Fort Lauderdale Area Dentist Explains the Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy vs. a CPAP Machine

weston_sleep_apnea_oral_applicanceEveryone wants and deserves a good night sleep. But if you suffer from obstructive sleep apea sometimes the treatment can be worse than the condition itself.  The most common treatment involves strapping a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine to your face while you sleep. While effective most people would prefer not to use one. Fortunately, for many sleep apnea sufferers, there are alternative treatments to CPAP that can be just as effective.

  • Elevating your head at night— Propping up the end of the bed where you rest your head can help to unblock the airways during sleep making it easier for you to breath.
  • Managing Your Weight — Obesity is a major contributing factor to sleep apnea. Fat deposits can fill throat tissue blocking your airway. Just a 10% loss in weight has been shown to decrease sleep apnea symptoms.
  • Decongestants — Using a nasal decongestant can temporarily reduce nasal swelling and improve your breathing at night.
  • Avoid Alcohol Avoid the night cap before bedtime

If those suggestions are not enough there is an alternative therapy called dental appliance therapy.  A dental appliance most closely resembles a mouth guard that you may have used when playing sports or an orthodontics guard you might have used if you needed braces. The purpose of the appliance is to slightly adjust the angle of your jaw so that the soft tissue in the back of your throat can’t collapse thereby eliminating the cause of the obstruction.

The appliance itself is custom designed based on a digital x-ray or a physical mold. Your doctor will carefully adjust the appliance to ensure both comfort and the desired results are achieved. Once the appliance is ready, all you have to do is install it like a mouth guard when you go to sleep.

Why Choose a Dental Appliance Makes Over CPAP

For decades people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had been treated with a CPAP machine. Here’s why most patients now prefer a dental appliance:

  • Comfort — Appliances are natural and comfortable to use. Just slip it in your mouth and go to sleep. CPAP systems require wearing a mask connected to a hose.
  • Quiet — On average, the person who shares a bed with a snorer loses at least an hour of sleep per night. Appliances are silent. CPAP systems are run by an electric motor to pump air into the mask that creates a noise.
  • Convenience — Appliances are travel-friendly. There are no special requirements needed. CPAP requires an electrical connection and space for the pump and hose.
  • Effectiveness —There are over a dozen clinical publications demonstrating the effectiveness of oral appliances (OA) compared to CPAP.

If you have questions about sleep apnea dental appliances please feel free to call our offices. We have the most comprehensive dental appliance services in the Fort Lauderdale area. Call today.

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Weston’s Top Dentist Explains the Concerns About Dry Mouth

Everyone has experienced a dry mouth at least once in their lifetime. For others, this can be an everyday problem. Depending on the time and frequency of dry mouth (xerostomia), we can learn a lot from this. Occasional dry mouth can be normal from time to time. However, when dry mouth becomes more frequent it can be a sign of an underlying health problem.

What causes dry mouth?

  • Dehydration
  • Mouth Breathing
  • Medications
  • Medical conditions
  • Malfunctioning saliva glands
  • Smoking

Saliva is especially important in protecting your oral health. In a dry mouth, teeth are more susceptible to cavities, your mouth can have a burning feeling, you may have difficulty speaking and swallowing, and may lose your sense of taste. This can be very frustrating and life altering.

Why do you need saliva?

  • Neutralize bacteria
  • Strengthen teeth
  • Begin digestive process
  • Aid in taste

Solving dry mouth associated with dehydration is simple, drink more water. For all of the other causes, the solution becomes more challenging. Our first recommendations are sipping water throughout the day, chewing gum containing xylitol, using alcohol-free mouth rinse, limiting caffeine intake, and stopping smoking. If these simple remedies do not work its time to seek adjunctive care.

Products that can help

  • Neutrasal
  • Biotene
  • Oracoat
  • Sugar free candies

If you have tried all of the simple recommendations it may be time to explore the use of mouth rinses that are designed for dry mouth. We have seen patients improve their saliva flow in addition to lowering their chance of gum disease or cavities by using these. Rinsing 2-3 times per day can help change the oral environment and in turn benefit your overall health. If it is medication induced, you should speak to your physician about the medications you are taking and possible alternatives.

