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By Heritage Hunt Dental
March 11, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea  

Did you know that your dentist doesn’t just treat your teeth, but sleep apnea as well? Dental sleep medicine focuses on oral appliances for treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). This condition is recognizable by the tissue in the back of an individual’s throat collapsing as they sleep, blocking the airways throughout the night. This is a serious condition that causes many short and long-term effects, so it’s important you schedule your appointment with Dr. Chris Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, right away. Here are several signs of sleep apnea and how you can manage this sleep dentistry condition.

Common sleep apnea signs

If you have sleep apnea, you may notice one or more of these signs:

  • Frequent Snoring: Snoring, one of the most well-known signs of sleep apnea, occurs when your throat muscles vibrate when you sleep. If you have sleep apnea, your throat muscles relax and your airway becomes narrower when you sleep, which increases vibrations and worsens snoring.
  • Gasping and Choking: Sleep apnea occurs when you stop breathing multiple times during the night, usually for a few seconds at a time. Gasping and choking serve an important purpose because it opens your airway and allows you to begin breathing again. Unfortunately, chronic oxygen deprivation can lead to strokes, high blood pressure, and type II diabetes.
  • Fatigue: When your sleep is constantly interrupted, it's hard to feel rested and energetic. Fatigue can be a sign that you have sleep apnea.
  • Difficulty Concentrating: In addition to fatigue, you may also notice that it's harder to concentrate. Difficulty concentrating can be particularly dangerous if your job involves operating heavy machinery or driving for hours at a time.
  • Morning Headaches: Oxygen deprivation can also lead to morning headaches. Although the headaches usually go away an hour or two after you wake up, they can be a warning sign of sleep apnea.
  • Irritability: Sleep deprivation can also affect your moods, leaving you feeling irritable and depressed.

How is sleep apnea treated?

Oral Appliance Therapy is the key to treatment and healthy life. Your dentist will give you an oral appliance that you’ll wear during the night. A mandibular repositioning device moves your jaw forward while you sleep to keep your airways open. Another option is tongue retaining devices that work by keeping your tongue in place so it can’t block your breathing. 

Your dental team offers a low-tech solution for your sleep apnea. These dental sleep medicine treatments ensure that you and your spouse or significant other can sleep soundly once again. Are you interested in learning how sleep dentistry can help you beat sleep apnea? Call Dr. Chris Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, at 703-754-5800.

By Heritage Hunt Dental
February 10, 2022
Category: Dental Procedures

When was the last time you paid Dr. Chris Houser a visit? If you're like many people, chances are it was more than six months ago. We hear the reasons why people neglect regular dental visits all the time: lack of money or quality dental insurance, busy schedules, and fear. However, your twice-yearly checkups are so important for your dental health and your overall health as well.

You may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, and your teeth may feel fine, but regular dental checkups at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, aren’t about addressing problems and reacting — they are about cavity prevention. No matter how much you brush and floss, there is still a chance that food or other debris can get lodged between your teeth, and there is also a chance that food and beverages can wear down your tooth enamel in between visits, making your teeth vulnerable to decay.

In addition to thorough teeth cleaning and polishing, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It's important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat. A deep cleaning twice a year by our team at Heritage Hunt Dental in Gainesville, VA, is the best way to hit all the spots you may have missed with brushing and flossing and prevent any problems that may have gone unseen.

Make sure your teeth get the professional attention they deserve! If you’re overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chris Houser at (703) 754-5800.

The need for dental mini implants for Gainesville VA residents continues to grow, and Dr. Chris Houser and the entire team at Heritage Hunt Dental are here to provide this service. If you are looking for a way to replace your lost teeth, we can help!

Lost teeth replacement with dental mini implants for Gainesville VA residents

Dr. Houser is proud to provide dental mini implants to Gainesville VA area patients. If you have missing teeth, it may cause you to feel self-conscious about your smile. Because our smiles are often the first thing that people notice about this, a smile with missing teeth can make us shy and reluctant to interact with others. 

Replacing your teeth with a mini implant might be just the solution that you are looking for. When it comes to tooth replacement, many patients prefer implants because of their permanence and low maintenance requirements. However, many patients hesitate when it comes to implants because they worry about the pain and discomfort that can come with the procedure. Fortunately, experienced dentists know how to manage these fears and work around them.

Replacing lost teeth is important for a lot of different reasons, and not all of them are cosmetic. Missing teeth can cause you to rely on one part of your mouth to chew. While this may seem like a practical solution, it can lead to further problems. Relying on one part of your mouth can create issues with your bite, tooth alignment, and overall dental and oral health.

