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Are you tired of getting hit, pushed and prodded during the night because you are keeping your sleeping partner awake while you snore?  Are you tired of waking yourself up from your own snoring or having to sleep in another room because of your snoring?   Or, are you the innocent “victim” who cannot get a good night’s sleep because your sleeping partner is snoring so loud that you are sure the neighbors can hear it?  In either case, you are not alone.  In fact, 67% of people snore which means that probably just about all of us are affected by snoring as either the snorer or as the frustrated bystander who is affected by it.  Not only is snoring unpleasant, it is also a risk factor for sleep apnea as it is estimated 80% of snorers have some form of sleep apnea (interrupted breathing during sleep) which can contribute to a laundry list of health conditions including high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, impaired memory, impotence, depression, gastro-esophageal relflux disease (GERD), weight gain and headaches.

With the obnoxiousness of snoring and all of the medical conditions associated with snoring, you might be wondering why people snore in the first place.  Snoring is usually caused by the narrowing of the airway in your throat by the tongue or the soft palate and uvula (that thing that hangs down like a speed bag off of your soft palate).  As you sleep those tissues become more flaccid so the airway narrows and as air is forced through by breathing, those tissues vibrate and create that endearing snoring noise.

Thankfully, there is a revolutionary way to treat snoring.  It is called Nighlase™ and it is performed in the dental office by a trained dentist with a Fotona® Lightwalker® laser.  The procedure involves shining laser energy on the soft palate, uvula, and base of the tongue which causes the tissue to tighten, shrink and become more firm, opening the airway.  How does it do that?  The laser energy penetrates about 100μm into the tissue, warming the tissue, causing immediate collagen shrinkage and stimulating the production of new collagen.  In fact, in many cases you can see the soft palate raising and tightening during the procedure.  Nightlase™ involves three 20 minute treatments over the course of two months and the maximum effect is about 30 days after the last treatment as collagen remodeling can continue up until then.  Best of all, no anesthetic is needed and patients feel little discomfort.  Post-operatively, patients may feel like they have a scratchy throat (like at the beginning of a cold) for a couple of days after each treatment.  While  some patients have reported no increase in snoring after 18 months following Nightlase™, most patients will need a “touch up” treatment every 6-12 months to maintain the results.

Nightlase™ has been in use in Europe, South America and Canada since 2010 and has more recently been introduced in the United States.  It has proven to be a safe, effective and non-invasive way to treat snoring and sleep apnea.   As more dental offices adopt lasers into their practices and patients experience the treatment, Nightlase™ is generating quite a buzz in the news across the United States as access to this treatment is spreading.

Currently, A+ Dental Care is the only practice in the greater Sacramento area with the Fotona® Lightwalker® and the capability to perform the Nightlase™ procedure.   So if you are tired of being tired and having your quality of life disrupted by snoring, it’s time to see how  A+ Dental Care and Nightlase™ can help you.

Here’s to a good night’s sleep!

Dr. Chris Cooper

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Are you missing a tooth and wondering what options are available to you?  A dental implant is a great option to have when you are missing a tooth.  Modern dental implants can be used in many situations from one missing tooth to multiple missing teeth.  They are very predictable and present a more conservative way to replace what is missing in your mouth.

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Halloween is around the corner! The costumes are being brainstormed, the houses and classrooms are being decorated and the treats are being bought, eaten, and bought again.

We all know that October is especially full of sugary, sweet treats. The kids are having classroom parties and the coworkers are filling those enticing little containers. By the time Halloween rolls around, we’ve all had more than enough chocolate, caramel and lollipops to send us running into the dental office for a deep cleaning. But there’s no need to have the kids hold back on knocking on as many doors as their energy levels will allow! Let them have fun, collect all the candy their treat bags will hold, pick out a few pieces to keep and enjoy and then bring them into ANY of our offices on November 1st, between 8am and 5pm to take advantage of our Halloween Candy Buy Back! We will trade $1 for every pound of Halloween candy that children 12 years old and younger bring in. Volunteers from Blue Star Moms will be weighing the candy. It will then be sent to our Troops serving overseas.

Everyone wins!

We can’t wait to see all the excited faces on November 1st!

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Why would an 8-year-old need orthodontics?

Published on September 25, 2012 by in orthodontics, Tips

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Why would an 8-year-old need orthodontics?

Orthodontist Thais Booms talks about when and why phase one orthodontic treatment should begin.

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Will getting braces hurt?

Published on August 28, 2012 by in orthodontics, Tips

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Will getting braces hurt?

Will it hurt? If there’s discomfort will it last? There are many questions when getting braces. Dr. Thais Booms speaks the truth about what to expect when you get yours.

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PDC Testimonial – Doug

Published on August 21, 2012 by in Testimonials

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PDC Testimonial – Doug

After almost 3 years of working with the team at Personalized Dental, Doug shares what makes our office such a great environment for work and for our patients.

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What is Invisalign?

Published on June 26, 2012 by in orthodontics

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What is Invisalign?

Dr. Thais Booms debunks the myths about Invisalign and talks about what it is, and what it isn’t.

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PDC Customer Testimonial – Ray

Published on June 20, 2012 by in Testimonials

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PDC Customer Testimonial – Ray

PDC customer Ray shares with his love for the PDC staff, atmosphere, and how his teeth don’t hurt when he leaves the dentist.

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Testimonial- Dr. Chris Cooper – Roseville Dentist

Dr. Chris Cooper, a graduate of Vanderbilt University and the University of Florida, joined PDC in 2004 after serving for four years as a dentist in the Navy. When he’s not skiing, playing softball, basketball, or spending time with his family, he is making adults and kids alike feel comfortable in the dentist chair. Here, he shares his favorite things about working at Personalized Dental Care, such as the unique opportunity to create a relationship with his patients, ensuring their comfort, and creating positive dental experiences.

 

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