My husband will NOT use the CPAP to help his sleep apnea!

I’m scared that my husband is going to stop breathing because he absolutely is refusing to use his CPAP machine. He has been diagnosed with sleep apnea and ultimately I think he is embarrassed of it and he said it is really uncomfortable. I keep telling him about the potential for terrible health issues that could happen, but he doesn’t seem to care. He is also diabetic, which is worrisome to me as well. Basically, when he gets home from work, he falls asleep on the couch for a couple hours before dinner. Then he wonders why he’s up until after midnight? He’s up and out the door for work before 5:00am. Then on the weekend he is so hard to wake up, he would probably sleep for 18 hours if I didn’t wake him. Do you have any advice on how to get through to him? I’m very worried!

– Denice in Oregon

Denice,

From what you have described, it sounds like you understand the true severity of the situation, even if your husband doesn’t. If hour husband has already been diagnosed with sleep apnea, he should be well aware how this condition left untreated can be life threatening. But there are many people that refuse to wear the CPAP machine because of complaints about the noise and how uncomfortable it is to sleep in.

Did you know that there are dentists out there that are trained to treat sleep apnea. A mandibular advancement appliance may be something that he would consider, if you’ve never heard of this treatment. It is a mouthpiece that is worn at night and it is much more comfortable than the bulky CPAP. This appliance repositions the jaw into a more favorable position that keeps the airway open. It’s definitely worth a try for your sanity and also for your husband’s health.

Good luck!

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Will Lumineers make my teeth longer in appearance?

I have a question about the appearance of my teeth. I have been told that my teeth are pretty straight and have just discolored a bit as I’ve gotten older. My cosmetic dentist that I am consulting with recommended I try Lumineers because I want my teeth to look larger and whiter. I have moved forward with the process and the impressions have been sent over to the laboratory. The lab person told my dentist that the color could be corrected but they couldn’t do anything about my desire to make them look longer. The brochure states otherwise and my dentist is supposed to be following up. From the marketing of the company it sure looks like they can be longer and bigger? Any advice? After my frustrations, the dentist is now telling me that he may want to bond the teeth instead of Lumineers. Does this sound normal?

– Danielle in Florida

Danielle,

You should proceed with caution. From the sounds of it, it is a strong possibility that your cosmetic dentist may not be experienced or artistically inclined in the aesthetics that are required to do beautiful cosmetic dentistry work.

It sure sounds like the laboratory is telling your dentist what should happen, when the dentist truly is the one that should be directed the lab. It is absolutely the dentist’s responsibility to provide instructions as to the exact size, shape, and appearance of porcelain veneers.  It may be in your best interest to seek a second opinion from an experienced cosmetic dentist.

Lumineers are simply a particular brand of porcelain veneers. And a true cosmetic dentist will be able to create beauty and recommend the right brand for your specific case. That said, it is difficult to make any other specific recommendations based on the little information you have provided. But as far as moving forward with Lumineers or even the dental bonding that your current dentist is considering, you need to seek another opinion before committing to anything further. Cosmetic dentistry can be very expensive and you deserve to have a smile that you will absolutely fall in love with.

The good news is that you haven’t proceeded to far into the smile design process as of yet. Good luck to you!

Remember, not just any dentist can do this kind of highly artistic work well, even if they tell you otherwise. Ask for references and a portfolio of similar cases.

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