Dr. Kenneth Weddell loves answering patients’ questions. With three decades of dental experience, he almost always has the right answer. These are some of the questions our Bloomington, MN dental office answers most frequently.
If you don’t see yours – or if you want to make an appointment – call us today at 952-679-1365.
- Q: Can I Treat Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP?
- Q: Do Dental Implants Get Cavities?
- Q: Do I Have To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
- Q: What Should I Do In A Dental Emergency?
- Q: When Should I Bring My Child In For Their First Dentist Visit?
Can I Treat Sleep Apnea Without a CPAP?
Sleep apnea is a problem that affects your overall health and comfort. People with untreated sleep apnea face a higher risk of heart disease or even stroke. The gold standard of sleep apnea treatment is the CPAP. The CPAP is notorious because it can be uncomfortable and sometimes disrupt sleep, both for you and any bed partner. It uses a machine, hose, and mask that you’ll have to wear at all times.
For many people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, we can treat the problem with a simple oral device. The oral appliance fits on the lower teeth and positions the jaw forward to keep the airways open during sleep. It’s easy to travel with and will not disrupt your sleep or your bed partner’s sleep.
Do Dental Implants Get Cavities?
Even though dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth, they don’t get cavities. But you will still need to practice good oral hygiene to keep your gums and the bone beneath them healthy, so your dental implants can last a lifetime.
Do I Have To Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?
Not everyone will need their wisdom teeth extracted. The only way to find out is to come in for a dental exam. Dr. Weddell can often tell you before your wisdom teeth begin to erupt whether it’s best to have them removed. If they’ve already begun to erupt and they’re causing you pain or overcrowding your teeth, we can schedule an appointment to have them extracted.
What Should I Do In A Dental Emergency?
Call us right away at 952-679-1365. If you’re having a dental emergency, we’ll do all we can to get you in for a same-day appointment. If you need help after hours, our voicemail provides Dr. Weddell’s personal cell phone number.
When Should I Bring My Child In For Their First Dentist Visit?
Dr. Weddell and your little one should be introduced by your child’s first birthday. Our family dental office gives free exams to children under age 3.