Your Overall Health & Wellness is Our Concern

At Peoria Dental Care, we take an interest in all areas of your overall health and wellness. Your oral health directly affects your heart, and should be properly cared for to ensure no medical issues develop due to poor dental hygiene. Whether you suffer from TMJ pain, sleep apnea, or issues with breastfeeding your child; our dentists can assist you. Some of the wellness services we provide include:

Periodontal Disease

Many people have this disease and don’t even know it! It is usually characterized by red, swollen and bleeding gums. It is the number one reason for tooth loss. Research has shown links between periodontal disease and medical problems such as strokes, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and pregnancy risks. Other studies have shown that periodontal disease can shorten life expectancy by 7 to 10 years.

Treatment varies according to the severity of the disease. Early stages (gingivitis) can generally be corrected with regular six-month cleanings. More advanced stages usually require numbing and involves deep scaling and root-planing, followed by more frequent follow-up cleanings. More advanced cases involve being referred to a Periodontist (a gum and bone specialist).

Airway Management

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious medical condition that affects many adults. It affects the way you breathe during sleep, and can cause you to stop breathing altogether for seconds at a time. Sleep apnea can cause further health issues, including heart problems.

Signs you suffer from sleep apnea:

  • Chronic snoring
  • Choking, gasping for air while you're sleeping
  • Long pauses in breathing during sleep
  • You wake up during the night with a dry mouth or throat
  • Waking up with a headache
  • Daytime fatigue

At Peoria Dental Care, we take sleep apnea very seriously and provide any patients suffering from it with a variety of treatments.

What does sleep apnea treatment involve?

Initially, Dr. Wynn or Dr. Roberts will want to conduct tests in order to investigate, diagnose, and pinpoint a suitable treatment. They will then then offer many different treatment options which depend largely on the exact diagnosis and the health of the patient. They may advise the patient to halt some habits that aggravate sleep apnea such as smoking, alcohol consumption, and tranquilizer use.

Sleeping masks were traditionally used to keep the patient’s airways open while they slept, but nowadays there are some less intrusive options. Dental devices that gently tease the lower jaw forward are very effective in preventing the tongue from blocking the main air passage. These dental devices are gentle, easy to wear, and often help patients avoid unwanted surgeries.

A more permanent solution is to have surgery that sections the lower jaw and helps pull the bone holding the tongue forward slightly. This surgery has an impressive success rate and is simple for the dentist or oral surgeon to perform. Our dentists need to formally make a diagnosis of each individual case before recommending the best course of action.

TMD (Temporomandibular disorders) Treatment

When you suffer from TMJ, you may endure chronic facial, head, neck, or jaw pain. This pain is caused by the way your teeth fit together. When someone consciously or unconsciously clenches and grinds their teeth it can intensify these problems. At Peoria Dental Care, we offer a variety of noninvasive treatments to reduce this discomfort. With a careful evaluation of your occlusion (how your teeth fit in your mouth), we can determine which treatment would work best for your individual dental situation.

Breastfeeding Support (Tongue tied, lip tied)

Breastfeeding is very important with the early oral development. Many infants unfortunately have their feeding ability hindered by tongue or lip tie, which is skin connecting the tongue to the base of the baby's mouth or lip to the gums. Infants who have trouble nursing because of tongue or lip tie can have trouble gaining weight, be unable to hold a pacifier, have prolonged feeding times, and suffer from colic or acid reflux. Mothers may also experience a variety of issues while attempting to nurse the tongue or lip tied infant.

At Peoria Dental Care, Dr. Wynn and Dr. Roberts use a minimally invasive procedure to make nursing easier for the infant and mother. Using a laser, our doctors release a tongue or lip tie in only a matter of minutes, and in many cases only a topical numbing anesthetic is needed for the baby's comfort. There is little to no bleeding and a very low amount of discomfort, so the baby can breastfeed properly right after the procedure has been completed.

Contact Peoria Dental Care for to Learn More About Our Wellness Services!

To learn more about our wellness services or to set up an appointment with Dr. Wynn or Dr. Roberts, call us at 309-688-0121 today. We look forward to the opportunity to assist you with all of your dental care needs!