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Snoring – a serious issue with serious effects

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Sleepwell

Are you or your bed partner one of the 40% of the population who snores?

Do you or your bed partner dream of having a good night’s sleep?

Simple snoring is the noise resulting from a partial closure of the airway during sleep. As we fall asleep, our muscles relax. For snorers, this causes the lower jaw to drop back and partially obstruct the airway. As a highly common ailment, affecting nearly half of the population, snoring can heavily impact a person’s life. Not only can it lead to a number of side effects for both sufferer and bed partner, it can also be a symptom of something more sinister – obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) – a potentially life-threatening condition.

Snoring can result in diminished energy levels, a lack of concentration, increased risk of stress and depression, and can affect your libido. Habitual snoring can also result in increased chance of high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease, especially if Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) is present.

Snoring can have a significant impact on your bed partner. Bed partners often report as little as 3 hours’ sleep a night. This can have major health implications.

Many people are unaware that dentists play a crucial role in the diagnosis and treatment of snoring & OSA and can provide a number of dental appliances to combat the problem, known as a mandibular advancement splint (MAS). Such appliances are designed to prevent the lower jaw from dropping back during relaxation (sleep), in turn keeping the airway open and oxygen saturation high.

The use of MAS has been clinically proven to have a significant impact on snoring. As part of the screening process, your dentist will ask you to complete a short questionnaire that assesses the quality of your sleep, as well as your level of tiredness in certain scenarios. There is also a section for your bed partner, if you have one, to complete. The results will be used to rule out OSA by determining your risk level. If you are suspected of suffering from OSA, your dentist will refer you on to your GP for further investigation – a non-invasive sleep study, which will accurately measure your sleeping patterns and oxygen saturation levels.

SleepwellHere at Sunshine Dental, we can help understand your snoring better, suggest lifestyle changes and prescribe a clinically-proven, tailor-made splint.

Sleepwell is one of the most clinically-proven dental appliances, with studies showing that 97% of patients deem it a suitable treatment option.

If you would like to find out more or would like to book an appointment call the team on 0115 9733591.

Have you thought about having dental implants?

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Have you got one or more teeth missing?

Do you avoid eating certain foods?

Have you thought about having dental implants?

Come and speak to Roddy for a free no obligation consultation

Click here to find out why it is important to replace missing teeth and the benefits of having an implant.

implantsIf you have missing teeth it can severely influence your daily life as well as affecting your general health, your appearance and self-esteem. Missing teeth causes bone loss within your jaw and can make your face look older and wrinkly and for your cheeks to become hollow and saggy.

Dental implants are the alternative to dentures and are the most natural looking option available. They provide a long-term solution, lasting longer and provide greater function and support than either bridges or dentures and are therefore worth investing in.

Our implant surgeon, Rob, has over 25 years’ experience qualifying from Birmingham dental hospital in 1992. He has worked in the oral surgery department and has gained a certificate in restorative dentistry in 1998. He uses only the finest dental implants for reliability and works closely with Roddy our clinical dental technician to produce beautiful, strong natural looking teeth. We find that with extensive training and experience, coupled with the use of fantastic implants and laboratory techniques we produce consistently great results.

The benefits of having an implant are:

  • They look, feel and function like natural teeth so no-one will know the difference
  • They are strong and long lasting
  • They do not involve preparation of any other teeth unlike bridge work
  • You avoid the embarrassment of loose dentures
  • They can help restore your chewing ability with confidence

So, if you would like a free consultation with Roddy to discuss your options, please give us a call on 0115 9733591.

Plan your perfect wedding day smile

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With summer just around the corner it means the wedding season is almost upon us. Your wedding day is likely to be the most photographed day of your life so follow our advice to get your smile as radiant as possible.

Plan your perfect wedding day smile
Six months before the big day both bride and groom should visit the dentist for a thorough examination. This will give you the opportunity to discuss any work that you would like completing such as fillings, whitening, braces or even implants. It’s amazing what results we can achieve even in a short period of time.

15941458_654771244647985_4982461065014665625_nImplants will fill gaps with replacement teeth and are a great long term solution. An initial consultation costs £100 with implants starting from £1,350 per implant.

Braces aren’t just for children. With our quick straight teeth system, it is an affordable and gentle way to straighten teeth quickly, prices start from £1,800 per arch, however even though technology has improved, they don’t work overnight so aim to start treatment as soon as you can if you want a perfectly straight smile on your wedding day.

Broken, chipped, cracked or stained teeth can be restored using 12987016_520991301359314_7125482196516877063_na variety of techniques, we can even reshape and recontour teeth, similar to filing your nails so come and ask us how we can give you your perfect smile

Tooth whitening is a fantastic, quick and inexpensive way to dramatically improve the appearance of your smile with minimal intervention. Tooth whitening by a dental professional ensures complete safety and longer lasting results. It takes 2-4 weeks for tooth whitening to be effective but top up gels can be bought nearer the time. The cost of tooth whitening starts at £150 per arch.

So if you think your smile will let you down on those everlasting wedding photos come and have a chat with us, there are many ways in which we can help.

