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August 10, 2017

Sleep apnea is a common condition that can affect men and women of all ages in Calgary, including children. Risk factors can include:do you have sleep apnea

  • Obesity
  • Family history
  • Allergies
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Smoking

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, it's highly advisable to seek treatment. Left untreated, sleep apnea can cause a number of harmful symptoms for both you and your partner. Common symptoms of sleep apnea are:

  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Headaches
  • Impotence
  • Short term memory problems
  • Lack of ability to concentrate
  • Loud snoring

These symptoms can cause tension in your relationships, problems with performance at work, and even dangers such as falling asleep at the wheel while driving. In addition, if you sleep in the same room as a partner, they may resent you for keeping them up all night with your snoring.

Untreated sleep apnea can also lead to long-term health concerns such as:

  • Heart disease
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke

Treating Sleep Apnea

Severe cases of sleep apnea may require a CPAP machine, but many mild to moderate cases can be treated relatively easily through the use of an oral device. Dr. Cload offers a mandibular advancement device called SOMNOMED, which is custom fit for comfort and effectiveness.

The SOMNOMED oral device is approved under the FDA for the treatment of sleep apnea, and is easy to use. It works by moving the jaw forward in order to clear the airway during sleep, so that you don't wake up multiple times due to oxygen deprivation.

Most people find that their quality of life improves significantly after seeking help for their sleep apnea and finding an effective treatment option. Sleeping through the night results in better overall health, as well as better ability to focus and better mental health.

Schedule Your Calgary Sleep Apnea Treatment Consultation

If you suspect that you are suffering from sleep apnea, don't hesitate to call Dr. Cload at 403-278-1415 to make your appointment. We serve patients in Calgary and nearby areas of Alberta.

 

July 18, 2017

Snoring is an all too common affliction affecting one in three men, and one in four women in Canada. While you may think that snoring is nothing more than a nuisance, it can signify deeper health problems, including a condition called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).symptoms of sleep apnea calgary

Sleep apnea occurs when the airway is blocked during sleep, causing loud snoring as well as pauses in breathing. Sleep apnea can cause breathing to stop multiple times in a night for at least 10 seconds, often longer. This oxygen deprivation and resulting lack of a good night's sleep in turn causes symptoms such as:

  • Daytime fatigue
  • Weight gain
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Depression and irritability

Plus, people with sleep apnea are at a higher risk for stroke and heart disease, and tend to have shorter lifespans.

How To Tell If You Have Sleep Apnea

Not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Dr. Steven Cload offers two initial screening tests to help determine if you may have sleep apnea:

  • Epworth Test: This is a scale that measures how sleepy you are during the day. While basic, it is widely considered a good indicator of sleep apnea.
     
  • Apnea Risk Evaluation System (ARES): This is a more comprehensive assessment, used when the results of the Epworth Test along with the presence of other sleep apnea symptoms warrant further diagnosis.

Treatments for Snoring and Sleep Apnea

If you or a loved one snores loudly and regularly, it's probably a good idea to get tested for sleep apnea. If it turns out you have the condition, there are effective treatments available that can help you stop snoring and breathe better at night.

Dr. Cload offers a snoring treatment called a "mandibular advancement device" at his office in Calgary. This device helps to position the jaw slightly forward in order to allow air to pass through. It's customized for your own jaw, making it comfortable to wear and easy to use.

Schedule a Snoring Consultation

Don't wait to get your snoring checked out. Sleep apnea can be dangerous if left untreated. Contact Dr. Cload today at 403-278-1415 to schedule your appointment today. We serve Calgary and nearby areas of Alberta.

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May 30, 2017

Calgary porcelain veneersOne of the biggest concerns for our Calgary-area patients who are considering porcelain veneers is getting the most out of their veneers. We know you want your dental work to last as long as possible. Fortunately, veneers are quite durable – they can easily last for more than a decade.

Provided, that is, you care for them properly. Porcelain veneers are made from strong materials and they're bonded to your teeth, but you still need to maintain your veneers if you want them to last as long as possible.

