Can a Dentist Help with Sleep Apnea?

A lot of people are not aware that they don’t always need to go to a medical doctor for sleep apnea treatment. 

It’s true though; your dentist might have the solution for your sleep apnea and be able to help you get a healthy night of sleep.

This is important because your sleep impacts every part of your daily life, moods, and health. Finding the right solution to your sleep disorder will give you a happier and healthier life. With normal sleep, you’ll begin feeling better immediately.

 

How your dentist can help with sleep apnea

Sleep Apnea breathingYour dentist can work with your physician to treat snoring and sleep apnea.

If your dentist offers sleep disorder treatments, call and schedule a consultation with your dentist to talk about the causes of sleep apnea and the benefits of treatment. In the Plano, Texas area you can contact Dr. Wilhite for a free consultation.

A sleep disorder trained dentist will be able to conduct a clinical evaluation of sleep disorder treatment, including examination of your teeth, jaw, tongue, airway, and if necessary, perform X-rays of your mouth.

 

Sleep apnea appliance

Sleep Apnea Oral ApplianceIf it is an appropriate treatment for your sleep disorder, your dentist will be able to fit you for a sleep apnea oral appliance. Your dentist can recommend the type of oral appliance that is right for you.

An oral appliance will look similar to a mouth guard like an athlete wears. It supports the jaw during sleep to help maintain an open upper airway during sleep. For many patients, this has proven to be an effective treatment for snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Your oral appliance for sleep apnea therapy will be custom made and fitted to the specifications of your mouth. The dentist will create an impression of your teeth for your appliance to be created.

Many medical insurance plans will cover the cost of an oral appliance for sleep disorders.

Related: TMJ Headache Treatments

 

Ready to Learn About Sleep Apnea Treatments in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free sleep apnea consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience testing and diagnosing sleep apnea and TMJ Disorders and is a longtime member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


TMJ Exercises for Pain Relief

TMJ Pain ReliefIs it possible that there are exercises that could ease the pain of TMJ?

Certainly, if you are one of the millions of people who suffer from reoccurring TMJ pain symptoms such as painful migraine headaches, you’d like to think so.

Sometimes when the pain is caused by a jaw injury, discomfort can go away on its own with time. When the root cause of TMJ pain is less obvious, some people have found that TMJ exercises can help ease the pain.

TMJ pain symptoms are different between patients; some experience continuous pain, others have pain that comes and goes, some experience a locking, stiff jaw, or experience a popping when they open and close their mouth.

Related: TMJ Headache Treatments

Because of the various causes of TMJ and the symptoms people experience, there is no universal exercise for TMJ pain relief.

TMJ Headache Treatment PlanoThat doesn’t mean that TMJ exercises might not work for you. They do work for some patients at easing pain or helping build up strength in the jaw. They are also a good starting place for pain relief treatments. If exercises don’t work, then you can move on to other TMJ treatment methods.

Related: Botox for TMJ Migraine Treatment

Let’s review the most common TMJ exercises and how they work. They may just help ease your pain.

Types of TMJ Exercises

  • Strengthening exercises
  • Stretching exercises
  • Mobility exercises
  • Relaxation exercises

The different types of TMJ exercises exist to achieve four basic goals: strengthen the jaw, stretch the temporomandibular joint, improve the mobility of the temporomandibular joint or provide relaxation to treat stress-induced TMJ pain.

TMJ exercises you can do at home

Relaxed jaw exercise

Rest your tongue gently on the top of your mouth behind your upper front teeth. Allow your teeth to come apart while relaxing your jaw muscles.

Goldfish exercises (partial opening)

Place your tongue on the roof of your mouth and one finger in front of your ear where your TMJ is located. Put your middle or pointer finger on your chin. Drop your lower jaw halfway and then close. There should be mild resistance but not pain. A variation of this exercise is to place one finger on each TMJ as you drop your lower jaw halfway and closed again. Do this exercise six times in one set. You should do one set six times daily.

