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August 19, 2015

Sleep Dentistry Can Help With a Dental Emergency

We can treat dental emergencies with sleep treatment.A dental emergency doesn’t care where you are or what you’re doing – it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. Whenever one does occur, most often patients are too frightened to look in the mirror. It could be nothing or it could be something else entirely. The only way to know for sure is by getting it checked out by our team of dental experts. You see, there are ways of dealing with this type of trauma, and we have just the thing with our sleep dentistry solutions.

Our sleep solutions help keep our patients calm and collected. The worst thing you could do when you suffer from a dental emergency is by overreacting and not taking the necessary steps in trying to keep the tooth alive and in place. There are plenty of people who are too afraid to come see us when a dental emergency occurs, and they should do the exact opposite. Taking care of a dental emergency in a timely fashion is very important. It can often be the difference between saving and losing a tooth. When a dental emergency strikes, we want you to be prepared. By visiting our office in Plantation, FL, you’ll be assured that our sleep dentistry solutions can bring peace to a complicated situation. You’ll soon discover that Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee and DR. Hohimer are the emergency dentists Plantation residents can turn to when things take a turn for the worse.

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July 21, 2015

Sleep Dentists for Gum Disease Therapy Plantation, FL, Can Smile About

ThinkstockPhotos-167777022The numbers may be hard to believe, but according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one out of every two American adults age 30 and older have gum disease, also called periodontal disease. In real numbers that means 64.7 million adults have mild, moderate or severe periodontitis, which is the advanced stage of gum disease. (The initial stage is gingivitis.) And in adults age 65 and older, the percentage increases to slightly more than 70 percent. Although there is no cure for gum disease, there is treatment. The dentists and their staff of hygienists and assistants at Sleep Dentists offer gum disease treatment Plantation, FL, and surrounding communities can count on to arrest the disease’s progression.

What is Gum Disease?

Gum disease is an inflammatory condition that affects the tissue that surround and support your teeth. Caused by bacteria, gum disease can lead to tooth loss, because the toxins that these bacteria produce damage the connective tissue and bone.

Of course, you can’t see bone damage. What you can see, however, are the outward signs of gum disease, including:

  • Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
  • Red, swollen and sensitive gums
  • Unpleasant breath
  • Teeth that have shifted or a change in your bite
  • Loose teeth
  • Dentures that don’t fit

More often than not, poor oral hygiene causes gum disease to start. That’s why the dentists at Sleep Dentists—Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, Dr. Hohimer, Dr. Landa, Dr. Norkin, and Dr. Modarres—strongly encourage you and each member of your family from the youngest to the eldest to brush and floss at least twice each day and schedule dental checkups twice each year.

Treatment for Periodontal Disease

If we see signs of gum disease, then a course of treatment will be recommended. The type of treatment required will depend on how far your gum disease has advanced. In the case of gingivitis, a thorough cleaning that includes planing and root scaling may be what’s needed. With planing and scaling, we remove plaque and tartar, and then smooth the roots below the gum line, so plaque can’t buildup. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our periodontist can recommend appropriate treatment.

Call Our Office Today

If you are noticing any of the signs of gum disease listed above, then call Sleep Dentists to schedule an appointment. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.

July 15, 2015

Overcome Your Dental Fear

dv1617008If you suffer from dental phobia or are simply too embarrassed to see a dentist, you are not alone! It is extremely common among people suffering from dental fear. Whatever caused the phobia initially leads to avoidance, which in turn means no access to professional dental care. This is not a good setup: it usually results in poorer oral health. Stop feeling too embarrassed to come see us and put your dental health at the top of your list. Our team of sedation dentists practice together in the same building in Plantation, FL and bring many years of experience to the table. They are also expert sleep dentists that offer a multitude of helpful services.

