Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Bye-Bye CPAP - Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sleep apnea is a medical condition and can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor.  With that said, more and more people today are turning to their dentist to deliver sleep apnea treatment in the form of custom fit dental devices.  If the notion of the possibility of throwing away your CPAP machine intrigues you...read on!

It's not just about the snoring and negative effect that snoring has on your bed partner and your self esteem.  Sleep apnea is a potentially fatal disease.  If you snore and/or gasp for air during sleep, see your doctor immediately.  Should you be diagnosed by your medical doctor, he/she should discuss several treatment options.  

What are the treatment options?

  • Lifestyle changes – being overweight, effects of alcohol, poor sleeping habits
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure – a CPAP machine is a mask worn during sleep to help you breathe more easily
  • Specialist, custom-made oral appliance

While a CPAP machine is considered the most effective treatment for OSA, an increasing percentage of apnea patients simply refuse to wear the CPAP mask for a host of reasons.  The most common reasons are include profound discomfort and the side effect of "dry mouth".

Working with sleep physicians, our team of dental professionals here at Oyster Point Dentistry (Newport News, Va) treat people very effectively with custom dental solutions for sleep apnea.

Does sleeping peacfully with a simple dental device vice as opposed to forced CPAP air sound inviting?  Call us to learn more!

Newborn Dental Health Starts in Pregnancy

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Here at Oyster Point Dentistry (Newport News, VA) we consider ourselves to be a family dental clinic. We’re proud of the fact that we serve countless multi-generational families and that we’ve grown and matured along with the families that we’ve faithfully served over the years. Today, we’d like to briefly discuss the earliest stage of dental care: Pre-Pregnancy dentalplanning.

During pregnancy, you are at greater risk of certain dental problems, the most common of these is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, your immune system becomes hypersensitive to the bacteria in dental plaque. So when you have a problem, it’s likely to develop and deteriorate at a much greater rate than it would at any other time.

So if you are planning a pregnancy, or have just found out you are pregnant it is wise to get your gums checked out to ensure there are no existing problems already, because periodontal disease can really accelerate throughout a pregnancy.

The other thing that’s important to know is that if you do develop gum disease during your pregnancy it can affect your baby because bacteria can be transmitted into your amniotic fluid. Researchers have found periodontal pathogens in amniotic fluid and placentas, which can lead to a greater risk of low birth weight for the baby. 

When the baby is born DNA testing has shown that 95% of the bacteria actually comes from mother. This means that if you have any of those nasty bacteria that can cause infection, be it gum disease, tooth cavities or any other form of infection in the mouth, then you’ve got a very high chance of passing them on to your baby.

OK, so just some thoughts here and certainly no need to panic.  The big takeaway, is simply to continue normal dental hygiene habits and to reach out to your dentist if you are (OR are considering getting pregnant).  Just like your pediatric medical doctor, your loving dental professionals here at Oyster Point Dentistry can offer you a wealth of advice and comfort about caring for you future family. Call us anytime to learn more!

Dental Veneer Service in Newport News Va

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, October 14, 2017

Here's a question we get often asked at Oyster Point Dentistry, our Hampton and Newport news Virginia dental clinic.  What are dental veneers and how do they work? Well, let's discuss them.

Veneers are a purely cosmetic dental procedure and can be somewhat compared to false fingernails.  Dental veneers fit over your tooth to improve their appearance. They are perfect if you have:

  • worn teeth
  • a chipped tooth
  • teeth out of alignment
  • gaps in your teeth
  • stained teeth
  • crooked teeth

There are two types of dental veneers offered here in Newport News and Hampton:

  • Resin Veneers, also known as Dental Bonding or Composite Bonding. These are used to repair smaller chips or stains. They are economical and can be completed in one visit to Today’s Dentistry’s practice in Brisbane.
  • Porcelain Veneers are the best overall cosmetic dentistry option for achieving a beautiful smile that is just as strong as naturally healthy teeth.

The benefits of Porcelain Veneers:

  • Long lasting: An investment in porcelain veneers will reward you with dazzling white and straight teeth for decades to come
  • Natural and strong: The high quality porcelain we use is the closest thing to your natural tooth enamel

Porcelain Veneers give you that instantly beautiful straight smile without the need for orthodontic braces or whitening treatments.

Care to learn more?  Contact us anytime.