A mouthguard protects the mouth from injury in contact sports and even non-contact sports, like bike riding. At Texas Grins of Willow Park, TX, we can make you a custom appliance that fits perfectly to your mouth’s dimensions and is therefore more effective and more comfortable. Watch this video from the ADA to learn more. And request an appointment online or by calling [phone].
Not getting enough sleep takes you off your game. If you don’t get a good night’s sleep, your brain and your body just don’t work well the next day. That kind of dysfunction is unpleasant for anyone. But for folks with sleep apnea, it can become a serious problem.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Dr. Ryan Crain offers sleep apnea treatment here in our Willow Park, TX dentist office because he never wants his patients to suffer from these kinds of sleep apnea symptoms:
Sore or dry throat upon awakening
Sleepiness or lack of energy throughout the day
Disturbed or restless sleep
Sleep Apnea Effects
While these symptoms are certainly unpleasant, long-term sleep apnea effects are far worse. They may include serious conditions such as:
High blood pressure
Learning and memory problems
That is why it’s so important to treat sleep apnea.
If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, call Texas Grins at [phone] to schedule a sleep apnea consultation.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
So what causes sleep apnea? With this condition, your breathing is briefly but frequently interrupted during sleep. In fact, many folks suspect they have sleep apnea because their partners notice them gasping for breath while sleeping.
There are two different causes of sleep apnea:
Tissue in the back of your throat collapses during sleep, blocking your airway
Or, less common, your brain doesn’t signal your muscles to breathe
Sleep apnea is more common if you:
Are a man
Are over age 40
Have gastroesophageal reflux (GERD)
Have a big neck (17-plus inches for men, more than 16 inches for women)
Have a small upper airway
Have a large tongue, tonsils, or uvula
Have a deviated septum
Getting a Sleep Apnea Diagnosis
To get a sleep apnea diagnosis, you’ll need to get a sleep study. These often occur at a sleep center, though some doctors will provide you with equipment to monitor your sleep at home.
Among the areas that will be evaluated during a sleep study are:
Heart rate and rhythm
Blood oxygen levels
How We Treat Sleep Apnea
If you’ve had a sleep study within the last five years or so, Dr. Crain is happy to consult with you. If you haven’t had a sleep study yet, that is the first step. He’ll advise you to work with your physician to arrange to get one.
If you have a sleep study that indicates sleep apnea, we offer two treatment options, a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine, or a custom oral appliance.
With the CPAP, you wear a small mask over your nose and/or mouth while you sleep. It is connected to a machine that provides a steady flow of air. This is the most common form of treatment for sleep apnea.
There are three different types of CPAP masks. Dr. Crain can help determine which one will work best for you.
Nasal CPAP mask, which covers just your nose
Nasal pillows, which use small plastic inserts that fit directly into your nostrils
Full-face CPAP mask, which covers your nose and mouth
Some CPAP masks work best for mouth breathers, while others are better for those who breathe through their nose. Some do a better job than others at preventing air leakage.
And depending on personal preference, you may find some of the masks more comfortable than others to wear. Comfort is important because studies have found that many people give up on wearing a CPAP. The more comfortable it is, the higher the odds you’ll continue to wear it.
We can also create a custom oral appliance for you that may offer sleep apnea relief. Appliances work by gently shifting your lower jaw and mouth to help keep your airway open. One of the biggest advantages of an appliance is that most people find it less obtrusive and uncomfortable than the CPAP.
Other Ways to Reduce Sleep Apnea Symptoms
There are other things you can do to minimize your sleep apnea symptoms. We may recommend that you:
• Lose weight
• Avoid alcohol, especially at night
• Quit smoking
• Sleep on your side instead of your back
In addition to oral appliances for sleep apnea, Dr. Crain also makes oral appliances to prevent teeth grinding at night. Teeth grinding can cause chronic headaches, and it may contribute to a condition called TMJ disorder.
If your sleep isn’t restful and you think sleep apnea could be the cause, call Texas Grins in Willow Park, TX at [phone].
