Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a scary and dangerous health condition, if left untreated. When the soft tissues in your throat are obstructing your airways while you sleep, you can potentially stop breathing altogether, for more than a minute at a time. These episodes can repeat hundreds of times each night. Beyond the life threatening aspects, OSA brings with it a host of side effects and symptoms such as headaches, irritability, and chronic fatigue, which can lead to a diminished quality of life.
OSA Treatment Options
Perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed, or you have the suspicion that OSA is plaguing you and are awaiting confirmation from a sleep specialist. Once you have a firm diagnosis of OSA, your Modesto and Tracy sleep dentists offer several treatment options that will help you get a good night sleep.
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Posted on: September 6, 2012
Filed under: Preventive Dentistry, Sleep Apnea
Did you know that tooth decay is an infectious disease? You might also be surprised to learn that about 99% of people will experience a cavity at one point in their life. For most people in the United States, restorative dentistry is a necessity. Fortunately, Dr. Emil Villaroman and our team at Modesto & Tracy Smiles offer an array of restorative dental procedures that re-establish tooth health without compromising the appearance of your smile.
White Fillings in Tracy
Fillings are used to address small areas of decay. At our Modesto and Tracy dentist offices, we use white biocompatible fillings made from composite resin. After we remove decay and clean your tooth, we will apply composite resin to restore tooth size and function. White fillings beautifully match the rest of your teeth and are durable yet discreet restorations.
For teeth that are badly damaged from injury or decay, a crown is often a necessary restoration. A crown or cap is placed over the entire tooth above the gum line. Dr. Villaroman will take precise molds of your teeth and your white crown will be custom made in a dental laboratory from high quality ceramics that look like your natural teeth. Crowns restore the size and shape of your teeth while also protecting them from further damage. (more…)
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Posted on: June 23, 2012
Filed under: General Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry
Do your teeth feel sensitive, and you can’t explain why? Do you often wake up with a headache or sore jaw? You may be experiencing a condition called bruxism, which is the habit of clenching, grinding, or gnashing your teeth. If you practice this habit in your sleep, you may not notice until it causes other problems, including weakened and sensitive teeth or head and jaw aches. In this article, Dr. Emil Villaroman explains the dangers of bruxism and how you can prevent or treat it.
Bruxism Damages Your Tooth Structure
Bruxism can be caused by a number of factors, including suppressed anger and stress. It is even an uncommon side effect of certain antidepressant medications. Eventually, the pressure from bruxism can create small fractures in your enamel, making your teeth more vulnerable to cracks. The pressure can also loosen your teeth, jeopardizing their structural integrity and possibly leading to tooth loss. (more…)
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Posted on: June 8, 2012
Filed under: General Dentistry, TMJ/Bruxism