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More and more patients are learning about obstructive sleep apnea, and coming to our Saint Louis dentists with questions about this troublesome condition. As the scientific and medical community learns more and more about how sleep apnea works, we are finding out that sleep apnea can really lead to some long-term problems for chronic sufferers.

You may already know that sleep apnea is annoying and tough to live with in the short-term. Sufferers are likely to deal with a number of daily problems and inconviences, including:

· Loud snoring—some people snore so loudly that they wake up their sleeping partners night after night!

· Headaches—especially in the morning and before bed

· Dry mouth—especially upon waking

· Disrupted sleep—fluctuations in blood oxygen levels, due to sleep apnea, make it difficult for patients to complete REM cycles. Some people even wake up in the middle of the night gasping for air.

If patients live with untreated sleep apnea in the long-term, they may have to deal with even more serious health issues in the future. Research has shown that chronic sleep apnea sufferers at a greater risk for dealing with:

· High blood pressure

· Heart disease

· Irregular heart beats

· Stroke

· Diabetes

· Memory and concentration problems/ADHD

· Depression—long-term sleep deprivation and poor quality of day to day life can really hamper sleep apnea sufferers

Unfortunately, CPAP machines, which patients need to wear when they sleep, often have low compliance rates. This means that many people living with sleep apnea are not actually getting the high-quality care that they need.

Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists offer effective solutions to treat sleep apnea, and help get your health back on track. Do you want more information or to schedule a consultation? Just call our Saint Louis dentist office to get started—we are here to support you through every step of the diagnosis and treatment process!

Our Saint Louis dentists are always encouraging dental patients to keep up with their schedule of recommended oral cleaning and dental treatments. One of the key things that keeps people from getting dental treatment is fear and anxiety. Our dental team helps people overcome this obstacle by using state-of-the-art sedation treatments.

Today we are going to be talking about oral conscious sedation, specifically. As you’ll see, this sedation treatment offers a number of exceptional benefits.

Oral conscious sedation is very easy for patients to use because it doesn’t require any special technology. Before your appointment our dental team will prescribe you a small sedative pill. You’ll actually take this pill at home about an hour before your appointment is set to start.

Since you take the sedative at home, you’ll be feeling calm and relaxed before you even make it to our office! This is great for people who experience intense anxiety that keeps them from even getting into the dentist’s chair. This does, however, mean that you cannot drive yourself to the dentist’s office!

Once the sedative kicks in, you will feel calm and unbothered by the goings on of your dental appointment. You will be conscious the whole time; you’ll be able to respond to our dental team and communicate your needs. However, you likely won’t remember any of the treatment process once you’re back home. This is because oral conscious sedation medication actually has an amnesiac effect. Oral conscious sedation offers patients the best of both worlds!

Patients of many ages love oral conscious sedation for its ease of use and its effectiveness. If you think that sedation treatment may be able to help you, please call our Saint Louis dentists to get more information or to schedule you consultation. We look forward to speaking with you!

Everybody knows that certain events, like bike accidents or contact sports, can lead to sudden dental damage. What many people don’t know, however, is that much of the dental damage that our Saint Louis dentists correct is due to everyday habits and substances; this type of damage develops and intensifies over time.

With this in mind, our dental team is going to be talking about some common issues that can lead to serious dental damage. Please read through this short article so that you can tweak your daily routine in order to protect your smile.

The first thing that you want to do is to drink plenty of water, and if possible, drink water rather than drinking other substances. Water helps your body to make saliva, and saliva fortifies your teeth. When you sip on soda all day, you weaken your dental enamel and leave it prone to infection and fracture.

If you are someone who regularly chews on ice or hard candies, please try to stop this harmful habit ASAP! These hard substances cause micro-cracks in dental enamel, which often become more severe over time. Make sure that when consuming ice or hard candies/lozenges you allow them to dissolve naturally in your mouth.

Another habit that can lead to cracks and thinned dental enamel is bruxism (chronic dental grinding). Many patients find themselves doing this without even realizing it, especially when they get stressed. If you think that you may be suffering from this issue, let your dentist know. He or she can help you figure out how to protect your teeth from the daily grind of bruxism.

Our Saint Louis dentists are always here to answer your questions and give you the advice you need to stay well. So give us a call if you want more information, or if you’d like to schedule a consultation!

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