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Introducing Solea Sleep: A Solution for Snoring!

August 26th, 2021

We are STOKED to announce that we’ve gotten in on the ground floor of a new technology using our Solea dental laser - Solea Sleep! Finally there may be a remedy to the snoring that plagues many of us. Let’s run down some common questions:

What is snoring?

Simply, loose tissue that vibrates while air flows through the mouth or nose causes the noise we call snoring. 

What are common causes of snoring?

  • Nasal: Allergies, Deviated septum, etc.
  • Throat: Bulky Tissue, enlarged tonsils
  • Mouth: Long Palate or Uvula, Poor muscle tone in Soft Palate*, Large Tongue

*This accounts for up to 80% of all snoring!!

What does Solea Sleep do to treat snoring?

Solea Sleep targets palatal fluttering by delivering laser energy to tighten collagen in the soft palate. This tightens the tissue and reduces the vibration that causes snoring.

Expect this treatment to reduce snoring, not eliminate it.  You’ll start seeing results in as little as 1-3 days and they’ll last approximately 1 year. It is important to note that this treatment will not treat sleep apnea, so if you’ve been diagnosed with OSA please touch base with us for alternate treatment options.

Is snoring a big issue for you? This might be exactly what you need! Contact our office today to learn more or schedule an appointment.

3D Printing: Our Newest Bit of Digital Dentistry

December 16th, 2019

3D Dental PrintingIt’s here! It’s finally here! We’ve been eyeing a 3D printer for months now, waiting for the right time to introduce one to our practice, and now the time has come. Here’s a quick FAQ on our latest technological advance!

What is 3D printing?

Very simply, a printer puts out layer after layer of thin material to build up a three dimensional object. This is often called additive manufacturing, in contrast to the “subtractive” manufacturing or milling done for our same day crowns. Instead of removing material to create an object (i.e. crown or onlay), the appropriate type of liquid resin is applied in thin layers and then cured to create the appliance or restoration needed.

3D printing has been around since the 80s and 90s, but the term and its use has recently seen a big upswing. The machines themselves are quite simple, and wouldn’t be much without the sophisticated design software that allows our dentists to design restorations, appliances and guides from start to finish in a virtual environment. At Strobel, we use Itero, Dentsply Sirona, and SureSmile software, among others!

How is 3D printing used in Dentistry?

As the technology continues to develop, the possibilities are pretty much endless! Right now, considering what will maximize resources, time, and benefit to the patient, we will be printing:

Why is 3D printing any better than traditional methods?

When evaluating any product, the most common considerations are quality, time, and cost. Bringing the manufacturing of these appliances gives us heightened control over the output, allowing us to better meet individual needs. Longer term, as we continue to integrate the technology into our practice, it will result in a considerable time and cost savings that we can pass on to our patients.