Coping With Dental Fear Isn’t Impossible

One important thing to think about: it’s highly unlikely that any dentist hasn’t seen teeth which aren’t as bad or worse than yours. Dentists have extensive training and have seen a lot of mouths. Embarrassment is perhaps THE most common concern voiced by people who haven’t visited a dentist in a long time. The dental industry has evolved at a rapid pace, and there are plenty of sedation dentistry options to help with your treatment.

For many people with dental phobia, it all begins at the beginning: the dentist-patient relationship. Before embarking on your dental journey, here are a few questions you should ask yourself:

  • What would my ideal visit to a dentist be like?
  • What would the dentist be like?
  • What would they do?
  • What wouldn’t they do?

Forming a positive relationship with your dental care provider is essential in obtaining optimal health results. You should never be scared to talk to your dentist – they are there to help, not hurt you. Our team of expert dentists won’t be able to help you if they don’t know what it is that you fear. We are here to make your experience as comfortable as possible. Don’t be afraid to let any of our staff know what does and doesn’t work for you and we will work together to make your visit with us is a success.

Schedule an Appointment

Visiting the dentist shouldn’t be like pulling teeth. A dentist is there to help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Enjoy top dental care from a team of oral specialists at our Plantation, FL office and schedule an appointment today. We are happy to extend service to our neighbors in Davie, Cooper City, Lauderhill, Sunrise, Tamarac and beyond.

June 25, 2015

Do I have An Abscessed Tooth?

ThinkstockPhotos-187956100If you have ever suffered an abscess – an infection of the mouth, face, jaw or throat – you are well aware of the pain that comes along with this unfortunate situation. It’s one of the most painful dental experiences, but it can also pose much more serious health concerns. If left untreated, some cases have been known to be fatal. We’re not here to scare you, just to educate you on how to properly diagnose and treat an abscessed tooth or teeth. Our emergency dentists in Plantation, FL are ready to help get your smile back to working order. Drs. Lee Weiss, Kerry Waldee, David Hohimer, Andrew Norkin and Reza Modarres are your dentists of choice when it comes to receiving the best dental care around.

 

What Is An Abscessed Tooth?

A tooth abscess usually affects only one tooth, but if the infection remains untreated, your other teeth are in harm’s way. Serious complications can develop that can not only make your dentist bill skyrocket, but will leave your overall well-being hanging in the balance. Keep an eye out for any of the following symptoms:

  • Toothache (continuous and characterized by gnawing, sharp, shooting or throbbing feelings)
  • Bitter taste in the mouth
  • Bad breath
  • Discomfort/ill feeling
  • Pain felt when chewing, especially biting or closing the mouth tightly
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures
  • Red, swollen gums that drain pus
  • Swollen lymph nodes in the neck and jaw areas
  • Headaches

If the infection kills the tooth nerve, the toothache may stop. However, this doesn’t mean the infection has been treated; it will continue to spread and destroy whatever tissue is in its way. An advanced infection may leave a patient feeling nauseous and bring about vomiting and chills. Fever and facial swelling may indicate that the infection has spread deeper into your jaw and the surrounding tissue, or even to other areas of your body.

Tooth pain is no laughing matter. It can lead to even more complicated problems, including a tooth infection. You need an expert dental team on your side with countless years of experience and professionalism. You will find it all and so much more at Comfort Dentists.

Schedule an Appointment Today

An abscessed tooth can become a dental nightmare that you simply don’t want to deal with. Enjoy top dental care from a team of oral specialists at our Plantation, FL office. The sooner we can diagnose and treat the problem, the better. We extend dental service to our neighbors in Davie, Cooper City, Lauderhill, Sunrise and beyond.

May 25, 2015

Dental Phobia – Are you scared to go to the Dentist?

181862636Psst. Are you scared of the dentist? Does the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair send chills down your spine? Would you rather endure the pain of a toothache rather than the sound of the drill? If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then you’re not alone. Actually, you’re in good company. Lots of good company. A survey conducted by the American Association of Endodontists found that 80 percent of adult Americans fear dentists. More than half of those admit that this fear prevents them from seeing a dentist. And approximately five to 10 percent of adult Americans have dental phobia, a condition that stops them from having any dental treatment regardless of the consequences. At Sleep Dentists in Plantation, FLDrs. Weiss, Waldee, and Hohimer understand your dental phobia or dental anxiety, and they and their staff can help you relax or even sleep through much needed dental care.