Here are three simple tips for caring for your porcelain veneers:

  • Practice sound dental hygiene. Brush at least twice a day, floss on a daily basis and visit our office for regularly scheduled cleanings and check-ups at least twice a year.
  • Do not grind or clench your teeth. Veneers are strong and durable, but they can be worn out by repeated grinding and clenching. These behaviors put significant stress on your veneers. If you believe you grind your teeth you should wear at the minimum a night time grinding appliance to protect your veneers, the surfaces of your other teeth, jaw joints and the bone supporting your teeth.
  • When brushing your teeth, use non-abrasive fluoride toothpastes. Abrasive toothpastes can potentially wear down the surface of your veneers over time.

We understand you likely have plenty of questions about caring for your porcelain veneers, as well as many other elements related to veneers. We look forward to answering those questions and helping you determine if veneers are right for you.

If you live in or around Calgary, Alberta and you want to know more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you, please call Southcentre Dental Clinic today at 403-278-1415 for a consultation and examination.

April 10, 2017

TMJ treatment Calgary, AlbertaTMJ disorder, otherwise known as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD, can cause numerous life altering side effects and symptoms. Because the temporomandibular joint contains an intricate collection of muscles and nerves, when it becomes misaligned, it can cause a lot of pain. But what, exactly, are the other less common symptoms you should be on the lookout for?

Your jaw can become misaligned through actions such as clenching or grinding your teeth, arthritis and poor posture. The most common symptoms associated with this condition include:

  • Jaw pain
  • Difficulty chewing
  • Lockjaw
  • Clicking or popping in the jaw

There are many more signs of TMJ disorder that involve the rest of your body. You may experience less common symptoms, such as:

  • Ear pain
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain
  • Arm numbness or tingling
  • Dizziness
  • Severe, consistent headaches or migraines

If you experience any of the above symptoms, your body may be warning you about TMJ disorder, and that it may be time to find a solution to address the problem.

However, the best way to fully determine if you do in fact have TMJ disorder is to meet with our dentist and discuss your oral healthcare concerns. Dr. Cload utilizes technology and treatment options for neuromuscular conditions such as TMJ.

If you're in the Calgary, Alberta area and would like to learn more about your TMJ treatment options, give our office a call at 403-278-1415 to schedule your initial consultation.

March 06, 2017

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload is pleased to offer ozone therapy to our speed healing and reduce infection risks. Call 403-278-1415 to learn more!When you hear the word “ozone,” you likely don’t think of dentistry. However, just as ozone is used to sterilize water supplies, clean fruits and vegetables, purify air, and disinfect laundry, this molecule has been used in the medical industry to speed wound healing and help prevent infection for decades. Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload is pleased to offer ozone therapy to our patients, helping reduce risks and improve results with a number of general and cosmetic dentistry services.

At our Calgary dental office, ozone may be used to:

  • Disinfect the site of extracted teeth
  • Eliminate bacteria from cavities
  • Reduce infection inside of a tooth

In fact, any procedure in which purification is needed can be assisted through ozone therapy. During your next visit to our office, Dr. Cload would be happy to discuss this in greater detail and to help you determine if it is a good fit for your needs.

Is Ozone Therapy Safe and Effective?

According to a comprehensive study conducted by the Nation Institutes of Health in the United States, ozone therapy has the potential to offer a number of dental benefits including pain control, infection control, tooth remineralization, and elimination of tooth stains. The NIH also reports that ozone in dentistry can accelerate healing, assist in tissue regeneration, and even control halitosis.

Economical, minimally invasive, and incredibly effective, ozone therapy has many uses in dentistry and may serve as a good alternative to antibiotics and other traditional but potentially harmful methods of infection control. Dr. Cload uses ozone in many of our procedures and welcomes an opportunity to discuss how it can be used to protect and improve your smile during your next visit to our Calgary dental office.

Please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic to learn more about ozone therapy or to schedule your next appointment with Dr. Cload. We welcome patients from Calgary, South East Calgary, and all surrounding areas of Alberta.

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February 10, 2017

For help with your headaches and jaw pain, our Calvary, Alberta dentist can alleviate your TMD/TMJ symptoms.How do I know if I have a neuromuscular disorder?

Neuromuscular symptoms can include a wide range of problems, from headaches and jaw soreness to tooth loss and stiff muscles. The only way to find out if you have a TMJ/TMD problem is to undergo a thorough evaluation from an experienced neuromuscular specialist like Dr. Steven Cload. As a neuromuscular professional who has seen countless cases of neuromuscular problems, Dr. Cload understands the body mechanics and stability issues that can lead to an imbalanced bite. Often, there are other body issues that can cause these symptoms, so it is important to choose a dentist who has a well-rounded background in the field of neuromuscular dentistry.

