3 things your dentist treat : Esthetics, Facial pain and Sleep Apnea
Among the 3 things your dentist treat : Esthetics, Facial pain and Sleep Apnea is esthetics.There are quite a few ways to achieve a perfect smile. Of course your teeth need to be straight but there are also other important elements- the color and shape of your tooth, the right size, and not having very large gaps between the teeth especially the front ones. Another important factor is how much of the gums show when smiling. Too much gums showing is considered less esthetic. Your dentist can deal with all these elements. Doctor Schuman can take models of your teeth and play around with them in order to create with you the desired esthetic plan. This enables you to see the end result before you even begin treatment. To finish off the look he also works with Botox.
- Facial pain
Also, of the 3 things your dentist treat : Esthetics, Facial pain and Sleep Apnea. Pain in the face area can be caused by different factors. Some of the more common ones are inflammation of a tooth that creates an infection, TMJ, sinus infections, injury to the face and Trigeminal neuralgia.
Different symptoms hint to the different causes but sometimes it is very difficult to differentiate. Sinusitis for example is sometimes felt has a very harsh pain from the area of the upper molars. If confused with a toothache a tooth may be accidentally extracted!
Trigeminal neuralgia is a condition where the trigeminal nerve sends feelings of pain to the brain from the face area for no reason. It usually is felt as a shooting pain in the face that lasts for a few seconds. It is usually felt on one side of the face and therefore can be confused with a tooth needing a root canal for example which can also be extremely painful.
For this reason it is very important to go to an experienced dentist who knows about the different possible explanations for facial pain and will be able to give you the right diagnosis and treatment in order to relieve your specific pain.
- Sleep apnea
Finally among the 3 things your dentist treat : Esthetics, Facial pain and Sleep Apnea, Sleep apnea is a condition in which you have pauses in breathing while you are asleep. This causes movement from deep sleep into shallow sleep and therefore is considered a disorder. Untreated sleep apnea can increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke or even heart attack. It also leaves you exhausted in the morning feeling as if you didn’t sleep at night. Many cases go undiagnosed because the symptoms happen while you are asleep. Common symptoms include loud snoring, abrupt awakenings accompanied by shortness of breath, and excessive daytime sleepiness. There are a few dental appliances that can solve the problem of sleep apnea. The appliances help keep your upper airway open and thus solve snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.
If you are experiencing any of the above symptoms feel free to consult Dr. Ethan Schuman for more information about sleep apnea and ways to solve the issue.