Overall, dry mouth is a widespread problem that rarely gets talked about. There are some definite solutions to this issue. If you are experiencing any of dry mouth symptoms, please let us know. We will be happy to discuss the plan of action.

As always, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Weston Sleep Apnea Dentist Stephen J. Pyle Chooses WSI for New Website and Online Marketing

Stephen J. Pyle, DDS continued his long-term relationship with WSI by launching a new website in February of 2019 for sleep apnea treatment in Weston Florida. As a Diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), Dr. Pyle is part of an elite group of dentists who have an in-depth level of knowledge in the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.

Dr. Pyle has been practicing traditional family and cosmetic dentistry while employing state-of-the-art technology since opening his office in Weston back in 1986. In his more than three decades as a Weston Dentist.

The online marketing campaign is designed to help grow the business by driving highly targeted traffic to the new website and converting that traffic into leads and new patients.

WSI’s ongoing monthly online marketing campaign includes search engine optimization (SEO). The SEO campaign targets several terms that are relevant to the business including:

The SEO campaign will include the weekly creation of relevant content to be added to the website and to newly created blogs on Blogger, WordPress, and Tumblr. In just a few months the campaign has already shown great results driving up new patients dramatically.

WSI Online Solutions is a Website Design company in Broward County having worked with dozens of area clients including Weston Personal Injury Lawyers Martin, Lister & Alvarez, Broward’s First Rheumatology Practice and Hollywood Florida’s Best Hospital for Pet Surgery Hospital and Body Up Patient Lift.

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Valentines Day Tips from Weston Florida’s Top Cosmetic Dentist

To most of us Valentines Day means flowers, candy, kissing and maybe even a glass of red wine or two. There’s no doubt your mouth plays a featured role in this holiday. Here are a few tips to make sure you are ready for the big day.

Give Flowers Not Cavities

As a kid you probably heard on the playground that you could get “couties” from kissing. While you may have changed your opinion of kissing as an adult that childhood advice wasn’t entirely wrong.  Kissing can stimulates saliva, which can actually help you to fight cavities. But if your Valentine has poor dental health, you run the risk of getting unwanted germs. If they have bacteria in their mouth that causes them cavities it can spread to you. Make sure your sweetheart is brushing twice daily and that they only give you flowers or candy not cavities this Valentine’s Day.

Take a Breath

Nobody wants bad breath especially when you are getting up close for Valentine’s Day. Bacteria is a big cause of bad breath. Of course regular brushing and flossing is essential for fresh breath but it’s sometimes not enough. After a romantic meal you can always use an ADA approved over the counter mouthwash or sugarless gum to help freshen up.

Whiten Up You Smile

There is nothing less attractive then yellow stained teeth. Valentines’ Day is a good time to think about teeth whitening. Many stains are underneath the enamel and the only effective method to reach them is having a cosmetic dentist apply a special product.

At our office, two systems are used:

  • ZOOM: This technique is a teeth bleaching accomplished in the dentist’s chair. Lips and gums are protected, and the ZOOM gel is applied to the teeth. The procedure involves three applications with a 15-minute wait time between each. Results can be dramatic.
  • Opalescence: This process is very similar except no light is used. The lips and gums are protected then the gel is applied to each tooth. Wait time is 20 minutes between applications rather than 15 but only two applications are required.

Be Sweet But Not Too Sweet

If you are giving chocolate this year remember, chocolate is good but dark chocolate is even better. Most people love it and it can be cleaned off teeth easier than most other candy. If your are giving sweets offer dark chocolate it has less sugar than milk chocolate.

Have a Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Our Weston Family Dental Practice Offers Tips on Heading Back to School

Dare we say it but it’s almost that time. Summer will be over before we know it and the kids will be heading back to school. As you start your back to school shopping and planning we’d like to offer a few things to add to you list.


