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By Green Bay Family Dentistry
February 28, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Did you know that your dentist doesn’t just treat your teeth, but sleep apnea as well? Dental sleep medicine focuses on oral appliances for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is recognizable by the tissue in the back of an individual’s throat collapsing as they sleep, blocking the airways throughout the night. This is a serious condition that causes many short and long-term effects, so it’s important you schedule your appointment with Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, right away. Here are several signs of sleep apnea and how you can manage this sleep dentistry condition.

Common sleep apnea signs

If you have sleep apnea, you may notice one or more of these signs:

  • Frequent Snoring: Snoring, one of the most well-known signs of sleep apnea, occurs when your throat muscles vibrate when you sleep. If you have sleep apnea, your throat muscles relax and your airway becomes narrower when you sleep, which increases vibrations and worsens snoring.
  • Gasping and Choking: Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing multiple times during the night, usually for a few seconds at a time. Gasping and choking serve an important purpose because it opens your airway and allows you to begin breathing again. Unfortunately, chronic oxygen deprivation can lead to strokes, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes.
  • Fatigue: When your sleep is constantly interrupted, it's hard to feel rested and energetic. Fatigue can be a sign that you have sleep apnea.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: In addition to fatigue, you may also notice that it's harder to concentrate. Difficulty concentrating can be particularly dangerous if your job involves operating heavy machinery or driving for hours at a time.
  • Morning Headaches: Oxygen deprivation can also lead to morning headaches. Although the headaches usually go away an hour or two after you wake up, they can be a warning sign of sleep apnea.
  • Irritability: Sleep deprivation can also affect your moods, leaving you feeling irritable and depressed.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Oral Appliance Therapy is the key to treatment and healthy life. Your dentist will give you an oral appliance that you’ll wear during the night. A mandibular repositioning device moves your jaw forward while you sleep to keep your airways open. Another option is tongue retaining devices that work by keeping your tongue in place so it can’t block your breathing. 

Your dental team offers a low-tech solution for your sleep apnea. These dental sleep medicine treatments ensure that you and your spouse or significant other can sleep soundly once again. Are you interested in learning how sleep dentistry can help you beat sleep apnea? Call Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, at 920-432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
December 10, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Sleep apnea is caused by the collapse of soft tissue in the throat during sleep. The tissue blocks airflow and leads to loud snoring. Sufferers may also stop breathing during the night, making this a potentially life-threatening condition. Dr. Adam Pasono offers sleep apnea treatment in Green Bay, WI, and is dedicated to giving his patients at Green Bay Family Dentistry more restful sleep and healthier lifestyles.

It’s important for everyone to understand the potential dangers of sleep apnea. There are effective treatments available, but you have to recognize the need for treatment first. Keep reading for a quick understanding of the biggest risk factors and how dental treatment can help.

What Happens if You Don’t Treat Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea disrupts your sleep, so the most obvious danger is exhaustion in daily life. You may not have the energy to keep up with your children or may struggle to maintain mental focus at work. It can even interrupt your social life as you go from sluggish to exhausted over the course of each day.

That exhaustion puts you at heightened risk of accidents at work, while driving, or even while at home. When someone with sleep apnea shares their bed, their loved ones may also suffer from exhaustion due to loud snoring.

There is a strong association between sleep apnea and many life-threatening medical conditions, including:

  • Heart disease
  • Type II diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Heart attack

The association between sleep apnea and these health risks is often due to obesity. While many people suffer from sleep apnea due to obesity, that isn’t always the case. The combination of obesity and sleep apnea increases the risk of cardiovascular disease and metabolic disorders.

Dr. Pasono recommends immediate sleep apnea treatment for Green Bay, WI, patients who snore loudly or feel tired when they wake up every morning. The longer the condition is untreated, the greater the risk of lifestyle interruption and even death.

How Your Dentist Can Help with Sleep Apnea

It may not seem like your dentist is the place to go for sleep apnea, but it’s an excellent place to get the diagnosis and treatment you need. In many cases, you can stop tissue in the back of the throat from interrupting airflow by wearing an oral appliance while you sleep. This appliance repositions your jaw to keep your airways clear.

You can learn more about this simple sleep apnea treatment available in Green Bay, WI, by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry. Call us today at (920) 432-8492.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
September 20, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants from your dentist in Green Bay, WI, can restore your smile.

Missing teeth can cause a lot of problems. Your chewing function will be affected, which can lead to digestive issues. Your self-confidence will be affected too, because you may become self-conscious when you have an incomplete smile.

The good news is, you can replace your missing teeth with an option that is very close to having your natural teeth. Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry offers comprehensive dental care, including dental implants in Green Bay, WI, to preserve your smile.

Let’s talk about the top 5 reasons why you should choose dental implants to replace your missing teeth.

