NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

NighLase laser therapy for breathing disorders can finally let you get a good night’s sleep to help boost overall health.  Or as Thomas Dekker said, “Sleep is the golden chain that ties health and our bodies together. “

Laser therapy is quickly expanding in the field of dentistry, providing remarkable results for patients seeking all types of treatment, especially breathing disorders.

NightLase Laser Therapy for Breathing Disorders

Typical breathing disorders:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Central Sleep Apnea
  • Sleep Related Hypoxemia Disorder
  • Snoring

Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep:

  • Boosts Immunity
  • Boosts Mental Wellbeing
  • Prevents Diabetes
  • Wards off Heart Disease
  • Increases Fertility

    What is NightLase therapy?

     

    Image of clear airways vs obstructed airwaysNightLase is a dental laser therapy that gently heats the tissues in your soft palate and throat with rapid, comfortable pulses that cause collagen to reorganize into a firmer form.  This procedure helps to open the oral airway allowing more air and better breathing during sleep.

    The technique has been used for several years in medical disciplines such as cosmetic surgery. When used on the face, for example, wrinkles are smoothed, and facial muscles tighten.

    Is it Painful?

    You may feel warmth from the laser, but most patients report little to no discomfort during or after the treatment. And, the treatment is noninvasive, meaning there is no cutting or need for anesthesia.

    How Many Treatments Will I Require?

    Typically, three treatments, which take about 20 minutes, spread out over a month will get the desired results.  The treatment lasts about one year, then further treatments may be needed to keep breathing disorders under control.

    How do I know If This is for Me?

    If you suffer from breathing disorders and have tried other methods to stop snoring and get a good night’s sleep, Fotona’s NightLase therapy might be the perfect solution.

    Dr. Abeyta. is excited to share the NightLase laser with her patients.  Discover how they use laser therapy as an effective solution by calling her office today to set up your appointment at (505) 293-7611.

    Breathe easy and sleep well!

    A Holistic Dental Approach

    A Holistic Dental Approach

    A Holistic Dental Approach

    A holistic dental approach will help you understand how much your dental health is intertwined with your overall health.  Old-time dentistry was not about holistic practices.  And even today, most dentists view the mouth separately from the rest of the body. They are trained to repair and fix problems without considering adverse side effects.

    A Holistic Dental Approach

    For instance, mercury amalgam “silver” fillings or fluoride, a known neurotoxin, have both been shown to have adverse effects on our health.

    Gum disease is another example, being linked to an ever-growing list of related inflammatory conditions. These include heart disease, stroke, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers.

    Dr. Abeyta and her team practice holistic dental health. They focus on diet and watch for nutritional deficiencies that may be compromising your teeth and gums.  They look at a patient’s exercise routine, sleep habits, stress levels, lifestyle, and environmental exposures to toxins.

    Holistic dentistry, while providing basic dental care, can eliminate infections, and promote optimal teeth, jaw, head and neck structural relationships.  These relationships are vital to support your body in maintaining a strong immune system and structural health.

    Some differences between traditional dentistry and holistic dentistry are:

    • Use of Composite fillings; no longer using amalgam/mercury fillings
    • Consideration of heavy metal issues (electrical and toxic)
    • Multi-disciplinary healthcare (whole body)
    • Innovative client centered therapy options (nutritional, preventative, exercise)
    • TMJ therapy options
    • Diagnosis and treatment of restrictive breathing
    • Digital imagery instead of traditional x-rays
    • Knowing and practicing proper mercury removal

    Dentists, such as Dr. Abeyta, are devoted to giving you the information you need to understand both your current health – oral and systemic alike – and how to help you achieve your goal of optimal health.

    They look forward to connecting with you. Are there specific oral health issues or holistic dental treatments you’d like to know more about? Click here to watch a video about their holistic practices or contact their office today to make an appointment at (505) 293-7611.   

    Will a Cracked Tooth Repair Itself?

    Will a Cracked Tooth Repair Itself?

    Will a Cracked Tooth Repair Itself?

    Will a cracked tooth repair itself the same way that our skin and bones heal?  Unfortunately, no.  Teeth can’t regenerate or heal themselves.  This has a lot to do with their composition and makeup.

    Did you know:

    • Teeth develop around the 6th week of pregnancy when the baby is in the womb.
    • Teeth are not bones.
    • Tooth enamel is made of calcium phosphate.

    Will a Cracked Tooth Repair Itself

    The tooth is made up of layers.  The outer layer is the tooth enamel.  The next layer is dentin.  These layers surround and protect the tooth’s pulp.  The pulp is soft and consists of living blood vessels, connective tissues, and large nerves.  The tooth enamel itself does not contain living tissue or blood vessels and this is why it can’t repair or regenerate.

    What Causes a Cracked Tooth?

    A cracked tooth can result from grinding your teeth, chewing on hard foods, an injury or just happen naturally as you age.

    Symptoms of a Cracked Tooth

      • Sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks
      • A sharp pain when biting or chewing food
      • A throbbing pain and gum swelling

    Treatments for a Cracked Tooth

    Dental treatments for a cracked tooth depend on the extent of the damage.  X-rays and an exam will determine if the crack is mild or has reached a crucial part of the tooth’s root.