  1. Make a dental appointment. You should bring you child at least once a year and the beginning of school is a good time to do it. This will help your child avoid dental problems during the school year by hopefully catching them early or preventing them all together. A dental assessment prior to the return to school can prevent sudden toothaches and missed days of school.


  1. Start a brushing and flossing routine. While most parents know children should be brushing twice and flossing once a day during the summer many kids skip brushing, flossing or both. Schedule a set time in the morning for your kids a few weeks before school starts to get back into a good routine. Even if this means you have to personally supervise your child’s teeth-cleaning routine.


  1. Teach kids to rinse during school. We should all brush after every meal but it doesn’t always happen. Teach your kids to rinse by either bringing mouthwash to school or taking a trip to the water fountain.


  1. Get fitted with a custom sports guard. If your child is going to participate in any contact sports, this is the time to have them fitted with a custom sports guard. A sports guard will protect their gums and the permanent teeth that have arrived.


Pediatric dentistry has changed a lot since you were a kid. Today’s technology and advanced dental techniques provide a far more comfortable experience for children. Make an appointment at our Weston dental practice for your kids’ back to school dental exam. At some point your kids may even thank you.

Why You Should Choose an Accredited Weston Sleep Apnea Specialist

If you are finally taking your sleepless nights and heavy snoring seriously and you are looking for a Weston sleep apnea specialist, look no further than Dr. Stephen J. Pyle DDS. Weston’s “first dentist” Dr. Pyle has been treating obstructive sleep apnea with comfortable and convenient dental appliances for years.


Recently Dr. Pyle joined the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM). The AADSM is the foremost authority on an area of dental practice that focuses on the use of oral appliance therapy to treat sleep-disordered breathing, including snoring and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). It encourages the continuing education of dentists working with patients suffering from sleep apnea.


Dr. Pyle holds the AADSM Qualified Dentist designation as a result of his experience with dental appliances and ongoing work with patients with obstructive sleep apnea and their sleep disorder physicians.


A Comfortable Alternative to CPAP Therapy


For decades the default treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was CPAP therapy. This device is worn at night. It fits over the nose where air under pressure is pumped in via a hose connected to a compressor. The forced air provides the pressure to keep the airway clear while the patient sleeps. With a clear airway there is no snoring or gasping.


Of course this therapy has its drawbacks. It’s uncomfortable and patients have a low tolerance for its use. It is cumbersome to transport if you travel away from home. It requires a plug in within reach of the pump’s cord; a problem in some hotels.


There is an alternative and it is the therapy that Dr. Pyle specializes in. Custom formed dental appliances are worn at night much like a sports guard. The appliance slightly adjusts the position of the jaw preventing a collapse of soft tissue into the airway.


With the appliance in place the patient gets the same advantages of CPAP therapy without the inconveniences. With appliances the patient can speak normally and even drink water.


If you believe you are suffering from sleep apnea, call our office today and make an appointment to see Dr. Pyle. Your sleepless nights and daytime fatigue can quickly become a thing of the past.



Tips on Traveling When You Have Sleep Apnea from Broward County’s Sleep Disorder Experts

If you are a Broward County resident suffering from sleep apnea and you are using a CPAP medical device to control your condition, traveling away from home overnight can present some challenges. Broward County dentist and sleep apnea expert Stephen J. Pyle DDS offers up some helpful tips on traveling with your CPAP device to ensure you can enjoy your trip without worrying about missing a session of your therapy.

Traveling With Your CPAP – Don’t Leave Home Without It

We all travel. Sometimes it’s vacation, sometimes it’s business, sometimes it’s to visit family and sometimes it might be camping out in the great outdoors of the backyard with the kids. Regardless of where you go, if you are a CPAP user you are going to need your medical device with you when you go to sleep.