Dental Phobia and You

Dental phobia and dental anxiety are commonly used interchangeably. They are, however, two different conditions. People with dental anxiety may have unreasonable worries about seeing the dentist, but they’ll manage to get themselves to appointments. On the other hand, dental phobia is a mental disorder that can cause people to be genuinely terrified of the dentist. For some, the fear is so great they may never see the dentist. The consequences, unfortunately, can be damaging to a person’s oral health as well as general health. People with dental phobia are more likely to develop gum disease and suffer from early tooth loss. Damaged and discolored teeth may keep people from smiling, and they may even be reluctant to fully open their mouths when they speak. Consequently, their personal and professional lives may be compromised.

Dental phobia may also indirectly lead to poorer general health, too. Research shows that the condition of your oral health may be related to bodily ailments. In specific, the bacteria that cause gum disease can migrate through the bloodstream and may lead to stroke, hypertension, heart disease and lung infections.

Overcome Dental Phobia

At Sleep Dentists, our team will help you overcome dental phobia, so you can have the dental treatment you need. We’ll assess your fears and help you choose the kind of relaxation or sleep treatment that is best for you.

Schedule an Appointment today

To learn more about how Sleep Dentist can help you conquer dental phobia, call our office for an appointment. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL, and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.

April 23, 2015

Sleep Dentistry: Enjoy Deep & Restful Sleep in the Dental Chair

stk85221corApproximately 40 million men and women in America experience some level of fear or anxiety when faced with the prospect of receiving dental care. If you are one of these individuals, you understand how difficult it can be to pursue the vital oral healthcare services you need to achieve and maintain a strong, healthy smile. At Sleep Dentists in Plantation, FL, Drs. Weiss, Waldee, and Hohimer welcome you to explore a new kind of dental experience – one in which you get to sleep peacefully the entire time you’re receiving your dental treatment.

Why Choose Sleep Dentistry?

Unlike other forms of sedation, sleep dentistry actually puts you completely to sleep in the dental chair. You are completely unconscious, entirely unaware of the sights and sounds of the dental office. You won’t feel anything throughout the duration of your procedure, and you won’t remember any of the details surrounding your treatment.

Who wouldn’t want a completely pain-free dental experience? With sleep dentistry, our team can provide you with exactly that. You’ll enjoy complete amnesia of your treatment time, so there are no memories associated with your procedure.

Sleep dentistry is especially useful for patients who experience mental or physical difficulty lying still for extended periods of time. If you’d like to learn more about sleep dentistry and its advantages, please don’t hesitate to ask a member of our friendly, knowledgeable team for more information.

Schedule Your Sleep Dentistry Consultation

If you have been putting off getting the important dental care you need due to feelings of apprehension, phobia, or anxiety, you certainly aren’t alone. Fortunately, there is a way to overcome these negative associations with the dentist’s office and receive the treatment you need: sleep dentistry. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with a member of our caring, compassionate staff. We make it our business to provide you with comprehensive dental care in an environment that is relaxing and serene. Our practice warmly welcomes patients from throughout Plantation, FL and the surrounding areas, including Lauderhill, Davie, Fort Lauderdale, and beyond.

