Use Your 2012 Dental Benefits Before You Lose Them at Year End

Posted: September 27th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

As you know, time flies and October is almost upon us. This means we have one more month before the holiday season kicks in and before you know it, 2013 will be here. While we don’t want to rush you, time is running out to take advantage of your dental health benefits for the year.

Between health savings, flexible spending accounts and insurance benefits, take advantage of the few remaining months of 2012 and schedule your dental checkups now, use ‘em or lose ‘em.  Make the most of your dental plan.

For tooth pain, cracked teeth, teeth cleaning, annual dental checkups, or for other dental issues, you can be covered by the rest of your 2012 dental plan.  There are even some cosmetic dentistry procedures that are covered by your dental insurance.

If you have dental work that you have been putting off or if you’re due for a regular hygiene visit…. do it now before your insurance benefits and your flexible spending plan runs out!

Contact Dream Smile Dental to make your appointment or if you have any questions about your dental insurance and what it covers.


A Better Way to Cure Sleep Apnea

Posted: September 20th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

The term sleep apnea often makes us think that only those who are overweight suffer from this condition. Weight is a major factor in Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), but even fit individuals can suffer from OSA.

18 million Americans have been diagnosed with sleep apnea and millions more are undiagnosed. There are major health risks for those who suffer from OSA.

If you think that you or someone you know suffers from Sleep Apnea, you can take this simple test. A score of 10 or more suggests that a sleep study may be needed.
 
There is good news. There are alternative treatments to the uncomfortable and unattractive air mask,  The Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP). However, many forgo the CPAP because of side effects and discomfort. There is another alternative,  a custom made sleep appliance made by Dream Smile Dental.

“We use the SomnoDent appliance since it’s the only FDA approved appliance on the market and proves to be the most comfortable for our patients” states sleep apnea dentist Evetta Shwartzman DMD, LVIF of Canton, MA.
 
At Dream Smile Dental, Dr. Shwartzman can create the perfect fitting sleep appliance by relaxing the muscles of the head and neck using an FDA approved soft electrical impulse machine, it is easier to find the optimal position of the lower jaw in which the airway is maximally open. This type of appliance treatment for Sleep Apnea has given many of our clients a better night’s sleep and a healthier future.

For more information on  the SomnoDent appliance contact Dream Smile Dental.


The Cadent iTero™ Digital Impression System

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Dream Smile Dental has been using the iTero digital impression system for 3 years now.  Designed to replace the “dreaded goop”, unpleasant taste, drooling, and gagging associated with traditional impression taking, iTero enables Dream Smile Dental to offer our patients a technology driven dental impression procedure that is far superior to conventional methods. By using a hand-held wand to optically scan the area to be restored, the patients’ entire impression is created 100% digitally with no mess or bad taste. This translates into a more comfortable impression process and restorations that look and feel like natural teeth.

An old-time Dream Smile Dental patient who hadn’t been back for 5 years recently came in and shared this with us:
    

“I am a very big gagger.  Dental procedures were always very traumatic for me.  I had to take a Valium before each appointments and when I needed impressions taken, I had 4 Dream Smile Dental personnel in the operatory with me holding my hand, diverting me, pouring cold water on my wrist, you name it.  I remember one time, there was a Patriots player in the office as a patient, and even he helped by holding my hand once he saw how fearful I was.  Today was the first time I had been back in 5 years.  I was apprehensive to come back remembering the last time I was here, the doctor told me that the next appointment would involve impressions.  

When I came in and Dr. Shwartzman told me that the impression would be digital this time, I almost got up and hugged her.  I asked Tracey, the dental assistant, what this digital impression would be like.  She showed me the camera and although I realized this would go in my mouth, I knew going into it, that Tracey would have control over it and could pull it out at any time.  This is opposed to the old impression system where the putty goes into the mouth and has to set for 6 minutes and cannot be pulled out before it sets.  This digital impression was a snap because she didn’t put the camera way to the back of my mouth and there were breaks when she had to switch sides.  I was perfectly relaxed and I let her take as many pictures with the digital impression wand as she wanted.  I would do it again in a minute and recommend it to everyone.  It was fabulous!”

-Ruth Dolby


The Cadent iTero Digital Impression System

Posted: September 12th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Dream Smile Dental has been using the iTero digital impression system for 3 years now.  Designed to replace the “dreaded goop”, unpleasant taste, drooling, and gagging associated with traditional impression taking, iTero enables Dream Smile Dental to offer our patients a technology driven dental impression procedure that is far superior to conventional methods. By using a hand-held wand to optically scan the area to be restored, the patients’ entire impression is created 100% digitally with no mess or bad taste. This translates into a more comfortable impression process and restorations that look and feel like natural teeth.

An old-time Dream Smile Dental patient who hadn’t been back for 5 years recently came in and shared this with us:
    

“I am a very big gagger.  Dental procedures were always very traumatic for me.  I had to take a Valium before each appointments and when I needed impressions taken, I had 4 Dream Smile Dental personnel in the operatory with me holding my hand, diverting me, pouring cold water on my wrist, you name it.  I remember one time, there was a Patriots player in the office as a patient, and even he helped by holding my hand once he saw how fearful I was.  Today was the first time I had been back in 5 years.  I was apprehensive to come back remembering the last time I was here, the doctor told me that the next appointment would involve impressions.  

When I came in and Dr. Shwartzman told me that the impression would be digital this time, I almost got up and hugged her.  I asked Tracey, the dental assistant, what this digital impression would be like.  She showed me the camera and although I realized this would go in my mouth, I knew going into it, that Tracey would have control over it and could pull it out at any time.  This is opposed to the old impression system where the putty goes into the mouth and has to set for 6 minutes and cannot be pulled out before it sets.  This digital impression was a snap because she didn’t put the camera way to the back of my mouth and there were breaks when she had to switch sides.  I was perfectly relaxed and I let her take as many pictures with the digital impression wand as she wanted.  I would do it again in a minute and recommend it to everyone.  It was fabulous!”

-Ruth Dolby


Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea

Posted: September 7th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments »
 

Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious sleeping disorder that disturbs your normal breathing during sleep. This is caused by a blockage in your airway caused by the soft tissue in your throat "over-relaxing” while you sleep.

Treatment options for Sleep Apnea?

One of the most common cures for severe obstructive sleep apnea is Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). CPAP delivers continuous air to your upper airway keeping it open and unblocked throughout the night allowing you to get a restful sleep. The airflow is delivered from a compressor to the airway by a sleep apnea mask. These masks are worn all night while sleeping.

The biggest hurdle for using this method is compliance.  People feel claustrophobic and others find wearing the mask to be offensive.  The strap of the mask worn around the head may even cause headaches.  

There is a more comfortable and user friendly alternative. Mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea can be treated with a customized night guard called the SomnoDent. SomnoDent treats sleep apnea by moving the lower jaw slightly forward and actually positions your jaw to open up your airway.  This allows more oxygen to enter your body and preventing or minimizing symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

This customized night guard also prevents the tissues of the airway from vibrating as air passes over them which is one of the main causes of snoring.

The Somnodent is created for your specific bite and is  comfortable and effective. Contact Dream Smile Dental for more information.