Dear Valued Patient of D&P Dentistry, 


We are happy to report that we are able to start the process of a soft reopening as of May 11th.  However, there will be many policy changes made within the office that will be utilized at least for the first several weeks of as we adapt to these uncertain times.  We will be seeing patients at half capacity in order to practice optimum infection control, social distancing and also to control the burn rate of our personal protective equipment as it will still not be readily available in the future. 


 If you have an upcoming appointment and plan to reschedule PLEASE call us asap! As we are continuing to work on the schedule and accommodate everyone. The following are important steps patients should be informed of...


1.  Please arrive promptly for you appointment, remain in your car and call the office at (352) 331-4626 when you arrive.  
2.  Please wear your face covering or mask in the office (pursuant to the state of Florida office of the governor executive order number 20-11 and Alachua County Commissioner. 
3. A staff member will meet you at your car where you will be screened. We will check your temperature and pulse ox and have you fill out a questionnaire.  
4. We will take you straight back to the treatment room for your procedure. 
5. We ask that anyone accompanying you remain in the car. 


  * Please bring a jacket or blanket if you normally get cold! The temperature will be down and we will be wearing added gear. 


While some things seem so different we hope you find comfort knowing that at we are taking all necessary steps to protect our patients and staff.  Under all the masks and face shields the same familiar faces you are used to seeing will be taking care of you! 
                           

Thank you for your support!

 D&P Dentistry Team
 

We will continue to provide updates as needed. 

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Oral Appliance Therapy

Sleep apnea and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder are common conditions which have far-reaching implications for your health and comfort.

Customized oral appliance therapy can dramatically improve your symptoms without invasive treatment or awkward, cumbersome equipment.

Think I'm exaggerating? 

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Oral Appliance Therapy What Makes It So Different?

The Treatment Is Non-Invasive

Oral appliances allow patients to avoid tissue reduction, jaw surgery, and other types of costly, invasive procedures. No recovery period. No downtime.

The Appliances Are Comfortable

CPAP masks are notoriously uncomfortable, not to mention the fact they could scare your sleeping partner right out of bed. In contrast, oral appliances are discreet.

Compliance Is Simple

Jaw exercises and lifestyle changes can be hard to adhere to. Bulky CPAP masks begin collecting dust over time. Oral appliance therapy makes it easy to manage your symptoms.

You're Not Alone in Your Suffering.

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Can a Mouthpiece Really Address these Problems?

The effects of both TMJ disorder and sleep apnea are extremely serious and can even shorten your lifespan. 

Realigning the jaw using an oral appliance can open a narrow airway for better sleep. In other cases, it can stop patients from clenching and grinding their teeth.

What to Expect From Diagnosis to Management

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First, visit your dentist to discuss your symptoms. They may refer you to a sleep specialist for further diagnosis. 

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X-rays, 3-D imaging scans, and sleep testing devices may be used to more accurately evaluate your condition and its effects.

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Your dentist will then take impressions of your bite to design a customized oral appliance. 

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Wear your appliance while you sleep, as directed. Many patients experience relief after just one night!

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Make sure to attend follow-up appointments to ensure you are properly managing your condition. 

Take the First Step Towards Better Health Today.

Despite the rate of success, oral appliances are not right for everyone. Most importantly, patients must remember to wear the devices consistently in order to achieve any benefit. 

Mild cases of sleep apnea and teeth grinding can often be managed with lifestyle changes, such as weight loss, stress management, and massage. In severe cases, sufferers of both sleep apnea and TMJ disorder may require surgery. Others might find the best outcome by combining oral appliance therapy with CPAP.

If your health could be improved with a visit to your dentist, why wait? Join patients like you who are sleeping more soundly and finding relief from debilitating symptoms. Schedule an appointment to learn more. 

D&P Dentistry

The team of dental professionals at D&P Dentistry provides exceptional dental work and patient education to help you and your family achieve your best smiles. Our doctors are affiliated with:

  • American Dental Association
  • Alachua County Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our Gainesville, FL, office, please contact us online or call (352) 331-4626.

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