March 23, 2015

Relieve Your Anxiety With Sedation Dentistry

Many Americans absolutely dread visiting the dentist. The utensils, tools, and gadgets all look very scary, and the idea that these items will go into your mouth can send the toughest individual into a massive panic. We understand why the dentist can make people feel anxious and fill them with fear. At Sleep Dentists, we have a solution to this problem: sedation dentistry.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

dv1617008Dental phobia is a real fear, and understandably, some people just freak out at the thought of going to the dentist. To help ease the process and make the experience as straightforward as possible, we utilize this practice. Sedation dentistry is designed to take the edge off the proceedings, leaving negative feelings at the door and putting patients at ease. Essentially, we give our patients the option to be put to sleep as we conduct our work. We offer the following forms of sedation:

  • Nitrous Oxide: This is the ideal sedation for those who experience mild anxiety or discomfort. Also called “laughing gas,” nitrous oxide is administered through a mask that fits over the nose. It induces feelings of comfort and warmth, allowing patients to enter a relaxed, calm state. The effects of nitrous oxide wear off within minutes after the mask is removed.
  • Oral Sedation: For patients with moderate or severe anxiety, nitrous oxide might not do the trick. Oral sedation can provide a stronger effect and it lasts much longer. Before you show up for your appointment, we will give you a prescription for an anti-anxiety medication with instructions on how and when to take it. You will need to have a friend or family member take you to our office, since the effects are long lasting. After the procedure, your companion will take you home. The medication should wear off within a day.
  • IV Sedation: This is recommended for patients who struggle with severe dental phobia. This method delivers anti-anxiety medicine intravenously. The medication will place you in a very detached state, so you should have a friend or family member drive you to and from the appointment.

This Sounds Like a Better Choice For Me.

Struggling with dental phobia is not embarrassing, and for those who are afraid of the dentist, we have our sedation offerings to make the experience smooth and effortless. Are you prepared for an easy, simple procedure? Schedule an appointment or call us today. Our doors are always open to Plantation, FL, Fort Lauderdale, Lauderhill, Davie, and beyond.

March 16, 2015

Ease Dental Phobia and Anxiety With Sleep Dentists

Did you know between 9% and 20% of Americans have a legitimate fear of going to the dentist? It’s very true, as many avoid going to the dentist due to anxiety or fear. This dental phobia leaves people panic-stricken, terrified, and filled with dread. As with any phobia, most know that it’s irrational, but are unable to overcome it. A phobia causes the individual to avoid the situation in any way possible, which is the worst case when it comes to the health and well-being of your mouth, teeth, and gums. So, how does a dental phobia start and are there ways to overcome this obstacle?

Signs and Symptoms:

The symptoms and signs of phobias usually correlate, but no two are every truly related. If you have trouble sleeping before your dental exam, feel a spike in nervousness when arriving for your appointment, feel physically ill when thinking about your appointment, or have an incredible sensation of uneasiness when the procedure is underway, you most likely have dental phobia.

78188806The causes of this phobia can stem from many sources, including:

  • Fear of pain: No one likes to get hurt, and a painful sensation can stop people from doing a lot of activities. This fear could be attached to a previous dental experience that felt unpleasant for somewhat painful.
  • Fear of injections: This one ties into the first a bit (needles hurt), but another aspect comes from the medicine injected. Many fear it may not work or the effect will not kick in before the procedure.
  • Fear of helplessness: Sitting in a chair, mouth open, and having someone prod around with strange utensils can make someone feel helpless or without control.
  • Embarrassment: This one is very simple, but it does take hold of many patients. They feel as if the dentists are judging them, which makes them feel self-conscious.

How to Cope:

The best way to overcome the anxiety and phobia is quite simple. Talk to the dentist and discuss your fears and problems. Ask if sedation dentistry is possible for your appointment. This type of dentistry takes the edge off, usually puts patients to sleep, and makes the entire experience very relaxing. Those within the Plantation or Fort Lauderdale, FL area should contact Sleep Dentists. Schedule a consultation, talk with the experts, understand your problem, find a solution, and get back on track with your oral hygiene.