Can TMJ be permanently cured?

TMJ problems are usually very treatable, but proper evaluation and TMJ / TMD diagnosis is an important element in finding a permanent solution. For some patients treated at our Calgary neuromuscular dentistry office, referral to a trusted chiropractor or other specialist is recommended. Before any type of treatment is designed, it is suggested that you visit our LVI-trained Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload for a full TMD evaluation.

Are the TMJ treatments expensive?

The cost of neuromuscular treatment will depend largely on the diagnosis and treatment recommendations Dr. Cload delivers. In some cases, insurance may cover a portion of the expenses. For patients who prefer to pay for TMJ/TMD treatment over time, we offer affordable payment plans and flexible financing options. Please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic in Alberta today to get started.

What happens if a neuromuscular treatment doesn’t work?

Because there are so many components working together to create a balanced bite, it often takes more than one type of treatment to turn a bad bite into a healthy one. Treatment combinations may include lifestyle changes, postural or physical therapies, chiropractic care, cosmetic dentistry, or orthotic devices, depending on your physical symptoms and jaw-tracking diagnosis results.  Dr. Cload and his team will work hard to ensure your neuromuscular problems can be solved using the most conservative and efficient treatments possible.
If you’d like to know more about TMJ and neuromuscular dentistry, see Choosing the Right TMJ/TMD Treatment or submit a question online.

Don’t settle for a Calgary dentist who lacks training in the important field of neuromuscular dentistry. For TMJ / TMD services and smile design with jaw joint health in mind, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic in Calgary, Alberta, today. Call us at (403) 278-1415.

February 02, 2017

Gingival recession, or gum recession, is what happens when the gum tissue that surrounds the teeth wears away, or pulls back, exposing more of the tooth, or the tooth's root.  Gum recession is most common in adults over the age of 40, but it may also occur as early as the teen years.  Unfortunately, gum recession can pose a number of oral problems including:

-tooth sensitivity
-teeth may also appear longer than normal
-increased risk for cavities
- if left untreated, the supporting tissue and bone structures of the teeth can be severely damaged, and may ultimately result in tooth loss

The good news is gingival recession can be fixed!  Dr. Cload is one of a few dentists in the Calgary area who is certified to practice the Pinhole Surgery Technique (PST).  This technique is a procedure that doesn’t involve cutting or stitches. Instead, PST uses a needle to make small holes above affected area. A small instrument then frees the gum tissues from the bone. The gums are then moved down to a healthy position covering the exposed roots. Once the tissue has been moved to the new position collagen strips are placed under the gums to keep the tissue in place. The collagen also helps to keep the gums in place during the healing process.

Benefits of Pinhole Surgical Technique?

Less painless usually compared to traditional grafting (CTG)
Multiple teeth can be done at one time
Fast recovery times
Minimally invasive
Increases tissue volume
 

Other dentists maybe would perform what is called a Connective Tissue Graft (CTG). Although this procedure is highly effective it can be quite painful and only a few teeth can be done at a time.  This results in more dental visits, longer healing times, more stitches, etc. 

To schedule a dental consultation and determine if PST is right for you, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today. We proudly serve all patients in Calgary, Alberta and make an effort to ensure that all financial needs can be met. Please view more about our financial plans here. Call us at (403) 278-1415.

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February 01, 2017

Calgary TMJ TreatmentThere are a number of treatment options available for relieving the painful symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (often abbreviated as TMJ or TMD).

Because TMJ/TMD can be caused by a number of factors including bite conditions, teeth spacing problems and jaw alignment issues, choosing the right treatment option for you requires an accurate TMJ/TMD diagnosis. Using the principles of neuromuscular dentistry, Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload will determine the source of your discomfort and recommend a custom treatment plan to correct your unique condition and relieve your pain.

Employing K7 EMG technology, Jaw Tracking and TEN’s (Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation to relax your jaw muscles and neck/shoulder muscles,  Dr. Cload will assess your bite and locate your jaw’s natural, comfortable resting position. Depending on the specifics and severity of your condition, TMJ/TMD treatment may include:

  • Examination and potential postural correction with our NUCCA trained chiropractor
  • Coronoplasty- Re shaping the teeth to improve the fit and create a more balanced bite
  • Using an oral appliance to promote bite stabilization and jaw alignment
  • Using braces or Invisalign to correct a bite condition
  • Undergoing bite reconstruction to treat severe teeth alignment problems. With this option we can also correct very poor aesthetics at the same time

The causes and symptoms of TMJ/TMD vary widely among patients, and there is no single solution ideally suited to every person who suffers from TMJ/TMD. It’s important to undergo a thorough exam in order to find the best TMJ/TMD treatment option for you.

