When you sleep, the muscles in your throat relax which restricts the flow of air and can lead to vibration of the soft tissues, resulting in snoring. When the walls of the throat collapse fully, it can block the airway and lead to obstructive sleep apnoea. Snoring and sleep apnoea can cause significant sleep disturbance, for both sufferers and their partners!
Our anti-snoring device can help you enjoy more peaceful nights by ensuring the airway stays open. It works by gently holding the lower jaw in a forward position.
Some people clench and grind their teeth (a condition known as bruxism) which often occurs while they sleep. This can wear down the front teeth and damage the molar cusps. Clenching also causes tension in the jaw muscles and creates impact within the skull, which may lead to pain and headaches.
We can provide custom-made night guards to cushion the teeth from damage and prevent any pain that results from clenching.
After a consultation, we take impressions so the appliance will be the perfect fit. When the device is ready, you simply pop back to see us for a fitting appointment.
You then take the tailor-made, comfortable appliance home and wear at night to banish noisy snoring or keep teeth safe.
As we take a preventive approach to your dental care, we recommend you come and see us regularly, so we can detect any problems before they get worse. By attending routine check-ups, we can help maintain your oral health and prevent the need for more complex treatment.
During a Routine Oral Health Examination, we do the following:
We also ask if you have had any problems since your last visit and offer helpful advice about how to look after your teeth and gums at home.
If we do spot any issues, we can provide an array of treatments to restore the appearance and functionality of your teeth.
We know how worrying a dental emergency can be, so we aim to see you as soon as we can to minimise any pain and treat your dental disaster swiftly. We can see you in our Pitlochry or Dunkeld practices and we offer emergency treatment to both registered and non-registered patients. As we are located in such a beautiful part of Perthshire, we are used to seeing holiday makers.
When at all possible, we aim to see you on the same day as your emergency. Although we are always busy, we will do our best to fit you in as soon as we can. In fact, we leave two 30 minute slots for each dentist every day just in case they have to deal with a sudden dental difficulty.
It can help us if you ring as early in the day as possible (we are open most days from 8am or 8.30am) and provide plenty of information about your emergency. All emergencies are triaged, depending on the level of seriousness, but we do try to see all acute emergencies on the same day.
If you love taking part in slightly riskier physical activities, such as contact sports, you will want to make sure your precious teeth are well-protected. We can help keep them safe with our comfortable mouth guards which provide superior protection as they are designed to fit your teeth exactly.
We take impressions of your teeth, so the resulting mouth guard will fit snugly. It is crafted in a dental laboratory and, when ready, we check it will be the perfect fit. Then you just need to make sure you pop it in place every time you feel like getting competitive!
You will need to keep your mouth guard clean so make sure you give it a good rinse after each use and occasionally wash in cool, soapy water.
You should also store it in a protective container when not in use and bring it with you to routine check-ups so we can make sure it still fits correctly.
If you are worried about coming to see us, we can calm your fears and ensure you receive all the treatment you need. We have seen numerous nervous patients over the years and aim to make appointments as relaxing as possible. Whatever your concerns, we always take the time to listen and support you every step of the way.
Our warm, welcoming practices put you at ease as soon as you walk through our doors. There are relaxing waiting areas with comfortable seats and magazines to take your mind off things. This calming theme also continues into our surgeries.
Our Dunkeld dentist, Stephanie, and our Pitlochry dentists, Carolynne and Kirsty, have a particularly gentle touch and they are adept at looking after nervous patients. They treat you with exceptional care and attention, as well as having plenty of patience – so you never feel rushed.
If you are at all concerned, please feel free to take a look around our practice and chat with our friendly team. That way, you’ll know what to expect before you attend an appointment.
It is important not to avoid routine check-ups so we can spot and treat any problems that may lead to more serious dental issues if not addressed.
Our hygienists are well-qualified and experienced professionals who work alongside our dentists to champion preventive care and keep your teeth and gums in the very best condition.
A prime aspect of their work is deep cleaning your teeth with special instruments, known as ‘scaling and polishing’. This helps to remove plaque and tartar and leaves teeth with a smooth, silky finish. Sticky plaque forms on our teeth daily, and this can harden and turn into tartar. The reason our hygienists are so intent on removing these deposits is that tartar can cause gum disease.
The first stage of gum disease is known as gingivitis and symptoms of this may include reddening, swelling and soreness. Your gums may also bleed when you brush your teeth. If this is not treated, periodontitis may develop – this is a more potentially damaging stage which can cause pockets to form around the teeth so they are less firmly supported and may eventually fall out.
If gum disease has advanced, you may require more intensive cleaning which involves the removal of plaque and tartar from the root surfaces.
If you suffer from heavy stain build up which may result from smoking, red wine or coffee, then why not arrange to have painless air-polishing which will eliminate unsightly stains.
As well as thoroughly cleaning your teeth and monitoring your gums, another important part of a hygienist’s role is to encourage you to develop an effective oral hygiene routine. This should include regularly brushing all surfaces of the teeth in small circular movements using an appropriate toothbrush (with soft to medium bristles to prevent gum damage and tooth wear). You also need to clean between your teeth with interdental brushes or dental floss.
After your hygiene visit, it’s important to keep up the good work at home. If your teeth stay plaque-free, you are less likely to develop gum disease.
A healthy mouth will benefit your general well-being too as poor oral health has been linked to a number of serious conditions including heart disease and strokes.
Teeth can lose their whiteness if you regularly drink tea, coffee and red wine, or consume heavily pigmented food. To combat this dullness, the Infinityblu hygienists can offer air polishing – a swift stain and plaque removal technique. It is safe, effective and the perfect treatment if you want to enhance your smile before a special occasion.
Air polishing is more effective than conventional polishing and it can inhibit further plaque development. Although the process produces great looking results, it is gentle enough to be used on sensitive teeth. And, as there is no need for a local anaesthetic, it is an ideal brightening treatment for patients who experience dental anxiety.
The treatment process is surprisingly simple – there is no heat generated, alarming sounds or feelings of vibration. The hygienist simply directs a fine jet of warm water and aluminium oxide powder, propelled by compressed air, onto your teeth to rapidly remove stubborn stains and soft deposits, such as food particles trapped between the teeth.
We can apply sealants to cover the narrow grooves on the biting surfaces of the back teeth. These fissures are often tricky to keep clean which means food and bacteria can collect and lead to tooth decay. A fissure sealant is a safe, translucent coating which prevents debris from settling in the grooves.
Sealants are normally applied to children’s permanent back teeth as they start to emerge (usually between 6-7 years) and further applications can be made to other teeth as they come through, which can be anytime between 11 and 14 years.
The application of fissure sealants is quick, easy and painless. There is no need for drilling, and it only takes a few minutes per tooth.
First, the tooth will be cleaned, prepared with a special solution and thoroughly dried. We then apply the liquid sealant and harden with an ultraviolet light, so it forms a tough, protective layer.
Fissure sealants can provide long-lasting protection for several years. However, your child still needs to brush their teeth at least twice a day and attend regular check-ups so we can make sure the sealant remains intact.
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