Procedures

Preventative

Teeth cleaning, scaling and periodontal maintenance, fissure sealants, fluoride treatments; smoking cessation programs (in partnership with the patient's family physician); halitosis (bad breath) assessment and treatment; oral cancer screening and prevention. Healozone: ozone treatment for hypersensitive teeth, herpetic lesions (cold sores), aphtous ulcers (canker sores), caries (decay) prevention.

We place strong emphasis on educating patients to understand and appreciate good preventative oral care. Daily proper oral hygiene and healthy nutrition are fundamental in maintaining oral health. Regular visits to the dental office for cleaning and examinations give the dentist an opportunity to detect serious conditions or diseases in their early stages, thereby offering a better chance for an effective cure.


Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep disorders are medical disorders of the sleep pattern characterized by a temporary, partial or complete, obstruction of the airway:

Obstructive Sleep Apnea "Apnea" = Greek term meaning "without breath"

During sleep there is an overall decrease in the muscle tone of the body. As the throat muscles relax, the soft palate and uvula vibrate while the air passes in and out, producing the sound of snoring. Snoring is produced by a partial obstruction of the airway. Snoring may increase due to alcohol / sedative consumption, weight gain, nasal obstruction and with age.

When the airway obstruction is complete, the condition is called 'obstructive sleep apnea' (OSA). OSA occurs in repeated episodes during the night. The episodes vary in length and frequency. During this time the individual continues to make efforts to breathe. Some of the symptoms indicative of OSA are snoring, fatigue, memory impairment, daytime sleepiness, poor work performance and loss of sexual interest. Severe OSA can result in serious complications, including heart failure.

The diagnosis of OSA is made by specialized testing: an overnight sleep test called polysomnogram.

While snoring without OSA is not harmful to one

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