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Our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists are treating more and more patients who are suffering from the dangerous condition sleep apnea. The surprising part? Most of those patients don’t even realize that sleep apnea is the cause of their problems! If you have the flu you have a fever, if you have an infected tooth you will most likely have chronic pain at the infection site—but if you’re suffering from sleep apnea you may experience a variety of confusing symptoms. Today I’m going to review some sleep apnea symptoms to look out for. If you experience any of these, talk to your dentist—the sooner you treat sleep apnea the less likely it is that you’ll suffer from irreversible complications.

 

So what should I be looking out for?

Some sleep apnea symptoms are more obvious—these symptoms are disruptive, sometimes even scary:

  • Leg swelling
  • Sweating and chest pain at night
  • Choking or gasping during sleep

Other warning signs are more general symptoms of exhaustion:

  • Chronic daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Memory problems
  • Headaches—especially in the morning or night

Some other symptoms are disruptive for both the sleep apnea suffered and his or her bed partner:

  • Loud snoring
  • Restless tossing and turning at night
  • Frequent nighttime trips to the bathroom

If or your partner suffers from any of these symptoms, feel free to give our Saint Louis sleep apnea dentists a call. We can answer your questions or schedule an appointment to get you on the track to sleeping soundly again! Call (314) 332-1307.

Going to the dentist is a scary proposition for many patients. Some people have negative memories from old dental experiences—may they dealt with a lot of pain during treatment, or as children they didn’t understand what was happening at the dentist’s office.  I understand that it can be difficult to motivate yourself to get to the dentist, which is why our Kirkwood sedation dentists actively work with patients to minimize their anxiety and help them get the treatment they need.

Oral conscious sedation is an innovative treatment option that effectively addresses dental anxiety, fear, and pain through every phase of treatment. With oral conscious sedation, you don’t have to deal with any IVs or intimidating machines. You will simply take a small pill before treatment to alleviate your anxiety. Many patients choose oral conscious sedation because it is straightforward, easy to undergo, and effective through every stage of treatment.  

Before Treatment

Before your procedure you will take a small pill. This pill will help you feel relaxed and a little drowsy going in to your appointment. Before treatment, when you are still aware and anxious, you won’t have to endure any sedation shots or IVs.

During Treatment

During your procedure, you will technically be awake—you’ll even be able to answer questions and respond to our dental team. You will feel relaxed and peaceful, and after your sedation takes effect, you may receive additional pain management and anti-anxiety remedies.  

After Your Procedure

Once your treatment is completed you will go home (with a trusted ride!) to rest and allow the sedative effects to wear off. You probably won’t remember anything about your procedure—most patients report that they find themselves relaxing at home, amazed that they drifted through their dental treatment without a care!

Oral conscious sedation is a good option for many patients who experience intense dental phobia.  This treatment option is effective and stress-free for patients. Give us a call if you any questions about oral conscious sedation, we’re here to help—(314) 332-1307 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (314) 332-1307      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

Dentures are a tried and true tooth replacement solution. Although they have been used for years, the modern incarnations of dentures are more comfortable, natural looking, and long lasting than ever before. Unlike other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants, dentures require some special care to keep them looking and feeling good.

Maintaining dentures is simply a matter of cleaning your dentures and your mouth and natural teeth appropriately. In order for your dentures to fit well and feel comfortable, your gum tissue and natural teeth must be healthy as well. Here are some recommendations from our Saint Louis dentures dentists:

·       After you eat, remove your dentures and take the time to rinse them out. This will help to flush out particles of food that were trapped by your dentures, so they won’t irritate your gums or contribute to infection.

·       Once a day clean your dentures with a denture cleaner. Don’t use harsh or abrasive tools; a simple soft-bristled brush will suffice. Just as it’s important to clean your teeth twice a day, you have to thoroughly clean your dentures at least once a day.

·       Soak your dentures in mild dentures solution overnight. If your dentures have metal parts you should check with your dentist to determine the best way to store your dentures overnight.

If you choose to pursue dentures as a tooth replacement solution, our Saint Louis dentures dentists can help you understand how to care for your specific dentures. The important thing to know is that by incorporating only a few simple hygienic steps you can maintain your dentures for years. Give us a call for more information or to schedule an appointment at (314) 332-1307, we’re here to help you enjoy a happy, healthy smile!

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