Replace Missing Teeth In Lucky ’13!

It seems the most common reason I hear from people who stick with a denture rather than have dental implants is the cost of implant treatment. Yet, I’ve never once heard a patient say their dental implants weren’t worth every cent.

Think of dental implants as a third set of teeth. This is because they look, feel and function just like the natural teeth you once had. They allow you to eat a healthy diet of foods you love, laugh and smile confidently, and wake up with a smile (in your mouth, not in a glass).

I’ve had some people tell me about their new car, but then explain how they can’t afford dental implants. Yet, others on fixed incomes work very hard to find the means to achieve a “new smile” so they can live a healthier, more active life with greater social confidence.

In the coming year, think about the things that are of true value to your life. Then, call us toll free 1-866-9-Smiles for a free consultation so we can discuss your smile’s goals and ways you CAN achieve one you love! Let’s make the coming year ‘Lucky ’13!’

Resolution For Those Who Fear Dentistry

We all make New Year’s resolutions — exercise more, eat less sugar and more veggies, etc., etc. But, like many American adults, we’re starting to lose steam with our commitment about mid-February. By the first of April, many (or most!) of us have set them aside.

Here’s one for a very large group of Americans — one you can keep! Overcome your fear of dentistry! That’s right! You CAN do it and we’re here to help you! Here’s how …

• First, view our web site’s video tour. I’ll give you a walk-through so you can feel comfortable with who I am and the environment we offer. Patient comfort is a particular emphasis, which you’ll see firsthand in this presentation.

• Call us toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. A friendly staff member will answer the phone and answer your questions. She’ll offer you a free consultation appointment. However, if you’d prefer to speak with me on the phone beforehand, just ask!

• I’ll arrange a personal meeting so we can just chat. This will be in our quiet consultation room, which is removed from the clinical side of the practice. We’ll sit in comfy arm chairs and I’ll explain the various options we have available for patients with high fear or anxiety.

• After this visit, it’s up to you to decide how you wish to proceed. I can walk you back to our ‘Total Relaxation Room’ and describe how we use Oral Sedation to help fearful patients. Or, I can introduce you to a few of the Assistants or Hygienists who are very experienced in caring for patients with dental fear.

• If desired, we can put you in touch with a few patients on the phone who once had severe dental fear. These patients now have healthy, confident smiles and even look forward to their dental visits! We want to have YOU feel the same way!

The first step is in your hands. Let us help you with this New Year’s resolution that you CAN keep! And every time you smile, you’ll remember it all began with that first step! Here is the link to our online video: http://www.banrbarbatdds.com/video-tour.php

 

Here, You’ll Find Comfort & Respect!

This time of year always has me thinking about all the wonderful people we have as part of our ‘family’ of patients. Many of these came to us after going for a number of years, even decades, without seeing a dentist. Most had avoided dental care for so long because of a fear of dentistry.

As a Dentist, I cannot imagine treating someone who is in pain because of my hands. While many people who have dental fears are forced into care because of a painful dental problem, our office is not only dedicated to relieving them from pain, but doing so in a gentle and comfortable manner.

In addition to being committed to providing dentistry in comfort, we are also very respectful to our patients. We realize that, for many, it takes a great deal of courage to even walk into our reception area. Regardless of how long it’s been since seeing a dentist, ALL of our patients are given ‘red carpet’ treatment.

The only reason we exist is to provide care for our patients. Providing that care to the highest standards with respect to each individual in a manner that is comfortable and pleasant is our commitment to you!

If you’d like to get to know us before scheduling an appointment, view our video tour on our web site. Then, we can arrange a no-cost consultation appointment – just call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles. We’ll sit in a quiet consultation room that is removed from the clinical side of the practice. Here, you can ask questions and express any concerns you have. You can then decide how you’d like to proceed.

I hope this coming year will bring you many smiles, ones that are healthy and worry-free!

Sooner Is Better, Especially When It Comes To Your Smile!

It was Thomas Jefferson who coined the phrase, “Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today.” Wise words then, and are still.

It’s not unusual to see a patient who is in dire need of a crown due to a tooth at ‘maximum capacity’ with fillings or a tooth with cracks or fractures. Some people feel if they are not experiencing pain, a crown is not necessary or can be delayed.

As a Dentist, I know too well what lies ahead for many patients who delay repairs. The scenario goes like this: It’s Saturday evening and they’re out to dinner with friends. They bite down on a piece of chicken and suddenly realize a chunk of tooth has broken off – a big chunk!

If the section of tooth that is broken away is above the gum line, we can save the tooth. However, when a tooth in need of a protective crown has gone too long without one, I often see breaks so deep they are below the gum line. This requires removal of the tooth and opens the door for an entirely new set of issues that must be addressed.

