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Find out how this sleep disorder could cause health complications if left untreated.
Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea? Wondering whether this is something you should treat or just leave alone? Our St. Louis, MO, sleep apnea dentist Dr. John Monaco is here to tell you why you absolutely shouldn’t ignore this issue. Here are just some ways in which obstructive sleep apnea can impact your life and your health:
We already know that many Americans aren’t getting enough sleep, which can have serious implications for their daily lives. Sleep is restorative and necessary for good mental and physical health. Since sleep apnea causes breathing cessations throughout the course of the night this means that your brain isn’t getting enough oxygen. This can cause you to wake up or toss and turn throughout the night, leading to really bad sleep. And we all know how we feel when we don’t sleep well!
Every time your body wakes up throughout the course of the night, this puts extra stress on your body, which causes your body to produce certain hormones that can cause elevated blood pressure. As you know, untreated high blood pressure will weaken the blood vessels in your body and can also increase your chances of developing a blood clot or stroke.
If you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea then you are also at a higher risk of experiencing a heart attack. Sleep apnea not only affects how much oxygen gets to your brain but in turn, this also affects how much blood flow gets to the brain and the arteries.
Experiencing disrupted sleep due to obstructive sleep apnea can also screw with insulin levels in your body, which can also leave you at risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
It’s important that if you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea that you turn to a sleep specialist right away for an evaluation. If you find out that your OSA is rather mild then you may want to sit down and talk with our St. Louis, MO, dentist about whether oral appliance therapy will help manage your symptoms and improve the quality of your sleep.
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a custom device that looks similar to a mouthguard and it works to keep the airways open while you sleep. It’s comfortable, convenient, easy to use and portable. It could just be the simple solution you’ve been looking for to treat your sleep apnea symptoms in the long run.
Isn’t it time you got the sleep you deserved? We think so, too! Call our St. Louis, MO, dental office today and let us know that you are interested in finding out whether you are a candidate for oral appliance therapy. We are happy to help you get your sleep apnea symptoms under control.
Find out how dental veneers could improve your smile for the long run.
Are you embarrassed by that unsightly gap between your front teeth? Have years of crunching on ice left you with little chips and cracks in your smile? There are so many habits and situations that happen over time that can impact both your oral health and your appearance. Don’t despair. Our St. Louis cosmetic dentist Dr. John Monaco offers up dental veneer to the rescue.
If you hide your smile in shame, dental veneers could help change all this. Whether you are dealing with a crooked smile or discolorations, cosmetic dentistry in St. Louis can give you the smile you want but weren’t born with. While there are many options out there for fixing your smile, porcelain veneers have become one of the most popular restorations.
These restorations are made from thin layers of porcelain. Each veneer is custom made, based on an impression taken of your teeth, to provide you with a restoration that fully covers the front portion of your tooth to mask imperfections and flaws that don’t necessarily affect the health of your teeth but impact their appearance.
Veneers can be a great way to mask discolorations that are either internal or too severe for even professional teeth whitening to tackle. Veneers can also mask cracks, chips, and fractures in your teeth. Veneers can even out smiles so that all teeth are the same shape and size. They can even be placed over teeth to cover gaps between teeth, fix minor misalignments such as crowding and to make a crooked tooth appear straighter. Not only will veneers provide you with a whiter, glowing smile but they can also make your smile straighter without the need for braces.
Plus, getting veneers is a fairly simple process (and only minimally invasive). Once you undergo the consultation process, it will take about two visits to our office to get your new smile. Our St. Louis dentist will prep your teeth by removing a trace amount of enamel from the front of your teeth. This makes room for the new restorations so they don’t look bulky when applied.
Impressions are then taken and from there a dental lab will go to work making your veneers. Once the veneers are made you will come back in for a final fitting and for the restorations to be permanently bonded to your teeth.
If you have been looking for the right cosmetic treatment for your smile and you think getting dental veneers could help then it’s time you called our St. Louis dental office to schedule your consultation with Dr. Monaco today.