Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and your body


How dangerous is Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)? OSA has been linked to high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes among other health risks. OSA is the term for when your airway cannot remain open continuously during sleep. When your body cannot breathe in oxygen, it jolts your body awake but does not fully awaken you. This can occur many times throughout the night and puts extreme stress on your body to maintain a constant oxygen level. This stress includes the high blood pressure, heart disease, and diabetes as examples. If you have mild to moderate OSA, an oral appliance may be the best decision for you to take control of this harmful condition. Dr. Keri Do has treated many patients who suffer from this condition and can decide which treatment will work best for you.

Monday, October 14, 2019

Discolored teeth


A discolored tooth is the primary indicator that the nerve in a tooth has died. The more time that has passed, the more darker the tooth will become. Teeth whitening is an option to whiten a tooth and allow it to blend in with the adjacent teeth again. However, the color always relapses and must be done again every few months. Veneers or crowns are a more permanent solution for these teeth as the color will remain stable over time.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Alternative to CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea


Does your dentist offer Obstructive Sleep Apnea(OSA) treatment recommended by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea? A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine has been the historical method to treat sleep apnea prescribed by physicians. However it only treats the symptoms and not the underlying cause, which is a constricted airway. Proper treatment of mild to moderate OSA includes an oral appliance manufactured by a dentist that are much more comfortable and tolerable than a CPAP. Don’t neglect your health simply because you’ve been told that a CPAP is your only option to treat OSA. At Manoa Dental, Dr. Keri Do has extensive training to not only create oral appliances, but also evaluate and treat a constricted airway.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

No-prep Ultra-thin Veneers


All of us would love to have perfect white teeth. With modern technology, it can be achieved with minimal treatment through a substance called Lumineers. These porcelain veneers are a proprietary material and can be fabricated to 0.2mm thickness and still provide the highest quality appearance that other veneers display. Many times, tooth grinding is not necessary at all because of how thin they can be, also not requiring anesthetic or shots! Dr. Keri Do is always available for a consult to see how she can help you.

Thursday, August 8, 2019

American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry


Whether it’s a new job, meeting new people, or just because you want to feel great about yourself, Dr. Keri Do of Manoa Dental can make your dream of having a perfect smile come true. She is the only woman accredited by the prestigious American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, which is the premier cosmetic dentist organization in the world. Their high standards include a rigorous written test as well as a thorough evaluation of patients that have been treated by Dr. Do. Feel free to call us at Manoa Dental to see what Dr. Do can do to rejuvenate your smile!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Braces and your temporomandibular joint


Most people believe that when teeth are crowded, braces will fix everything. While technically that is true, braces can also create much more serious problems if not done correctly. Braces are designed to correct turned or tipped teeth when compared to the remaining teeth in your upper or lower jaw. However, much more care must be taken to align your upper and lower jaws with each other. At Manoa Dental, we find this occurring much more frequently as braces become more popular, especially in adults. If your upper and lowers jaws do not close together correctly, it can lead to a breakdown of the teeth by grinding, fractures, or clenching. Your chewing muscles could also develop tenderness or constant aches in the morning or throughout the day. Your TMJ could also develop symptoms including sounds or ear discomfort among many others described in our previous blogs. Feel free to call us at any time to meet with Dr. Keri Do and see what she can do for you. 

Monday, July 15, 2019

TMJ symptoms


Temporomadibular joint symptoms may seem harmless at first. They commonly present as noises in front of your ear when opening or closing your mouth. You could also have stuffiness or ringing in your ears among many other symptoms that may not feel related to TMJ disorder. However, these symptoms should best be viewed as a warning sign that the joint is dislocating on a regular basis and a full evaluation should be your priority. We have seen too many patients that have said these symptoms occurred a long time ago but since it didn’t hurt, they never sought treatment. Don’t wait for a simple annoyance to become a larger and more costly problem. Dr. Keri Do is always available at Manoa Dental to give you a full evaluation.