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By Dr. Rick Borquez
June 21, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Did you know that this sleep disorder could have some serious ramifications for your overall health?sleep apnea

If you’ve been told that your snoring is seriously out of control or you find yourself unable to get out of bed every morning despite getting the proper amount of sleep, then you may be wondering if you have sleep apnea. A lot of people have this sleep disorder but never seek treatment. So, why should you seek care for sleep apnea? Our Westlake Village, CA, dentist, Dr. Rick Borquez, is here to tell you why.

You may think sleep apnea only affects your sleep, which should be reason enough to seek treatment, but because both your brain and body aren’t getting enough oxygen throughout the night this can lead to some serious and long-term health issues. If left untreated, sleep apnea has also been linked to systemic conditions such as:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart failure
  • Heart attack
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Stroke

Also, since sleep apnea can make you feel foggy-headed, you may also find that your performance at work or school has decreased. Your daytime fatigue may become so bad that you could also be putting yourself at risk for work-related injuries or car accidents. So, isn’t it time you did something about your sleep apnea?

It doesn’t have to be difficult to treat. In fact, while you should always see a sleep specialist for a proper diagnosis, know that you can also turn to our Westlake Village general dentist for ways to manage your symptoms. If you have been diagnosed with mild-to-moderate obstructive sleep apnea then oral appliance therapy may be all you need to treat your symptoms and get a better night’s sleep.

This custom device can help keep airways open and prevent the tissue or even your tongue from obstructing airflow. There are a variety of different types of oral appliances out there to fit your specific needs.

If you are wondering if you are the ideal candidate for oral appliance therapy then there is no better person to turn to than our Westlake Village, CA, sleep apnea dentist. Call Westlake TMJ & Sleep today to learn more.

By Dr. Rick Borquez
March 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ   Jaw Pain  

Not sure why your jaw aches? Westlake Village, CA, dentist and TMJ specialist, Dr. Rick Borquez, shares a few common causes of jaw jaw painpain.

Your nighttime habits
Most people don't remain perfectly still during the night. Unfortunately, since you don't remember the hours you spend asleep, it can be hard to determine if something you did at night may be responsible for the pain in your jaw. Pain may occur if you wedge your hands tightly under your jaw while you sleep or grind or clench your teeth.

Bite problems
The way your upper and lower teeth fit together is referred to as your bite. Problems with your bite, including an over, under, cross or open bite, can stress your jaw muscles and joints, causing pain.

Tooth infections
Jaw pain can also be caused by a tooth infection. Pain that radiates from your teeth to your jaw should be reported to Dr. Borquez as soon as possible, as failing to treat the infection can lead to a serious infection in your jawbone.

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
TMJ affects the hinge joints of your jaw and can occur if the bones, ligaments and muscles aren't properly aligned. If you have the disorder, you may notice jaw pain and stiffness, particularly in the morning and when you eat. As you talk or chew, you might hear a clicking or popping sound in your jaw. TMJ can cause headaches, ear pain, difficulty closing or opening your mouth and muscles stiffness in the neck, shoulders and upper back.

Although it isn't always easy to determine what causes TMJ, you may be more likely to develop the problem if you grind or clench your teeth; have poor posture, bite issues or arthritis in your jaw; or experienced an injury to your jaw.

When you visit Dr. Borquez's Westlake Village office, he'll perform a thorough examination and offer treatments to ease your pain. If there's evidence of grinding or clenching, a nightguard can help reduce pressure on your teeth and jaw. Orthodontic treatment is often recommended if jaw pain is caused by a bite issue. Simple treatments such as stretching exercises can be very beneficial if you're only experiencing mild jaw pain. An oral splint, a device that helps realign your jaw and reduce pressure, may also be recommended. Dr. Borquez can offer the appropriate treatment based on your condition.

Suffering from jaw pain? Find out how Westlake Village, CA, TMJ specialist Dr. Borquez can help you. Call him at (805) 277-0606 to make an appointment.

By Dr. Rick Borquez
March 22, 2017
Category: Sleep Apnea
Tags: sleep apnea  

Are you worried that you may have sleep apnea? Dr. Rick Borquez, your Moorehead, CA dentist, shares several signs of sleep apnea sleep apneaand explains how your dentist can treat the problem.

More than just snoring

Although snoring commonly occurs with sleep apnea, it's not the only symptom. Other symptoms include:

  • Pauses in Breathing: You may not notice that you occasionally stop breathing during the night, but other people may have noticed the problem. Breathing pauses typically last about 10 seconds and can occur up to 100 times per hour. Choking or gasping helps open your airway and restore normal breathing. Although those momentary breathing pauses may not sound serious, they can eventually cause stroke, heart attack and high blood pressure.
  • Dry Mouth: A night of snoring can dry out your mouth and even cause a sore throat.
  • Headaches: Morning headaches can occur when sleep apnea affects the levels of carbon dioxide and oxygen in your blood. Although these headaches usually don't last more than an hour, they can be painful.
  • Mood Problems: People who have sleep apnea are chronically sleep deprived and tend to be a little grumpy due to the lack of sleep.
  • Fatigue: Staying awake during the day becomes much harder when you don't enjoy uninterrupted sleep at night.
  • Trouble Concentrating: When you're tired, it's much harder to focus, and as a result, your work may suffer or you may have more trouble concentrating on the road when you drive.

