At Levenson Smile, we treat the full spectrum of dental concerns, even those that may not seem like a dental concern at all. Obstructive sleep apnea is classified as a sleep disorder. Many people have found help with this problem by visiting their experienced dentist.
In addition to a long history in dentistry, Dr. Levenson is also a member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. He not only provides screenings for disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea, he provides a comfortable, effective alternative to CPAP therapy to help patients get back to healthy sleep patterns. If you feel dizzy with the headache of obstructive sleep apnea, a visit to our Worcester office is a step in the right direction.
Sleep apnea is a condition that can easily be mistaken for snoring if you do not know what to look for. The person with sleep apnea does snore loudly. There is a difference between the two conditions, however. Obstructive sleep apnea involves the total blockage of the airway during sleep. This occurs gradually as muscles relax in deeper sleep. For this reason, it is common to hear very loud snoring sounds followed by silence. Additionally, the person who is consistently losing sleep due to disruption may experience daytime symptoms such as:
An overall lack of productivity
The inability to concentrate on work or other tasks
Difficulty retaining information or staying focused
Mood swings or a general state of persistent irritability
Worsening depression or anxiety
An increase in clumsiness
Micro-sleeps, falling asleep at stoplights or at work
The consequences of sleep apnea are significant and can have a long-term effect on health and wellness. Treatment is necessary if you want to regain a better quality of life. Dr. Levenson is happy to consult with you and to collaborate with your primary physician to restore healthy sleep to your life.
Many of our patients have been helped by the use of a custom-fit mouthpiece. The oral appliance for sleep apnea is discreet and comfortable. Its purpose is to keep the jaw in proper position as you sleep so that muscles around the throat do not close off the airway when they become lax.
Learn more about how to manage sleep apnea. Call Levenson Smile for your consultation.
Dr. Stanley M. Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA is a professional who is here to help patients with their oral health needs. In addition to providing preventative care, he also offers periodontal therapy for patients who have developed gum disease. There are a variety of treatment options available for patients to consider when they want to improve the health and appearance of their smiles, and our team is here to assist.
To learn more about the treatment options available, patients first need to get a diagnosis of gum disease from a dentist. Gum disease, or periodontal disease, is a condition that can generally be avoided with proper oral hygiene habits. However, if it does develop, early diagnosis and immediate treatment are needed. Gum disease is a bacterial condition that causes inflammation and swelling of the gum tissues. It can result in deep pockets between the gum tissues and the teeth. The pockets can harbor bacteria and cause further infection. It can result in the loss of bone, gum tissue, and natural teeth. If patients take good care of their teeth and maintain routine visits with their dentist, they have a much higher chance at avoiding the development of the condition in the first place.
Treatment for gum disease is often referred to as periodontal therapy. Periodontal therapy is a type of treatment that is used to combat the bacteria in the mouth and to bring the teeth and gums back to health. Dr. Stanley M. Levenson and the staff at Levenson Smile are here to help patients address problems as soon as they are diagnosed. This ensures successful treatment and reduced risk to the soft tissues, bone, or natural teeth. There are several treatment options that may be used when it comes to treating gum disease in patients in the Worcester, MA area:
Deep cleaning – in the earlier stages of gum disease, referred to as gingivitis, patients may experience red and swollen gums that bleed during brushing and flossing. This is often the first sign that periodontal disease is developing. If caught early enough and properly diagnosed, many patients can reverse the damage with a deep cleaning of the teeth and gums by our dedicated dental staff.
Scaling and root planing – the later stages of periodontal disease may require more invasive treatment to address the infection. This treatment, known as scaling and root planing, is a deeper clean and can address surfaces including the roots of the natural teeth.
Antibiotics – in many situations, patients may also have antibiotics that are either prescribed to them as an oral medication or as an application onto the teeth and gums. This is done to address the infection immediately, while also keeping the rest of the smile clean with deep cleaning or scaling and root planing.
First, patients need to get a proper diagnosis before they can choose the treatment plan most appropriate for their needs. During an evaluation, which may include x-rays to check the health of the teeth, patients can speak to their dentist about what they are experiencing. Then, the patient is examined to determine if bacteria is present and putting their smile at risk. At this time, the dentist will then offer the treatment options available to help patients bring their smile back to health. The method of treatment is matched to the stage the condition has reached, with the later stages being treated with scaling and root planing.
