How can we help you?
We get many questions about dental care and our Amherst, NH dental practice. We have addressed some of the most frequently asked questions here. Please feel free to browse to find the answers you are looking for. Maybe we can even answer a question you didn't realize you had!
If you have other questions not covered here, don't hesitate to contact our office. We'll be happy to answer them!
Sleep Apnea & Snoring Appliances
While Amherst dentist Dr. Edwards has training in ways to help treat sleep apnea in patients who suffer from the disorder, we cannot diagnose it. Sleep apnea diagnosis requires an overnight sleep study in a certified sleep clinic, overseen by a doctor. It cannot be diagnosed by a dentist.
What Can You Do About Sleep Apnea?
If you have already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, and you find you cannot tolerate CPAP therapy, we can help. Our Amherst, NH dental office offers oral appliance therapy as an alternative to, or in conjunction with, CPAP treatments. Oral appliance therapy consists of a mouthpiece you insert before sleep that helps reposition the tongue or jaw to facilitate easier breathing throughout the night.
These appliances can also be used to treat snoring that is not related to sleep apnea, and we have many snorers (and spouses) that are very grateful for this assistance!
Scheduling Your Appointment
If you believe you may have sleep apnea, consult with your doctor to schedule a sleep study. Apnea can affect your body in many adverse ways, and it's important to get diagnosed and begin treatment if you suffer from this condition.
If you suffer from sleep apnea and would like assistance in treating it, contact our office today to schedule an appointment.
Many people who experience dental fear and anxiety report that it's because of a bad or negative experience they've had in the past, or during childhood. Sadly, this affects their whole outlook on future dental appointments and it keeps many folks away from much-needed dental care.
Dr. Kenneth Edwards provides comprehensive and comfortable care at Family Dental Care in Amherst. You'll notice right away that our approach is different. Besides offering a friendly and warm environment with a gentle staff and doctor, we go above and beyond.
Oral Health Affects Overall Health
At the office of Dr. Edwards takes your overall health into consideration when planning your oral health care. This is because we understand that the two are connected.
Thanks to recent studies, we now understand that periodontal health is directly related to other health issues in the body, including cardiovascular disease, stroke, and diabetes. This is because the bacteria that cause periodontal (gum) disease can enter the bloodstream, travel to other areas of the body, and contribute to the inflammation that causes many health issues. This is known as the oral-systemic connection.
You know that good nutrition is important for your overall health; however, did you know that it also affects your oral health? Dr. Edwards provides personalized nutrition counseling based on your needs and lifestyle. He'll discuss with you the types of foods and supplements to include in your diet that will help your oral health as well as which foods you should avoid.
Sleep Apnea and Snoring
Sleep apnea is a dangerous sleep disorder that greatly affects your quality of life. It causes you to stop breathing, due to an obstructed airway, and this wakes you up multiple times during the night – even though you may not even realize it's happening.
Call Your Amherst Dentist
Dr. Edwards provides alternative sleep apnea therapy using a custom oral appliance to help reposition your jaw and open your airway during the night. If you or a loved one snore loudly during the night, contact the office of Dr. Kenneth G. Edwards, DDS to learn more about your options.