Have you noticed that a loved one snores loudly and may stop breathing periodically during his or her sleep? Has someone shared that concern about you? These symptoms could be caused by sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous medical condition characterized by intermittent pauses in breathing during sleep. It not only interferes with quality sleep, but it also contributes to a host of safety and health concerns during the day, including concentration, irritability, and fatigue. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA, says that if left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious health problems, including high blood pressure, stroke, or heart disease.
It’s estimated that about 25 million U.S. adults have obstructive sleep apnea, which is the most common type of this condition. It occurs when your throat muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block your airway. This leads to lapses in breathing that often disturb your sleep. Symptoms include but are not limited to:
Breathing cessation anywhere from five times an hour to more than 50 times an hour
Choking or gasping for air
Snoring that disturbs your sleep or the sleep of others
Tossing and turning while asleep
Excessive daytime sleepiness
Waking up feeling unrefreshed
Problems with memory and concentration
Morning or nighttime headache
Waking up often to urinate
Sweating or chest pain during sleep
Did you know that many dentists are trained to help diagnose and manage a patient’s sleep apnea? As a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, Dr. Levenson can do a full evaluation to screen you or a loved one for sleep apnea. Once determined that you have sleep apnea, Dr. Levenson can recommend an oral appliance that you wear overnight such as a custom-fit mouthpiece rather than a traditional-yet-clunky CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) machine to help relieve symptoms and improve your quality of life.
If you live in or around the Worcester area and are concerned that you or a loved one may have sleep apnea, don’t suffer needlessly one more night. Call Levenson Smile at (855) 849-8255 to make an appointment.
People who snore may not be aware of their problem. To those who sleep in close proximity of a snorer, this habit is a nuisance. Rarely is snoring considered a medical problem. Obstructive sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder often mistaken for snoring, is definitely more than a nuisance. Those who continue losing sleep due to obstructed breathing find that their overall health and wellbeing is affected, though they may not understand the true gravity of sleep apnea. Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA provides details of sleep apnea, as well as comfortable, effective treatment.
Finding successful treatment for obstructive sleep apnea is vitally important to health and wellbeing. This condition has been linked through research to numerous health issues, including adult asthma, acid reflux, obesity, type II diabetes, and an increased risk for heart disease. For those who are already experiencing such health problems, obstructive sleep apnea serves as fuel to an already-hot fire.
Studies show that people with sleep apnea also suffer more accidental injuries than those who get adequate sleep. The increase in accidents may be due to excessive sleepiness, which leads to a lack of concentration and cognitive skills. The fogginess that comes from severe lack of sleep also leads to slower reflexes, which creates dangerous situations behind the wheel or when operating machinery.
Sleep apnea caused by a physical obstruction in the airway may be treated in a few different ways. Apnea sufferers who are above their healthy body weight can improve their condition significantly by losing extra weight. Dropping unhealthy pounds reduces the pressure on the airway when muscles relax, thereby decreasing the chance of apnea episodes.
Immediate treatments are also available to reduce apnea and restore healthy sleep. The medical solution for apnea has been, for many years, CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure. In this treatment, the patient wears a mask when he or she sleeps. The mask is attached to a hose, which is attached to a small machine that sits by the bed and delivers constant air throughout the night, keeping the airway open. The issues surrounding CPAP's comfort level, however, keep many people from complying with treatment.
The professional team at Levenson Smile offers another alternative for restored sleep. Oral appliances have helped thousands upon thousands of people recover their health, and can help you, too. Contact our office today to learn more about oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.
Those with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may stop breathing hundreds of times each night and not even realize it. This situation inhibits restorative sleep. Since sleep affects every aspect of your well-being, OSA is a destructive condition. It’s associated with:
High blood pressure
Dr. Levenson treats OSA, and is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). A member of the AADSM, Dr. Levenson offers sleep remedies in Worcester MA that improve your quality of life.