If you are seeking periodontal care in the Worcester, MA area, we encourage you to book an appointment through our team of professionals at Levenson Smile. Dr. Stanley M. Levenson is a dedicated dentist who can assist patients in the area with treatment for gum disease and other conditions that can negatively impact one’s oral health and wellness. We welcome patients in the community to connect with our team by calling (855) 849-8255 and visiting the office at 9 Linden Street.
Levenson Smile in Worcester MA combines a comfortable office environment with tools to calm even the most anxious patients. There many types of anesthetics for dental phobia, a more severe form of anxiety where sufferers are so scared of the dentist that they don’t get the oral care they need to stay healthy.
Anesthetics are medicines to prevent, reduce, or control pain or sensations during procedures. If you’re fearful, anesthesia provided by Dr. Levenson also has a calming effect. For many of the more than 80 percent of Americans with some level of dental fear, unpleasant early childhood experiences are to blame. The American Association of Endodontists further reports 40 percent of those fearful patients only seek treatment during emergencies.
Since the level of fear varies from person to person, Dr. Levenson customizes anesthesia to your needs. Nitrous oxide may be suggested for more modest cases of dental fear. The effects of “laughing gas” are neutralized by oxygen. If fear has kept you away from the dentist, Levenson Smile may recommend oral conscious sedation. A member of Doctors for Oral Conscious Sedation, Dr. Levenson is among a select group of dentists in the area trained and qualified to offer this type of sedation.
After consulting with you, a calming medication is carefully selected to suit your needs. When taken as prescribed, the drug induces a state of relaxation. You’re awake and able to respond to the dental team, but fears and cares about the procedure and surroundings float away. You’ll have little to no memory of treatment afterward. Lingering fear related to the dental experience is eliminated.
Since every patient’s preferences are different, Levenson Smile also offers a natural option: NuCalm. Relax and reveal your unforgettable smile, created by Dr. Levenson. Call (855) 849-8255 to schedule your consultation.
Missing teeth affect more than the look of your smile. Without stimulation from chewing or other functions, underlying bone that supports facial structure shrinks. Over time bone resorption makes you look older than you are, and dramatically alters facial shape. Since dental implants are designed to mimic natural and healthy function, they are also cosmetic teeth replacement in Worcester MA.
The implant is the cylindrical-shaped post placed in your jawbone. The implant is designed to function like a natural tooth root. As such, the implant provides support to your new crown, bridge, or denture. This support is missing with traditional options for tooth replacement, such as conventional dentures. Without adequate support, wearers of removable dentures have long complained about poor, loose fit that interferes with the ability to chew efficiently and pronounce words properly. Functional complications are accompanied by cosmetic complications resulting from progressive bone loss, and many of the problems with eating and speaking only worsen with untreated resorption.
Bone resorption starts much earlier than you may expect. It’s estimated:
After 12 months without a tooth, you’ll lose 25 percent of the width of supporting bone
Within another 24 months, bone height also decreases by around four millimeters
This process of lost bone width and height keeps repeating itself, and the amount of gum tissue also decreases. Dr. Levenson may recommend grafting to build up bone, so your implant and accordingly new tooth has a strong foundation. As few as four strategically-placed implants can support an entire arch of teeth, which helps to keep associated costs and time in the treatment chair down. Call 855-849-8255 to schedule a consultation, and the Levenson Smile team will discuss payment options, including financing, with you as well as any other questions you may have.
A great many benefits come from straightening crooked teeth. Misalignment affects not only your smile, but also the motion with which you chew foods, the way you speak, and the degree to which oral bacteria can affect teeth and gums. Though the side benefits of correcting misalignment are significant, appearance leads most people to seek Invisalign treatment in our Shrewsbury, MA dental office. For those who prefer to keep dental treatments to themselves, Invisalign is ideal.
Invisalign is a customized treatment that is tailored to each patient's oral structure. Even more importantly, treatment is tailored to patients' desire to keep treatment to themselves. We tend to love sharing news and information about ourselves with others, but we want to do so on our own terms, not because we have no choice. Metal braces cannot be hidden. Tooth-colored braces, even, have a tendency to be somewhat noticeable. The clear plastic trays of Invisalign, on the other hand, are barely perceptible because of their translucency and because they are formed so closely to the teeth. There are no protruding parts to catch the eye, only beautiful teeth.
Photos and special events do not have to be impacted with this form of treatment, either. Based on removable aligners, Invisalign allows you to enjoy life to the fullest by removing aligners for short periods when you wish to show your smile in its most natural state.
