Monthly Archives: December 2016

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Easing anxieties at your family dentistry office

Easing Dental Anxiety at DaVinci Family DentistryIf you experience anxiety at the thought of even going to the dentist, you’re not alone. At our Southlake family dentistry office, we’ll take the time to find out the cause of your dental anxiety, and we’ll work with you each step of the way to figure out what helps you feel calm and relaxed during your treatment. In some cases, a hand signal for when you want us to immediately stop may do the trick; in other situations, simply having us listen may be all it takes.

As a result of our extensive cosmetic, implant and family dentistry experience, we know that a range of causes can trigger anxiety, including:

  • fear of pain;
  • feelings of helplessness/loss of control;
  • lack of personal space; and
  • concern about injections and/or anesthesia.

At DaVinci Dentistry in Southlake, the comfort of our patients is our top priority. We want to do whatever it takes to ensure you get the dental care you need while being sensitive to your anxieties.

That’s why you’ll notice we talk with you and listen, help provide distraction when possible, and do everything we can to ensure you feel secure, whether that means offering a blanket or headphones.

Contact us today to set up your appointment, and don’t hesitate to let us know about your anxieties or concerns. We’ll be ready. Serving Southlake, Keller, North Richland Hills, Grapevine and Colleyville: 817-251-9333.

 

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Dental bonding: Caring for bonded teeth

When you’ve undergone dental bonding, the first person you’ll want to talk to about routine maintenance and care is your cosmetic dentist. Southlake-based DaVinci Dentistry offers dental bonding as part of its services, and our team can talk to you about things to avoid and things you’ll want to do to keep your dental bonding in place for as long as possible.

In general, care for bonded teeth just as you would your natural, nontreated teeth, which means:

  • brush at least twice a day;
  • floss at least once a day;
  • rinse with an antiseptic or mouthwash on a regular basis; and
  • keep up with your dental appointments and cleanings.

Because the composite resin and other dental bonding materials are applied to the surface of the tooth, bonding can be prone to chipping.

This means being mindful of the following potentially damaging behaviors:

  • using your teeth to open objects;
  • chewing ice;
  • biting fingernails; and
  • chewing on pens, pencils and other hard objects.

Another important step in caring for bonded teeth is to pay attention — when biting down feels a bit “off” or you notice rough or jagged edges on your tooth, don’t hesitate to call your cosmetic dentist Southlake team. We’ll examine your teeth to determine the best course of action. Since bonding isn’t a permanent cosmetic option — on average, it can last upwards of 7 years — we may need to perform a new dental bonding treatment. Contact us today with your questions about dental bonding, and we can discuss all considerations with this cosmetic dentistry option: 817-251-9333.

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How Obstructive Sleep Apnea Affects You on the Job

Obstructive sleep apnea can impact your job performance.The effects of lack of sleep among U.S. workers made headlines this week, when a study by nonprofit Rand Corp. quantified the economic impact of this concerning trend. A staggering $411 billion and 1.2 million working days were lost due to lack of sleep. In a number of those cases, it is quite feasible that individuals did allot the prescribed 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night, but that another phenomenon robbed them of their rest: obstructive sleep apnea.

This condition, also known as OSA, occurs when an individual is sleeping, so the person affected may never know it is occurring. It’s characterized by the relaxation of muscles in the throat during sleep, and when the tongue falls back, further blocking the airway, oxygen intake is decreased.

Some of the ways obstructive sleep apnea can affect you at work include:

  • Reaction time – This can have more dramatic consequences for specific jobs, especially ones that require lifting or operating heavy machinery. All workers are affected, though, as decreased reaction time can increase the chance of a car accident during your commute.
  • Decisions – When you’re tired, it’s harder to work through tough judgment calls.
  • Concentration – The ability to focus, and often for sustained periods of time, may be necessary for many jobs. If you’re repeatedly having trouble keeping your attention on a task, it could point to a lack of sleep.

The good news is that patients today have multiple options for OSA treatment. Southlake’s DaVinci Dentistry is just one team that can deal with this sleep-disordered breathing problem through the use of a custom-fitted oral appliance. As patients learn what it is to feel refreshed each day, they’ll likely find that their performance at work improves, too. If you have questions about diagnosing OSA and the solutions we provide, contact us at 817-251-9333.