To discuss your needs, call Vikki on 0115 9733591

No Smoking Day 2017

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Practically everyone knows that smoking can have a deadly impact on your body, however, many people don’t realise the damage smoking causes to our mouths, teeth and gums.

Every puff of smoke that gets into our bodies starts by passing our lips, tongue, teeth and gums, impacting on our oral health by causing tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in more severe cases mouth cancer.

A smoker’s mouth is not pretty thanks to the unattractive yellow stains that tar and nicotine leave on our teeth. Over time this discolouration can become more permanent as it seeps into the enamel. Regular hygiene appointments can prevent this from happening. We recommend seeing Rebecca every three months.

veneers-before-kerIt’s no surprise that smokers have bad breath and it’s not the kind that can be easily disguised by sucking a mint! More than 4,000 chemicals pass through your mouth every time you smoke, many of which collect on the surface of your mouth. This may cause a dry mouth as well as increasing the risk of gum infections.

The gums are affected because smoking causes a lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, so the infected gums fail to heal.  Smoking causes people to have more dental plaque and for gum disease to progress more rapidly than in non-smokers.  Gum disease still remains the most common cause of tooth loss in adults. If you are concerned about your gums or you are finding your teeth are becoming loose – we can help. Why not come and speak to one of the team to find out ways in which we can get your mouth healthy.

Here at Sunshine Dental we encourage you to attend regularly so that any changes in your mouth can be identified such as white patches and ulcers that don’t heal. We routinely carry out oral cancer screening at examination appointments and as dental care professionals we can help you maintain good oral health and give you advice, support and encouragement on stopping smoking. By cutting down or stopping your mouth benefits very quickly and you will notice changes almost immediately.

If you would like further information or are worried about your teeth and gums, why not ring us for a friendly chat on 0115 9733591. We are here to help.

National Smile Month May 16th – June 16th

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Sunshine Dental Practice are proud to support National Smile Month – the UK’s largest and longest running campaign to promote good oral health.

Sunshine Dental Smile Week

There are three key messages which go a long way in helping us develop and maintain a healthy mouth.

  • Brush your teeth last thing at night and on at least one other occasion with a fluoride toothpaste
  • Cut down on how often you have sugary foods and drinks
  • Visit your dentist regularly, as often as they recommend.

The mouth is the window to the body and a healthy smile is a great asset, benefiting us socially by giving us confidence in our relationships and careers. As well as helping us to chew food our teeth help us talk and speak clearly and also give our face shape.

Maintaining a general level of good oral health is a fairly simple task yet many of us still chose to ignore the most basic day to day hygiene routines.
A staggering number of us brush for less than two minutes, as a nation we are over reliant on added sugars within our diet and millions of us haven’t seen a dentist in the last two years.

The consequences of this over a long period of time can lead to unnecessary, invasive, expensive treatment. The repercussions of poor oral health can go further than the mouth as new findings support dental problems can lead to an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, diabetes and dementia.

So if you are one of those millions who haven’t had a dental check up for a while why not come and talk to us – we are here to help.

We can offer direct access to our dental hygienist, Rebecca as well as offering a full range of dental treatments with our dentist Vishal Rana.

For more information call us on 0115 9733591 or visit our website www.sunshinedental.co.uk

National No Smoking Day

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Keep Calm & Quit Smoking

Sunshine Dental supports National No Smoking Day Wednesday 9th March 2016

We are all aware of the effects smoking has on our health causing many different medical problems such as lung cancer, bronchitis and emphysema however many people don’t realise the damage smoking causes within our mouths. It can lead to tooth staining, gum disease, tooth loss and in severe cases mouth cancer.

Gum (periodontal) disease is the biggest cause of tooth loss within adults. It is an infection of the gums which if left untreated affects the bone structure. Smoking weakens your body’s immune system making it harder to fight off infection and also hinders healing.

Warning signs and symptoms of gums disease:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Persistent bad breath
  • Pain when chewing
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Loose teeth
  • Receding gums or longer looking teeth

Smokers are four times more likely of developing gum disease and twice more likely to suffer tooth loss than non smokers. Smoking can also lead to vanity issues. Due to an increased and steady build up of plaque and tartar, the teeth of a smoker are less attractive and can cause bad breath. In some smokers the tongue can develop a yellowy, black, brown hairy appearance which is the result of a growth from using tobacco products.

How can gum disease be prevented?

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Use floss or interdental brushes daily
  • Visit the dentist and hygienist regularly for examinations and professional cleaning

Whilst quitting smoking is the most effective way to ensure better oral health a good oral hygiene home care routine is vitally important. It is also very important given all of the risks and complications the affects smoking has on your oral health that smokers do not skip regular visits with a dentist.

When you attend our practice for a routine examination you will be thoroughly checked for developing signs of gum disease and oral cancer by checking your teeth, gums, tongue and throat. Our hygienist Rebecca can professionally clean your teeth getting rid of any staining and giving you the tools, techniques and advice on how to stay healthy.

If you would like further advice and help please contact us on 0115 9733591.