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Dental Related Treatments Dental Care Exams and Treatment TMJ Temporomandibular Joint and Periodontal Disease

There are some additional dental-related treatments that we offer to patients. Often conditions arise which are tooth or bite-related that can be corrected through particular procedures.


Periodontal Disease

Comprehensive ExamsPeriodontal Disease: For periodontal (gum) disease treatment, dental professionals use a common mechanical procedure known as SRP (scaling and root planing). Scaling removes plaque, tartar, and stains from the surface of teeth and their roots. Planing smoothes the rough areas on the roots of teeth to promote healing.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea and Snoring Prevention: Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring can often be attributed to a dental issue. Our doctors can help diagnose certain dental-related sleep issues and recommend dental appliance therapy or treatments which will help eliminate many such problems.

Snoring Prevention

Sleep Apnea and Snoring Prevention: Sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring can often be attributed to a dental issue. Our doctors can help diagnose certain dental-related sleep issues and recommend dental appliance therapy or treatments which will help eliminate many such problems.

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Exam and Treatment

Comprehensive ExamsThe TMJ or Temporomandibular Joint ("jaw joint"), assists in the basic opening and closing movements of the jaw. Unfortunately, The TMJ is a common area for recurring pain. Although conventional wisdom suggests that "popping" sounds in the jaw indicates a TMJ Dysfunction, this is not always true. Many times, your jaw is functioning properly even if a "popping" sound is present when chewing or talking.

We offer a TMJ Exam that evaluates the joint tissue in the "hinge" of the jaw. Possible problems include swelling, Deterioration of The TMJ tissue or damaged joint tissue (which cushions the jaw bones during the opening and closing movement of the mouth). Common pain relievers and cold compresses can provide temporary relief for most cases of TMJ.

For more serious cases of TMJ, we will recommend alternate treatments. Often, we will suggest using a mouth guard to relieve teeth grinding. In some cases, we will instruct you to use orthodontic appliances or retainers to alleviate discomfort or redirect positioning of the TMJ joint. For the most severe cases of TMJ, we may recommend certain invasive procedures.

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide ("Laughing Gas"): Nitrous oxide, often called "laughing gas," is often used as a conscious sedative during a dental visit. The gas is administered with a mixture of oxygen and has a calming effect that helps phobic or anxious patients relax during their dental treatment. It is a mild sedative, and patients are still conscious, and can talk to their dentist during their visit. After treatment, the nitrous is turned off and oxygen is administered for five to 10 minutes to help flush any remaining gas. The effects wear off almost immediately. Nitrous oxide rarely has side effects, although some patients may experience minor nausea and constipation. Your doctor will provide you with pre- and post-sedation instruction.

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