At AZ Dentist we take your health and our role as your healthcare provider seriously. As dentists, we are an important part of your healthcare team, which means that full body wellness comes first. We understand that life is precious, and health can sometimes be a delicate balance. Our dentists also know that your mouth is a mirror that shows us your overall health. In many cases, our highly-trained staff can see signs of diseases of more than just the teeth in your mouth.
Custom-designed sleep apnea devices
Because holistic dentistry is important to us at AZ Dentist, we have partnered with the medical community in the detection and treatment of the most common form of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
Sleep apnea isn’t only a minor nighttime annoyance. Over 18 million people suffer from this condition. It can raise your risk for daytime fatigue and confusion, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
When your jaw is thrust forward repeatedly, it leaves very specific grind patterns in your teeth different than if your jaw is grinding from side to side. When you thrust your jaw forward, it is your nervous system’s attempt to get your tongue out of the back of your throat. This is a telltale sign that you may be suffering from sleep apnea!
When we see this pattern at AZ Dentist, we will alert you to this significant condition.
The very best treatments for obstructive sleep apnea are a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) or Bilevel Positive Airway Pressure (BiPAP) machine. These work excellently for many people. However, some people with OSA cannot tolerate these treatments, and become non-complaint with the CPAP or BiPAP treatment after a short honeymoon period.
When this happens, we can craft something worn inside your mouth to reduce sleep apnea issues. These sleep apnea devices pull your mandible into a forward position and keep the base of your tongue from blocking your airway. This helps you breathe more effectively and comfortably at night. These devices are durable medical equipment that are custom-made for each individual.
Holistic dentistry is our focus
The founder of AZ Dentist, Janne Lynch, DDS believes strongly that we must be concerned about the entire health and well-being of our patients. First and foremost, the mouth is a part of the body. It is our goal to keep the person healthy, not just the mouth.
At AZ Dentist we start from an allopathic base of knowledge and use the most current health knowledge and information to refine that base. To that end, we offer patients the care we want for ourselves, both as dentists and health-conscious individuals.
Part of that care includes cosmetic dentistry. AZ Dentist was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and has multiple clinics in the Phoenix area. In Scottsdale we like to flash not only a healthy smile, but a beautiful one.
You can always trust that:
- Our dentists have had the most up-to-date training in cosmetic dentistry
- Our training is ongoing
- The AZ Dentist staff is skilled in helping you reach your cosmetic dentistry goals, whether that includes whitening treatments (tooth bleaching), orthodontics (braces), or porcelain veneers
Our approach at AZ Dentist
The basic thing that a dentist does is restore form and function to your teeth and mouth. At AZ Dentist, we are committed to using the most inert materials possible to restore your smile.
For example, everyone knows that dental amalgams contain mercury. A lesser-known fact is that the white composite material that dentists use to make tooth-colored fillings can also give off chemicals. The mouth is a wet environment, so the chemicals that come off of these composite materials are dissolved into your saliva. These are called eluents.
These eluents from composite materials can act like estrogen in the body. It is unknown at this time what their health effects are; however, we practice caution before introducing these eluents into your mouth. Worse, the larger the filling, the more estrogen-like eluent that comes off of it.
To avoid this effect, if you need a filling, we will offer you a dental inlay or onlay at AZ Dentist. A dental inlay or onlay is a piece of inert and non-reactive porcelain that can be cemented into your tooth like a puzzle piece. It is custom-made for your tooth at a lab by our exclusive ceramists. All dental cements will wash out over time, and chemicals will be put into your system. However, the cement we use has the fewest eluents possible. Plus, it is only microns thick, so a very tiny amount is used as compared to a composite filling.
If you need a crown, we will use a metal-free crown, a full porcelain crown, or a zirconia and porcelain crown. The cement used for a crown is also only microns thick. Through small practices like this, we reduce the impact of dental procedures for patients.