Tina loves coming to Texas Grins because of Dr. Crain’s stellar clinical care and his technologically advanced office. At other providers, she had to wait weeks for crowns . At Texas Grins, her crowns are made in the office while she waits. So no need to make do with temporaries, and no need to carve out time for a second visit.
We know the answer to the question at the top of this page — a lot of people.
We know because we’ve seen the looks on many patients’ faces when we tell them that they need root canal treatments.
We also understand why people might be concerned. The way root canals are portrayed in popular culture, you might think they were the most painful procedure in the world. And if you know someone who has a horror story about a root canal, there’s a good chance they had that treatment many years ago or at an office where things are still done the old way.
At our dentist office in Willow Park, TX, we use modern tools and modern techniques to perform practically painless root canal procedures. In many ways, it’s like getting an oversized filling.
To learn more about our root canals, call [phone] or fill out our online form to contact our team at Texas Grins.
Setting The Record Straight About Root Canals
As we mentioned above, movies and stories based on the old ways of doing root canals have hurt this procedure’s reputation. Misinformation is also widely available online, and that too can make people hesitant to get a root canal when it really is the answer to their problems.
With this in mind, here are some things you should know about root canals.
► A Root Canal Will End Your Pain
Tooth infections develop when bacteria reach the pulp (a soft connective tissue at the center of a tooth). This causes pulp to become inflamed.
This also can make it painful to bite or chew with the tooth in question. This can leave your tooth aching constantly. This can cause your tooth to become more sensitive to hot, cold, and sweet foods and drinks.
The pulp also shares spaces with blood vessels and nerves, which makes inflamed pulp harmful for other reasons as well. The purpose of a root canal is to remove the infected pulp along with the blood vessels and nerves.
This will end the various pains that come with a tooth infection.
► Root Canals Can Be Pain-Free
In modern dentistry, your comfort is an important aspect of the care that we provide.
At a minimum, you can expect us to provide local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding tissue. This will keep you pain-free during your procedure.
However, we can take an extra step to assure your comfort with sedation dentistry. Dental anxiety can make dental care more difficult, and we’ve learned that many patients who are comfortable getting a cleaning can become anxious about having a root canal.
That’s OK. It’s also why we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) and oral sedation options for our patients. Either one of these can keep you from feeling pain during the procedure and keep you calm throughout the treatment.
► A Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
If you do an online search, unfortunately, you will find people with no dental background who are convinced that pulling a tooth is better for you than a root canal.
The truth is that it’s better to save a tooth whenever you can. Now, there are times when teeth do have to be removed, but in most cases, a root canal is a better option for your oral health. Pulling a tooth that doesn’t need to be pulled can leave you at a higher risk of oral infections.
With a root canal treatment, we are removing the cause of your infection, filling your tooth, and sealing it, often with a dental crown. All of this reduces your risk of long-term oral health issues.
Is A Root Canal Right For You?
Your teeth should never cause you pain. If they are, that means something is wrong, and you should schedule a visit to Texas Grins as soon as you are able.
We hate to see our patients in pain, and we will do whatever we can to ease your discomfort. If that means a root canal, then we can do that for you. And if your problem can be solved with a simpler or less invasive procedure, then we recommend that instead.
We aren’t going to suggest a root canal unless we think it is your best option for the long-term health of your mouth.
If you are in pain, don’t expect it to go away. Get help by contacting our dentist office if you live in or near Willow Park, TX. Contact us online or call [phone] to get the help that you need.
Time and again, dentists have relied on restorative dentistry to repair teeth and keep smiles healthy.
That’s because certain types of damage to your teeth can open a door for harmful bacteria to cause serious problems with your oral and overall health.
With restorative dentistry at Texas Grins, you can prevent that thanks to options like our strong, natural-looking dental crowns and tooth-colored fillings.
Take a moment to answer a few questions to find out if now by be time for you to get restorative treatment in our Willow Park, TX dental office.