Goldfish exercises (full opening)

Keeping your tongue on the roof of your mouth, place one finger on your TMJ and another finger on your chin. Drop your lower jaw completely and back. For a variation of this exercise, place one finger on each TMJ as you completely drop your lower jaw and back. Do this exercise six times to complete one set. You should complete one set six times daily.

Chin Tucks

With your shoulders back and chest up, pull your chin straight back, creating a “double chin.” Hold for three seconds and repeat 10 times.

Resisted opening of the mouth

Place your thumb under your chin. Open your mouth slowly, pushing gently against your chin for resistance. Hold for three to six seconds, and then close your mouth slowly.

Resisted closing of the mouth

Squeeze your chin with your index and thumb with one hand. Close your mouth as you place gently pressure on your chin. This will help strengthen your muscles that help you chew.

Tongue up

With your tongue touching the roof of your mouth, slowly open and close your mouth.

Side-to-side jaw movement

Put a ¼ inch object, such as stacked tongue depressors, between your front teeth, and slowly move your jaw from side to side. As the exercise becomes easier, increase the thickness of the object between your teeth by stacking them one on top of each other.

Forward jaw movement

Put a 1/4 inch object between your front teeth. Move your bottom jaw forward so your bottom teeth are in front of your top teeth. As the exercise becomes easier, increase the thickness of the object between your teeth.

These TMJ exercises are suggested by the website Healthline. Visit the article and view images showing you how to perform these TMJ exercises correctly.

TMJ Exercises & Stretches to Relieve Jaw Pain

TMJ Pain Relief with Simple Exercises & Stretches

Disclaimer: These videos are not medical advice or a treatment plan and are intended for general education and demonstration purposes only. They should not be used to self-diagnose or self-treat any health, medical, or physical condition. Do not use these videos to avoid going to your own healthcare professional or to replace the advice they give you. Consult with your healthcare professional before doing anything contained in these videos. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless David Wilhite for any and all losses, injuries, or damages resulting from any and all claims that arise from your use or misuse of these videos.


Ready to learn TMJ Treatment Options in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience testing and diagnosing TMJ Disorders. He will discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

You can also discuss affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.


Halloween Candy Tips to Protect Your Kids Teeth

Halloween Candy Tips to Protect Your Kids
Kids love Halloween! And why wouldn’t they? Costumes, friends, staying out late, and of course… candy!

Toothbrush Halloween Costume

Parents enjoy Halloween too, but they also worry about their kids eating too much candy. They love seeing all the kids in costumes but those seemingly endless bads of candy make you worry about your kid’s health and their teeth.

You have reason to worry. All that candy. All that sugar, and more sugar and even more sugar. It’s a recipe for upset stomachs and cavities.

What is a parent to do? Here are a few tips to help you protect your kid’s teeth and their health on Halloween.

Halloween Health Tips

Eat dinner before trick or treating – Try to fill your kids with some healthy food before they go out for trick or treating. Even a slice of pizza is going to be like health food compared to all the candy they’ll be eating later. The fuller their stomach is the less room there will be for candy.

Drink water – Drinking fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay. It will also help fill the stomach and maybe help ease their appetite for more candy.

Chew sugarless gum Xylitol, a fluoride like substance in sugarless gum can help remineralize any initial acidic breakdown of enamel.Hard Candy

Stay away for soda and sugary drinks – Your kids will get plenty of sugar on Halloween so there’s no reason to give them sugary and acidic soda.

Try to limit eating the most unhealthy candies – Some candies are worse than others. Sticky taffy and sour patch kids will stick to your kid’s teeth and can cause more damage. Chocolate, on the other hand, can wash off your children’s teeth more easily.

Don’t forget to brush and floss – Your kids should be doing this every night anyway, so don’t change the routine for Halloween. Clean that sugar off their teeth so it’s not lingering all night long.

Give candy to Operation Gratitude – Let your kids pick out some of their favorites and then donate the rest to overseas troops through Operation Gratitude.

