Though it may not seem obvious, your mouth and jaw position can greatly influence your quality of sleep, leading to snoring or obstructive sleep apnea. At Bowen Legacy Dental, we are pleased to offer a variety of sleep dentistry treatments, including SomnoDent™ by SomnoMed, custom snore guards, and Healthy Start™, a system for children’s sleep-disordered breathing. This range of treatments helps patients of all ages achieve restful nights and better health. While many patients suffer from sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep-disordered breathing, not all recognize the impact that restless sleep and poor breathing can have on their health and quality of life.
The dangers of sleep apnea and snoring
If you struggle with sleep apnea, you are at a higher risk for issues like heart problems and high blood pressure. Throughout the night, someone with sleep apnea undergoes a dangerous cycle of interrupted breathing, with airways collapsing and blocking proper oxygen flow to the lungs. As this occurs, the brain partially awakens the person, allowing their jaw to loosen for airflow as the tongue and throat return back to a normal position. Throughout the night, this cycle can repeat itself upwards of 50 times per hour, leading to restless sleep, loud sounds that disturb your bed partner, and higher risks for serious health conditions.
How dental sleep devices work
By wearing one of our custom-fitted snore guards or a SomnoDent device, your jaw will slightly shift forward, creating a clear airway that is maintained throughout the night. Tackling your chronic sleep problems can result in better sleep, less daytime fatigue, fewer headaches, and improved concentration—not to mention eliminating the serious health risks that accompany sleep apnea. Plus, with SomnoDent by SomnoMed and our custom-made dental snore guards, your quality of sleep will improve—without the more intensive and uncomfortable treatments available like CPAP.
If you or a loved one suffer from snoring and sleep apnea, call us today to schedule an appointment to discuss your treatment options. With our advanced services, Dr. Bowen and Dr. Gehlert look forward to helping you achieve better health, improved quality of sleep, and peace of mind through our sleep dentistry.
We are proud to use natural ozone therapies to target and eliminate bacteria in the mouth. The use of ozone offers many benefits, from remineralization of enamel to fighting infection. By pairing this advanced treatment with dental procedures and surgeries, we can encourage better oral health and eliminate the possibility of bacterial growth following a treatment.
The HealthyStart™ System offers relief to children who suffer from sleep-disordered breathing (SDB). This innovative system straightens teeth without braces, helping children breathe clearly and avoid long-term consequences of interrupted sleep. By tackling the underlying cause of SDB, HealthyStart™ creates a clear airway for children, offering a permanent solution to sleep-related breathing problems and a beautiful, aligned smile.
One common filling used by dentists is a material called amalgam, or silver fillings. Though many people have these fillings without experiencing any health consequence, amalgam does contain mercury, putting some patients at risk for complications, including allergic reactions to mercury and overexposure to the toxin. We are proud to offer our patients safe, mercury-free alternatives like our tooth-colored composite fillings.
For those suffering from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, we can protect your teeth, ease your discomfort, and provide you with a healthy, effective solution you deserve.
Soft Tissue Laser
Using a soft tissue laser offers improved accuracy and healing times for a variety of procedures. Benefits of using soft tissues lasers in surgery include reduced swelling, less discomfort, and reduced bleeding for patients—creating a more enjoyable experience for the patient and a more precise result.
When patients experience sleep problems, like snoring or sleep apnea, they often fail to realize the role that their mouth plays in creating these issues. Our sleep services, including SomnoMed and sleep guards, gently push the jaw forward, creating a clear airway during the night that improves snoring and sleep apnea. This often eliminates the need for more intensive and uncomfortable treatments, like the use of a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine.
Food has the potential to nourish or harm our bodies, affecting not only oral health, but also your entire body. By prioritizing nutrients and wellness, you can experience the wonderful effects of balanced health—without sacrificing the joy and flavors of food.
Nontoxic Dental Materials
At Bowen Legacy Dental, we are committed to using only non-toxic dental materials. By keeping our plastics BPA-free and our fillings free from mercury, we help you maintain good oral health and total body wellness.
Cone Beam Computed Tomography (CBCT)
Using small cameras in your mouth, the CBCT allows us to capture precise, highly detailed 3D images of your teeth. The detail of these images is invaluable for accurate diagnostics, in-depth recording of dental problems, and improved communication between patient and dentist. This cutting edge technology is the best of dental imaging, and our practice is proud to be one of the few offices in central Ohio who has the Cone Beam CT Scan at our disposal.
Orofacial myofunctional disorders prohibit your tongue and facial muscles from optimally functioning. Over time, these disorders can seriously impact the quality of your life—leading to issues like sleep-disordered breathing or malocclusions. A variety of behaviors fall into this category, including:
Orthotropic Appliance Therapy
Orthotropic appliance therapy is an innovative, holistic, and preventive treatment that guides pediatric facial growth. Using specialized oral appliances with patient compliance, we can prevent the onset or worsening of many problems. These include issues like misaligned teeth, difficulty biting and chewing, improper swallowing, pediatric sleep-disordered breathing, obstructive sleep apnea, speech difficulties, and TMJ disorders.
Our family dentistry ranges from general examinations to dental implants and dentures. We care for smiles across all stages of life and look forward to helping you create a foundation for better overall health. Learn More
We provide a selection of cosmetic dental options to help you love your smile! From veneers to advanced whitening, our cosmetic services are safe and effective ways to boost your smile—without sacrificing your smile health.Learn More
We know that oral health has the power to affect your entire wellness. All of our dental services are based on the principles of whole-body wellness and are committed to boosting your overall health through safe, effective, non-toxic means, like mercury-free fillings and balanced nutrition.