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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.

December 23, 2014

Sleep Dentistry Vs Sedation Dentistry: What’s the Difference?

124811533Do you suffer from dental fear and anxiety? No matter what your degree of dental fear, The Sleep Dentists have a sleep or sedation solution. Methods include: oral conscious sedation, inhalation sedation, and intravenous (IV) sleep sedation. These three techniques enable fearful patients to receive the dental care necessary to maintain a healthy and confident smile. The Sleep Dentists will work with you to find the level of sedation that’s most appropriate for you. Make your 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 restore smiles daily to fearful patients throughout Plantation and Fort Lauderdale, FL.

What is Sleep Dentistry?

Sleep dentistry is the most powerful sedation option, reserved for patients who could not otherwise undergo any dental treatment. This level of dental sedation is administered through IV or inhalation and refers to the use of anesthetics to render apprehensive patients completely unconscious during treatment. Unlike other sedation methods, you will be completely unaware of your surroundings, making the use of local anesthetics unnecessary. This general anesthesia may cause your airway to close, so patients may need assistance with breathing. This method of sedation is generally reserved for oral surgery, but can be used whenever necessary. The next level down from general anesthesia is deep sedation, which refers to a state between unconscious and conscious sedation. Patients in this state will not be able to respond to commands with consistency and may need some assistance with breathing.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry is typically the lighter form of sedation reserved for mildly apprehensive patients. Moderate dental sedation can refer to oral conscious sedative, nitrous oxide (laughing gas), or IV sedation. These methods induce conscious sedation, where you are awake and able to respond to commands, but remain in a state of extreme relaxation. Oral sedative medications, such as diazepam, are typically given thirty minutes to an hour before your appointment starts. However, oral conscious sedatives don’t block pain, so a local anesthetic will also need to be administered.

How severe is your dental fear?

Dental anxiety is relative and can vary from mild nervousness to severe dental phobia. For the latter, every dental appointment can be a horrific experience. People with severe dental phobias are terrified and panic-stricken at the very mention of dental treatment. If they are forced to see a dentist, they usually do not sleep well the night before or become sick in the office waiting area. This level of fear causes many patients to put off dental treatment for years at a time, ultimately resulting in poor oral health and tooth loss. Dental phobias can significantly diminish quality of life as many of these patients can lack self-confidence because of problems with tooth sensitivity, bleeding gums, bad breath, and neglected smiles.

Fort Lauderdale Sleep Dentistry Appointments

If you suffer from dental fear and phobia, you’re not alone. Tens of millions of Americans have the same concerns. But no matter how much you fear dental work, The Sleep Dentists have a sedation solution for you. Whether you require a mild sedative or full general anesthesia, Dr. Weiss, Dr. Waldee, and Dr. Hohimer have the effective sedation dentistry techniques to accommodate your needs. Make your 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.

June 24, 2014

Sedation an Ideal Way to Relax at Dentist Office

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL-Imagine if you could be relaxed and carefree at your next dental appointment. You’d be without anxiety, pain or any other negative feeling.

It sounds too good to be true, right?

Unfortunately, one out of seven people suffer from some form of dental anxiety. But those who avoid seeing the dentist on a regular basis are really just doing more harm to their oral health.

Sedation dentistry has quickly become a popular choice amongst these patients. Whether you need a root canal or a standard cleaning, you may benefit from sedative medication.

At Sleep Dentists in Fort Lauderdale, patients can choose to be at peace with general anesthesia, twilight sleep or nitrous oxide gas.

With general anesthesia, patients are completely unconscious during their dental work. Patients with the highest level of dental phobia typically select this option.

Twilight sleep is associated with moderate sedation. With this choice, patients gradually become groggy enough that they actually fall asleep during their procedure. However, as opposed to general anesthesia, patients can be awakened with a gentle shake.

We implement nitrous oxide gas for our minimal sedation option. Combined with oxygen, this gas helps you relax. Because our dentists can control the amount of sedation that patients receive, the gas wears off fairly quickly.

In our dentistry, our top goal is assuring the safety and comfort of patients. Sleep dentistry provides a fantastic treatment alternative to those who are fearful of the dentist, are in need of extensive dental work or are handicapped and have special needs.

We may also propose a form of sedation dentistry for patients who have a bad gag reflex or very sensitive teeth.
You may be wondering about the safety of sedation dentistry. Our professional staff always goes through an extensive process prior to administering a sedative.

These steps include:

  • Reviewing your medical history to determine whether you are a candidate for sleep dentistry
  • Understanding the proper dosage for you based on age, health and any other applicable reasoning
  • Going over risks of sedation dentistry


Once you are cleared to move forward with sleep dentistry, rest assured that your dental care is in the great hands of our experienced professionals.

Enjoy being able to relax during your dental appointment. If you’ve been putting off seeing a dentist, we encourage you to contact us regarding the sleep dentistry option.

Sleep Dentists are trusted providers of general and cosmetic dentistry in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Please contact our offices to learn more.

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June 16, 2014

Secondhand Smoke Could Be Factor in Health of Adult and Children’s Teeth

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL- It looks like adults now have another reason to quit smoking. According to an article published by The Journal of the American Dental Association, a link exists between secondhand smoke and health of teeth.

Though additional research needs to be done, it’s safe to say that dentists find the information concerning, particularly Dr. Lee Weiss. Some of the major factors for high-cavity risk include poor oral hygiene habits, low fluoride exposure and a diet high in refined carbohydrates.

Dentists have become accustomed to advising a healthier diet and oral care routine as ways for patients to combat cavities.

But if secondhand smoke proves to be a significant challenge in maintaining healthy teeth, dentists will have additional advice with regard to avoiding cavities.

