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We have missed seeing the smiling faces of our patients for what has felt like forever. The decision back in March to close Sherwood Dental due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as unprecedented as it was, was not taken lightly and was absolutely necessary for the safety of our team, our patients, and the community around us.

Our doctors, hygienists, assistants and administration team are very proud of how Sherwood Dental's preventative and minimally invasive philosophies of dental treatment and oral healthcare have kept so many of you free from emergency or urgent need while we have been unable to see patients in person.

Having gone above and beyond the most current guidelines for dental offices in Ontario (RCDSO) by implementing extra enhanced measures and aerosol management equipment, Sherwood Dental is open and ready to provide the complete level of care that our patients have been accustomed to for so many years.

Our focus at Sherwood Dental has always been one of striving to exceed our patients' expectations. As such, we have gone to great lengths and meticulous planning to assure that our patients and our team are in an environment that keeps everyone safe and healthy at all times. From the moment that you enter our office, during the time of your treatment, and until the moment that you leave, our enhanced protocols and specialized equipment will be in place for your added protection.

We are happy and excited again to be doing what we love to do...help everyone with their oral healthcare needs and enjoy the time that we get to spend with all of our wonderful patients.

Looking forward to seeing your smiles really soon.

Stay well and healthy,
Dr. Gaines and your Sherwood Dental Team

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Oakville Dentists Explains the Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

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In Oakville Area Dentists Explains the Relationship Between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common ailment that causes one or several breathing blockages or interruptions while you are sleeping. Known as obstructive sleep apnea, it causes the muscles supporting the soft tissues in your throat, such as your soft palate and tongue, to relax temporarily. When these muscles relax, your airway is closed or narrowed down, and breathing is cut off for momentarily. If you suffer from this ailment, you can get treatment from a sleep apnea dentist in Oakville.

Apnea is officially defined as the cessation of airflow for 10 seconds or more while sleeping, and this happens hundreds of times per night, for a minute or longer. Sleep apnea impacts approximately 25 million Americans across a range of ages. Given that a major component of sleep apnea is the mouth, more research is being conducted into sleep apnea dentistry.

Keep reading to learn more about obstructive sleep apnea and how it relates to dentistry!

Treatment Options for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is diagnosed using a Polysomnogram, which is an overnight sleep study, and patient medical history. For regular patients, there are two treatments:

CPAP

CPAP treatment uses pressurized air from a ventilator delivered through the mask, covering the nose, thus opening the airway.
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OAT

Oral appliances, like sports mouth guards or orthodontic retainers, are also used to treat sleep apnea. OAT comprises selecting the correct device, designing, fitting it to the patient’s mouth, and having the patient wear it during sleep. The goal is to maintain an unobstructed and open airway. There are several ways these devices work:

  • Increasing the tongue’s muscle tone.
  • Repositioning the lower jaw, soft palate, uvula, and tongue.
  • Stabilizing the tongue and lower jaw.

The FDA currently has approved around 40 appliances for sleep apnea treatment. In many instances, a sleep apnea dentist may use these devices with other means or treatment like a CPAP, weight management, general health improvement, or surgery. Dentists with OAT specialization training are familiar with various appliance designs and can determine which is the best option for you. If you are looking for a sleep apnea dentist in Oakville, call Sherwood Dental at 844-951-8855 to learn more or book an appointment today!

Dr. Stephen Gaines

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Dr. Stephen Gaines

Lead dentist Dr. Stephen Gaines is an authority on restorative, cosmetic, rehabilitative, and laser dentistry. Having graduated from the University of Toronto, he earned his dental degree from the University of Michigan School of Dentistry (1997). He follows continuing education courses to keep up with dentistry developments. He’s a lecturer, trainer and Fellow and Founding Member of the World Congress of Minimally Invasive Dentistry.

Dr. Arti Patel has extensive clinical experience in cosmetic/restorative dentistry, endodontics, oral surgery, and pediatric dentistry.

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