Conventional bracket-and-wire braces, even those that are tooth-colored, can slow down your daily routine due to the extra time that goes into properly cleaning teeth around these obstacles. Rushing through brushing and flossing without taking the extra time can lead to marks on teeth around brackets as well as cavities.
Meals are also impacted with conventional braces because there are foods that could damage brackets or wires, or both. Invisalign removable aligners allow you to eat the foods you love, and to keep your smile clean and healthy because there are no obstacles in the way of brushing and flossing.
Your smile can be improved on your terms with Invisalign. Contact Levenson Smile for your smile-perfecting consultation.
Headaches are a common nervous system disorder. Almost everyone has a headache at some point in their lives. For about 15 percent of the adult population, the condition is severe, and chronic for 18 percent. Women are twice as prone to headaches as men are. If you live with this type of pain, relief could begin with a visit to Dr. Stanley Levenson in Worcester, MA for headache treatment.
A headache feels like a pain in the brain. Yet pain comes from special receptors in nerve endings. The brain does not have these pain receptors. Rather, one of the brain’s jobs is to tell you when other parts of your body are hurting.
So, what causes the throb, ache, or pressure in your head? Muscles, blood vessels, and nerves all over your neck and head . . . including your mouth! When nerves are over-stimulated, or something puts pressure on them, they send a flood of messages to the brain saying that there is a problem. The resulting headache is a natural defense mechanism to help you identify and eliminate a potential threat to the body.
Nerves may react as blood vessels or swell or constrict. This can be triggered by even a small imbalance in the musculoskeletal system of the head and neck, or other oral problem. Dental issues linked to headaches and migraines include:
Poor sleep quality.
Bruxism - nighttime clenching and grinding.
Ill-fitting dental restorations or dentures.
Broken or missing teeth.
Malocclusion - misalignment in the relationship of upper and lower jaws.
The trigeminal nerve cluster originates at each temple with sensory organs extending to the jaw joints, ears, and all over the face and head. When dental problems affect the trigeminal nerve, referred pain may be far-reaching.
In Dr. Levenson’s care, headache treatment starts with a comprehensive examination of your teeth, mouth, and bite. You can expect the doctor to ask questions about your lifestyle, as well as the symptoms and frequency of headaches you experience. He is not prying - this discussion provides vital insight to unravel underlying causes of your discomfort. Using advanced diagnostic technologies, he develops a clear picture of your oral condition as it relates to headaches and imbalances affecting your comfort from head to toe.
Dr. Levenson develops a treatment plan customized to your condition. He starts with the least invasive technique, progressing through options until you find relief. Here are some of the procedures he may recommend:
Urgent dental treatment - Addressing trauma, deep cavities, and gum disease is a priority in restoring your oral condition.
Dental repairs - Teeth or old dental work showing wear or damage should be dealt with promptly. Dentures may be re-lined or replaced to improve fit.
Home therapy - Soothing cool and warm compresses, anti-inflammatory medications, and gentle mouth exercises to ease discomfort.
Lifestyle adjustments - Simple modifications to your daily routine - chair height, phone posture, computer usage, gum chewing - can make a big difference.
Stress management - A tremendous amount of tension is harbored in our jaws. The doctor will talk with you about drug-free techniques such as exercise, yoga, and meditation help to dissipate stress naturally.
Bite adjustment - Precise alterations in tooth height and shape can bring the bite into better alignment, relieving strain on temporomandibular joints. This may also involve replacing missing teeth with dental implants or bridges.
Orthodontics - Straight teeth look great and contribute dramatically to oral comfort.
Night guard - Wear this custom-fit mouthguard at night to give jaw joints a rest and cushion bruxism force.
Oral appliance therapy - Chronic headaches (especially in the morning) are a common side effect of obstructive sleep apnea. A discreet oral appliance, worn at night, can help you get the rest you need to wake feeling refreshed.
Treatment for headaches doesn’t have to mean brain-dulling pain medications. Once you realize that most headaches originate in the mouth, it makes great sense to address the source of the pain instead of just masking symptoms. Dr. Levenson can help, with compassionate dental care. Call Levenson Smile at (855) 849-8255 to schedule an appointment.
