Sleep apnea is a chronic health problem, that, unfortunately, can be difficult for some patients to spot. This condition has a number of unwanted and inconvenient symptoms, and it can put you at risk of developing additional health problems down the road.

Our Lincoln Park sleep apnea dentists use the latest, patient-friendly technologies to treat sleep apnea effectively. Keep reading to learn more!

Sleep apnea occurs when a patient’s oral tissues fall into his or her airway during sleep. These relaxed oral tissues make it difficult for the patient to inhale enough air and oxygen. Consequently, the patient’s blood oxygen levels drop, and the body must momentarily wake itself up in order to restart the breathing process.

So, as you would imagine, many sleep apnea sufferers deal with fatigue and memory/concentration problems during the day. They may also experience chronic headaches, especially in the morning upon waking. Another hallmark of obstructive sleep apnea is loud and disruptive snoring; this sound occurs because the patient is attempting to force air through his or her obstructed breathing passage.

Studies show that long-term, untreated sleep apnea can increase a patient’s risk of suffering from diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. That is why it’s so important to seek timely treatment for this condition.

The traditional treatment option for sleep apnea is the CPAP machine. This device forces oxygen through a patient’s airway via a face mask that the patient wears at night. Unfortunately, many people find CPAP machines to be uncomfortable and difficult to tolerate. That is why our Lincoln Park sleep apnea dentists treat sleep apnea with comfortable, unobtrusive oral appliances. We have found that these effective mouth pieces have much higher patient compliance rates than standard CPAP machines.

Don’t let sleep apnea persist untreated; help is available. Please call our dental team to learn more and to schedule your personal consultation!

If you’re one of the many people who wants to improve their smile, but is turned off by the idea of metal braces then Invisalign may be for you. Invisalign is a comfortable, easy-to-use alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. Our Lincoln Park Invisalign dentists have put together this short overview to help you figure out whether you may be able to benefit from this treatment.

Invisalign uses a series of clear plastic aligners, rather than metal brackets and wires, to gradually straighten teeth. Generally speaking, Invisalign can do everything that conventional braces can do; the exception being cases in which the patient needs to correct extreme structural problems.

Invisalign might be right for you if you want to:

  • Close gaps between teeth
  • Straighten a crooked smile
  • Fix bite problems, like crossbites, overbites, and underbites
  • Make your smile wider, so that it fills more of the visual space in your mouth when you smile

Many people choose Invisalign because they want to improve dental alignment without drawing attention to the fact that they’re undergoing treatment. Because Invisalign aligners are made of clear plastic resin, they are almost invisible once in place over a patient’s teeth. The aesthetics of Invisalign are far superior to the visual effect of standard braces.

Another reason that you may turn to Invisalign is because this treatment allows you to easily maintain a fresh and clean smile. You’ll actually take your aligners out when it’s time to brush or floss your teeth, so you don’t have to worry about the plaque buildup associated with brackets and wires.

When you meet with our Lincoln Park Invisalign dentists, we’ll assess your smile, and help you determine whether Invisalign can help you reach your dental goals. There’s truly no reason to continue living with a smile that you don't’ love, so give us a call to get started!

Your daily oral hygiene routine goes a long way toward keeping your smile strong, healthy, and attractive. But, the truth is that your at-home dental care efforts don’t need to stop there.

One aspect of your life that can have a profound impact on your oral health is your diet. By making some small tweaks to your diet, you can help you smile resist infection and damage. Keep reading to learn more from our Lincoln Park dentists.

The first thing to consider is what foods and drinks you should minimize/avoid. Many people have heard that sugar is bad for your teeth. But, it’s not just because sugar is “unhealthy,” it’s also because sugar actually feeds the harmful oral bacteria that live in your mouth. As soon as these oral bacteria get a little sugar, they go into a frenzy: growing and multiplying.

Acidic substances are likewise potentially harmful. Many of the foods and drinks that we consume every day contain an appreciable amount of acid: coffee, red wine, soda, and fruit juices, for example. The problem with acidic substances is that they temporarily weaken your dental enamel, thus leaving it susceptible to damage.

While it may be tempting to brush your teeth right after eating or drinking something acidic, it’s actually best to wait for 20 to 30 minutes, until your enamel has hardened again. Brushing too early can actually lead to enamel thinning over time.

In general, when consuming something that isn’t good for your smile, it’s always a good idea to drink some water, or rinse your mouth with water right after. This prompts your body to produce saliva, and saliva is your body’s natural way of neutralizing bacteria and re-mineralizing enamel.

As always, our Lincoln Park dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about caring for your smile at home, as well as professional care. Please don’t hesitate to contact our team by phone, or through our Contact Us page!

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