For this reason, one of the most common signs that someone is suffering from sleep apnea is fatigue and sleepiness during the day. You may also find that you have problems concentrating and remembering things.

Sleep apnea sufferers are also prone to suffering from headaches upon waking or at the end of the day. So, if you’re dealing with headaches, and you can’t pinpoint the cause, sleep apnea may be the culprit.

Sometimes sleep apnea symptoms aren’t noticeable to you, but they sure are disruptive to the people around you. Take, for example, snoring! Many people actually find out that they have sleep apnea because their significant others start complaining about loud, consistent snoring. Sleep apnea sufferers snore because they are physically trying to force air past relaxed oral tissues.

The good news is that there are treatments available to ease sleep apnea symptoms, and help you avoid the day to day problems associated with this disorder. If you want to learn more, or schedule an appointment with our Farmington Hills sleep apnea dentists, give us a call to get started!

12Jun

Caring for your smile, properly and thoroughly, at home is a crucial component of a healthy oral hygiene. Because dental plaque is continually building up, it’s so important to clean your smile every day, as recommended by your dentist. If you want some more information about how to properly care for your smile at home, keep reading for recommendations from our Farmington Hills dentists.

As you probably already know, the general recommendation from the American Dental Association is that patients brush their teeth at least twice a day, and floss once a day. It is most beneficial for you to brush in the morning after you wake up, and then right before bed. For best results, floss your smile at night, directly before brushing.

Let’s talk about the tools and techniques you should use to brush your smile:

  1. Choose a toothbrush that is appropriate for your dental needs. The head of the brush should be small enough to reach your back molars.
  2. Talk to your dentist about what type of toothbrush bristle is right for you—bristles can come in soft, medium, firm, and extra firm. You may be surprised to learn that most people will do well with a soft-bristled brush. These bristles clean effectively, without putting teeth at risk of premature enamel thinning.
  3. Every time that you brush, try to brush your smile for two minutes. You want to use gentle pressure for two full minutes, rather than applying more pressure over a shorter period of time.
  4. Make sure to replace your toothbrush every few months, and after you are ill. Old toothbrushes can harbor bacteria and re-infect your smile.

As always our Farmington Hills dentists are here to give you all of the information you need about caring for your smile at home. Please feel free to contact our dental team, and to schedule your personal consultation!

29May

So, you’ve decided it’s time to improve the appearance of your smile, that’s great! What now?

With so many cosmetic dentistry treatments available today, it may feel slightly overwhelming when it comes time to figure out how best to transform your smile. That’s why our Farmington Hills cosmetic dentists are here.

We use a number of effective and patient-friendly treatments to improve dental aesthetics. Depending on the state of your smile, and your dental goals, you may benefit from:

Professional dental whitening: this topical treatment lifts stains and minimizes discoloration on the patient’s natural enamel. The result is whiter and brighter smile, and many people see results after just one application.

Dental bonding: bonding is used to cover a patient’s natural tooth structure and/or to build on to the patient’s tooth. Using dental resin, our team can correct dental damage, close gaps between teeth, lengthen short dental enamel, improve the appearance of misaligned teeth, and give the smile a whiter appearance.

Dental veneers: another way to resurface teeth is to use individually crafted porcelain veneers. These exceptionally thin restorations are permanently affixed to the patient’s tooth structure in order to transform the appearance of the patient’s tooth. Because porcelain mimics the appearance of natural enamel, the final result blends in seamlessly with the patient’s natural teeth.

Invisalign: if you want to improve the dental alignment of your natural teeth, Invisalign may be the answer for you. This cosmetic option uses clear plastic aligners, rather than metal brackets and wires, to shift teeth into healthier and more attractive positions.

Some people are able to achieve all of their dental goals using just one of these treatment options, while others combine treatments to maximize their results. Our Farmington Hills cosmetic dentists are here to help you figure out the best way to enhance and transform your smile. Give us a call to gets started!