“Sedation dentistry” is a broad term that describes using a medication to help a patient relax for dental care. This simple addition to the treatment protocol can help a fearful patient get necessary dental work caught up and make the experience more pleasant for anyone. For Dr. Stanley Levenson in Worcester, MA, it is value-added service he believes his patients deserve.
It is important to understand the difference between anesthetic and sedation. Anesthesia is a pain block. It reduces your body’s sensitivity to pain by preventing transmission of nerve pulses. Sedation calms the activity of anxiety centers in the brain. Thus, sedation dentistry is not a substitute for anesthesia, nor vice versa.
Sedation dentistry is sometimes referred to as “sleep dentistry,” but this term is largely inaccurate. General anesthesia affects the whole body by causing the patient to lose consciousness. With sedation, however, the patient remains conscious, able to breathe naturally, respond to verbal communication, and move around if necessary. Some people become so relaxed that they doze off, but this is sleep - not chemically-induced unconsciousness.
Dr. Levenson offer two contemporary options in sedation, for solutions that fit the needs of most patients.
NuCalm is a well-liked choice because it utilizes your body’s own soothing capabilities for a relaxed experience in the chair. NuCalm creates a deep sense of peace and wellbeing through the use of a natural amino-acid supplement that counteracts adrenalin. A comfortable eye mask blocks light and visual stimuli. Painless microcurrent stimulation balances the brain’s neurochemistry while interrupting stress signals. Soothing soundtracks with neuroacoustic beats guide brain waves to a relaxed state. Nu-Calm is a medication-free option that leaves you feeling alert and refreshed after dental treatment.
Oral conscious sedation is a medication in the valium family of drugs, taken in pill form before a dental appointment. You are awake, but unconcerned about the sounds, sites, and sensations of dental treatment. You will be a little groggy from the medication, though, so it is a necessity to have someone drive you to and from the appointment. The effect is gone by the next morning.
Each year thousands of people suffer needlessly from untreated tooth decay, gum disease, trauma, and other dental problems because they have dental anxiety. This very real apprehension may even keep them from scheduling a professional cleanings and checkups. While this is the most common need, there are many other situations where sedation dentistry also makes great sense:
The patient who needs extensive treatment or numerous procedures can have work completed in one day. That saves travel, missed work time, and multiple numbings.
If you unconsciously “fight” the dentist by tensing up, treatment can be completed more efficiently with sedation.
Some people cannot sit comfortably without sedation for the duration of a dental appointment, due to physical, mental, or emotional conditions.
Sedation calms an over-active gag reflex that makes dental treatment difficult.
A patient with a very small mouth or extra-sensitive teeth will have a more comfortable experience with sedation.
A person who has been resistant to numbing in the past will feel assured by the addition of sedation.
Dr. Levenson is well-trained in sedation, and he uses medications that are very safe. In addition, the doctor thoroughly evaluates your health and medical history before prescribing this treatment. When sedation is appropriate, it can be beneficial in ways you might not anticipate.
The body follows the mind. That is, when the mind is anxious, the body tenses up. When the mind unwinds, stress in the body also dissipates. If you normally leave the dentist with a stiff jaw, neck, back, or shoulders, you will be pleasantly surprised at how good you feel physically, after sedation dentistry. Since your mouth is relaxed, there is less trauma from treatment to hard and soft tissues, so you heal faster.
Because there are no unpleasant associations with dental visits, you may gradually overcome phobia and begin looking forward to appointments. In the long term, this equates to a healthier mouth that contributes to overall wellness.
Are you ready to get back in the chair and start enjoying a comfortable, attractive smile? Dr. Levenson can help, with gentle sedation dentistry. Call Levenson Smile in Worcester, MA at 855-849-8255 to schedule a low-stress visit.
Aligning teeth near the front of the smile is often brought up by patients who are interested in seeking orthodontic treatment. Dr. Stanley Levenson of Shrewsbury area's Levenson Smile can provide a wide range of solutions for addressing problems such as malocclusion of the dental arch and/or the bite. Instead of undergoing traditional orthodontics, which requires the placement of metal brackets and wires over the teeth (which can be embarrassing and have a negative effect on one's smile throughout treatment), patients may be able to consider alternatives such as Invisalign or Six Month Smiles—both orthodontic services available through Levenson Smile.
Six Month Smiles is a method that uses brackets and wires, but they are tooth-colored. This allows them to be much more discreet than conventional braces and provides patients with a more aesthetic treatment overall. Additionally, thanks to the special Lucid-Lok technique, patients can enjoy much shorter treatment times. Most patients who undergo Six Month Smiles will enjoy the results in less than a year.
