When a patient snores, there’s usually a reason behind it. It’s often related to an obstruction of the airways that can’t be controlled when the patient is asleep. The sound results from vibrations in the respiratory system. If you’re having problems with your snoring, Dr. David Rosen of Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA, can help.
What Is Snoring Telling You?
If you snore regularly, your own quality of sleep and the rest of those around you are constantly disturbed. Your entire sleep schedule is thrown off by your snoring reflex waking you up at night. In some cases, the snoring may be indicative of sleep apnea, a condition that doesn’t always present clear symptoms.
A Common Cause: Sleep Apnea
When you’re sleeping, the airway can become obstructed as you breathe, especially if you tend to sleep on your back. The result is feeling choked up and waking up many times during the night to recover. This chronic problem is called sleep apnea. The National Sleep Foundation states that over 18 million Americans have sleep apnea. One possible cause behind sleep apnea is carrying extra weight, as fatty tissue around the air passageways can cause these obstructions. Loud snoring is one of the most common and noticeable symptoms.
Snoring is a disturbance in more ways than one, but there are ways to stop it. The treatments your Lexington, MA, doctor will suggest for snoring may include Oral appliance therapy (custom dental implements are designed to help keep the airways open when you’re sleeping.
No More Snoring
Your snoring doesn’t have to continue to be such a major annoyance. Call (781) 674-2233 today to schedule a visit to Dental Sleep Medicine of New England in Lexington, MA. Dr. David Rosen is dedicated to providing patients with the latest and most useful treatments for their sleep problems. Also serving Northwest Boston and the surrounding areas.
Get all your questions about gum disease answered by a dental professional.
With gum disease becoming more and more prevalent among American adults, it’s important for patients of our periodontist Dr. David Rosen to understand more about this condition, how to prevent it and when to spot the early warning signs. Dr. David Rosen provides service to patients in the Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas. Here are some of the top questions about gum disease,
What is gum disease?
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, causes inflammation of the gums that can also impact the health of the jawbone and teeth. This disease occurs when bacteria gets under the gum line and forms pockets of infections between the gums and the teeth. These pockets will continue to expand until the condition is properly treated.
Is there a way to prevent gum disease?
The best way to reduce your risk for gum disease is to make sure that you are maintaining good oral hygiene. This means brushing twice a day and flossing daily. Of course, it isn’t enough to just brush and floss regularly; you also need to have the proper technique to make sure that you are removing plaque and food from between teeth and along the gum line. Brushing alone is not enough; you also need to floss in order to reduce your risk for gum disease.
How do I know if I have gum disease?
Millions of American adults have gum disease and many don’t even realize it. Therefore, it’s possible that you could have gum disease but experience no symptoms. Our Lexington, MA, periodontist will be able to tell you whether or not you have gum disease just by looking at the gums and pinpointing certain changes. Seeing your dentist regularly for checkups can help you catch gum disease early on when it easily be treated.
Is gum disease treatable?
If gum disease is caught early on when it’s still only gingivitis then yes, this disease can be reversed with the proper care. Our periodontist may perform a simple scaling and root planing procedure, which involves cleaning underneath the gums and the roots of the teeth to remove plaque and tartar using special dental tools.
Changes to your at-home care are also important to make sure that you are properly brushing and flossing to reduce plaque and tartar buildup. Once gum disease has progressed it can’t be reversed but it can be properly controlled with maintenance therapy and regular dental care.
Knowledge is powerful and patients should understand the dental care they receive so they get the best care possible. If you’re noticing changes in your gums that have you concerned call Dr. David Rosen, in Lexington, MA and serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas to schedule a consultation.
Are you thinking of getting dental implants?
The first modern titanium dental implant was placed over 30 years ago by a Swedish orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Per Ingvar Branemark. Since then, they’ve only continued to grow in popularity and development. This restorative procedure rejuvenates and strengthens your smile. Thoroughly designed prosthetics replace your natural teeth. Your smile is a life-long investment, you shouldn’t be afraid to show it off. Dental implants give you the smile you deserve. Dr. David Rosen provides implant dentistry to patients in the Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas. Contact his office today to learn more.
Dental implants are biocompatible fixtures surgically placed into the jawbone. Dental implants consist of several parts: a titanium post that's inserted into the jawbone, a screw that secures an abutment over the titanium post, and a crown matching the rest of your teeth.
The Implant Procedure at Your Lexington Periodontist
The procedure is straightforward.
The titanium post is surgically inserted into your jaws to replace the missing tooth root. It provides stability and strength, preventing weakening and shrinkage of the jawbone.
After inserting the titanium post, Dr. Rosen seals your gums and allows 3 to 6 months for osseointegration (a process of the post fusing to the rest of your jawbone) to occur.
