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    Understanding the Risks of Sleep Apnea

    Last updated 2 days 16 hours ago

    Sleep apnea is estimated to affect as many as 22 million Americans, and in many cases remains undiagnosed for years. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to drowsiness, impaired memory, and serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to pursue your treatment options with your dentist and doctor to address this serious condition. Sleep apnea is estimated to affect as many as 22 million Americans, and in many cases remains undiagnosed for years. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to drowsiness, impaired memory, and serious diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and high blood pressure. If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, it’s important to pursue your treatment options with your dentist and doctor to address this serious condition. 

    Excessive Tiredness
    One of the first noticeable symptoms of sleep apnea is excessive daytime sleepiness. Sleep apnea causes a continual cycle of waking and falling back to sleep during the night, even though you may not remember these episodes. Because you are continually woken from sleep, you experience poor quality sleep that results in fatigue during the day. A lack of healthy sleep and excessive fatigue can cause problems concentrating on tasks and remembering information. Fatigue also causes mental “fogginess” and slows your reflex time; you may even nod off at inopportune times. All of these factors can cause difficulty at work, school, and in your everyday life. If you fall asleep or have trouble concentrating while driving or handling dangerous equipment, you could injure yourself or others.

    Cardiovascular Concerns
    Sleep apnea causes sudden, sharp drops in the amount of oxygen in your blood when breathing pauses during sleep. Over time, wildly varying blood oxygen levels put excess strain on your cardiovascular system, leading to high blood pressure. Those who suffer from untreated sleep apnea are also more likely to experience a stroke or develop heart problems, such as atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure. Additionally, sleep apnea can exacerbate existing heart conditions, significantly raising your risk of a sudden cardiac event.

    If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, your dentist can be an important participant in your treatment. Dr. Aria Irvani of Foothill Ranch Dentist offers dental treatment options such as oral appliances to help manage sleep apnea for better health. Call us at (714) 707-6724 or click through our website for more information about our comprehensive Lake Forest dental practice

    How Sedation Dentistry Can Benefit You

    Last updated 8 days ago

    If you have feelings of anxiety or fear about visiting the dentist, you may not be receiving the level of dental care that you need. Anxiety often causes patients to avoid dental appointments, raising their risk for dental disease. Sedation dentistry provides anxious or nervous patients with the means to relax comfortably in the dentist’s chair so they can enjoy the benefits of excellent dental health. Dental sedation options can also offer busy patients a faster and easier way to undergo extensive dental treatment.

    A Comfortable Dental Experience
    Your smile needs regular treatment from a dentist to remain in good condition. In many cases, sedation dentistry can be used to help patients who feel anxious or fearful receive the dental care they need to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Sedation options ranging from nitrous oxide to intravenous medications allow you to undergo dental treatment including checkups, cleanings, fillings, and root canals. When you receive dental sedation, you will not feel afraid or uncomfortable during any procedure. Instead, you will be able to relax comfortably or even sleep through your dental appointment. The medications used to promote relaxation also dull pain, making any dental experience more comfortable.

    More Treatment Options
    In some cases, dental sedation makes possible treatment options that might otherwise not be considered due to their complexity or time requirements. You can choose to sleep right through your procedure for maximum comfort and a final result that you will love. Sedation dentistry can make extensive smile restoration more convenient in terms of time and comfort because you can undergo a larger amount of dental work in a single visit. Your dentist can replace missing teeth or completely transform the look of your smile while you remain comfortably relaxed.

    Foothill Ranch Dentist is pleased to offer dental sedation options to our patients in Lake Forest. Call us today at (714) 707-6724 to learn more about cosmetic, restorative, and general dental procedures in our office. We invite you to take a look through our blog for more information about your dental health and treatment options.

    What Are Dental Crowns?

    Last updated 16 days ago

    Are you embarrassed about your smile because of discolored or damaged teeth? If so, dental crowns can help. Crowns can be used for cosmetic reasons or to restore a decayed tooth after a root canal. Crowns are easy to place, look natural, and last for years.

