The world is advancing faster and faster these days, and fortunately, that progress has also touched modern day dentistry. Dr. Langston and his team are proud to use the latest technology available in order to improve the treatment as well as the experience they can offer their patients. It is just one of the many ways we have distinguished ourselves from many other dental practices.
X-rays have been an essential tool in dentistry for generations when it comes to both diagnosis and treatment. Our CBCT scanner (which stands for “cone beam computer tomography”) is a more sophisticated kind of x-ray than the ones you typically get at your standard check-up, and provides us much more information we can use to help you.
The CBCT scanner can do one thing standard x-rays cannot: it can create a fully 3D image of your teeth and mouth. This makes it much easier for Dr. Langston to see what might be causing your problems, and enables him to come up with much better treatment plans. CBCT scanners can help us plan everything from orthodontic treatment to oral surgery.
The scanner takes up to 600 unique images of your teeth and mouth in a matter of seconds, and uses them to create an extremely accurate image. The process itself is fast and painless, and helps Dr. Langston and his team provide you a whole new level of dental care.
Pharyngometry & Rhinometry
Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder that causes a person to stop breathing during the night. It can be caused by a multitude of factors and can lead many people to have serious long-term health issues. As you can imagine, it can be very difficult for a person to figure out if they have it on their own. We can help diagnose your sleep apnea using two approaches called pharyngometry and rhinometry.
Both of these methods are used to measure the quality of your airway. If it is compromised or restricted in any way, this could easily be the cause of your sleep apnea.
Pharyngometry implements the use of sound waves that map out the patient’s airway. A small device is placed in the mouth of the patient and sound waves are emitted while the patient breathes normally, allowing us to determine and visualize the shape of your airway. This test is repeated while the patient voluntarily restricts their airway, which allows us to recreate exactly what is occurring during the moment of collapse. The patient will then be fitted with an oral appliance. Repeating the process of collapsing the airway with the oral appliance at different positions, Dr. Langston can determine the optimal position of the patient's jaw. Once the sweet spot is found, we can fit you with an appliance that is made to expand your airway as much as possible, giving you piece of mind and a healthy rest.
For rhinometry, the process is largely the same, except it is used specifically to measure how you breathe through your nose. It will be able to detect anything that is causing congestion and can even reveal a deviated septum. Once again, Dr. Langston will use this to come up with a treatment plan so that you’ll be able to breathe better and sleep more comfortably. Both of these tools will allow him to help you in the exact way that you need, making a positive outcome much more likely.
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We will continue to add more and more technology to our office so we can better serve you in the future.
If you have any questions about the technology we use at Long Creek Dental, or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call today.