Monthly Archives: February 2014

Faster Braces With PROPEL Orthodontics

As an adult, you’re probably so busy that a perfect smile is low on your list of priorities. Who has time to spend months or even years in braces? Fortunately, there is now an innovative orthodontic procedure that can speed up time in adult braces by 30, 40 or even 50%! It’s called PROPEL orthodontics and involves a simple three-step procedure that can be done at the dental office in mere minutes.

How Does PROPEL Ortho Work?
PROPEL uses a revolutionary device that is ready to use, sterile and disposable. Any orthodontist can use it with minimal training and it doesn’t cause any pain for the patient. Basically, the device stimulates the bone in your mouth to produce an inflammatory response that accelerates the tooth movement associated with orthodontic treatments.
Specifically, the procedure – called Alveocentesis™ – involves adjusting the device’s depth dial to the desired tip depth to micro-invasively stimulate the bone. Tissue is kept taught the whole time and covers the tip, while the LED stop indicator light illuminates to prevent the tip from penetrating deeper than needed. That means your dentist or orthodontist can provide quicker, more accurate results.

Features and Benefits of PROPEL Ortho
So why is Propel orthodontics better than traditional orthodontic methods? It’s all about the patented device, which has a variety of innovative features to benefit both the patient and the dentist. Here are some of them:
• LED Depth Stop Indicator – this lights up when the set depth length is reached, minimizing or eliminating errors.
• Micro edge with a patented pitch – for extra precision.
• Surgical steel construction – state-of-the-art, professional design.
• Packaged and reusable – so you have peace of mind each procedure has maximum efficiency.
• Ergonomic design – lets your dentist have ultimate control.

These are just a few of the innovative features Propel ortho offers. Schedule a consultation with Lebowitz Dental today to find out if Propel can get you the smile you deserve!

FAA Announces New Sleep Apnea Policy

sleep apnea policyMost people don’t mind when another person nods off during a plane trip… as long as that person isn’t the pilot. That’s a feeling shared by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as they announced a new policy requiring pilots to participate in mandatory testing for obstructive sleep apnea going forward.

The policy introduces an assortment of screening requirements and evaluations to ensure FAA pilots don’t suffer from the sleep disorder. As a trained pilot and dentist, Dr. Lebowitz understands the importance of treating sleep apnea before you get in a plane.

Since more than half of people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are overweight, pilots with a BMI of 40 or greater are required to participate in a sleep study and evaluation from a board-certified sleep specialist. If they don’t, they risk disqualification.

This brings to light a couple great questions for the rest of us: 1, how do I know if I have sleep apnea?; and 2, how can I treat it?

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea
If you don’t already know, sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where breathing is interrupted during sleep. This causes fatigue, stress and increases the potential for problematic conditions like high blood pressure and heart failure. It also increases the risk for vehicle accidents, which is why the FAA is moving forward with their policy.
How do you know if you have sleep apnea?

A consultation with Lebowitz Dental is the best way, but here are some common symptoms:
• Excessive sleepiness and lack of energy during the day
• Loud or chronic snoring at night
• Waking up with a dry mouth or throat
• Suddenly waking up during the night with a choking sensation
• Recurring insomnia

Treating Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can be addressed by doing things like losing weight, lowering your alcohol intake and avoiding sleeping on your back. But the best way is to visit your dentist for a dental device consultation. These oral devices are design to keep your airways open during sleep and eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea. Dentists are also experienced and trained to address sleep apnea, so they’re the best source for addressing sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea pilots and other patients can address obstructive sleep apnea with a visit to the Lebowitz Dental. If you think you have sleep apnea, schedule a consultation today!