Virginia beach Cosmetic and Neuromuscular Dentistry Blog - Dr. Michael Folck

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

3 Things You Didn't Know About Sleep Apnea

Getting a good night's sleep and sleeping restfully is an important part of good health and well-being. The average adult needs at least 7 to 8 hours of sleep and children and young adults need even more. One of the reasons that sleeping blissfully may be challenging is because of sleep apnea. Most people are unaware that cosmetic dentistry can provide effective treatment for this ailment.

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you may have one or more pauses in breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. This disruption interferes with the quality of your sleep and can often go undiagnosed. Here are three things you didn't know about sleep apnea and its treatment.

How Is Sleep Apnea Treated?

Ignoring the symptoms of sleep apnea can lead to more serious health risks. Here are the three most common dental treatments:

1) Mouthpieces or Oral Appliances - This is a custom-made dental device which will adjust your tongue and lower jaw to keep airways open during sleep.

2) Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) - The CPAP machine uses a mask that fits over both the mouth and nose to gently blow air into your throat. This keeps airways open while you sleep.

3) Surgery - With some severe cases of sleep apnea, surgery may be needed to widen breathing passages.

Ignoring the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can often go on for many years. Our Virginia Beach cosmetic dentist Dr. Folck can recommend a number of positive treatments to cure this sleep disruptor. 

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS for your initial consultation with an experienced Virginia Beach and surrounding areas dentist.

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Easing Your Dental Anxiety

We've all had visits to the dentist which were not the most positive and most people have dental anxieties which range from mild to debilitating. While the roots of this dental phobia and anxiety may differ, it takes a skilled cosmetic dentist to provide treatment in ways that will alleviate your fears and anxieties.

Some common reasons for dental anxiety include:
  • Fear of pain
  • Invasion of personal space
  • Loss of control
  • Feelings of helplessness
When dentists are aware of their patients' uneasiness, there are a number of steps they can take to make any dental treatment peaceful and serene.

Taking Control

Easing dental fear requires the cooperation of dentist, dental staff and the patient. Here are several tips for alleviating any of your dental fear:
  • Find a dentist you can trust
  • Visit the clinic and take a relaxing look
  • Schedule appointments for mornings, so you have less time to dwell on it
  • Have a signal with your dentist for when you need a break
  • Bring a friend or companion with you
Easing your fears is a gradual process. If your dental fear or phobia is not recognized or treated, it can easily contribute to poor dental health or lowered self-esteem. Our skillful cosmetic dentist has a number of techniques for controlling them so that you get the dental treatment you require.

If you live in Virginia Beach or any of the surrounding communities in Virginia you need the calming skill of an experienced dentist, please contact Dr.Michael Folck, DDS for your initial consultation.

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Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Best Porcelain Veneers News We've Heard

Porcelain veneers are a more popular dental procedures people consider when they are looking to enhance their smile. When you've been shy about smiling due to any discolored, chipped or broken teeth, porcelain veneers are a healthy option for brightening your smile. The good news about porcelain veneers is that they are relatively easy to get and once you have them, they are easy to maintain. 

Steps to Take

Typically, getting porcelain veneers requires three separate trips to our cosmetic dentist. They are for:

1)         Initial consultation
2)         Measurements to make your unique veneers
3)         Final application

Porcelain veneers can be transformative by giving darker teeth a lighter, healthier appearance.  They are also a treatment option that can make gray or stained teeth look more natural and give yellow teeth an appearance that is permanently whiter.

Our Virginia Beach cosmetic dentist offers comprehensive evaluation and consultation to every new patient. With his experience and ability to listen, he can help you find the specific treatment option which will work best with you individually.

If you have any questions about porcelain veneers specifically or any other cosmetic dentistry procedure, call 757-428-7440. Or, please contact Dr. Michael Folck, DDS to schedule your initial examination and consultation.

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