Lake Park Dental provides family and cosmetic dentistry to patients in the Milwaukee, WI and surrounding areas.
Oral Cancer Screening
At Lake Park Dental, we are not only dedicated to your smile, we're also dedicated to your overall wellness. We take a holistic approach to your dental care, which includes an oral cancer screening as a part of your regular exam. Like many kinds of cancer, oral cancer can be life-threatening if it is not diagnosed and treated early.
We have the skills and tools to ensure that early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and pre-cancerous conditions are identified. While these symptoms may be caused by other, less serious problems, it is very important to visit our office to rule out the possibility of oral cancer.
Common symptoms of oral cancer include:
• Red or white spots or sores anywhere in the oral cavity
• A sore that bleeds easily or does not heal
• A lump, thickening or rough spot
• Pain, tenderness, or numbness anywhere in the mouth or on the lips
• Difficulty chewing, swallowing, speaking or moving the jaw or tongue
We will examine your oral cavity as a whole, and not just your teeth, to detect cancerous and precancerous conditions. Besides a visual examination of your mouth, we will also feel the tissue of your mouth and throat to detect any abnormalities. If we find an area of concern, we may perform a simple test, such as a brush test, which collects cells from a suspicious lesion in the mouth to be sent to a laboratory for analysis. If this test comes back atypical or positive, we may recommend a biopsy.
Aside from receiving an oral cancer screening during your checkup at our office, you can prevent oral cancer by avoiding all tobacco products and only drink alcohol in moderation, maintaining a healthy, balanced diet, and limiting your exposure to the sun and always wearing UV-A/B-blocking, sun-protective lotions.
Click here for information about the Identafi oral cancer screening device we use in our office.
Next time your at our office, ask us about an oral exam.
Feel drowsy throughout the day? Snore loudly or wake up breathless in the middle of the night? If so, you may be one of more than 12 million Americans who are affected by sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a condition in which your breathing stops periodically during sleep, as many as 20-30 times per hour. Each time you stop breathing in your sleep, the resulting lack of oxygen alerts your brain, which temporarily wakes you up to restart proper breathing. Since the time spent awake is so brief, most people don't remember it and believe they are getting a good night's sleep when they're not, resulting in a constant drowsy feeling during the day.
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea:
• Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
• Loud snoring at night
• Waking up at night short of breath
• Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
• Headaches upon waking in the morning
• Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
• Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
Sleep apnea is considered a serious medical problem that can lead to high blood pressure, increasing the risk of heart failure and stroke when left untreated. The ongoing state of fatigue caused by sleep apnea can lead to problems at work or school, as well as danger when driving or operating heavy machinery. Sleep apnea can also cause complications with medication or surgery.
Sleep apnea can be treated with oral devices — used to position the mouth in such a way that prevents throat blockage. In more severe cases, surgery may be the best option.
If you or someone in your family suffers from sleep apnea, contact our practice.
Snoring Prevention/Airway Evaluation
While snoring is a common problem for many people, it can also be a sign of other major health complications. It can not only affect the quality of sleep of the person snoring, but also the quality of sleep of their loved ones and other family members. Luckily, at Lake Park dental, we can treat chronic snoring.
• Causes of snoring may include:
• Decreased space in the airwaves
• Excess body weight
• Alcohol consumption
• Certain sleep aides or sedatives
• Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
What is a Mandibular Advancement Device?
If you snore at night, then a mandibular advancement device (MAD) may represent a solution and a better night's sleep! The MAD is a specially designed dental device that gently helps keep the lower jaw, or mandible, in a forward position, increasing the space between the airway passage and helping you breathe better so you can get a full, quiet night's sleep.
To learn more about a mandibular advancement device, contact our practice and schedule an appointment and consultation.
Gum Disease Prevention/Treatments
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding your teeth. Gum disease is one of the top reasons for tooth loss in adults. Because it is virtually pain-free, many patients do not know they have the disease.
Gum disease is caused by a buildup of plaque that creates toxins that can damage the gums. Periodontal disease forms just below the gum line and creates small pockets that separate the gums from the teeth. Periodontal disease has two stages: gingivitis and periodontitis.
Gingivitis — This is the early stage of gum disease, when the gums become red and swollen, and bleed easily. At this stage, the disease is treatable and can usually be eliminated with daily brushing and flossing.
Periodontitis — If left untreated, gingivitis will advance into periodontitis, and the gums and bone that support the teeth will become seriously and irreversibly damaged. Gums infected with periodontitis can cause teeth to become loose, fall out or need to be removed.
Regular dental checkups and periodontal examinations can significantly reduce your chances of ever getting gum disease. Remember to brush regularly, clean between your teeth, eat a balanced diet and schedule regular dental visits to help keep your smile healthy.
If you have any questions about gum disease, please contact Lake Park Dental today.
Emergency Dental Care
If you experience a dental emergency, be sure to call our practice as soon as possible. Dr. Graham wants to make sure you receive the care you need. If you need immediate attention after hours, call our emergency phone number and our on-call staff member will help you.
We are here to help you, any time, any day. When your dental health is at risk, we will do everything we can to make sure that you're treated as soon as possible.
If you have difficulty sitting in the treatment chair, we can help you feel at ease. Apart from Dr. Graham's great chairside manner and gentle touch, we also offer nitrous oxide and oral sedation as a solution to dental anxiety.
Nitrous oxide sedation, also known as "laughing gas," is commonly used to make treatment more comfortable and great for patients that feel anxious in the dental chair. Nitrous oxide is inhaled through a mask and produces a state of relaxation throughout treatment. Once treatment is over, the nitrous oxide quickly leaves the system, which means a short recovery time!
Oral sedation works by taking a pill or liquid at a set time before treatment. The drug produces a calming effect to make the visit to our office a much less stressful experience. Patients under oral sedation will have little or no memory of their procedure following treatment. Oral sedation is simple, safe and has very few side effects.
If you have any questions about our sedation options please don't hesitate to ask.