Sleep apnea is a common condition in the United States. It can occur when the upper airway becomes blocked repeatedly during sleep, reducing or completely stopping airflow. This is known as obstructive sleep apnea. If the brain does not send the signals needed to breathe, the condition may be called central sleep apnea.
How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?
Some sleep apnea patients may benefit from an oral dental appliance.
Should I worry about snoring?
Snoring disturbs the sleeping patterns of the snorer, making restful sleep difficult. Snoring can be an indicator of Sleep Apnea and can be a serious medical problem.
Will gum disease shorten my life?
Your gum and periodontal health is crucial to you overall health. Your gums and the bone around the teeth and the connective tissues are connected by direct pathways to other areas of your body. The blood that supplies your gums circulates around your whole body. This means if you have gum disease your blood is carrying mouth bacteria, infection and inflammation everywhere else in your body.
I’m pregnant. Does that make a difference in my dental care?
Routine dental care can be done any time during pregnancy. Any urgent procedure can be done, as well. All elective dental procedures, however, should be postponed until after the delivery. Before you have your dental appointment, check with your obstetrician to see if she has any special precautions/instructions for you.
What is bad breath a sign of?
Most bad breath starts in your mouth, and there are many possible causes including food, tobacco products, poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, medications, infections in your mouth, and other nose and throat conditions.
I really don’t like the yellow color of my teeth. What are my options?
Various tray systems, whitening toothpaste, and other products are available over-the-counter to help consumers achieve lighter tooth shades. However, many of them use abrasives which can harm enamel and overall tooth health. Meanwhile, some of the items leave an unpleasant aftertaste in your mouth and require you to use the substance over and over again with minimal results. Rather than waste your time and money, contact our office to get your teeth whitened professionally and feel more self-confident about your appearance in as little as an hour.
Why does my jaw hurt all the time and it makes a clicking noise when I open and shut my mouth?
TMJ is the standard abbreviation of a condition called Temporomandibular Joint disorder. This joint is what connects your lower jaw to your skull and when you open your mouth to talk, eat, or looked shocked, you can thank your temporomandibular joint.If you think that you could have TMJ, schedule an appointment 818-990-6659.
Do you offer digital dental x-rays? Are they safer?
Yes, we offer digital dental x-rays. Digital x-rays are safer because they use less radiation than conventional x-rays.
WEST LA DENTAL HEALTH CENTER
5620 Sawtelle Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90230