Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Green Tea is Good for your Teeth....

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Dental Treatment Options for Snoring

Snoring is a common problem that can be a quite a quality of life problem for bed partners. Dentistry can help manage snoring effectively and affordably. This post is a discussion of snoring specifically, not sleep apnea. Dentists can help treat apnea as well but the procedures are more involved and costly. If you think you might have apnea a dentist with sleep dentistry experience or your physician can help.

The solutions here are specifically for "non-apneic" snoring. This occurs when the individual snores but still breathes well throughout the night.

  • Oral Devices - These pull the lower jaw and tongue forward which enlarges the airway allowing for less tissue vibration. Oral appliances for snoring are easy to wear and are effective in the majority of cases. For more information on oral devices go here...http://www.laserdentistbaltimore.com/oral-devices-for-sleep-apnea/
  • NightLase Laser Treatment - NightLase is a non invasive laser conditioning treatment of the soft palate and associated structures. No anesthesia is needed, postoperative discomfort is minimal, and there are no restrictions afterwards. The Fotona LightWalker laser gently heats the soft tissues stimulating the formation of new collagen, which firms and tightens the palate. Available in Europe for a few years now it has been shown to effectively reduce the severity and frequency of snoring in about 80 percent of the patients. It Is not surgery and the tissue is left completely intact. For more information on NightLase go here... http://www.laserdentistbaltimore.com/new11/

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NightLase Laser Assisted Snoring Treatment

NightLase is a procedure developed in Europe that has been used safely and effectively there for over four years. The procedure is very simple and virtually non-invasive. Each session takes about twenty minutes and is repeated three times over a month. No anesthesia is required and there are no postoperative restrictions. In every study of NightLase so far patients report no to very mild discomfort after the procedure.
The procedure works through a phenomenon known as "neocollagenesis" which literally means "making new collagen". Collagen is the protein in your body that is the basic building block of many of your tissues. The laser gently heats the tissue with rapid, comfortable pulses that cause the collagen to reorganize into a firmer, in effect younger form. This technique has been used for a number of years in medical disciplines such as cosmetic surgery. When used on the face, for example, wrinkles are smoothed and facial muscles tighten.
When this procedure is performed on the soft palate and throat it causes the muscles to become firmer and less prone to collapse. This instability of the pharyngeal muscles is a common cause of snoring. Over time snoring intensity , frequency, and duration lessens noticeably in over 80 percent of patients. NightLase is NOT laser surgery as no tissue is removed at all. One of the great things about it is that even if it doesn't work all that well there has been no irreversible surgery done to the patient's throat.
I had NightLase performed on me and it was very easy. During the procedure I felt a slight pins and needles like sensation each time the laser fired that was in no way uncomfortable. My throat felt mildly scratchy for about twenty-four hours, similar to the way it feels during allergy season. I was able to eat and drink normally with no trouble at all.
The video below shows what the procedure looks like. The patient is not anesthetized and was comfortable throughout the procedure. For more information on this revolutionary procedure visit our practice website at http://www.laserdentistbaltimore.com/new11/

Monday, April 21, 2014

Laser Cold Sore Treatment

Laser Cold Sore Treatment- This procedure takes less than two minutes and requires no anesthesia. Cold sores stop hurting right away and heal very fast. The same procedure is used to treat canker sores (i.e. aphthous ulcers) in the mouth.
More details at..http://www.laserdentistbaltimore.com/mouth-ulcer-and-cold-sore-laser-treatment/

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Dual Wavelength Periodontal Laser Surgery

Traditional periodontal surgery is a tried and true technique for controlling advanced gum disease. Unfortunately, this type of procedure necessitates the use of scalpels, sutures, and periodontal packing and can be quite painful afterwards. Dual wavelength periodontal laser surgery treats gum disease effectively with far less postoperative discomfort and is scalpel and suture free. Though still considered surgery, it is a far less invasive procedure which yields faster recovery, less pain, and costs less than traditional techniques.

The "dual wavelength" technique uses two proven laser wavelength technologies that have been used for periodontal treatments for over twenty years: Er:YAG and Nd:YAG. Both wavelengths are safe and effective yet alone they have different advantages and disadvantages. By combining these two wavelengths patients receive the benefits of both lasers. We have been using this combined approach since 2008 and the results have been excellent.

Laser Periodontal Surgery Traditional Periodontal Surgery
Two surgical appointments Four surgical appointments
Scalpel free Scalpel
No sutures Sutures
Periodontal pack not needed Periodontal pack sometimes placed
Minimal postop pain Postop pain moderate or more
No return visit for suture/pack Need return visits for suture/pack 
removal removal
Lower cost Higher cost

For more in depth information visit the Baltimore Center for Laser Dentistry's website