“Kid Dentists” Explain How to Avoid Cavities This Halloween

Worst candy for your teeth

  • Hard candy
  • Gummy candy
  • Sticky candy
  • Sour candy
  • Candy corn
  • Caramel candy

What makes these candies bad for your teeth? For sticky candy like taffy, caramel, and gummy candies, the problem is that they stick to your teeth. Because of this they can stay on your teeth longer and expose it to much more sugar and put your teeth at more risk than some other candies. Hard candies tend to be in your mouth for a lot longer. This exposes your teeth to so much more sugar and for a longer time. Sour candies are highly acidic and can break down tooth enamel quickly.

Why We Recommend Oral Cancer Screenings

Why We Recommend Oral Cancer Screenings

Oral cancer affects over 200,000 Americans every year. Among these people include members of our community, including some of our own patients.

We consider our patients to be friends and family and we want you to live healthy and happy lives.

This is why we are excited to be able to offer Oral Cancer Screening in Plano, TX using the latest technology to our patients and community.

We have offered oral cancer screenings at yearly exam visits for over 20 years now. The challenge has always been to be able to detect oral cancer fast enough. Oral cancer can grow at a rapid rate. The earlier the detection, the better the likelihood of a successful treatment.

Today, we use a proven, optically based method of detection called, “fluorescence technology.” The fluorescence technology of the OralID examination light uses a blue light to aid the doctor in the visualization of oral cancer, pre-cancer, and other abnormal lesions.

Using this cancer screening tool, we can now detect oral cancer and pre-cancer earlier than we ever could using previous methods. As we mentioned already, it is critical to identify issues as soon as possible in order to have a successful treatment.

The procedure is simple, painless, fast, affordable and proven to save lives.

We recommend performing this screening every 6 months at your regular dental exam visit. This gives you and your doctor the best opportunity for early detection.

While it is possible to get cancer at any age, we advise anyone from age 17 and up to take advantage of this life-saving exam.


Ready to schedule your oral cancer screening in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your examination. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can detect oral cancer issues. He will be able to identify possible issues and recommend further treatments if needed.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped thousands of patients with a wide variety of dental health issues from general to cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign clear braces, TMJ treatment, dental implants and full mouth restorations.


Botox for TMJ Migraine Headaches Plano

Botox for TMJ Migraine Headaches Plano TX

BOTOX is the only FDA-approved preventive treatment for chronic migraines. 

With Botox treatment, many TMJ headaches can be prevented before they even start.

When Botox is injected into facial muscles suffering from soreness and discomfort, it relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients.

Prevent TMJ headaches with Botox

The injections can often eliminate headaches resulting from TMJ, teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, may even minimize lockjaw.

Related: What Are the Symptoms of TMJ?

It is not a painful procedure and most patients compare it to getting a small pinprick. After treatment, you should be able to return to your normal routine almost immediately.

Most patients will experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take a week or more.

Related: TMJ Headache Treatment Plano

This is not the right treatment solution for all people. Botox has shown best results with people who suffer from chronic headaches. It is most effective for those who suffer from headaches (including tension-type) 15 or more days of the month, of which eight or more is a migraine.

Some patients have experienced side-effects from Botox treatments. You will need to discuss treatment and possible side effects with your doctor.

Botox injections for treatment of TMJ is not a permanent solution. You will need to new treatments every 3-4 months.

Botox is FDA approved for migraines

Botox TMJ Treatment Questions to Discuss with Your Doctor

These questions are provided for your reference so you can be prepared for your Botox TMJ headache treatment consultation.

  • How many days were you totally headache free last month?
  • How do your headaches and migraines make you feel?
  • What other treatments have you tried for headaches?
  • How often do you take over the counter or prescription treatments for headaches?
  • Will Botox work for me?
  • Any other questions you may have about Botox treatment.

As with many medical procedures, your results may vary.


Ready to learn more about Botox headache treatment in Plano, Texas area?

Plano Dentist David WilhiteContact us today to set up your free TMJ consultation. Dr. Wilhite has over 30 years experience and can test and diagnose your TMJ Disorder. He will be able to discuss possible treatments to decide which is right for you.

We can also talk about affordable financing and dental insurance options to make sure you get the dental care you need.

Call us at (972) 964-3774

David Wilhite is a Plano Texas Dentist who has helped hundreds of patients with TMJ treatment and relief. He has over 30 years experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.