February 9, 2015

Comfortable and Effective Dental Care for Autism Patients

170082963We specialize in dental care for Autism patients. Providing effective dental care to patients with Autism presents unique challenges for everyone involved. But by working together, and planning ahead, many of these challenges and anxieties can be reduced. The Sleep Dentists are committed to comfortable and successful dental treatment. If you care for a patient with Autism, schedule their next dental appointment with the trusted Sleep and Sedation Dentistry of Plantation, FL. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced sleep and sedation dentistry experts. The Sleep Dentists proudly serve families daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Effective Home Dental Care for Autism Patients

To help your loved one maintain good dental health, we recommend the following:

  • Preventive treatments such as dental fluoride and sealants.
  • Become aware of medicines that cause dry mouth.
  • Increase daily water intake.
  • Avoid using sugary snacks as incentives or rewards.
  • Encourage independence in daily oral hygiene and perform hands-on demonstrations to show patients the best way to clean their teeth.
  • Emphasize consistency in oral hygiene and try to use the same location, timing, and positioning to establish an effective home care routine.

Preparing Patients with Autism for a Dental Care Appointment

We are well experienced in the treatment of Autism patients, and we have special procedures in place to optimize each visit. You are always welcome to  accompany the patient during an exam, and we will help you make an appointment for a time of day when the patient will be most cooperative. We will also make sure that wait time is minimized and you will be able to work with the same team members each visit. If necessary, we can schedule short prep visits so that the patient can become accustomed to our office. During one of these short and positive visits, they can get use to the office environment, try out the treatment chair, let the hygienist look in their mouth or count their teeth, or listen to the sound a drill makes. This will serve to slowly desensitize the patient, as well as discover what could potentially be difficult for the patient to tolerate at future visits.

Dental Care for Autism

We offer sedation options to all patients. For patients with Autism, we have many options that can help reduce high levels of anxiety or discomfort, uncontrolled movements, and gagging reflexes. We will work with you to select the technique and sedation level that will most effectively address the needs of the patient. To schedule a dental care checkup for a patient with Autism, contact our Plantation, FL office today. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are highly qualified sleep and sedation dentistry experts, now proudly serving families daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

January 23, 2015

Are You Seeking a Qualified Special Needs Dentist in Plantation, FL?

170082678It’s estimated that nearly 20% of Americans live with some form of disability. For patients with intellectual, physical, or developmental special needs, maintaining a good oral hygiene routine and finding and accessing quality dental care can be challenging. Some disabilities can hinder the skills necessary for effective oral hygiene, which increases the chances for developing tooth decay and gum disease. If you have a loved one with special needs, you may be concerned about their dental health, but we’re here to help. You can schedule a special needs dentist appointment with our conveniently located Plantation, FL office today. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are experienced special needs dentists, ready and able to provide the patient and compassionate care your family deserves.

Special Needs and Dental Health

Patients with special needs may not understand the importance of dental health. They may also have difficulty with the unfamiliar sights and sounds of a dental office. This can lead to resistance and anxiety when it comes time to get the preventive dental care they need to stay healthy. But as dental health affects overall health, and special needs patients are particularly at risk for dental decay, it’s imperative that they still receive the routine dental checkups and cleanings needed to maintain good oral health. That’s why we offer personalized dental services for special needs patients. Whether they need extra time, extra attention, sedation, or phased treatments, we will make the necessary accommodations to ensure they receive the dental care they need to stay healthy and smiling.

Ft. Lauderdale Special Needs Dentist Appointments

Special needs patients, who have trouble practicing oral hygiene at home, need to see a dentist more often to prevent and treat dental decay and infection. Those who suffer from stroke, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, autism, Down’s syndrome, genetic disorders, paralysis and even arthritis are among the many that may need a little extra care and attention to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We know that you want the best in dental care for your family, and we’re committed to providing the best possible care for your loved one. We are sympathetic to the challenges you face and we are dedicated to helping each and every patient receive the dental care they need in a comfortable and pain free manner. If you’re ready to take your loved one to the dentist, schedule a special needs dentist appointment with the Sleep Dentists of Plantation, FL today. Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer are highly qualified sleep and sedation dentistry experts, capable of delivering the quality care your family deserves. The Sleep Dentists proudly serve patients daily throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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