After healing is complete your Lexington dentist re-opens the area above the titanium post, inserts a screw, places an abutment above the screw, and finally secures a crown on top that matches the rest of your teeth.
Caring for Dental Implants
To take proper care of your dental implants, make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. A change in diet may also be beneficial. Eating plenty of fruits and vegetables while avoiding sugary foods prevents the accumulation of plaque.
There are several advantages to dental implants:
They restore bite and chewing function.
Act as replacements for one or multiple teeth.
Complete your smile and set of teeth.
Are you missing teeth? If you're interested in finding out more about dental implants, call Dr. David Rosen, in Lexington, MA and serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas. Call (781) 862-4550 to learn more.
Face Your Dental Fears Once and for All with Help from Sedation Dentistry.
We know that not everyone loves visiting the dentist and we certainly don’t take it personally. While the goal of our Lexington, MA, periodontist, Dr. David Rosen, is to make sure that you always have a comfortable and smooth visit, we understand that a lot of people are still dealing with dental anxiety. If this sounds like you, sedation dentistry may just end up being your best friend. Dr. Rosen proudly serves residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.
What Is Sedation Dentistry?
Sedation dentistry is a safe and effective way to get the proper care you need without dental anxiety. Patients of our periodontist Dr. Rosen are often coming in for restorative treatments and oral surgeries such as dental implants, and because of this, some patients may be a bit nervous. Luckily, Dr. Rosen offers a way to help you relax so that we can treat your smile and improve your oral health without stress.
What Are the Different Kinds of Sedation Dentistry?
The most common type of sedation dentistry is oral sedation, which comes in the form of prescription anti-anxiety medication such as Valium. You will come into the office to take this sedative about 30 minutes to one hour before your procedure.
The great thing about oral sedation is that we can choose the level of sedation you require based on the type of treatment you are receiving and your subsequent level of anxiety. While it will take the medication up to 45 minutes or so to fully kick in, the effects will last the length of your procedure. It’s common for patients to feel groggy after taking oral sedation, so it’s important that they are accompanied by a family member or friend who can transport you home.
Another type of sedation dentistry is inhalation sedation, during which we apply a gas mask over the nose. The mask provides a mix of oxygen and nitrous oxide, better known as “laughing gas”. Unlike oral sedation, which takes time to kick in, inhalation sedation will work immediately, allowing us to get to work right away. An additional benefit is that the effects wear off the minute the mask is removed.
What Procedures Can Be Performed Under Sedation Dentistry?
To help you feel more relaxed in the dentist’s chair, we can use sedation dentistry for just about any of the procedures we offer. This includes everything from dental implant placement to bone grafting to gum disease therapy. When scheduling your appointment, ask us if sedation dentistry could benefit you.
Contact Us Today!
Are you interested in getting sedation dentistry for your next procedure? Want to learn more about getting sedation dentistry? Our Lexington, MA dental team is here to answer all of your questions. Proudly serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas. Call us today at (781) 862-4550 to learn more.
Gum recession is an issue that can be repaired using gum grafting techniques. This important procedure can help protect your teeth from the symptoms and complications of gum recession and improve the appearance of your smile. Find out more about gum grafting surgery and what it can mean for you with Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA, serving residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.
What is gum grafting?
Gum grafting is a procedure which focuses on treating receding gums. This somewhat common condition causes the gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets. The process advances slowly and many people do not realize they have receding gums until their condition is serious. The process exposes the tooth’s root which can cause sensitivity and look unsightly.
Do I need gum grafting surgery?
Gum recession is normally not obvious until it is in its later stages. However, if you have gums which pull slightly up from the teeth, you could have gum recession. Some other, sometimes more subtle symptoms of gum recession include:
- bleeding gums while brushing or flossing
- unexplained bad breath
- loosened teeth
- red, swollen gums
- painful gums
- exposed tooth roots
What can I expect from gum grafting treatment?
Before performing the procedure, your periodontist will numb the treatment area to ensure you do not feel any discomfort or pain. Depending on the type of graft, your dentist will remove a small piece of tissue from the roof of the mouth, the connective tissue from underneath the tissue on the roof of the mouth, or gum tissue directly next to your graft area. They then cover the exposed tooth root and secure the new tissue in place. The procedure usually takes about an hour and requires only a short recovery time. During the healing process, your dentist will recommend eating soft foods and use a special mouthwash. You should also avoid brushing or flossing in that area until you are cleared to do so by your dentist.
Gum Grafting Treatments in Lexington, MA
Leaving your gum recession untreated can lead to serious dental complications. For more information on gum grafting, please contact Dr. David Rosen in Lexington, MA. Call (781) 862-4550 to schedule your appointment for a consultation with Dr. Rosen today! He proudly serves residents of Lexington, Northwest Boston, and the surrounding areas.
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