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Obstructive sleep apnea can make it very difficult for patients to maintain healthy sleeping patterns and long-term overall wellbeing. Consequently, our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentist office recommends that every patient with sleep apnea symptoms seek treatment as soon as these symptoms emerge.

Sometimes it is actually the patient’s sleeping partner who is in the best position to notice sleep apnea problems. Because sleep apnea occurs at night, the patient may miss the tell tale symptoms.

If you notice that your sleeping partner exhibits any of these sleep apnea red flags, please encourage him or her to seek treatment from a qualified dentist as soon as possible.

Heavy, Persistent Snoring

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s airway becomes blocked by relaxed oral tissues. Since the airway is blocked, the patient struggles to bring oxygen in and out of the lungs. This mechanical problem results in loud and obtrusive snoring—you may even notice that your partner makes a rattling or rasping sound.

Frequent Awakenings

While this patient is sleeping, his or her body registers the fluctuations in oxygen levels. When oxygen levels dip too low, the patient may jerk awake, in order to restart the breathing process. This disrupts the patient’s natural and healthy REM cycle, and it can also wake the patient’s bed partner.

Dental Grinding

Sleep apnea is often accompanied by a condition called bruxism (chronic dental grinding). So if you notice that your partner is clenching or grinding his or her teeth during sleep, please encourage them to see a dentist.

Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists are more than happy to address any additional questions you may have regarding the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea treatment. Give our dental team a call by phone or submit an inquiry via our website to start the conversation right away!

Many patients want to improve the appearance of their smiles, but they do not want to expend the time and effort to go through orthodontic treatment. It used to be that these patients were simply out of luck—orthodontic treatment was the only way to make a patient’s smile appear straight. Now, however, our Saint Louis LUMINEER dentists are proud to offer cosmetic LUMINEERS to our patients. In many cases, this treatment can improve the appearance of a patient’s smile just as much as orthodontia.

Today we are going to discuss some ways that our dentist uses LUMINEERS to help patients achieve straight and seamless smiles.

1. Correct crooked teeth

If you have misaligned teeth, you could use traditional metal braces to slowly straighten them over time. Or, you could have our dentist place simple LUMINEERS over your misaligned teeth. Your LUMINEERS will be crafted to a specific thickness, so that the front surface of your smile will appear smooth and seamless.

2. Close spaces

Some patients suffer with wide or unsightly spaces between their teeth. These spaces can take a long time to close using traditional braces. However, our dentist can close these spaces in just two or three dental appointment using LUMINEERS. Your LUMINEERS will simply be slightly wider around the gaps in your smile. When all of your LUMINEERS are placed, your smile will appear completely uninterrupted.

These are just two of the ways that our Saint Louis LUMINEER dentists utilize LUMINEERS to enhance patients’ smiles. Importantly, this treatment is exceptionally fast—which means many patients can enjoy full aesthetic results after only three dental appointments. Additionally, the LUMINEER treatment process is quite comfortable for the patient. This is a great cosmetic option for many people—just give our dental office a call if you would like to get more information about your dentistry options!

Our Saint Louis dentist office does everything possible to put our patients at ease during treatment. Some patients find it enormously helpful to use sedation dentistry treatments to facilitate dental treatment. Today we are going to be discussing some of the ways that sedation dentistry can benefit dental patients.

When you come in for a consultation with our dental team, we will determine what type of relaxation therapy, specifically, is right for your situation. We will take into account which dental treatments you are pursuing, your medical history, and your level of dental anxiety.

You may be interested in pursuing sedation treatment for any of the following reasons:

Minimize pain and discomfort in the dentist’s chair

If you are undergoing extensive dental treatments, sedation dentistry may help you avoid experiencing pain and discomfort as our dental team restores your smile. From nitrous oxide to oral conscious sedation, we have a sedation therapy to fit your procedure.

Optimize the efficiency of your dental appointment

A little known, but very helpful, benefit of sedation treatment is that it allows our dental team to complete a greater number of dentistry treatments in a shorter period of time. If you are pursuing multiple dental treatments, our dental team will likely be able to treat you faster if you are sedation.

Lower your anxiety level

Sedation therapies will allow you to feel calm and confident both before and during dental treatment. If you are someone who struggles to maintain your recommended schedule of professional dental cleanings, sedation dentistry may help you reclaim your oral health.

Ready to get more information about sedation dentistry options? Our Saint Louis sedation dentists are here to answer your questions and walk you through your relaxation dentistry options. Please give our office a call, or feel free to submit an inquiry on our website.

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