  1. They look just like natural teeth because dental implant crowns are made of materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel.
  2. They will never move around because they are anchored in place by bone. They are a permanent addition to your smile that you never remove.
  3. They are easy to take care of because all you have to do is brush and floss them right along with your natural teeth.
  4. They help to maintain the bone in your jaw, which can help prevent facial sagging. More bone means a firmer jawline and a younger-looking face.
  5. They are extremely successful, having a success rate of over 95% according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. They are the most successful surgical implant.

Dental implants are versatile too. They allow you to replace one missing tooth with a single implant, several teeth with several implants, or an entire arch of teeth with an implant-supported denture. Dental implants make a new smile possible, no matter how many teeth you have lost.

To learn more about dental implants in Green Bay, WI, and how they can preserve your smile, call Dr. Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry at (920) 432-8492 now!

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
March 01, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Treating sleep apnea can help you avoid serious health complications. Unfortunately, sleep apnea treatment methods aren't always so comfortable. If your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps you up at night, your Green Bay, WI, dentist, Dr. Adam Pasono of Green Bay Family Dentistry offers a more pleasant sleep apnea treatment.

Why it's important to treat sleep apnea

If you've tried and failed to adjust to a CPAP machine, you may be reluctant to try another type of treatment. Unfortunately, if you don't treat your sleep condition, you might be more likely to develop a variety of serious health conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

In addition, sleep apnea can make you feel exhausted and irritable during the day and may even increase your risk of a car accident. Is loud snoring one of your sleep apnea symptoms? Your spouse, partner, family, or roommate will probably sleep easier if you can get your snoring under control with sleep apnea treatment.

How dentists treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat while you sleep. If this happens, airflow to your lungs decreases or stops completely. In fact, you can have hundreds of breathing pauses every night, each lasting several seconds. Over time, the cumulative effects of these pauses disrupt your sleep and deprive your brain of oxygen, increasing your risk of health consequences.

Although the CPAP machine is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, you may decide to stop using the machine if you find the mask uncomfortable or if the noise disrupts your sleep. Fortunately, your dentist offers a low-tech treatment option that can help you control your symptoms.

The oral appliance, worn while you sleep, repositions your tongue and moves your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. During your visit to the Green Bay dental office, your dentist will fit you with your custom-made appliance. Oral appliances are not only comfortable and quiet but don't require electricity or take up too much room in your luggage while you're traveling.

Are you ready to try a new sleep apnea treatment? Call Dr. Adam Pasono, your dentist at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI, at (920) 432-8492 to schedule your appointment.

By Green Bay Family Dentistry
January 14, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: dental implants  

Dental implants are revolutionary tooth replacements that have dramatically improved patient outcomes in Green Bay, WI, and across the country. Placed by Dr. Adam Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry, implants provide unparalleled biting and chewing and improve the durability and size of the underlying bone. To maximize their success, you should know how to care for your new teeth. Here's how.

The enemies of dental implants

A dental implant occupies the empty socket where a natural tooth once resided. Through osseointegration, the jaw bone adheres to the screw-like titanium device, thus re-creating the connection and load-bearing ability of a real tooth. According to WebMD, dental implant surgeries are successful up 98 percent of the time; plus, the jaw usually retains the replacement tooth for life.

One warning...

Your implant success relies on your oral health and jaw bone structure as determined by Dr. Pasono at Green Bay Family Dentistry. After the surgery, much depends on how well you care for your new tooth at home and your compliance with in-office cleanings and check-ups, reports Dental Economics.

Caring for dental implants

Whether you have a single-tooth dental implant or wear implant-retained dentures, here are some basics for successful care:

  1. Don't smoke. Tobacco smoke disrupts the connection between your implant, the bone, and the soft tissue, too. Like a periodontal disease, peri-implantitis is a devastating infection encouraged by the toxins in cigarettes. So, see your doctor about a medically-supervised smoking cessation program.
  2. Brush twice daily, taking care around implant margins where plaque and tartar collect. Floss once a day, too, as your hygienist directs. She may advise special flossing tools, a gum stimulator, a WaterPik, and more to keep your implant sites clean and healthy.
  3. Avoid excessive stresses on your new teeth. If you grind your teeth, Dr. Pasono may recommend you wear a bite guard.
  4. Use an anti-plaque mouth rinse to reduce harmful oral bacteria.
  5. See your dentist twice a year for a check-up and hygienic dental cleaning.

Enjoy your renewed smile

Dental implants truly are amazing, and their care is simple. If you have any concerns about oral hygiene and dental implants, please contact Dr. Pasono and his team at Green Bay Family Dentistry in Green Bay, WI. We'll be happy to help. Phone (920) 432-8492.