Your Moorehead dentist can help you overcome sleep apnea

Sleep apnea occurs when the walls of your throat become so relaxed that they collapse, preventing air from reaching your lungs. In addition, your tongue may fall back in your throat and block your airway. Keeping your airway open is the key to preventing sleep apnea. Some people treat sleep apnea by using Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines to keep their airways open, but others can't tolerate the machines.

Your dentist offers a more low-tech solution that is more comfortable and just as effective. He'll fit you with an oral appliance that will move your jaw forward and prevent your tongue from falling back into your airway as you sleep. The appliance looks very much like a nightguard and can be taken with you when you travel.

Oral appliances offer the perfect way to relieve your sleep apnea. Call Dr. Borquez, your Moorehead, CA dentist, at (805) 368-6784 to schedule an appointment to learn if the appliance is a good choice for you.

By Dr. Rick Borquez
January 03, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Orofacial Pain  

Are you dealing with chronic jaw or facial pain? We may be able to help you!

Do you suffer from pain that originates in the face or the mouth? If so then you may be dealing with orofacial pain. There are many jaw painreasons why you might be dealing with these symptoms and our Westlake Village, CA dentist, Dr. Rick Borquez, is trained to get to the bottom of your symptoms to figure out the best way to manage your condition and reduce pain. Don’t let neuropathic pain get you down; we can help!

What causes orofacial pain?

There are many reasons why orofacial pain may manifest. The most common causes tend to be diseases, disorders, nervous system dysfunction or referral pain due to other health conditions.

What are the different kinds of orofacial pain?

Our Westlake Village general dentist is able to diagnose and treat a variety of different kinds of orofacial pain including:

  • Neuropathic pain and abnormalities
  • Intraoral and intracranial disorders
  • Musculoskeletal pain
  • Neurovascular pain (e.g. headaches due to orofacial pain)
  • TMJ disorders
  • Local pain syndromes
  • Movement disorders of the facial joints and muscles
  • Jaw infection
  • Infections or diseases of the ear, nose or eyes
  • Oral lesions

What are my treatment options?

How we treat your pain will really depend on the main cause of your symptoms. When you come into our office we will go through and discuss your medical history and your symptoms before performing a thorough physical examination. Sometimes imaging tests will need to be performed in order to better diagnose your orofacial pain.

While many conditions can be treated with more conservative measures there are some disorders and diseases that may require more serious and aggressive treatments. We will sit down and discuss your options with you once we have determined the cause of your pain.

Don’t let pain tell you how to live your life. It’s time you said goodbye to pain. Our dental experts at Westlake TMJ & Sleep in Westlake Village, CA are here to help you reduce your discomfort and get on with what’s really important in life.

By Dr. Rick Borquez
March 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Regular Cleanings  

Keep your teeth clean and your health in check by visiting your dentist regularly.

Taking charge of your health can be a daunting task. Exercising, eating healthfully and monitoring various body functions can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, all you have to do for your dental health is visit Dr. Rick Borquez, your dentist in Westlake Village, CA, twice yearly for cleaning and checkups. The rest will be handled by our competent staff of dental professionals. Here are a few reasons why Dentistkeeping these appointments is so important.

Accurate records

By visiting your Westlake Village dentist twice a year, you're not just keeping your teeth clean. You're helping to maintain accurate, dependable health records that can used in other diagnoses if necessary.

Early detection

Oral cancer can start as a painless growth, yet can become life-threatening if it spreads to other areas of the body. Having your teeth and gums checked every six months at Dr. Rick Borquez's dental office in Westlake Village includes a thorough oral cancer screening. This will allow your dentist to detect any abnormalities and follow up on the appropriate testing and treatment.

Keeping costs down

When you let your dental visits lapse, you're also letting potential problems go unchecked. The cost of a twice-yearly cleaning and checkup is usually a fraction of what it costs for emergency dental treatment that can result from decay that is left to spread.

Comfort level

Although few people find a visit to the dentist relaxing, keeping current on your appointments with Dr. Borquez is an excellent way to keep discomfort at a minimum. That's because preventative measures are much more likely to be non-invasive than if your Westlake Village dentist needs to treat a dental problem that has been ignored for several months or years.

If you need to schedule a checkup, don't delay! Contact our office in Westlake Village, CA to set up an appointment with Dr. Rick Borquez.

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