Conventionally, sleep apnea is treated with CPAP therapy. These machines are generally bulky, uncomfortable, and loud. Some people never get used to them. The oral appliances that Dr. Levenson provides are easy-to-wear. They resemble lightweight, transparent plastic aligners designed to straighten teeth, and are worn like a sports mouth-guard or retainer. The difference is, these customized appliances move the jaw forward and the tongue out of the way, so your airway remains open and unobstructed. You breathe healthy and without interruption throughout the night.
Levenson Smile patients also appreciate these well-fitting appliances because they’re:
Easy to pack
Dr. Levenson is often on the front lines of detecting sleep apnea and related problems. If he suspects this condition is to blame for symptoms such as snoring, he’ll refer you to a sleep specialist for evaluation. With accurate diagnosis, you’ll return to Levenson Smile and discuss options for treatment.
As with other types of dental appliances, your sleep apnea device will be made from information collected via models of your mouth. During routine, follow-up appointments, the doctor checks the device for proper fit and will make adjustments as needed. Restore sleep and a whole lot more. Call 855-849-8255 to schedule your appointment.
Dr. Levenson reveals your unforgettable smile comfortably with sedation dentistry that relaxes patients, from the slightly anxious to those who have delayed necessary visits due to dental phobia in Worcester MA.
Depending on where you look online, 9 to 36 percent of the population identifies as dentally anxious. The variation is often attributed to patients with dental anxiety and phobia being lumped together, though they are wholly different conditions. Anxious patients may be uneasy or stressed about potential problems that may be uncovered.
Those with dental phobia may panic at the thought of even routine cleanings. Treatment is often sought only when an infection hurts so bad that they rush to urgent care or the ER. Because of this, their oral health is often significantly poorer than the health of their friends or family members whose fear or anxiety isn’t great enough to keep them away from the dentist’s office. Patients with dental phobia are at greater risk of serious infections, such as abscesses that can be life-threatening should they spread.
A member of Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation, Dr. Levenson’s calming sedative options surpass the standard nitrous oxide. He has completed the rigorous training required to offer oral conscious sedation. Medication is customized to unique factors such as your medical history, for your safety. You will follow Dr. Levenson’s instructions about taking the pill, which allows you to be calm and unconcerned during treatment yet it doesn’t knock you out. You remain awake, able to respond to instructions. Afterward, the amnesiac effect helps eliminate memories of common sources of dental phobia, such as clinical sounds, smells, and sensations.
Don’t let another day pass without scheduling an appointment at Levenson Smile. The doctor will discuss sedative options, including a medication-free approach: NuCalm®
When patients are faced with the idea of realigning their smile, many patients fear the idea of having to visit a traditional Worcester area orthodontist for treatment with conventional metal bracket and wire braces. Many teenagers and adults despise the idea of conventional orthodontia because it can be painful and unattractive. However, there are alternatives including Invisalign.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays for realignment. These trays are fabricated using impressions of the natural teeth before treatment. A computerized system designs several trays based off of the current alignment and the desired alignment. Each tray is worn for two weeks and then the next tray in the series is worn. Over several months, teeth will gently reposition themselves with the low forces achieved with the trays.
Patients love the idea of Invisalign. The primary benefit of this treatment is the aesthetics. Instead of having metal covering the smile over the course of months or years, patients can use these discreet trays for effective realignment. They are worn at all times but removed when eating and drinking, while also taking them out to brush and floss the teeth. Invisalign allows patients to enjoy better oral health while also improving the alignment of their smile.
Another advantage of Invisalign is that it can be done right in the dental office. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile can provide not only general and cosmetic dentistry services but can also guide patients through the Invisalign treatment. Patients can stay with a professional they know and trust throughout their orthodontic therapy and can enjoy fewer check-ups and combined services during dental visits. Cleanings can be done during check-ups along with x-rays to track changes if necessary. Dr. Levenson is already the dentist many patients are comfortable working with which makes him an even more suitable professional to help with orthodontic treatments such as Invisalign.
If you live in or around the community of Worcester and have considered the benefits of orthodontic treatment, contact Levenson Smile today to schedule an initial examination including x-rays and a physical evaluation to see if Invisalign may be right for you.