    Crowns are made out of porcelain and can be designed to match your tooth color, size, and shape exactly. In most cases, it is virtually impossible to tell the difference between a person’s natural teeth and crowns. Your dentist may suggest that you get a crown to improve the shape, color, or size of one of your teeth or to cover a tooth that is weak. It usually takes two visits to fit a crown—one to take a mold of your teeth and the other to place the crown. Once you have a crown, it won’t require any special care. Just floss and brush as normal and see your dentist for regular check-ups.

    Are dental crowns the right treatment for you? Schedule an appointment with Aria Irvani, DDS, and find out. Our Lake Forest dentist office offers a comprehensive range of dental treatments, both general and cosmetic. Book a consultation today by calling (714) 707-6724. 

    How to Keep Your Teeth Healthy While Wearing Braces

    Last updated 23 days ago

    If you wear braces, you likely dream about the day when they come off and you get to see your beautiful new smile. Now, imagine looking into the mirror to find that your teeth are covered in discolored spots and decay that wasn’t there before. This is a real risk that patients with braces face, but it is preventable. If you work with your dentist to make a plan for maintaining good oral hygiene while you’re wearing braces, you’ll end up with that winning smile you’ve always wanted. Here are some tips for keeping your oral health in check while you have braces.

    See Your Dentist Often
    When you’re wearing braces, your teeth need a little extra attention. It may be helpful to bump up the number of annual cleanings you have at your dentist to keep your teeth in good condition. Talk to your dentist about how often you should come in for a check-up while you’re wearing braces. With regular visits, your dentist can spot and treat early tooth decay before it becomes a bigger issue.

    Re-Learn How to Brush and Floss
    Your standard brushing and flossing technique will need to change when you have braces. Ask your dentist to show you new techniques to incorporate into your oral hygiene routine. You may need to use special equipment, like a proxibrush and floss threader, to get under and around your brackets and wires effectively.

    Eat a Healthy Diet
    The foods you choose have a big impact on your dental health when you’re wearing braces. Stay away from foods that are high in sugar or acid. You should also skip hard and sticky foods, as these could break your braces. Eat lean protein, dairy foods, and soft fruits, like bananas, instead.

    Don’t let poor oral health stand in the way of getting the best results possible with braces. Aria Irvani, DDS, can help you maintain great oral health before, during, and after your braces treatment. Schedule an appointment at our Lake Forest dental office today by calling (714) 707-6724. 

    Braces Tips: What to Eat and What to Avoid

    Last updated 1 month ago

    When you get braces, your dentist will go over all kinds of dos, don’ts, and special care tips with you. One of the most important lessons you will learn is which foods you should eat and which you should avoid. Follow your dentist’s advice when it comes to food selections carefully. Eating the right foods can boost your dental health, but eating the wrong foods could break your braces and set back your treatment. Here are the foods your dentist would like to see on—and off—the menu when you have braces.

    Don’t Eat: Sticky Foods
    Sticky foods are the enemy of braces. Sticky substances are tough on brackets and wires—they will stick to your braces and may even cause a bracket to come off or a wire to break. In addition, sticky foods tend to be sugary. When sugary foods get stuck to your teeth, they sit there and eat away at your tooth enamel. That means you’re more likely to get cavities, which can interfere with your braces treatment.

    Do Eat: Low-Fat Dairy and Protein
    Low-fat dairy and protein are easy and safe to eat when you have braces. They also help keep your teeth strong. Try eating chicken, turkey, lean beef, and fish, and incorporate low-fat cheese, yogurt, and milk into your diet. Because these foods are soft and easy to chew, eating them with braces is not an issue.

    Don’t Eat: Hard, Crunchy Foods
    Hard, crunchy foods like carrots, apples, and nuts can be extremely hard on braces. Many people break a bracket or wire by eating these very foods. However, since so many healthy foods are also crunchy, you should try to work around the danger. Cut crunchy foods into small pieces so they are easier to eat when you’re wearing braces.

    If you need help managing your dental health, call Aria Irvani, DDS. We offer teeth whitening, braces, cosmetic dentistry, and much more in our Lake Forest office. To make an appointment, please call (714) 707-6724. 

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