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Getting Ready for an Oral Surgery Consultation

Getting Ready for an Oral Surgery Consultation

If you dread an oral surgery consultation because you don’t know what to expect, it is easily dealt with by knowing what it is and how it goes. It is best to be ready, so read on to help you prepare for it and make the experience pleasant.

It may help you to know right off the bat that the initial visit is not uncomfortable at all. Then, ahead of time, be sure to:

Write down a list of questions you may have. You can request them to shed light on things you don’t understand especially with regard to the oral surgery. There is the tendency to forget the things you need to ask when already talking to your doctor that is why it is ideal to write your questions down prior to your trip to the clinic. A full understanding helps you become at ease about the treatment.oral surgery jupiter

Bring all the necessary paperwork that may be required during the consultation. Prior to the consultation date, call the clinic staff and ask if there is anything you need to bring with you.

In case you are unable to make a pre-visit call, take the initiative of readying at least the basic documents typically needed: photo ID, dentist-issued referral form (if applicable), contact numbers of your primary health care providers, dental health insurance card, names of medications you are currently taking and a brief personal medical history for easy reference.

During your visit, your oral surgeon will ask questions necessary for information-gathering. He will examine your teeth and jaw. To determine the treatment plan precisely appropriate, he may order a CT scan of the area. A CT scan or computerized tomography is essential in taking proper measurements that a later procedure may need that a simple dental X-ray cannot provide. It shows cross-section images of your teeth and jaw, bones, tissues and blood vessels. Such information is very useful in determining if additional measurements may be required.

Consulting with your oral surgeon will help you be prepared further for the next procedure whether simple or a broader type of surgery.

Your doctor can give you pre-surgery steps and recommendations.

Discuss any questions you might have about anesthesia, its effects and how deep you will be sedated.

Understand expectations during and after the procedure and while recovering. Healing process may differ from procedure to procedure. Ask about your particular surgery.

There is nothing wrong in confiding with your oral surgeon about any reservations you might have. They will provide you with pre and post operative information and all you need to do is ask, don’t hesitate. After all, when all goes well covering all aspects, a successful oral surgery leads to not only improved oral health but it improves the way you live too! 

Our offices are well known for our kind, gentle care that we provide before, during and after all treatments and surgeries. You can rest easy in your care with Drs. Charles & Broumand oral surgery in Jupiter, FL

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Do you have sleep apnea?

Does your partner complain about your snoring? Do you snore more than 3 nights a week? Then you may have sleep apnea.

Many of us don’t think of snoring as something to be too concerned about. However constant, loud snoring may be a sign of sleep apnea, it is a common but potentially serious disorder where your breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep.  Sleep apnea is treatable but most often goes unrecognized. Learning how to identify sleep apnea will help you overcome it and get you a restful nights sleep.
So What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea affects the way you breathe when you’re sleeping. In untreated sleep apnea, breathing is briefly interrupted or becomes very shallow during sleep. These breathing pauses typically last between 10 to 20 seconds and can occur up to hundreds of times a night, jolting you out of your natural sleep rhythm. As a consequence, you spend more time in light sleep and less time in the deep, restorative sleep you need to be energetic, mentally sharp, and productive the next day.

This chronic sleep deprivation results in daytime sleepiness, slow reflexes, poor concentration, and an increased risk of accidents. Sleep apnea can also lead to serious health problems over time, including diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, and weight gain. But with treatment you can control the symptoms, get your sleep back on track, and start enjoy being refreshed and alert every day.

Types of sleep apnea

  • Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway, often causing you to snore loudly.
  • Central sleep apnea is a much less common type of sleep apnea that involves the central nervous system, occurring when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. People with central sleep apnea seldom snore.
  • Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.

Call our office to schedule your consult and becoming one step closer to a restful nights sleep.
Phone: (561) 622-9065

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Should you have your wisdom teeth removed

Our mouths were made to fit 28 teeth, not 32! So when 4 extra teeth try to fit in your mouth it can make it uncomfortable and painful.

Wisdom teeth also known as 3rd molars can grow at different angles in the jaw, even horizontally. In some cases wisdom teeth only erupt partially through the gums, while other times they remain completely hidden. Wisdom teeth that are not able to come through normally will become impacted and trapped in your jaw.

We have many patients ask if there are any cases where the wisdom teeth do not need to be removed; yes that is a possibility if your wisdom teeth are healthy, grown in completely (fully erupted), they are positioned correctly and biting properly with the opposite teeth, and you are able to clean them as part of your daily oral hygiene practices.

If your wisdom teeth come through only partially in the gums a passageway is created that can cause problems. It’s a spot in your mouth that is hard to clean because you can’t see it. This allows the area to be a magnet for bacteria which can cause gum disease and oral infection.

Your dentist may have recommended that you remove the wisdom teeth, because they have not developed properly in your mouth or perhaps they have grown to close to the nerve of the lower jaw. Dentists often recommend having your wisdom teeth removed when someone is younger and more likely to recover faster from the surgery. Young adults have the surgery sooner rather than later so that the teeth do not cause problems or become more firmly rooted in the jaw.

According to the American Dental Association, wisdom teeth removal may be necessary if you experience changes in the area of those teeth, such as:

  • Pain
  • Repeated infection of soft tissue behind the lower last tooth
  • Cysts (fluid-filled sacs)
  • Tumors
  • Damage to nearby teeth
  • Gum disease
  • Extensive tooth decay

The decision to remove wisdom teeth isn’t always clear. Give us a call about the position and health of your wisdom teeth and what’s best for your situation. Dr. Charles’ is the best in South Florida and his removal is quick, painless and a fast recovery.

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Troubles Palm Beach

 

Are you sleeping well at night? Wondering what might be the problem?

Sleep apnea (AP-ne-ah) is a common disorder in which you have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.

Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.

As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

How can you treat sleep apnea?

Although there are many articles and advice pointing to self-help treatments for sleep apnea it’s important to see a doctor. A sleep specialist can evaluate your symptoms and help you find an effective treatment. Treatment for sleep apnea has come a long way in recent times, so take some time to call our office and make an appointment for a consultation.

We have 3 convenient offices in Palm Beach County; Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens and West Palm Beach.

Call us today: 561-622-9065

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