Invisalign is an extremely popular orthodontic method for patients in and around the Shrewsbury area who are interested in learning about alternatives to conventional braces. Braces are traditionally metal brackets glued onto the front surface of the teeth and connected with special wires meant to pull the teeth into more desirable positions. When this is done, over the course of time, the teeth are straightened and the dental arch appears better aligned. Dr. Levenson understands that there are situations in which traditional braces are best, especially when patients are dealing with severe misalignment or overcrowding issues-which may even require the extraction of natural teeth. However, when patients are appropriate candidates for Invisalign, they often choose this method of orthodontia over conventional means.
Invisalign works by using clear aligner trays which gently reposition the teeth into their new positions over the course of several weeks. An entire series of trays is fabricated at the beginning of treatment, and each tray is worn for approximately two weeks before the next one is used. This allows for low force adjustments for optimum results and can often be done in a shorter period of time than realignment with traditional braces.
Patients must be deemed appropriate candidates for Invisalign therapy. This is done during an initial consultation visit with Dr. Levenson during which an examination and x-rays are completed. This can help decide if patients can benefit from this particular orthodontic treatment. Invisalign is not for everyone, so it is important that patients who are considering the treatment discuss the advantages and disadvantages with a quality dentist while also determining if they are a viable candidate to see results.
Invisalign is an affordable, attractive alternative to conventional braces and many teenagers and adults consider it when faced with the idea of straightening their smile. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile has used Invisalign for many patients to make a dramatic difference in their appearance without having to see a separate orthodontic specialist. Contact his team today to learn about Invisalign and whether or not it is appropriate for your specific dental needs.
When teeth are lost or when wisdom teeth come in, our teeth may shift, which can lead to both malocclusion and misalignment. The traditional method for correcting these common issues is with metal braces. Pre-teens and teenagers are the typical demographic for braces. However, if you are older and worried about how metal braces will not only affect your appearance but also your confidence, your trusted dentist has another option for you. Invisalign provides patients with flexibility and peace of mind in contrast to the metallic rigidity of braces.
To create the tailored clear trays that make Invisalign discreet, your dentist will make impressions of your teeth. In our office, the impressions are then “uploaded” to a state-of-the-art 3D imaging device so that your trays will capture every detail of the surface of your teeth. Once you are given your trays, you will wear them at all times of day, with the exception of when you are eating, brushing, or flossing. Every two weeks, you will change to a new set of trays that will further correct your teeth.
Beyond the obvious benefit of having corrective trays that are clear, there are other pros when choosing Invisalign. Since braces are fixed, they can be very hard to clean around. If brushing and flossing isn’t done just right, once the braces are removed, stains and even decay can be readily apparent on the enamel. The removable trays make the cleaning process easier and more efficient. Also with braces, certain foods are off limits. With Invisalign, there are no food restrictions.
Most dental insurance plans cover a portion of orthodontic treatment. If you are worried that Invisalign may be out of your price range, call today and we will work with you on a financial plan. We believe having the smile you desire shouldn’t be denied to you simply because of monetary concerns.
To schedule an appointment with your Invisalign experienced dentist, call today.
Veneers for Teeth in Worcester presents a versatile way to reveal an unforgettable smile. These thin yet strong dental materials may be used to improve the appearance of everything from stubborn discoloration to gaps.
Dr. Levenson understands the uniqueness of each patient’s smile, preferences, and goals for treatment. He may suggest DURAthin®, a “no-prep” alternative to the conventional veneers that require the removal of natural enamel.
Not every dentist in Worcester is certified to provide DURAthin® veneers. Dr. Levenson has the training to offer this advanced technique. Thanks to modern materials and approaches, standard veneers require very little removal of the enamel covering that protects your teeth. However, DURAthin® is often compared to a contact lens; designed by a dentist and lab technician, these veneers are so thin that no grinding or shaving of your teeth is necessary! Your tooth structure stays intact.
Since a reduction of the enamel is involved, standard veneers are an irreversible procedure. DURAthin® doesn’t alter the natural tooth, so it is considered a reversible procedure should you opt to have the veneers removed later.