Here are a few tips to make sure your CPAP sleep apnea therapy goes without a hitch:

  • If there are parts on your device that are near their replacement date, replace them now. You don’t want to have a part fail when you’re in an unfamiliar place and unsure where replacements can be found.
  • Inventory your parts before you pack to be sure you have the entire kit. Make sure the humidifier chamber is empty and completely dry.
  • If you are flying, you can carry on your CPAP as a required medical device. It will not count against your carryon allowance. Keep the mask and tubing in your carryon and put the CPAP in a large zip lock bag before placing it in the x-ray tray. To be on the safe side, carry a copy of your prescription or letter of Medical Necessity in case TSA needs further assurances.
  • Include an extension cord in your luggage. You don’t know how close an outlet will be to your bed and an extension cord will ensure you have power available without rearranging the furniture.
  • Speaking of power, you may want to purchase a rechargeable battery; an absolute must if you plan on camping and great insurance against a power outage.

Travelling with a CPAP can be bothersome but is obviously necessary to keep your sleep apnea under control.

There is however, an alternative therapy available to persons with sleep apnea in Broward County that doesn’t require the cumbersome and restrictive requirements of a CPAP. For many sleep apnea sufferers a simple dental appliance worn at night can replace the mask, hose and compressor of a CPAP.

Dr. Pyle is an expert in evaluating the potential effectiveness of the simple mouth guard-like appliance for sleep apnea patients. If you are tired of dealing with the hassle and restrictions of a CPAP and would like to learn more about a simpler alternative, don’t hesitate to call our Broward County dental office today!

Benefits of an Independent Dental Practice Over a Corporate Practice

The Downside of Corporate Dentistry


If you are looking for a Weston dentist to care for your family’s oral health and pediatric dentistry needs, you probably are looking for a dentist whose approach to the practice is focused on the best possible treatment for the patient. You want an experienced professional like Stephen J. Pyle DDS, whose reputation for personal attention has kept, literally, generations of patients coming back for dental care.


You might logically think that all dentists have this same “patient first” business model. That has always been the traditional business model. However, “corporate dentists” or “Dental Service Offices (DSO)” have been popping up all over Florida and they often bring a different approach to dental service than the independent dentist.


What is a Corporate Dentist Office and how is it Different from Dr. Pyle’s Practice?


Let’s start with the basics. In Florida a dental practice has to be owned by a licensed dentist. Corporations or other business entities are forbidden by law to operate dental offices.


So what do DSOs do?


They provide all the essentials to run a dentistry practice except the talent. They can provide the office, equipment, supplies, non-medical personnel (front desk, billing etc.) insurance, marketing and more. Often DSOs can offer dentists exceptional discounts on all supplies because they are buying in volume for many offices. Everything a dentist needs to open a practice or expand an existing practice can be provided by a DSO…for a price. In essence the DSO is “investing” in the dentist and of course they expect a return on their investment. One of the ways that a DSO ensures they get a return is tying the compensation of the dentist to the types and volume of services that he or she performs.

This results in the dentist needing to meet “revenue goals” in order to get paid. Naturally “upselling” becomes a routine practice and if there is an adequate but less expensive treatment available, it is often not recommended in favor of more expensive procedures.

In short the dentist is now working for the DSO and has no input into the business model he or she follows.

When You Want a Dentist with your Best Interest in Mind, See an Independent Practitioner Like Dr. Pyle


When you own the practice and employ all of the staff you can determine how the business is run. An independent dentist can determine what services will be offered, what patient care policies will be followed and most importantly, what the culture of the office will be.


At Dr. Pyle’s practice the difference between corporate dentistry and a professional independent practice couldn’t be more obvious. From your first contact with the staff to the conclusion of a treatment you will know that you, and your particular care requirements are what drives the service, not a “revenue goal.”


Call us today for an appointment and experience the difference first hand.


Teeth Whitening—Pembroke Pines Area’s Top Dentist on What You Need to Know

We all want that great big, white, toothy smile. But the reality is most of us also like our coffee, tea, soda and wine too. And you probably noticed by now what those all do to your teeth…they stain. If you’re like most people you want your coffee and a white smile too, so what can you do? Teeth Whitening can help remove the satins brushing can’t and give you the white smile you are looking for.


