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.

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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.

 

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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

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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!

Weston Dental Office Offers Tips on How to Choose a Sports Guard

Our Weston Dental Office Offers These Tips on How to Choose a Sports Guard

Fall means back-to-school which for a lot of kids means back-to-sports. When it comes to sports guards contact sports like football, hockey, basketball and soccer are the ones you may think of first but your mouth and teeth are still at risk with non-contact activities like skate boarding, roller skating and horseback riding. A properly fitted sports guard is the first line of defense for both teeth and gums if your mouth is ever struck. It is essential to a sports guards’ effectiveness that they are professionally fitted. Sports guard can protect against teeth being misaligned, chipped, pulled out or forced down into the gum, wherever there is a possibility of a fall there is a possibility of damaging your mouth.

3 Types of Sports Guards

A sports guard should fit your mouth, not interfere with breathing and not interfere with speaking. Here are three types of guards available:

  1. Boil and Bite. These guards are boiled in water to make the material malleable.  The user then bites down on the guard to give it some measure of customization.  These guards are also widely available at sporting goods stores and department stores. They offer better fit and protection than stock guards but can impair breathing. They also have a shorter service life than a stock guard.
  2. Stock sports guards. These are the least expensive of the guards and are widely available. They have curved troughs made of plastic and are commonly found attached to “starter” football helmets for kids. They come in small, medium and large and offer no customization. They often don’t fit well and can obstruct breathing and fall out when the mouth is opened.
  3. Custom Fit. These guards are fabricated by your dentist from a full mouth impression. Custom fit guards offer the greatest protection to teeth and jaw, are without question the most comfortable to wear, can accommodate braces and do not interfere with breathing or speaking. They are also the most durable of the three classes of guards.

At our Weston dental practice we offer a full line of family dental services including custom sports guards for kids and adults. If you or your children can use a sports guard to better protect your mouth give us a call today and set up an appointment.

Weston Dental Practice Reminder About Back to School Check-ups

A Reminder About the Importance of Back to School Check-ups From Our Weston Dental Practice

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 19% of kids age 3-to-12 have undiagnosed tooth decay. That’s one of the many reasons it’s important to take care of any dental issues early in the school year and avoid the an emergency dental appointments during school.

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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. The advancements in preventive care have also made cavities more rare. That being said a dental visit can still be a stressful experience for your child. We make your child’s back-to-school check as comfortable as possible. Here are a few more reason you need to schedule a back-to-school appointment:

  • 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.
  • Young children will benefit with time spent with Dr. Pyle and his staff learning them about a good oral health routine.
  • Your kids should get used to a back-to-school dental exam at an early age so that it becomes an annual routine.
  • We use digital x-rays, advanced sealants, Carifree cavity prevention and provide orthodontic evaluations to make sure the appointment helps keep you childs teeth and gums healthily throughout the school year.

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.

Ft Lauderdale Sleep Apnea Dentist Explains Oral Appliance Therapy

The Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy Explained by the Fort Lauderdale Area’s Top Sleep Apnea Dentist

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If your Fort Lauderdale doctor has recommended sleep apnea appliances as a therapy to correct sleep disorders you may be experiencing, Dr. Stephen J. Pyle, Fort Lauderdale’s leading expert on dental appliance therapy is happy to provide a quick rundown on how they work, what the advantages are and what your next steps should be.

If you have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea you already know that the cause of your seemingly unstoppable snoring and feeling of fatigue is the soft tissue in the back of your throat collapsing cutting off the oxygen supply from the airway to the brain.

Here’s Where a Dental Appliance Can Significantly Improve the Quality of Your Life

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 as a kid. 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.

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The appliance itself is custom designed based on a digital x-ray or a physical mold. Dr. Pyle carefully adjusts 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 and say goodbye to your spouse throwing an elbow into your side and you strangling (snoring) to get oxygen to your brain. Say hello to waking up from a restful sleep and feeling full of energy.

Why a Dental Appliance Makes Sense Over the Alternative Therapy

For decades people with Obstructive Sleep Apnea had been treated with a forced air system known as CPAP. Here’s why most patients now demand a dental appliance:

  • 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.
  • Appliances are quiet. CPAP systems need an electric motor to pump air into the mask.
  • Appliances are travel-friendly; no special requirements needed. CPAP requires an electrical connection and space for the pump and hose.
  • Appliances are simple to keep clean and hygienic, minimizing the risk of infection.

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

Weston Dental Office Tips on Summer Travel Oral Health Routine

How to Maintain a Good Oral Health Routine During Summer From Weston’s First Dental Office

Summer is here which means school is out and traveling for many families. It is easy to forget your oral hygiene routine when you’re out of your usual schedule or on the road. Here are some oral hygiene tips for summer travel:

  1. Visit your dentist before you go away for the summer. Having major tooth problems and having to make an emergency appointment somewhere while on vacation is no fun.
  2. Remember to brush or rinse after every meal
  3. Take it easy on the snacking especially on long car rides
  4. Bring sugar free gum with xylitol
  5. Be sure to brush and floss before bed

 

Here is a list of some essentials to bring with you on your summer travels to help keep up your dental hygiene.

  • Travel Sized Mouthwash and Toothpaste
  • Bring your floss and remember to floss at least once per day
  • Electric Toothbrush & Charger
  • Travel size Waterpik
  • New toothbrush—get one for your trip and throw it out at the end of the vacation.
  • Toothbrush Holder—a simple and cheap way to keep your toothbrush clean

 

Maintaining your oral health routine on the road can be a challenge but by following these few tips you can have a happy smile all summer.