Is it time for you to consider dental mini implants in Gainesville VA?

Heritage Hunt Dental and Dr. Houser are here to provide dental mini implants to Gainesville VA area patients. Call our office today at (703) 754-5800 to schedule your initial consultation. The team at Heritage Hunt Dental looks forward to working with you soon!

By Heritage Hunt Dental
November 02, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Same Day Crowns  

Same-day crowns from your dentist in Gainesville, VA, can enhance your smile.

Do you have badly damaged teeth? Do you need dental crowns? If you answered yes to these questions, did you know you can get a new dental crown in just one day? It’s true! In fact, you can have a dental crown made right in front of you in the office!

Dr. Chris Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental offers a wide range of dental services, including same-day crowns in Gainesville, VA, to enhance your smile. He proudly serves residents of Gainesville, and Haymarket, VA, and he can help your smile too!

There is a revolutionary new technology available which allows your dentist to create a dental crown, partial dental crown, dental veneers, and other restorations, right in the office. These dental crowns are known as same-day crowns, and they use a technology known as CAD/CAM, which stands for computer-assisted design/computer-assisted manufacture.

CAD/CAM combines 3D imaging with precise computer measurement to provide an exact dental crown, which will fit your tooth like a glove. CAD/CAM same-day crowns offer some amazing benefits like these:

  • Fast treatment, because your new crown can be created and placed all in the same day
  • Beautiful appearance, because same day crowns use materials that closely resemble natural tooth enamel
  • Precise fit, because CAD/CAM technology uses precise measurement, so there are no remakes

Same-day crowns are also convenient because they don’t require you to wear an unsightly, uncomfortable temporary crown. You get to wear your new permanent crown instead!

You deserve to have the best restorative technology available with CAD/CAM same-day crowns. To learn more about the benefits of same-day crowns in Gainesville, VA, and how they can enhance your smile, call Dr. Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental. You can reach us at (703) 754-5800 now!

By Heritage Hunt Dental
October 05, 2021
Category: Oral Health
Tags: sleep apnea   Toothaches  

The dental staff at Heritage Hunt Dental provide care for dental issues associated with sleep apnea at their Gainesville, VA, office. The dentist, Dr. Chris Houser, provides quality care for those suffering from toothaches in Gainesville, VA.

What is Sleep Apnea?

According to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, sleep apnea or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a breathing disorder that keeps you from breathing during sleep. The passageway is blocked during sleep several times throughout the night. When the passageway is blocked, the amount of air going to your lungs is limited. Now your body is deprived of Oxygen, limiting your breathing.

The air blockage is usually caused by tissue in the back of the throat collapsing. As the muscles relax during sleep, the tissue becomes relaxed and falls back. If you sleep on your back, gravity causes the tongue to fall back and cover the breathing passageway. The breathing passageway is narrowed, causing the tissue to vibrate in the back of the throat while breathing. This results in snoring, gasping for air, or silent breathing pauses. These episodes cause a person to wake up, resulting in broken sleep.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) states a person stops breathing about 100 times per night due to sleep apnea. These episodes can last from a few seconds to one minute. These disturbances can result in waking up unrefreshed, with morning headaches, and lack of concentration throughout the day.

How Does Sleep Apnea Contribute to Toothaches?

Sleep apnea contributes to oral health issues like sleep bruxism. Sleep bruxism is the grinding of teeth or clenching of the jaw during sleep. It usually causes involuntary grinding during sleep. The Cleveland Clinic states teeth grinding causes toothaches. The repetitive motion of the grinding creates wearing of the teeth. When a person grinds their teeth in their sleep, up to 250 pounds of force is applied, resulting in toothaches and jaw pain. Stress and anxiety are other causes of bruxism. A dentist, like Dr. Chris Houser in Gainesville, VA  can do an oral examination for signs of sleep apnea and sleep bruxism.

How Can  A Dentist Treat Sleep Apnea?

The AADSM recommends seeing a dentist that uses Oral Appliance Therapy. The dentist creates a retainer to fit over your teeth that's worn during sleep. The device moves your jaw forward to keep the airway open and prevent teeth from grinding. The dentist creates a device personally designed for your teeth to improve your sleep and health.

If you want more information about sleep apnea in Gainesville, VA, call (703) 754-5800 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Chris Houser at Heritage Hunt Dental.

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