More Smiles Dental Spa Dentistry Blog | James A. Moreau, Jr., D.D.S.

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Sleep Apnea Alternative to CPAP

Do you snore? Obstructive sleep apnea affects millions of Americans and can lead to hypertension, heart attack, stroke, depression, muscle pain, fibromyalgia, morning headaches, sexual dysfunction and excessive daytime sleepiness.

This potentially life threatening condition is often treated with CPAP. Unfortunately, more than half the people prescribed CPAP cannot tolerate the device and don't use it. Our office offers a different solution. Custom oral appliances can be a more comfortable, less intrusive way to keep your airway open during sleep, eliminate snoring and help everyone get a better, healthier night's sleep.

And we have a more convenient way to do appropriate sleep studys to diagnose and monitor the condition. Typically, for a sleep study (polysomnograph), the patient is required to spend the night at a sleep lab, wearing electrodes that allow a sleep technician to observe and monitor sleep patterns throughout the night. With our ARES polysomnograph, you can have the sleep study done while you're in your normal sleep environment at home. The device is worn on your forehead so it doesn't impede your ability to sleep comfortably. It collects date which is later uploaded and read by a qualified sleep technician or physician.

With this date, Dr. Moreau can determine if an oral device is appropriate and what kind of device will provide the most relief. If you or someone you love snores or stops breathing during the night, call our office and lets get started while your condition can still be brought under control.

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Friday, February 26, 2010

Porcelain veneers

Before and after pictures of a case in progress. The photos at right are actually the provisional (temporary) restorations prior to final porcelain veneers. The photos were taken on the same day. Patient arrived for the prep appointment and a couple of hours later left with these very nice temporaries to wear until the finals are completed at one of the finest labs in the country.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Bode Miller's Mouthguard Success

USA Olympic skiier Bode Miller is doing considerably better this year in Vancouver than his poor showing in the 2006 Olympic games. Can his devotion to Pure Power Mouthguards be part of his secret to success?

Bode has several different PPM mouthguards and they have been very visible throughout his performance so far. One of our dental colleagues even noted that he was seen on TV showing his mouthguard to another athlete and telling him about it.

At the end of each run, you can usually clearly see him taking the mouthguard out and sometimes holding it between his lips between runs.

First the Saints win the Superbowl with their PPMs, and now Bode Miller is outperforming other athletes at the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Games with his. Is that coincidence? Maybe. Or maybe it's because the neuromuscular science behind the PPM is legitimate and really makes a difference.

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YOU Can Change Lives in Haiti With Buckets of Hope

Changing lives in Haiti is possible for YOU by filling a "Bucket of Hope" for a Haitian family still suffering from the effects of the devastating January 12 earthquake.

Our MoreSmiles team is participating with thousands of other people in Louisiana and Florida to send 5-gallon buckets of food supplies like rice and beans to Haiti, and we're making it easy for you to have the opportunity to help as well.

We have purchased big orange buckets, available in our reception room, and for about $30 you can fill one with a prescribed list of food items that will pass customs. You can either come by and pick up the bucket along with the list of food items to purchase, or simply purchase the items on the list and bring them to our office for a bucket here. When the families use the food supplies, they'll then be able to use the bucket to haul water or personal belongings.

We are covering the cost of shipping your bucket to Haiti via cargo ship from Florida.

If you're unable to fill a whole bucket, just select any of the items from the list and bring them to our office. We'll add the remaining items to complete a full bucket on your behalf.

Here's the list of food items - prepackaged, generic or store brand:
2 - 5-lb. bags long grain enriched rice
1 - 48-oz. plastic bottle cooking oil
2 - 2-lb bags dry black or red beans
1 - 5-lb. bag all-purpose flour (not self-rising)
1 - 20-oz cylinder container granulated white sugar (coffee service size)
2 - 1-lb. boxes spaghetti noodles
1 - 40-oz. plastic jar smooth peanut butter
1 - white kitchen-size trash can plastic bag to wrap bottle of cooking oil

The deadline for bringing supplies to our office is March 4th so we can have them ready for shipping the following week.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Choosing Sedation Dentistry

I'm looking at sedation dentistry in a whole new light after having my first colonoscopy last week. And I'm thinking it may be in my future.

I've always had some apprehension about dental visits since I had extensive dental work as a child back in the "mid-century". It was a bit ironic that I ended up marrying a dentist since my entire family knew about my dental history. But, in my adult dental life, I've always done very well since I obviously trust my dentist implicitly and he does have a gentle touch and lots of compassion.

But since the colonoscopy went so well, I may very well opt for oral sedation for my next dental visit simply because it's an option and would allow me to sleep through the appointment and have no memory of the procedures. I expected to feel some discomfort during the colonoscopy and have some level of awareness through the procedure, but I can happily report that I knew nothing, remember nothing between the time the medicine was added to my IV and when I was waking up to catch my ride home.

While not exactly the same medicine and delivery method as the colonoscopy, what could be easier than taking a pill orally, getting a nice nap and waking up with dental work completed??

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Saints and Tracy Porter Superbowl Circuit

What an amazing post-season we all had with the Saints! Game after game after game, that team found a way to win and continue this amazing journey and their love affair with the people of the city of New Orleans and the entire Who Dat Nation.

Did you see that Tracy Porter interception returned for a touchdown?! Even more incredible is that he had done the same thing in the NFC championship game against the Vikings. Here's a link to an interview with Tracy on ESPN's "Mike and Mike" show today where he talks about how his PPM mouthguard helped him excel:

And, BTW, it's very gratifying to see headache and TMJ sufferers finding out that neuromuscular dentistry may be able to help them as well. It's the same technology.

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