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Sleep Apnea; Ask Your Dentist

March 20th, 2019

Sleep apnea is a common sleeping disorder that happens when your regular breathing is interrupted during sleep. Snoring is common among patients with sleep apnea, but not all snorers have sleep apnea.

Stefano Dental can help with sleep apnea. It's important to get a proper diagnosis.

Here are some risk factors of sleep apnea:

  • over 40
  • overweight
  • with large tonsils, large tongue or small jaw
  • with a family history of sleep apnea
  • with a nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum, allergies or sinus problems.

With proper intervention, you can treat sleep apnea by adjusting your sleep or not sleeping on your back; trying different oral devices that help your airways, or check with your doctor about air pressure device that will help improve air flow.

If none of these provide relief--some patients seek out surgery to help eliminate an obstruction. Sometimes tonsils might have to be removed.

Be sure to talk to your physician or dentist about how to evaluate and treat your sleep apnea.

Many people suffer from poor sleep or interrupted sleep with sleep apnea. Many don't realize that their sleep is getting compromised daily from untreated sleep apnea.

When you go in for your bi-yearly dental cleanings, ask your doctor about sleep apnea. Not all snorers have sleep apnea--but if it's something that's affecting your life--be sure to check it out.

It can be a simple procedure or device that can alleviate symptoms--and you'll feel more rested as well.

Giving Back More Stuffed Animals - Kids in Crisis Get Comfort

March 12th, 2019

We love helping kids. We appreciate all the help from our patients who helped us collect 100 stuffed animals for kids in crisis!

These are kids who are in emergency situations, that Sandusky Police and Fire meet with everyday. These stuffed animals are a bit of comfort for these children.

When children are met with something comforting, familiar and fun, like a stuffed animal, it can help self-soothe them in an otherwise chaotic environment.

We're deeply grateful to our community of patients who went out of their way to drop off a stuffed animal. Even the youngest patients helped out.

We had a 3-year old who decided to collect stuffed animals at his birthday party instead of getting presents. He and his brother dropped off several stuffed animals for our kids in crisis donation.

Giving is contagious, and when you can show children how to give back, you're teaching a new generation how to help their community and the world.

We are also grateful to our local police and fire departments who inspired us to collect the stuffed animals. They go the extra mile everyday to help kids in crisis. We were thrilled to be able to support their efforts.

Everyone can help kids in crisis. Kids in crisis don't have to be kids in crisis for long. By having people surrounding them with support, love and guidance, these kids can find structure, balance and comfort again.

These stuffed animals are just part of the equation of helping kids!

Thank you for your continued support!

Floss 101 at Local Elementary Schools

March 4th, 2019

Dr. Stefano loves talking teeth, especially with children. She spent the day visiting Shawnee Elementary school teaching kids how to brush their teeth properly and how to floss properly.

She even had kids line up, just like teeth, and weave string in between them...to show them how important it is to get in between the tight spots of our teeth.

This demonstration was the highlight of the demonstration, full of smiles and giggles. Kids also learned how to brush correctly.

Brushing for a full two minutes is one of the keys to good brushing. It's also important to use fluoride and brush all the teeth completely. Children especially have a tendency to stay stuck in one area of their mouth. It's good to remind them to brush top and bottom and to touch on each tooth.

For even more oral hygiene, try brushing your tongue. Or better yet, use a tongue scraper to get the excess bacteria off your tongue. Dr. Stefano recommends the Tongue Tool.

Many kids also use a fluoride rinse after brushing. Fluoride rinses like ACT are a good choice. Try to find a rinse that's alcohol free. There are many flavors, so pick something that works best for your child.

There are also many different types of floss. Waxed, unwaxed, flavored, hand-held, string, floss picks and floss brushes. For children, there are many fun hand-held flossers that might make it easier for children to manually floss their own teeth.

The key to good flossing is to make sure you do it once a day. Regular flossing keeps your gums healthy!


Cyndi - Our Employee of the Month

February 26th, 2019

We've all heard about concierges at hotels. It's the go-to person that seems to have an answer for everything or directs you to exactly what you need or where you need to be.

Well, at Stefano Dental...we have a Patient Concierge. And that's our Cyndi! Cyndi is our employee of the month, and we're thrilled to have her a part of the team!

She's always eager to help and will always be able to find an answer for our patients...and if she doesn't have an answer, she can usually find someone who does have an answer!

She helps out at the front desk by welcoming and checking in patients, answering phones, filing, and handling patient correspondence. She joined the dental field in 1977 and has loved being with this practice since 1995. Patient interaction and working with such a great group of people are her favorite parts of her job.

At home, she's married to an incredible man. And enjoys her outside kittens too. She likes to cook, sew, bicycle, and travel on their motorcycle. She and her husband are avid National Drag Racing fans as well.

Cyndi was thrilled to be named employee of the month---and always brings a smile to the office and to her patients.

She always has a good ear to listen, as patients like to share stories with her about their lives and families.

Cyndi is a veteran in our office and has been great at mentoring our new staff too. We're so grateful to showcase Cyndi this  month!

Thank you Cyndi!

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