Other Services of Lakewood Family Dentistry

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The Wand (CompuDent or STA system)

The Wand is essentially a computer-controlled dental injection. The flow rate of the local anaesthetic is controlled by a computer. This means that the injection is guaranteed to be slow and steady and therefore comfortable.

Even though Milestone Scientific – the manufacturers of the Wand – now call their products CompuDent and STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia) System, we’ll still call it the Wand here – because a lot of people with needle phobia describe it as their “Magic Wand”!

Most people who have had a bad experience with injections think that needles sting because the skin is pierced, but this is usually not so! Most often, the sting was caused because the anesthetic was injected in too quickly. Obviously, it is possible for the dentist to control the speed with a standard syringe, but the idea of the Wand is to take out the “human error”. This can be very reassuring for people with previous bad experiences.

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Silent Nite®

During sleep, muscles and soft tissues in the throat and mouth relax, shrinking the airway. This increases the velocity of airflow during breathing. As the velocity of required air is increased, soft tissues like the soft palate and uvula vibrate. The vibrations of these tissues result in "noisy breathing" or snoring.

For the majority of snorers, the most affordable, non-invasive, comfortable, effective snoring solution remains a dentist-prescribed snoring preventative device such as Silent Nite®.

Silent Nite is a custom-fabricated dental device that moves the lower jaw into a forward position, increasing space in the airway tube and reducing air velocity and soft tissue vibration. Special connectors are attached to transparent flexible upper and lower splints. The splints are custom-laminated with heat and pressure to the dentist's model of the mouth. The fit is excellent and comfortable, permitting small movements of the jaw (TMJ) and allowing uninhibited oral breathing.

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Under Armour Mouth Guards

Are you a sports enthusiast involved in contact sports and want to protect your teeth from damage?  Is your lifestyle more serene but you constantly grind your teeth in your sleep?  Your teeth can be damaged due to a sudden impact or by slowly grinding them down.  The best way to protect your teeth from sports related impact is by wearing a custom fitted mouth guard.  For those of you who grind away your stress during sleep, form fitted night guards will protect your teeth from each other.  Lakewood Family Dentistry is one of a limited number of offices licensed to provide the custom shaped mouth protection produced by Under Armour. Mouth guards not only protect your teeth from harm but they also protect your lips, tongue and cheeks.  Under Armour cites an additional advantage of wearing their mouth guards is that it will reduce jaw clenching which is common during intense competition.  Clenching releases cortisol which can diminish concentration and endurance.  The best mouth guards are custom fitted and are made of soft durable plastics.  Mouth guards should be worn during contact sports like football and hockey or while skateboarding and snowboarding where there is a high risk of impact from a fall or wipeout. Protect your teeth during sports activities and your teeth will thank you.  If you have suffered impact and tooth damage as a result of a sports or impact related activity, contact us for emergency dentistry care.

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Under Armour NIght Guards

For those of you who grind away your stress during sleep, form fitted night guards will protect your teeth from each other.  Lakewood Family Dentistry is one of a limited number of offices licensed by Under Armour to make their custom shaped night guards.

When teeth grinding, bruxism, occurs during our sleep we are often unaware of it.  Frequently, you learn of your teeth grinding sessions from a family member or because the grinding has created health problems.  Grinding wears on your tooth’s enamel and can make those teeth sensitive to hot and cold foods and liquids.  Grinding can also make your jaw sore and may lead to temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJD.  If you have experienced TMJD, you know that is very uncomfortable.  Your jaw will click or lock as you open your mouth.  If TMJD worsens it may or may not be treatable through surgery.  Night Guards protect your teeth as they provide an even and smooth surface for the opposing teeth to rest against reducing movement and eliminating tooth on tooth grinding.  Night guards are constructed of acrylic and are created from a dental impression during a visit with our dentist.  Whether your teeth are exposed to elbows, pavement or other teeth, mouth guards and night guards can protect your smile from damage.  If harm has occurred, Lakewood Family Dentistry specializes in restorative dentistry procedures to help bring your smile back where it belongs.  Call our office today for more information on guarding your valuable pearly whites at (303) 237-4831.