Dr. Weiss emphasizes that secondhand smoke is a major concern for all health, including dental and full body.
Cavities, tooth decay that has destroyed enamel, are the most chronic disease in young people ages 6-19, as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

As a way to improve the health of all Americans, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hopes to reduce the occurrence of cavities in children by 10 percent within the next six years.

At Comfort Dentists and Sleep Dentists, we encourage proper oral hygiene habits for all ages. Those that make it part of their daily routine are less likely to experience cavities and other dental obstacles down the road.

Our practice focuses on prevention. And because we truly care about the well-being of our patients, we do a full oral cancer exam using VELscope, the worldwide leader in early discovery of oral tissue abnormalities.

If you’re looking for a dentist that will get you back to ideal oral care, give us a call. Our treatments are state-of-the-art and effective.

We know that you will love the results.

Comfort Dentists and Sleep Dentists are trusted providers of cosmetic and general dentistry in the Fort Lauderdale, Florida area. Please contact our offices to learn more.

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May 31, 2014

Plantation Sleep Dentists Focuses on Gum Disease

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida- According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 65 million Americans are affected by periodontal disease. One in every two adults age 30 and older suffer from gum disease. We support the American Academy of Periodontology, who is calling for Americans to take better care of their gums. Guidelines like brushing twice a day, flossing daily and receiving an annual exam from your local dentist are not enough sometimes.

Excess bacteria in the mouth allows plaque to build up underneath the gum line and initiate the roots of periodontal disease. There are more than 500 bacterial species that can be found in plaque, and we know that brushing alone does not remove the bacteria that live below the gum line. When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend the appropriate treatment for any of your dental problems.

Periodontal disease can lead to bone damage, tooth loss, receding gum-lines, and it can increase the risk of other health problems such as heart disease and diabetes. In addition to diabetes, periodontal disease has been linked to other chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease, rheumatoid arthritis, Alzheimer’s disease and even cancer. Gum disease harms the tissues and bone surrounding the teeth, which may possibly lead to tooth loss.

Poor oral hygiene is the primary cause of periodontal disease, but smoking is also a significant risk factor in progression of the disease. Thankfully, periodontal disease is mostly preventable and treatable. The early warning signs are often not obvious and painless, which may lead you to believe nothing is wrong. We believe everyone should practice good oral hygiene and regularly discuss their teeth with our Plantation professional dentists. With an appropriate diagnosis, the damage from periodontal disease is reversible in many cases.

We specialize in Periodontal Therapy to treat all aspects of gum disease. Treatment methods depend upon the type of disease and how far the condition has progressed. Our first step is a thorough cleaning and scaling to remove plaque and tarter deposits beneath the gum line.

When deep pockets between teeth and gums are present, surgery may be needed. Our Periodontist is extremely qualified, and can recommend appropriate treatment.

Some warning signs that you may have periodontal disease are the following:

  • Gums that bleed easily
  • Red, swollen or tender gums
  • Gums that have pulled away from the teeth
  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste
  • Permanent teeth that are loose or separating
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite
  • Change in the fit of partial dentures

Let Sleep Dentists assess your dental needs in a pain-free environment. We specialize in sedation dentistry in Fort Lauderdale to calm our patients and create a high level of comfort.

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May 25, 2014

National Stroke Awareness Month at Sleep Dentists

Fort Lauderdale, Florida- May is National Stroke Awareness Month at Sleep Dentists, your Fort Lauderdale Cosmetic Dentistry specialists. We are committed to your health first and foremost, so we want you to be aware of the signs and symptoms of strokes for yourself and your loved ones.

Studies show that 80% of strokes can be prevented through the help of healthcare professionals. We aim to inform our clients on healthy mouths and bodies, including certain risk factors that increase the chances of a stroke.

A stroke occurs when a blood clot blocks an artery or when a blood vessel breaks, interrupting blood flow to the brain. Brain cells die which causes damage to the brain. This causes terrible consequences, including physical, cognitive and emotional functioning.

When brain cells die during a stroke, physical abilities that are controlled by that area of the brain could potentially fail. Those abilities could include your speech, movement and memory.  Recovery after a stroke is often a lifelong process for everyone impacted by this event. Some people recover fully from a stroke while others face challenges for the rest of their lives.

In order to evaluate a stroke situation, look for the following symptoms:

  • Sudden numbness or weakness of the face, arm or leg, especially on one side of the body
  • Sudden confusion, trouble speaking or understanding others
  • Sudden vision problems in one or both eyes
  • Sudden trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination
  • A sudden headache with no reasonable cause

If you show any symptoms, call an ambulance. To decrease your risk of stroke, we encourage all our patients not to smoke or use tobacco products. You should also implement healthy eating habits and reduce your use of alcohol. Increasing physical activity can also help reduce stroke risk.

Some risk factors are out of your control. Uncontrollable risk factors include being over age 55, being male, being African American, Hispanic or Asian/Pacific Islander, or having a family history of stroke or transient ischemic attack (TIA).

Controllable risk factors include:

  • High Blood Pressure
  • Atrial Fibrillation
  • High Cholesterol
  • Diabetes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Circulation Problems
  • Tobacco Use and Smoking
  • Alcohol Use
  • Physical Inactivity
  • Obesity

By working with a doctor who can prescribe medications and advise lifestyle changes towards a healthy lifestyle, you can prevent a potential stroke. The
National Stroke Association created an easy-to-use tool called a Stroke Risk Scorecard. The Scorecard gives people an idea of their personal risk of stroke.

We recommend you assess your risk of stroke and discuss your results with a doctor to help treat any controllable risk factors. For all of your dentistry needs or oral health issues, give your Fort Lauderdale sedation dentistry experts a call at 954-715-6594.

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