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Treatments for Sleep Apnea in New Jersey

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To determine the best New Jersey sleep apnea treatment for you, one of our dentists will first need to establish what type of sleep apnea you have. If you are suffering from any of the symptoms of sleep apnea, we can perform a screening examination to see if you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea and, if you are, refer you to a sleep doctor for a comprehensive sleep test. If you are diagnosed with severe sleep apnea, you may need a medical device such as a CPAP machine that produces a continuous flow of air while you are sleeping by way of a mask or tubes.

Dental Treatments for Sleep Apnea

If you are diagnosed with mild or moderate sleep apnea, one of our dentists can fit you with a mandibular advancement device. These customized mouthguards work to hold your jaw in place, reposition your tongue, and relax your facial muscles, reducing airway obstruction and comfortably restoring a restful night’s sleep.

Some snoring mouthguards are available over the counter, but the benefits of these are inferior to those offered by our dentists. Using neuromuscular dentistry principles and customizing a mouthguard that conforms precisely to your mouth, we can help ensure optimal airflow and an end to your sleep apnea symptoms.

To learn more about sleep apnea treatment options in the areas of Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford, New Jersey, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an initial consultation today.

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Causes of New Jersey Sleep Apnea

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There are three types of sleep apnea: Central, obstructive, and complex, a combination of the two. Central sleep apnea is caused by your brain’s failure to send signals to your breathing muscles. This is a serious condition that requires medical intervention such as CPAP machines. Obstructive sleep apnea, on the other hand, has numerous causes and can often be effectively treated through dental devices.

Causes of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of your throat over relax, blocking airflow, and resulting in periods of breath cessation when lying down. Risk factors for this condition include:

  • Smoking and alcohol use
  • Prescription sleeping pills, tranquilizers, muscle relaxers, and sedatives
  • Obesity
  • Being male
  • Being over the age of 60
  • A family history of the disorder
  • Genetic factors such as neck circumference

If you are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, one of our experienced New Jersey sleep apnea dentists can assess your condition and help you determine if a simple dental device could restore a restful night’s sleep.

If you live in or around Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford, New Jersey and are suffering from sleep apnea, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced dentists today.

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The Differences Between Neuromuscular, General, and Cosmetic Dentistry

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New Jersey dentist Dr. Robert Logan offers a wide range of dental services, many of which cross over into other branches, but all of which stand equally well on their own. Your comprehensive dentistry service at our Kinnelon, New Jersey office will be dependent on your unique needs, but may include services that fall under numerous categories.

General Dentistry

General dentistry is concerned with the prevention, detection, and treatment of common dental problems. General dentistry services may include:

Cosmetic Dentistry

Cosmetic dentistry is concerned with the beautification and optimal functioning of your smile. While restorative dentistry services such as fillings and dental crowns play a role in cosmetic dentistry, so too do options such as:

  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth whitening
  • Gum recontouring
  • Invisalign®

Neuromuscular Dentistry

Neuromuscular dentistry is concerned with the alignment and function of your jaw joint and surrounding facial muscles. The focus of neuromuscular dentistry is the detection and treatment of TMJ, which may include:

  • Oral splints
  • Customized mouthguards
  • Dental restorations
  • Orthodontia

Dr. Robert Logan is pleased to offer all of these types of dentistry, allowing him to provide our patients with one convenient location for all of their dental needs.

If you are looking for a dentist in the areas of Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford, New Jersey, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment today.

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New Jersey TMJ Treatments

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Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) is the name given to any disorder that impacts the proper alignment and function of your jaw joint. However, because TMJ symptoms can be as diverse as jaw pain and postural problems, TMJ often remains undiagnosed. Chances are, if you suffer from one of the more painful symptoms of TMJ, you have seen a doctor only to be provided medications that fail to prevent future occurrences. That’s because the only way to treat TMJ is through addressing the root issue and restoring proper alignment to your jaw.

Dental Treatments for TMJ

TMJ is often best treated with a noninvasive dental device such as an oral splint or a mouthguard. Both of these options can work to relax muscles and realign the jaw while you sleep. They can also help avoid teeth grinding, a common cause of TMJ.

In some instances, jaw alignment is related to your overall bite, making restorations or orthodontic options like Invisalign® better suited to treating your condition. The option best for you will be determined during your neuromuscular evaluation with Dr. Robert Logan.

As a neuromuscular dentist, Dr. Logan knows exactly what to look for to determine if TMJ is responsible for your discomfort. Using state-of-the-art technology and customized solutions, Dr. Logan can provide you with the most effective TMJ treatment available.

For more information on TMJ treatment options in the Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford areas of New Jersey, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment today.

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Preventative Dentistry in New Jersey

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The best way to prevent oral health issues is through proper dental hygiene and teeth cleaning. This requires both an at-home routine and biannual visits to our Kinnelon, New Jersey office for thorough cleanings and examinations. During these visits, one of our dentists will assess your oral health using state-of-the-art technology to make sure there are no looming issues that will interfere with the future health and beauty of your smile.

At-Home Routine

Your at-home preventative dentistry routine needn’t be troublesome. In fact, it should take only a few minutes every day. The best way to prevent dental problems at home is through an oral hygiene routine that includes:

Brushing – with a soft bristled toothbrush and a fluoride toothpaste, brush your teeth after every meal and snack
Flossing – floss in between every tooth, down to the gum line, at least once, but preferable twice a day
Avoiding cavities – by limiting your intake of simple carbohydrates and surgery snacks and beverages, you can help prevent tooth decay

Taking these simple steps will not only keep your teeth and gums their healthiest, they can help you avoid dental procedures such as tooth fillings, root canals, and even extractions.

During your regularly scheduled visits to our office, we can discuss the most effective ways to prevent dental problems and help keep your smile healthy and beautiful well into the future.

If you live in or around Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford, New Jersey and would like more information on preventative dentistry, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment today.

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New Jersey General Dentistry

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The goal of general dentistry is the prevention, detection, and treatment of common oral health issues. Including things such as dental hygiene and teeth cleaning, general dentistry is essential beginning at a young age to help ensure your teeth and gums remain healthy throughout your life.

General Dentistry Services

The most common general dentistry service is cleanings and examinations. Every six months, you should visit our Kinnelon, New Jersey office for professional cleanings and a hands on evaluation from one of our experienced general dentists. These visits give us an opportunity to remove built up plaque and tarter, while also enabling us to detect small dental problems before they become serious issues. Because there is a direct link between oral and systemic health, these visits should be seen as an essential part of your preventative healthcare routine.

Other general dentistry services include:

  • Dental fillings
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Root canals
  • Gum disease treatment

When problems are detected during your biannual examinations, we can provide prompt and effective treatments that help prevent future problems and ensure a clean, healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.

If you are looking for a general dentist in the areas of Butler, Wayne, Kinnelon, or West Milford, New Jersey, please contact Integrated Dental Aesthetics to schedule an appointment today.

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