Comfortable Alternatives to CPAP for Sleep Apnea

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A patient with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) stops breathing many times during sleep. For some, this can occur hundreds of times in one night. In many cases, a patient may be unaware that anything is wrong because they are asleep.

Sleep apnea is a serious health concern for millions of Americans. Often, the first indication that a problem exists is when the patient tells the Sleep Apnea Dentist Manhattan Beach that their partner complains about excessive snoring. This is one of the leading symptoms identified with sleep apnea, but episodes of not breathing and unexplained sleepiness during the day are also common symptoms.

The most common form of sleep apnea is OSA. The patient’s airway becomes blocked when soft tissue at the back of the throat collapses and closes off air flow. The traditional treatment for OSA has been the use of a CPAP (or Continuous Positive Air Pressure) device that uses pressurized air to keep the airway open.

This is very effective method for many patients, but many find it cumbersome and uncomfortable to wear. Research shows that, for this reason, less than half of patients diagnosed with OSA actually use their CPAP device on a regular basis.

The Sleep Apnea Dentist Manhattan Beach can often successfully treat eligible OSA patients with custom oral appliances that keep the airway open and are much more comfortable than the mask. This appliance is custom-made to reposition the lower jaw and tongue. It can be very effective in treating the causes and the resulting symptoms of OSA.

Many of our patients who formerly used a CPAP mask but qualify for the use of this simple oral appliance are amazed that a simple treatment provided by their dentist can effectively address OSA. One reason for its effectiveness is the fact that patients tend to actually use the appliance, unlike CPAP masks that frequently go unused because of associated discomfort. Our objective is to provide treatment is as effective as CPAP only much more comfortable.

Please contact our office to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how we can work with you and your specific situation to drastically reduce or even eliminate sleep apnea symptoms.

Painless Root Canal Dentistry

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It is very common to experience stress and anxiety at the thought of having a root canal. Unfortunately, this makes it tempting to put off treatment until it becomes problem that has to be fixed immediately.

But fear and anxiety can quickly become a thing of the past when you understand that today’s dentistry sedation options can make the entire process of root canal therapy pain and stress-free.

Why is a Root Canal Necessary?

Root canal therapy is needed when the nerve of a tooth is affected by decay or infection. In order to save the tooth, the pulp, nerves, bacteria, and any decay are removed and the space is filled with special, medicated, dental materials, restoring the tooth to its full function. Root canal treatment performed at our Manhattan Beach Painless Root Canal Dentistry office is highly successful and usually lasts a lifetime.

Why Not Just Pull the Tooth?

Many patients believe that removing the tooth is the solution due to their fear of root canal therapy, but you must realize that tooth extraction is ultimately more costly, causing significant problems for adjacent teeth.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

The only person who can determine if you need a root canal is your dentist, but some warning signs are:

  • An abscess (or pimple) on the gums
  • Sensitivity to hot and cold
  • Severe toothache pain
  • Swelling and/or tenderness

Once you experience any of the above symptoms, you must get to your dentist immediately. Procrastinating often creates a more painful situation than is necessary. Often there are no outward symptoms, so regular checkups and examinations will ensure that root canal therapy, if needed, is done promptly.

The more quickly the root canal is addressed, the more options you have for sedation and an anxiety and pain-free procedure. The will be happy to consult with you about the details of the procedure, and the team at our Manhattan Beach Painless Root Canal Dentistry office is committed to providing a stress-free environment so that you will feel completely comfortable throughout treatment.


The Six Month Smile

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The Six Month Smile is a modern cosmetic treatment used by the Manhattan Beach, CA Cosmetic Dentist that is tailored to adults who have put off treatment because they don’t want unsightly metal braces. The Six Month Smile uses tooth-colored (white) brackets and wires and they’re barely visible.

The Six Month Smile also allows your dentist to provide teeth straightening without the usual treatment period required with traditional braces. The Six Month Smile treatment emphasizes straightening teeth that are visible when you smile. For this reason, it is considered more of a cosmetic dentistry treatment than a procedure that seeks to correct bite. Some of the advantages of choosing The Six Month Smile are:

  • Fast treatment times
  • Nearly invisible treatment
  • Minimal pain and discomfort during treatment
  • A cost-effective solution
  • A great final result

How Does Six Month Smiles Work?

Many patients believe that the Six Month Smile system is a six-month orthodontic treatment. However, the system does not employ aggressive tightening to shift the location of your teeth. The primary focus of the system is to shift teeth that are visible when you smile. The braces use gentle force to move your teeth comfortably, using standard orthodontic mechanics. But the emphasis is on the cosmetic appearance of your teeth rather than the position of your bite. Dr. Firshein is trained in using the Six Month Smiles system and can help patients wishing to correct:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Unevenly spaced teeth
  • Asymmetrical smiles (left and right sides not identical)
  • Uneven gum lines

Is Six Month Smiles for me?

Do you long for a healthy, beautiful smile? Do you have a wedding, vacation, or some other event coming up, and you wish you could make your smile just a little more appealing? The only way to be sure if the Six Month Smile system is correct for you is by consulting with your Manhattan Beach Cosmetic Dentist, a Six Month Smile dentist. Generally, most adults are candidates for this procedure and benefit from the aesthetic correction the braces provide.

An Overview of Cosmetic Dentistry

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Patients often come to our practice seeking advice on ways to correct aesthetic dental problems. These patients may require cosmetic dental procedures or treatment for a variety of cosmetic defects – to repair a malformed bite or crooked teeth, to treat an injury, or just to improve their overall appearance. For these and many other reasons, cosmetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession. But whatever their reason for seeking treatment, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.

In the past decade there has been a dramatic increase in the demand for cosmetic dentistry.  We all understand that having a healthy, bright, beautiful smile enhances our appearance and allows us to increases self-confidence.  Thanks to the advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is no longer a luxury reserved for movie stars, and the professionals at Manhattan Beach Cosmetic Dentistry are able to improve your smile with quick, painless and surprisingly affordable treatments.

Common cosmetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshapen, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. Procedures used in the practice of cosmetic dentistry can also change the overall shape of teeth, whether they are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped to create a more attractive smile.

Some of the more common procedures involve:

  • Change the size, shape, and alignment of certain teeth
  • Fill in unattractive spaces between teeth
  • Improve or correct bites
  • Lighten or brighten the color of teeth
  • Repair decayed, broken, cracked, or chipped teeth
  • Replace missing teeth
  • Replace old, unattractive dental treatments

Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? Before making any decisions, your dentist will need to do a complete dental exam. It is very important to identify any underlying issues that may affect the results of any cosmetic dental procedure. The Cosmetic Dentist Manhattan Beach, California will also discuss your lifestyle with you to determine the best treatment for you. Contact your cosmetic dental professional for more information and to take the first step towards obtaining the smile of your dreams.