Be proactive with your dentistry so you can enjoy a worry-free smile. You’ll find you actually save time and money by avoiding more-complex repairs. Because, as I see too often, it’s not a matter of IF that tooth will require eventual repair, but one of WHEN.  And, WHEN always seems to occur at the worst of times.

Sleepy Drivers Are A Deadly Risk

The Centers For Disease Control (CDC) has referred to sleep insufficiency as a “public health epidemic.” Insufficient sleep is linked to motor vehicle crashes, industrial disasters, and medical and other occupational errors. Unintentionally falling asleep, nodding off while driving, and having difficulty performing daily tasks because of sleepiness all contribute to these hazardous outcomes.

The CDC also states that those who experience sleep insufficiency are also more likely to suffer from diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, depression, obesity, cancer and from increased mortality. And, since an estimated 50-70 million U.S. adults have sleep disorders, those behind the wheel put others in serious harm’s way with them.

Unlike alcohol-related crashes, there are currently no blood, breath, or other tests to quantify one’s level of sleepiness at the crash site. However, the evidence of a typical crash related to sleepiness has the following characteristics:

The crash occurs most often late-night, early morning or mid-afternoon.
The crash is likely to be serious.
A single vehicle leaves the roadway.
The crash occurs on a high-speed road.
The driver does not attempt to avoid a crash.
The driver is alone in the vehicle.
If you are a heavy snorer or suspect you have Sleep Apnea, contact our office toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to discuss non-surgical options for treatment. We provide comfortable, FDA approved treatment that DOES NOT require you to wear a CPAP during sleep.

Protecting You Against Oral Cancer’s Dreadful Statistics

Every year, over 30,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer. Sadly, one person dies of oral cancer in America every hour. However, if detected early, oral cancer is 90% survivable. At highest risk are adults over the age of 40 and tobacco users (including “smokeless” brands). Other risk factors are heavy alcohol use, viral infections, prolonged sun exposure (lip cancer) and a history of white or red patches on oral tissues. However, the American Dental Association reports that over 25% of oral cancers occur in people who do not smoke and have no other risk factors.

Symptoms of oral cancer include a mouth sore that does not heal, white or red patch of tissue, difficulty swallowing, a lump or mass in the mouth or neck, long period of hoarseness, pain or numbness in the oral region, change in the voice, or period of ear pain.

Because an oral examination and screening are incorporated as part of regular oral hygiene check-ups, the statistics of oral cancer are good reason to be committed to these visits and discuss any suspicious condition without delay. Oral cancer is one of the most curable diseases when it is treated early. Please call us as soon as possible for an exam if you have any signs.

Aging Adults – Your Mouth Can Signal Serious Health Problems

It seems key symptoms in the mouth can be warning signs of adult onset diseases. For instance, the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease increases with age. Researchers believe that these diseases often manifest themselves in the mouth.

For example, the American Diabetes Association states that the majority of diabetics suffer from Type 2 diabetes, which usually begins after age 45. Initial indicators of this disease are bad breath and bleeding gums.

Also, after the age of 45, the risk for developing heart disease triples. Although heart disease is the leading killer of Americans, a sore and painful jaw is often overlooked as a warning signal.

Research continually reveals links between oral and overall health. Please alert us to any unusual symptoms or change in your medical status.

A Link Between Sleep Apnea & Depression

Sleep apnea causes people to stop breathing during sleep, leading to lack of restful sleep that’s vital for good health. While it’s known that sleep apnea is attributed to stroke, heart attacks, high blood pressure and diabetes, recent research suggests it could also contribute to depression.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, there is a known link between sleep apnea and depression. However, it’s not clear whether the depression contributes to sleep problems or sleep problems cause depression. What some researchers have found is that the effective treatment of sleep apnea has a positive effect on depression.

A study by Cleveland Clinic researchers showed that sleep apnea treatment improves depressive symptoms. The study consisted of nearly 800 adults with sleep apnea who were evaluated before and after sleep apnea treatment. The study revealed that improvements were significant regardless of whether the individual was taking an anti-depressant. Additionally, researchers found that those who are married had the most benefit than people who are single or divorced.

As more is known along these lines, we’ll provide updates. In the meantime, if you have (or suspect) you have sleep apnea, please contact us to discuss treatment. True sleep apnea does not improve on its own.

Protect Gum Health During Menopause

Hormonal changes in a woman’s body can cause a number of symptoms. During menopause, it is not uncommon for women to have more gum sensitivity to hot or cold. Some women say they feel a burning sensation in the mouth, frequently have a dry mouth, or even detect a metallic or salty taste.

Unlike many of the physical symptoms that menopausal women endure, these bothersome oral sensations are often easily resolved. After an examination, I typically recommend a saliva substitute that is similar to a mouth rinse to increase saliva flow.

Protecting your gums during all phases of your life is important. Never assume that unusual symptoms in your mouth are harmless. Some problems can be warning signs of much more serious issues. Call toll free 1-855-9-Smiles if you have a problem that needs to be examined.