Types of X-Rays Available at Our Clinic
- Small Xrays (Intra-oral Bitewings and Periapical)
- Full View (OPG)
- Jaw Joint Xray
- 3D Cone Beam CT scan
- Airway Assessment xray
Why do we take X-rays?
We take xrays only when they are needed, for your personal health and peace of mind.
X-Rays need to be taken for many reasons, including
- As part of a general dental check up
- Detect tooth decay
- In kids to check if teeth are forming and erupting normally
- Wisdom teeth formation and whether they are impacted
- Bone issues such as cysts, malformation
- Infection of the teeth or bone
- Jaw Joint (TMJ) clicking or pain
- Implant Surgery
- Root Canal Treatment
Reliable and Safe
With the revolutionary DCS sensor, each xray uses the lowest radiation dosage possible, while still resulting in images with unparalleled definition. This means picking up any tooth decay or bone conditions are now more accurate than ever, with the minimum of radiation dosage to you.
Comfortable and Fast
For smaller x-rays, we use digital film that is wireless and paper thin, for easy and comfortable fit in your mouth.
Our x-rays are efficient, with lower exposure time and lower dosage to you. X-rays are taken in a few seconds, quickly and comfortably.
Less Radiation, No Waiting
Our all digital x-ray systems compared to conventional film x-ray means that you receive much less radiation dosage from the x-ray, and the x-rays appear instantly, with no waiting time.
Sharp Layer (SL) Technology
SL Technology allows you to generate several thousand images during a single rotation. The fragments with the best focus are automatically combined to form one X-ray image with incomparable sharpness. High resolution images of the entire jaw – every time.
Low in Radiation, High in Definition
The chart above illustrates the low risk of dental x-rays. The numbers are taken from averages of multiple digital xray systems.
What Is Sleep Apnea? How Does it Affect Me?
Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you stop breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep.
Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.
Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.
As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition.
Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.
The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.
When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnea.
Source: National Hearth, Lung and Blood Institute USA (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea)
Sleep Apnea and Dentistry
In some people, Sleep Apnea may caused by your jaw position, constricted upper jaw, or crowded teeth.
We can take a specific 3D x-rays of your airway with your jaw in various positions, similar to during sleep. Using a specialised software, we can stimulate how your airway is affected, and design a small oral appliance that fits over your teeth, for you to use during sleep.
SICAT is the unique treatment for treatment of certain forms of sleep apnea, without the need for bulky CPAP machines, or surgery.
Visualization and planning of the appliance-based therapy customised to your individual anatomy, taking into account the mandibular joints.
If you suspect you have sleep apnea, please come in for an assessment and our dentist will check if your case is suitable for our SICAT appliance
Read more about SICAT by clicking here