Six Month Smile realigns the smile and patients are then encouraged to maintain the results by wearing a customized retainer. All orthodontic treatments must finish with the use of a retainer, which is an acrylic and metal apparatus that snaps into the dental arch and is worn overnight to maintain the new alignment. These may be worn for many years to keep the new smile looking its best.
Many patients prefer Six Month Smiles treatment over other methods of orthodontics because of the speed in which they can obtain their new smile. The process starts with an evaluation during which Dr. Levenson will determine if patients can benefit more from this or another orthodontic service. Patients can enjoy fast, easy appointments to evaluate progress and can enjoy the benefits Six Month Smiles has to offer.
If you live in the Shrewsbury or Worcester area and want to speak with a dental professional about the ways in which Six Month Smiles can transform your oral health and appearance, contact Levenson Smile today to schedule an appointment at our state-of-the-art dental facility. We are committed to assisting patients of all ages in improving the health and wellness of their smiles and enjoy the benefits of a beautiful appearance.
Many patients, young and old, are intimidated by the dentist’s office. The sights, sounds, and smells of a dental office can ignite worry and concern in patients. Some associate the dental office with pain and discomfort. Instead, patients of our Worcester office can have a completely different experience during their dental visit with practically painless dentistry!
"Painless dentistry" is achieved with the use of sedation. Sedation methods, such as oral conscious sedation, are popular for adults who are uneasy or nervous about seeing their dentist. They may have had a bad experience in the past or are worried by the fear of the unknown. Oral conscious sedation can take away the anxieties and allow a patient to enjoy stress free visits to the dentist. Other patients may fare better with lighter sedation methods such as "laughing gas," medically referred to as nitrous oxide. Discussing sedation methods with Dr. Levenson before an appointment is important to determine what works well for each patient's situation and level of anxiety.
For this oral sedation, patients will take an oral medication before their appointment. Transportation is arranged to and from the dental practice, as they will be unable to drive. Patients arrive conscious and coherent, answering questions and following directions. The entire treatment is completed while patients are relaxed, and they are sent home afterwards to rest. When they awaken, they will not recall the dental visit, but will enjoy improved dental health.
Dr. Levenson finds that fears or apprehensions associated with the dental office are easily addressed with sedation. Patients do not experience pain and discomfort during these visits thanks to the administration of local anesthetics. The fear of pain is eliminated; ensuring patients are at ease before and during their appointment.
If you want to learn more about sedation dentistry and learn how it can make your visits more positive, contact Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester. His practice is committed to friendly, trusting dental care, and is happy to welcome new patients. During the initial consultation appointment, patients can ask many of the questions they may have in regards to their dental care and the help they can receive from Dr. Levenson.
Although many patients are fearful of visiting the dentist, it should not deter them from getting the dental care they need to maintain a healthy smile. Dr. Levenson of Levenson Smile in Worcester is committed to helping his patients attain an unforgettable smile! Using state-of-the-art technology and high-quality materials in his practice, he can provide the improvement and enhancement of smiles in an effective and natural manner with sedation dentistry. Many patients choose oral conscious sedation.
To assist patients who have anxieties regarding dental appointments, Dr. Levenson provides oral conscious sedation. This offers patients a virtually painless visit to the practice. The dentist prescribes medication for patients to be taken approximately one hour before their appointment. With transportation provided by a trusted friend, family member, or even a taxicab, patients should arrive at the appointment completely conscious and ready for their treatment. During the procedure, patients are coherent and are able to answer questions and follow requests, as necessary. Afterwards, they arrive home to rest, and when they wake up, they may have little to no recollection of their visit — but their dental work is completed!
Oral conscious sedation offers a solution to anxieties and nervousness. It allows patients to overcome their fears of dental appointments and receive proper treatments. This method of sedation can be used in many instances, including everything from a simple cleaning procedure to a complex smile rehabilitation. All patients need to do to obtain this treatment is ask. During an initial consultation visit, we can determine if this is the best way to reduce dental anxiety and get patients in for dental care.
Patients in the Worcester area are invited to visit Dr. Levenson to learn about oral conscious sedation and other sedation methods available. He can help patients address their dental fears and seek the assistance they need in attaining and maintaining a healthy smile. Call Levenson Smile today—we are always welcoming new patients to our practice!