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Posts for: February, 2022

February 18, 2022
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Snoring  

Treating sleep apnea can help you avoid serious health complications. Unfortunately, sleep apnea treatment methods aren't always so comfortable. If your continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine keeps you up at night, your Urbana, MD, dentist at PearlFection Dentistry offers a more pleasant sleep apnea treatment.

Why it's important to treat sleep apnea

If you've tried and failed to adjust to a CPAP machine, you may be reluctant to try another type of treatment. Unfortunately, if you don't treat your sleep condition, you might be more likely to develop a variety of serious health conditions, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Irregular heartbeats
  • High blood pressure
  • Stroke
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Depression
  • Weight gain

In addition, sleep apnea can make you feel exhausted and irritable during the day and may even increase your risk of a car accident. Is loud snoring one of your sleep apnea symptoms? Your spouse, partner, family, or roommate will probably sleep easier if you can get your snoring under control with sleep apnea treatment.

How dentists treat sleep apnea

Sleep apnea can occur if your tongue falls back against your throat while you sleep. If this happens, airflow to your lungs decreases or stops completely. In fact, you can have hundreds of breathing pauses every night, each lasting several seconds. Over time, the cumulative effects of these pauses disrupt your sleep and deprive your brain of oxygen, increasing your risk of health consequences.

Although the CPAP machine is an effective way to treat sleep apnea, you may decide to stop using the machine if you find the mask uncomfortable or if the noise disrupts your sleep. Fortunately, your dentist offers a low-tech treatment option that can help you control your symptoms.

The oral appliance, worn while you sleep, repositions your tongue and moves your jaw forward, preventing your tongue from blocking your airway. During your visit to the Urbana, MD, dental office, your dentist will fit you with your custom-made appliance. Oral appliances are not only comfortable and quiet but don't require electricity or take up too much room in your luggage while you're traveling.

Are you ready to try a new sleep apnea treatment? Call your dentist at PearlFection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, at (301) 831-8303 to schedule your appointment.


When you are missing teeth, it is critical to replace them. Without all your teeth, chewing and eating can be challenging, as well as uncomfortable. Missing teeth can also destabilize your bite. Dental implants in Urbana MD, are a great option for replacing teeth that are missing or are badly diseased. A dental implant from Pearlfection Dentistry offers relief, support, and stability to your bite, and is often the most effective option available.

Our team has helped many patients using implant dentistry in Urbana MD, restore their smiles to look more natural. Each implant is created to fit in perfectly with the look of the rest of your teeth.

Besides making your smile appear complete, dental implants have other benefits. They include:

  • Restoring your ability to properly chew food
  • Preventing your teeth from shifting and moving
  • Stabilizing your bite
  • Helping you avoid pain or discomfort

If you are missing a tooth or multiple teeth and feel like you are a candidate for dental implants contact your Urbana, MD, general, cosmetic, and restorative dentists, Dr. EJ Stringer, Dr. Jared Lawson, Dr. Tammira Badakhshan, Dr. Nikta Pashai, periodontist Dr. Ashley Seals, prosthodontist, Dr. Amos Chi, oral surgeon, Dr. Brian Chang, endodontist, Dr. Pratik Patel, Dr. Leo Perez DDS and MD (Board Certified Oral Surgeon and General Surgeon), Dr. Leslie Oakes DDS - Board Certified Pediatric Dentist and orthodontist, Dr. Stephen Tigani. Give Pearlfection Dentistry a call at (301) 831-8303 or (301) 663-5550 to schedule an appointment. 


How orthodontics from your dentists in Urbana, MD, can give you a great smile

Straightening your smile is a big decision, and so is what kind of orthodontic treatment is best for you. Don’t make the decision about orthodontic treatment all by yourself. Your dentist can help you choose the orthodontic treatment which will work best for you. Let our team speak for itself!

Our prosthodontists are Amos Chi and Peterson Huang. Our orthodontists are Dr. Stephen Tigani and Besher Osman, our pediatric dentist is Dr. Heather Sholander. Our endodontists are Dr. Patik Patel and Dr. Joseph Lee.

At Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, they offer comprehensive general, cosmetic, specialty, and orthodontic dental care, to give you a great smile.

When you straighten your smile, it will help you in many ways by enhancing your appearance and improving your chewing ability. Consider that a straight smile will:

  • Enhance your appearance, because a straight smile is more eye-catching and appealing
  • Boost your self-esteem and self-confidence, because you know you look your best
  • Improve your chewing ability, which aids your digestion and benefits your overall health
  • Improve your oral health, because straight teeth are much easier to keep clean with brushing and flossing

Let’s take a look at the orthodontic options available at Pearlfection Dentistry:

Conventional braces, which consist of brackets and wires; are the tried-and-true choice and are often an excellent option for more complex cases. They can be customized to give you a more discreet look. You can choose from:

  • Ceramic braces, with ceramic brackets and tooth-colored wires
  • Metal braces, with metal brackets and wires
  • Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back surfaces of your teeth

To read more about conventional braces, click here.

Tigani aligners, which are dental appliances; you wear the aligners for a couple of weeks and then move on to the second set of aligners, which you wear for another couple of weeks. You keep progressing to a new set of aligners as your teeth gradually and comfortably move.

To read more about Tigani aligners, click here.

Payment Plans and Insurance

We offer our own special In-House Insurance to help those that are uninsured get the dental care they need. We also offer many flexible payment plans. All you need to do is talk to our financial counselor today to learn more. 

You don't have to settle for a crowded, crooked smile when your beautiful, straight smile is just a phone call away. The dentists of Pearlfection Dentistry in Urbana, MD, can help you achieve an outstanding smile. To find out more about which orthodontic treatment is right for you, call Pearlfection Dentistry at 301-663-5550 and 301-831-8303. Call now!