Signs That It's Not Just Harmless Snoring

Snoring may seem like a benign, if annoying, feature of sleep. But it’s also a symptom of sleep apnea, a sleep disorder that can affect people of any age. If you’re known to snore loudly and suffer from fatigue during the day then it may be time to consult a sleep apnea dentist. At Knellinger Dental Excellence we serve patients in Palm Harbor and surrounding areas including Tarpon Springs, Dunedin and Ozona, FL. What Is Sleep Apnea? Those who suffer from sleep apnea stop breathing periodically throughout the night. These pauses in breathing can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Not only does this condition negatively affect the flow of oxygen to the brain, but it also impacts your ability to get a good night’s sleep. Symptoms of sleep apnea include: • Loud snoring • Chronic fatigue or drowsiness • Insomnia • Waking up with a headache • Waking up short of breath The Importance of Treatment Since sleep apnea disrupts normal sleeping patte ...

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Dental Implants: The Best Long-Term Solution for Missing Teeth

Dentures are removable, there is no guarantee they will stay in place. Implants are placed in the jawbone, and function exactly like your natural teeth.

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Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Dentistry

Dr. Dan Knellinger and the rest of the staff at Knellinger Dental Excellence are proficient with a number of dentistry options. Many of our patients want to see a dentist to correct cosmetic issues with a smile. However, many of them do not want anything too extensive. Fortunately, these people have an option with minimally invasive cosmetic treatments.  Teeth Whitening There are several reasons why teeth stain. Some of the most common include: • Aging • Medications • Trauma • Tobacco • Drinks, such as red wine, tea and coffee With teeth whitening, a dental professional bleaches the teeth with a material containing either carbamide peroxide or hydrogen peroxide. It breaks down the stain, making teeth as much as eight times brighter in just one hour. To retain the effects of the treatment, the patient needs to continue brushing and flossing on a daily basis. Porcelain Veneers To straighten teeth, veneers are a great choice. They are made out of porcelain, making ...

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6 Tips to Keep Your Smile Healthy This Holiday Season

Ever wonder how you can keep your oral health on track during the holidays? Read this blog post to find out!

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3 Pleasant Ways Sedation Dentistry Makes Dental Visits Easier

Most people believe an anesthetic is only used in extreme dental treatments that result in a lot of pain. While it is necessary for those instances, there are other times when it is prudent for our dentists to use sedation dentistry in Palm Harbor, FL. Various types of anesthetics have been used to great effect to relieve dental anxiety, allowing patients to receive the treatments they require for better oral health. 1. Better Ability to Handle the Sights, Sounds and Smells of the Dentist’s OfficeThere are many reasons why people fear a trip to the dentist. Sometimes it is due to the array of unpleasant aromas in the vicinity. Other times it is due to hearing the scraping of metal instruments on teeth. In either situation, a patient can receive conscious sedation so that he or she is still awake but feels more at ease. 2. Reduced Gag ReflexPatients with a strong gag reflex may not like seeing a dentist for fear of being uncomfortable. If you know this describes you, then you should tell one of Knellinger Dent ...

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National Health Education Week: Tips to Help Your Child with Dental Anxiety

Learn about how you can help your child manage dental anxiety during National Health Education Week.

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Osteoporosis and Your Oral Health

You naturally lose bone strength as you age, but osteoporosis can make the condition of your mouth worse. Learn more, here.

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Gum Disease Has Met Its Match

If you have questions with regard to your gum health and would like to know more about the option for laser treatment, please contact our office for more information.

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Healthy Back-to-School Snacks and Lunches

Is your child's smile back-to-school ready? Make sure you include these snacks and foods to help get them through the day with healthy teeth!

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How You Can Get Your Braces Off in Less Time

Is it time for a straighter smile, but braces sound a little too restricting? Check out our blog to see how you can get your braces off in less time, or choose an alternative solution altogether.

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