As a technique-specific procedure, the final appearance of your veneered teeth depends on the doctor’s skill. The DURAthin® certified dentist Dr. Levenson creates a smile that looks naturally beautiful, and doesn’t appear bulky or fake. DURAthin® veneers are artistically-shaped and the porcelain is layered in such a way that it is indiscernible in looks, feel, and function from natural, healthy teeth.
DURAthin® may be particularly attractive for patients with narrow smiles, small teeth, or who are concerned about tooth sensitivity associated with tooth reduction. No one type of veneer or type of procedure is suitable for every patient. Call 855-849-8255 today to schedule a DURAthin® consultation.
It is no secret that porcelain veneer treatment can do a lot for the appearance of teeth. As such, it elevates your smile to a whole new level. If you are considering seeking cosmetic improvement with dental veneers from Dr. Levenson in Worcester, MA, there are a few key points that you will want to know as you seek a beautiful new smile.
Dental veneers may be permanent or semi-permanent. This depends on the type of veneer you choose. Dr. Levenson understands that not every patient is ready to commit to a lifetime of maintenance, so he has completed training in DURAthin no-prep veneers that do not alter natural tooth structure.
Even if you choose permanent veneers, their life span is usually about 20 years. The better you take care of your teeth and your veneers, the longer they can last.
Care must be taken when you eat. When you have veneers on your front teeth, you are better off cutting up that apple than biting into it. Small changes in the way you eat will extend the time your veneers last. While the bond between tooth and veneer is strong, the act of biting and twisting places stress on this bond, and can weaken it.
Sensitive teeth may love veneers! Many patients who complain of tooth sensitivity notice that their attractive tooth covers act as a barrier to outside elements that previously caused discomfort.
Changing your teeth will change your face. Most people have a slight idea that their face will change when they enhance the characteristics of a tooth or teeth. What is not readily known is that, depending on the number of veneers that are placed, the shape of the face may change. This can be a wonderful side effect that recreates a more youthful appearance overall! To achieve the best results, Dr. Levenson considers the entire facial structure when designing veneers.
Dental veneers are an excellent way to reinvent your smile quickly. Learn more about our process when you call (855) 849-8255.
Missing teeth can have a number of negative effects on a patient's smile. Not only can missing natural teeth result in spaces and gaps, it can also cause a person to lose their chewing efficiency, their ability to speak properly, and can even cause remaining teeth to shift out of place and change the person's smile entirely. By addressing missing natural teeth as soon as possible, patients can enjoy the benefits of a beautiful, fully functioning smile that can maintain its original alignment. One way patients can improve their smile is with surgically placed dental implants.
What are dental implants? Worcester dentist Dr. Levenson described dental implants as metal rods that are surgically placed into the jawbone. They can act as a natural tooth root, and a dental crown can be placed on top to act as a false tooth. The dental implant is the most highly recommended natural tooth replacement at Levenson Smile because of its longevity and easy care and maintenance. They are a permanent replacement that requires little to no special care and can function as a natural tooth would. It can maintain the beauty of a patient's smile and help patients feel confident no matter how they experienced their original tooth loss.
Dental implants are surgically placed by Dr. Sarah Shih, a specialist that can come into Levenson Smile and complete the dental surgery. The procedure itself is minor, but the healing can take several weeks and months before it is solid and structurally sound. This is because patients must experience osseointegration, which is the process in which the patient's bone wraps around the implant to hold it in place, similar to the way a natural tooth is held into place by the bone. This is what gives the implant the strength and support to function as a natural tooth would, making it the ultimate tooth replacement option for patients.
Restoring smiles is at the forefront of Dr. Levenson's practice. He enjoys focusing on providing patients with beautiful smiles that they can be proud of, and can do so through cosmetic dentistry and restorations. Dr. Levenson can consult with patients who are concerned about their smile and want to find ways to improve it. A consultation appointment and examination can be scheduled with Levenson Smile to learn more about cosmetic procedures that can assist in providing patients with the ultimate, unforgettable smile.