How does it work?


There are two types of tooth discoloration; surface stains and those below the enamel. A good daily oral health routine including brushing with whitening toothpaste will help remove the daily surface stains from coffee, tea and red wine. It’s the staining below the enamel Intrinsic that can’t be brushed off so easily. That’s where teeth whitening or bleaching can help.


What are the options?

There are a number of different options. We offer and in house procedure called Zoom!


Zoom! Teeth Whitening is a Simple 3 Step Procedure


  1. It begins with a short preparation that covers your lips and gums and leaves your teeth exposed.
  2. The Zoom Teeth Whitening gel is then applied, and the Zoom light is used. The gel and light and work together to gently penetrate your teeth, breaking up discoloration and stains.
  1. You can now relax and watch a TV in our office or listen to music. The gel is applied for 3, 15-minute sessions for a total teeth whitening treatment time of 45 minutes.



We also offer home the Tréswhite Supreme Home Bleaching Kit.

It’s effective and easy to use. Wear 30-60 minutes, once a day, for results in 5-10 days.


When Should I Whiten?


People will often whiten before a big event like a wedding. You may also like to have whitening done prior to any major dental work.


If you have questions about teeth whitening please feel free to call our offices for answers. We have the most comprehensive cosmetic dental services in the Pembroke Pines area. Call us today!

Sleep Deprivation Weston Sleep Disorder Dentist Explains the Risks

Weston Sleep Specialist Explains the Risks of Snoring and Sleep Deprivation


Stephen J. Pyle DDS, a Weston dentist and expert on sleep apnea wants the community to understand that persistent heavy snoring is not just an annoyance but could be a sign of a serious medical condition. If you or your partner routinely snore loudly or wake up gasping for air you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapses blocking your airway. Obviously when the airway is blocked oxygen is not getting to your brain, heart or other organs and muscles that thrive on oxygen. This oxygen deprivation can lead to stroke, heart attack, diabetes and an array of other serious medical conditions.

Just as dangerous as the actual oxygen deprivation is the fatigue and drowsiness that the condition can leave you with. If you are spending your night constantly interrupting your sleep due to sleep apnea you are opening yourself up other, everyday hazards that go with drowsiness.

5 Dangerous Effects of Sleep Deprivation

  1. You wouldn’t drive drunk. You know the hazards of operating a vehicle while impaired by alcohol or drugs. But did you know that driving drowsy has essentially the same effect on your reaction time as driving buzzed? According to a National Geographic documentary driving fatigued is the top cause of high-severity crashes.
  2. Studies show that women are more likely to suffer serious effects from sleep deprivation than men. Fatigue is linked to greater psychological distress and that distress appears to be more severe in females placing them at a higher risk for sleep related disease.
  3. Sleep deprivation puts you at a disadvantage when it comes to developing mental disorders such as depression. Sleep deprivation doesn’t cause depression but makes the person more susceptible to developing it than a person with a healthy, regular sleep pattern.
  4. A full night’s sleep “flushes” your brain. That sounds pretty strange but in 2013 the NIH found that a good night’s sleep does in fact flush toxins that develop during waking hours that result in a “dirty brain” if not adequately flushed at night.
  5. Finally the National Transportation Safety Board says that losing sleep degrades or impairs decision-making, reaction time, situational awareness, memory, communication to the tune of 20% to 50%.

The good news is if your poor sleep habits are caused by sleep apnea the condition can be easily treated and you can end the everyday fatigue. While Dr. Pyle cannot offer a diagnosis, as a dentist he is often the first medical professional to see the conditions that lead to sleep apnea and refers many patients to sleep disorder MDs. He works closely with those doctors to treat patients with a simple dental appliance that resembles a sports guard worn at night.

If you believe you suffer from sleep apnea, call our Weston dental office today for an exam to scan for the condition!