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We are open for business! Welcome Back!!!

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 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 ON dentist offers effective snoring treatment for a better night's sleep


Dr. Stephen Gaines, Snoring Treatment for a Better Night's Sleep

Snoring can disrupt your sleep or your partner's sleep. It can leave you feeling tired or as if you did not get a full night's rest. For some, snoring is a sign of a medical issue called sleep apnea. Now there are solutions available for effective snoring treatment. Dr. Stephen Gaines, of Sherwood Dental in Oakville ON, offers snoring treatment solutions with the purpose of restoring regular breathing during sleep.

Snoring causes

When you sleep, snoring is the sound created when air cannot move freely through your nose and throat. This causes the surrounding tissues to vibrate, creating the sounds associated with snoring. For some patients, a cold, allergies, or environmental issues can cause occasional snoring, which is normal. Chronic snoring is not normal and may be a sign of a larger issue. Snoring may be due to lax nasal or throat tissue. It may also be a symptom of sleep apnea.

Snoring versus sleep apnea

Dr. Stephen Gaines, Snoring Treatment for a Better Night's Sleep
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. In this form, a blockage forms in the upper airway during sleep. This may be the result of the soft tissue in the back of the throat collapsing during sleep. The blocked airway causes pauses in breathing when the patient is asleep.

Patients with sleep apnea do not get enough oxygen. The body is forced to work harder to get air into the lungs. When the brain senses the pauses, it panics and sends out a rush of adrenaline. The patient begins breathing again, usually with a snorting or choking sound as breathing jumpstarts. The cycle of breathing pauses and snorting to resume breathing repeats numerous times every hour.

It is important to remember that snoring and sleep apnea are not the same condition. Snoring may be a symptom of sleep apnea, but snoring alone does not automatically mean a patient has this medical problem. Other symptoms exist for patients with sleep apnea.

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Treatment options for snoring and sleep apnea

Patients who snore or who are experiencing sleep apnea symptoms should consult with their physician to have the condition properly diagnosed. After a consultation and exam to assess your symptoms, a sleep study is performed to determine the severity of your sleep apnea. Once your condition has been confirmed, treatment options are discussed. The treatment or therapy used depends upon the severity of your condition. Regardless of the chosen method, effective snoring treatment and sleep apnea treatments have the same goal in trying to help you breathe better while asleep. This improves the quality of sleep and helps you feel more rested. A treatment plan may include:

  • Lifestyle changes such as weight loss, wearing nasal strips to sleep, changing sleeping positions, and avoiding or cutting back on alcohol or medications may bring about some improvement in snoring and quality of sleep.
  • Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines use forced air pressure open the airway.
  • Oral appliances are similar to mouth guards and adjust the jaw to keep the airway clear while sleeping.

Dr. Stephen Gaines, Snoring Treatment for a Better Night's Sleep
A CPAP machine is often recommended for patients with severe sleep apnea. Used while sleeping, this machine utilizes a mask and forced air to open the airway. Continuous air pressure flows through to keep the airway from collapsing while breathing. Patients breathe more naturally, stop snoring, and sleep more soundly. CPAP machines are effective treatments for sleep apnea and may be used in conjunction with other therapies for optimal sleep.

For some patients, an oral appliance may be used as an alternative to a bulky CPAP machine, especially for patients who have a less severe form of sleep apnea. Oral appliances are similar to mouth guards. They are custom created for each patient to fit the mouth and jaw properly. This comfortable appliance pushes the jaw forward slightly and presses the tongue down keeping the airway open. The device helps you breathe more freely without snoring or struggling to catch your breath. Oral appliances may be appropriate for patients with mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. They are quiet, easy to care for, and portable.

If you snore or suffer from sleep apnea, contact Sherwood Dental in Oakville, ON to schedule your appointment with Dr. Stephen Gaines. Let us help you sleep more peacefully. 844-951-8855.

Dr. Stephen Gaines

Sherwood Dental

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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Jenn L

The staff at Sherwood Dental have always been awesome. I never have to wait more than a few minutes for my appt, they are very prompt and efficient. They also always try to resolve my issues the first time I mention them. I feel that Dr. Gaines does not perform procedures that are not necessary, just to make money, as he has honestly told me before that I do not need certain things, when my previous dentist told me that I did (and Dr. Gaines told me why my other dentist may have suggested it, and why he did not necessary agree). Love these guys!

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Fabulous Dental Practice - First off they value your time as much as you do. The entire team is happy to work there, which shows in the way they treat the clients. The equipment is top notch. I'm very happy even if they find a cavity.

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About as much fun you can have with going to the dentist. The professional and caring attitude of the dentists, hygienists, and office staff make you feel like part of their family. And if you and the Argonauts are lucky, you might get to see the Grey Cup along with a few players they look after.

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