Better Smiles Begin with Sleep Apnea Treatments

Sleep Apnea

One of the biggest oral health risks that individuals may suffer from and be completely unaware of is sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a disorder in which individuals suffer from interrupted breathing patterns while they sleep. The two most common forms of sleep apnea are obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea arises when individuals have a blocked airway or are failing to receive enough air through their air passages. Central sleep apnea, however, is a result of brain signals not being adequately received. When your brain sends signals to your breathing muscles instructing them to breathe, there may be issues in which these signals are not reaching their target destination. This type of sleep apnea typically arises due to issues such as brain tumors, infections, stroke, or heart failure.

Treating sleep apnea is essential if you are at a higher risk for the symptom. Typically, men over the age of 40 are at the highest risk for sleep apnea. Furthermore, if you are overweight or have a genetic predisposition for any oral health conditions, you will also be likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is commonly linked to a family history of the disorder, a nasal obstruction such as a deviated septum, allergies and sinus problems, large tonsils, a large tongue, or a small jaw in relation to your face.

For help treating sleep apnea, Drs. Richard Shamo and AJ Stosich at [practice_name] are here to assist you in every way we can. If you would like to set up an appointment to visit our oral and maxillofacial surgeons in [city], [state], please call us at [phone] to speak with our team.

 

If You’re Getting a Tooth Pulled, Watch Out for These Complications After Treatment

Post op jaw pain

Tooth extraction is an invasive treatment that can help you restore your oral health and smile. This is a beneficial treatment, but, like other treatments, there is a chance you could experience complications after the extraction. Some of those problems include:

-Dry socket: Dry socket occurs when a blood clot fails to form or when an already-formed blood clot breaks off too soon. This can happen when you drink through a straw. This problem can be very painful and should be treated with a medicated bandage as soon as possible. So, please contact our office if you experience this issue.

-Numb lips and chin: It’s typical to feel numb after oral surgery, especially because of the numbing agents used during the treatment. However, if the numbing lasts more than one or two days, a nerve might have been affected during the treatment. So, it’s best to contact our office and schedule an appointment.

-Infection: Infection is always a possibility after tooth extraction, as it is with any surgery. So, make sure to care for the surgical site as much as possible to prevent infection. If you see oozing at the surgical site, please contact our office and schedule an appointment.

It’s very important to follow post-op instructions on how to properly recover after tooth extraction. That way you can fully return to a top-notch oral health and smile. Do you have any questions? If so, please contact our team at Aspire Surgical when you have the chance. Our professional team will be happy to help you if you just call us!

Enhance Your Smile with TMJ Treatments

TMJ Pain

When thinking about how important your jaw is to your oral health, it’s best to understand the factors behind it. Within each jaw lies a joint known a temporomandibular joint, also called a TMJ. TMJs are responsible for the array of movement that our mouth requires for opening our mouths and chewing. Thus, they can be damaged at times due to excess wear and tear, which will need treatment as soon as possible.

Enhance your smile with TMJ treatments. To learn more about TMJs, please read the following:

– If your mouth takes frequent damage, TMJ disorders can arise. It is important to stop all bad habits that could make it worse, including chewing gum, eating hard foods, or even biting your nails.
– As is the case with many TMJ disorders, common side effects include pain, discomfort, or swelling. Different types of treatments to use include ice packs for pain and heat packs for swelling.
– If your TMJ is causing you jaw pain, there may be an underlying illness within your mouth or body contributing to it.
– In order to better help you cope with the stress and anxiety that is often connected to TMJ disorders, try practicing yoga or biofeedback.

Come in and see for yourself the effectiveness of TMJ treatments provided by our oral surgeons. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Maak, Dr. Shamo, Dr. Stosich, and our team, call Aspire Surgical and a member of our team will gladly assist you. The time is now to approach the rest of your life with a smile!

Have You Extracted Your Wisdom Teeth? Here Are Some Recovery Tips

Extracted Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom tooth extraction is a beneficial but also invasive dental treatment. If you’re not careful, there are consequences that can occur that can make your life a bit difficult. So, to help you prevent complications and properly recover following wisdom tooth extraction in Salt Lake City, our dental team has some tips for you.

Tip No. 1: Stop the bleeding and reduce the swelling. You can stop the bleeding by placing a piece of gauze on the surgical site. When it’s there, bite down for about 45 minutes. Once the pad is full of blood, please remove it and place a clean pad on the area. To reduce the swelling, ice outside the area with an ice pack or bag of frozen vegetables. It’s best to ice it for 15 minutes and then take a 15-minute break. Repeat this process until the swelling subsides.

Tip No. 2: Take the necessary medications. Your dentist should have given you pain medication following your surgery. If this is the case for you, please take the medication as recommended. If not, feel free to take over-the-counter painkillers.

Tip No. 3: Have a soft-foods diet. It’s best to avoid eating hard and crunchy foods and stick to eating soft foods, like mashed potatoes, yogurt, ice cream, etc. This can help you avoid creating issues in the area.

If you have any questions about how to properly recover after your wisdom teeth have been removed, please call Aspire Surgical at your earliest convenience. Our dental team is here to help you in any way we can, and we look forward to giving you the answers you need to properly recover!