For more information about TMJ/TMD and the field of neuromuscular dental treatment, please see our TMJ/TMD Questions page.

If you would like to learn more about TMJ/TMD diagnosis and treatment, please contact the Southcentre Dental Clinic to schedule your personal consultation with Calgary, Alberta, dentist Dr. Steven Cload.

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February 01, 2017

Wintertime in Calgary can exacerbate sleep apnea symptoms. Call Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 to learn how our noninvasive treatment options can help

Sleep apnea is not dependent on the weather, but certain conditions can exacerbate some of its symptoms. During the colder and dryer months of winter, men and women who struggle with sleep apnea in Calgary and surrounding areas of Alberta may experience an increase in sleep apnea symptoms such as:

  • Loud snoring
  • Breath cessation while sleeping
  • Frequent morning headaches
  • Waking without feeling rested

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, please call Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload at (403) 278-1415 to schedule an evaluation and treatment consultation right away.

The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Unlike allergies, sleep apnea is not seasonal, although it may become more intense when the air outside is colder. As symptoms increase, so too does awareness of this dangerous condition, making wintertime an ideal time to seek lasting and noninvasive treatment options to avoid serious complications.

Serious complications linked to sleep apnea include:

  • Heart attack and stroke
  • Hypertension
  • Memory loss
  • Severe mood swings
  • Excessive daytime fatigue

The long-term impacts of sleep apnea range from slight inconveniences to fatal diseases, all of which are unnecessary due to the incredibly simple ways in which this common sleeping disorder can be treated.

Calgary dentist Dr. Steven Cload offers oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea that offer a comfortable and safe alternative to CPAP machines. If you have long struggled with sleep apnea or if your current treatment is causing more problems than it solves, Dr. Cload welcomes an opportunity to meet with you and assess your condition, and to help you determine if one of our sleep apnea treatment options may better meet your needs.

To schedule your sleep apnea consultation at our Calgary, Alberta office, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today. We serve Calgary and all surrounding areas. 

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January 24, 2017

To learn more about the causes of TMD or TMJ, contact Calgary neuromuscular dentist Dr. Steven Cload, providing dentistry to Calgary and all of AlbertaMany of our Alberta patients are surprised to learn that their headaches and facial pain are caused by TMD/TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder can affect your health in many other ways, triggering ear pain, bruxism (teeth grinding), and other painful symptoms. By understanding the causes of TMD/TMJ, you can take steps to prevent it from plaguing you in the future.

Clenching and Grinding Your Teeth

TMJ is often caused by trauma – either internal or external. Generally speaking, “internal” trauma occurs when patients clench or grind their teeth, often unknowingly in their sleep. Grinding and clenching (called “bruxism”) inflames the membranes of the muscles surrounding the temporomandibular joint, placing stress on the joint and/or misaligning it.

Injury

External trauma is any injury that is suffered to the jaw area. This can be a punch to the jaw, an awkward fall or a sports injury. An external injury can dislodge, damage, or otherwise misalign the jaw joint.

Misaligned Teeth

Poorly aligned teeth and an imperfect bite are not just a  cosmetic dental issue. They cause your jaw muscles to stretch in an effort to bring your bite back into the proper alignment. This stretching puts a significant stress on the jaw joint and plays a role in the headaches and pain caused by TMJ.

Arthritis

Both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis can cause TMJ due to the slow loss of cartilage and bone erosion, which inevitably affects your posture and skeletal structure. The damage to your jawbone can cause intense pain and headaches.

Bad Posture

If you have poor posture or suffer from some other body mechanics and stability issue, these problems can affect the neck and jaw areas. These, in turn, can produce TMJ and its assorted symptoms.

If you are suffering from the symptoms of TMJ/TMD, please contact Southcentre Dental Clinic today to schedule a consultation with   Dr. Steven Cload. We can develop a TMJ treatment plan that will help you find permanent relief from your pain.

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