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Sleep Apnea is Correlated to Cancer Risk

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You may have heard that if you don’t sleep well and snore a lot, you could have a serious health problem called sleep apnea. But 80% of the 22 million Americans who have it have not yet been diagnosed. Dr. Marine can help you decide whether your symptoms match those of sleep apnea and, if so, provide a simple dental appliance to prevent sleep apneas from occurring.

Apneas are brief interruptions of breathing when you sleep, causing lack of oxygen, which results in the individual awakening just for a moment without even realizing it. This is usually due to the tongue falling back and partially blocking the throat over and over during the night.

There are many problems that sleep apnea can contribute to. It may increase the risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, diabetes, depression, Alzheimer’s disease, and weight gain. It makes it harder to pay attention at work, causes headaches, and raises the chance of getting into a car accident.

Studies have confirmed that sleep apnea has been linked to greater cancer risk. In 2012, the University of Wisconsin  found that someone suffering from the most severe form of this is nearly five times more likely to die from cancer, while a more moderate case results in twice the risk of death than the average American.

The same year, Spanish researchers discovered that the oxygen levels in those with sleep apnea whose oxygen levels were 90% below normal for 12% of their night’s sleep were 68% more likely to develop some type of cancer.

In 2014, a 20-year follow-up study was published by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. It reported that researchers at the University of Australia went back to learn what had happened to 397 original participants. While mild cases of sleep apnea caused no significantly greater overall health risk, moderate and severe cases were 2.5 times more likely to result in the development of cancer and tripled the probability of death.

Glendale dentist Dr. Marine has a solution for those who suffer from sleep apnea. After a free consultation, if treatment is appropriate for your individual case, she can have a customized oral appliance created that will keep the jaw, tongue, and tissues in the mouth from obstructing the airway: 

This is much more comfortable than the standard recommendation by a doctor to use a CPAP device, which requires wearing a mask connected to an oxygen tank, while lying on your back all night (the machine is also difficult to clean).

Set up an appointment with Dr. Marine today so that you can start improving your health and stop snoring.

No-Prep Veneers Mean No Need to Remove Tooth Enamel

No-Prep Veneers Mean No Need to Remove Tooth Enamel

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If you would like a more beautiful smile for personal and professional reasons, porcelain veneers are the highest-quality and affordable solution.

You might have naturally darker teeth than is ideal to compete with all the gleaming Hollywood smiles, even if you aren’t in the entertainment industry. Old root canals could be showing through. Infrequent cleaning or whitening can allow teeth to lose their brightness. Or perhaps drinking your favorite coffee, tea, or red wine has gradually stained them. Teeth can also become discolored from smoking, using medications like tetracycline, or just the natural effects of aging.

You may have always dreamed of closing the gaps between your teeth, reshaping those that stand out, upgrading small teeth or those that have been ground down, or covering the ones that have cracked or been chipped.

Advances in cosmetic porcelain have made it possible for Dr. Marine to provide you with no-prep veneers that are the most cost-effective and long-lasting way to improve your smile. So what does no-prep mean? Traditional veneers require grinding, filing, or drilling the surface of your natural teeth so that when the veneers are placed on top, they aren’t bulky, giving you an overly-toothy smile. The newest versions are thin, but strong. They require no or minimal preparation, preserving your tooth structure.

When you come in to our cosmetic dentist office, we will discuss your goals, all the options, and help you select the shape and color of your veneers (you may want a whiter smile than your currently have, or just want to make sure that the veneers on the teeth being upgraded match your natural ones).

A mold is then taken of the teeth that will receive veneers and is sent to a top dental laboratory to craft each to fit the tooth it is to cover. When we receive these back, you will come in to have the surface of your teeth cleaned, a bonding cement put on, the veneers placed, and finally hardened with a special light beam.

Check out our Smile Gallery for some remarkable before-and-after photos of patients who have had

Dr. Marine provides them with customized veneers, as well as a video showing the entire process of placing them:

Every patient is unique, so in order to decide together what would work best for your smile, make an appointment for a no-obligation consultation and a transparent treatment plan from Dr. Marine. Find out how something as simple as brightening your smile with veneers can change your life.

CEREC Value and Benefits.

CEREC Represents High-Quality Same-Day Dentistry

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Pacific Dental Care knows how anxious you can be when you want to have a dental crown ASAP. The crown is the replacement for the top of a natural tooth, the part we chew with, and flash when we smile. It may have been lost to decay of the core of soft dentin surrounded by hard enamel. Or it might cap off a dental implant, necessary if the tooth has fallen out, been knocked out, or needs to be extracted. The top of the tooth could just be cracked or have been worn down by grinding your teeth at night.

But whether due to a slow process or an emergency, once you need that new crown, you want it fast. Unfortunately, the traditional process takes a long time. You have to come in to be examined, have x-rays taken, and the remaining tooth or the teeth adjacent need to be filed down to create space.

Then an impression is made of the area where the permanent crown will go, a temporary one of acrylic is placed for protection, while the impression and detailed instructions are sent to a dental lab to craft it. When the new crown is sent to the dentist, it is usually 2-3 weeks later and requires another appointment to put it in. Meantime, you have to chew on the temporary very carefully.

But Pacific Dental Care has the CEREC machine, the advanced technology to enable you to come in and have everything done during one visit. No need to take off work, find someone to pick up the kids at school, or get a babysitter twice. You also don’t have to sit in the dental chair and be numbed another time.

We use an infrared camera to create a digital image of the dimensions for the crown, it is designed on a CAD/CAM computer, and color-matched to the neighboring teeth. Then CEREC goes to work creating your replacement out of a solid block of dental porcelain. Shortly, it is inserted, cemented in place, polished, and the bite is checked for comfort and adjusted if needed.  

You walk out of our office with a CEREC crown, able to chew immediately. You are also happy to have your oral health restored. And you smile with the confidence that no one will ever know you didn’t have all these teeth naturally.

The one-day CEREC dental crown is a miracle of modern cosmetic dentistry as practiced by Pacific Dental Care.  

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