    Typically, a cracked tooth with be treated with:

    1.  Filling or dental bonding
      • If the tooth has only a minor crack or fractured crusp, a tooth-colored resin is placed on the tooth to seal the enamel and prevent bacteria from entering the tooth pulp.
    1.  Root canal
      • If the crack extends to the root, chances are the tooth will be beyond repair. Tooth extraction is one option, but your dentist may recommend a root canal to preserve your natural tooth. In a root canal procedure, the damaged tooth root will be removed and replaced with a filling to prevent further infection.
    1.  A Crown
      • If the crack has weakened the tooth enamel, a dental crown can be fitted to protect the tooth. Crowns are a very reliable solution for major dental problems caused through accidents, diseases, or wear and tear.

    Let Dr. Abeyta and her team in Albuquerque, NM restore the look and strength of your cracked tooth.

    Dr. Abeyta and her team provide everything from bonding, crowns, bridges to treatment for TMJ, Tongue-tie and orofacial myofunctional disorders.  Call today to schedule your next dental appointment at (505)-293-7611 with a dentist who practices an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and a healthy functioning body.

    Back-to-School Oral Checkup

    Back-to-School Oral Checkup

    Back-to-School Oral Checkup

    A back-to-school oral checkup is just as important as school supplies, laptops and new clothes.  As the days get shorter, plans for kids to return to school will become top priority. The school’s supply list will be printed, backpacks will be inspected to see if they will survive another year and the latest trend in clothes will be purchased.

    Back-to-school oral checkup

    When creating your to-do list, don’t forget to include dental checkups.   

    Dental To-do List:

    Schedule a Check-up  

    Summers go by in the wink of an eye with camps, vacations and sleep-overs.  It’s not usually the time of year we schedule things like dental or doctor appointments.  But when school starts back up, schedules can get crazy. Why not make an appointment now for kids to visit the dentist for one of their two annual cleanings and check-ups?

    Practice Good Hygiene 

    Routines during the school year are typically different from those during the summer. In the summer we sleep later, hardly ever set the alarm or enforce bedtimes.  During the school year we tend to slip back into stricter routines.  This is a good time to remind kids of the importance of daily oral hygiene such as brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day.

    Replace Toothbrushes

    While shopping for new school supplies, add toothbrushes to your list.  According to Healthline, toothbrushes should be replaced every 3 to 4 months.

    Pack Healthy Lunches 

    Everybody has heard the saying, “Build it and they will come”. The same goes for kids’ lunches, “pack it and they will eat it”.  So, instead of tossing chips, cookies and sugary drinks, into lunch boxes and snack bags, load them up with carrot sticks, string cheese, fresh fruit, healthy sandwiches and good old water. 

    At Dr. Abeyta’s office in Albuquerque, NM, they strive to be the best choice for dental quality care and overall excellence by:

    • Delivering comprehensive care in a calm and safe environment.
    • Incorporating total health and integrative care options that empower patients to make the right and best decisions for their health.
    • Investing in education for themselves to provide their patients with the knowledge they need to achieve whatever goals they have for their dental and overall health.

    To schedule a back-to-school appointment call (505)-293-7611.  We hope this is the best school year ever for you and your family.

    Take a Deep Breath

    Take a Deep Breath

    Take a Deep Breath

    Take a deep breath to change the way you feel physically, emotionally and mentally as well.  Deep breathing releases anxiety in stressful situations such as work, busy schedules and dental visits. Dr. Abeyta and her staff offer you the tool of deep breathing as an extension of caring about your overall well-being.

    Take a Deep Breath

    Benefits of deep breathing include: 

    • Relaxation
    • Improved ability to handle stress.
    • Improved ability to regulate emotions.
    • Better posture which will allow the lungs to expand more which in turn will relax muscles.
    • Balance brain chemistry by increasing the levels of ‘feel good’ hormones while decreasing stress hormones.

    But I Have Trouble Taking a Deep Breath

    If you have trouble taking a deep breath it may be because you are a mouth breather vs. a nose breather.  People who breathe through their mouth tend to take quick, shallow breaths.  Whereas, people who breathe through their nose tend to take deep breaths, filling and expanding the belly.

    Sometimes, breathing through the mouth is necessary when you are experiencing nasal congestion or during strenuous exercise.  However, breathing through the mouth all the time, including when you sleep, can lead to:

    • Cavities
    • Gums disease
    • Narrow jaws
    • Crowded teeth
    • Sleep apnea
    • Snoring
    • Shortening of airways
    • Overall poor health
    • Elongated facial structure

    Treatment of mouth breathing

    If you are a mouth breather, talk to your dentist. Dentists are in a unique position to diagnose mouth breathing issues. A general practitioner may not have any reason to pay particular attention to your breathing patterns, whereas a dentist has far more opportunities. Choosing a dentist trained to identify and diagnose airway issues could save you from a whole host of health issues that may otherwise go undiagnosed.

    While you are working through treatment to repattern your breathing, maintain good oral hygiene by brushing thoroughly twice a day and flossing daily to remove plaque and cavity-forming bacteria. Regular check-ups with your dentist will also help catch and fix problems early on when they are small, before they become bigger, more painful, and costly.

    Call today to set up your appointment with Dr. Abeyta at (505)-293-7611.

    Everyday is a new beginning, take a deep breath, smile and begin again…