Yakima, WA Dentist
Reep Family Dental
3804 Kern Road Suite A
Yakima, WA 98902
(509) 388-0331
By Reep Family Dental
December 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

If CPAP therapy isn’t helping your sleep apnea symptoms find out how a unique dental treatment could.

Sleep apnea is a frustrating sleep disorder because it not only wreaks havoc on the quality of your sleep and causes you to feel cpapexhausted throughout the day but it also can cause serious health issues. If CPAP treatment isn’t working for you or you want to find out if there is another simpler want to treat your symptoms, it’s time to visit our Yakima, WA dentist, Dr. Nic Reep, to find out how we can help.

You might be surprised to hear that a dentist can help treat your sleep apnea symptoms but it’s true. While you will, of course, need to see a sleep specialist to get a proper diagnosis, we can work with your sleep doctors to determine whether oral appliance therapy is right for you.

What is oral appliance therapy?

An oral appliance is a custom-made removable appliance that is designed to reposition the jaw forward to prevent the airways from collapsing while you sleep. In order to get this special oral appliance you will need to be properly fitted by our Yakima general dentist. While CPAP therapy remains the most effective way to tackle sleep apnea, there are some patients who will find the relief that they need with oral appliance therapy. Plus, it’s small and easily portable, making it less of an inconvenience than CPAP therapy.

There are two different kinds of oral appliances to consider for treating your obstructive sleep apnea: Mandibular repositioning and tongue retaining devices. The mandibular repositioning device shifts the lower jaw forward and down to keep the airways open. This is the most popular oral appliance used to treat sleep apnea. Of course, you can also choose to get a tongue-retaining device, which the oral device holds the tongue in place to keep airways open.

If you are interested in finding out more about oral appliance therapy and whether it’s the right way to tackle your sleep apnea then call Reep Family Dental & Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA today.

By Reep Family Dental
October 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: nutrition  

Most of us are aware of the food and drinks we need to avoid in order to prevent common dental issues like tooth stains and nutritiondiscoloration, cavities, and gum disease. And while preventing problems that can cause serious damage is one of the most important aspects of an oral hygiene and dental care routine, our teeth and gums (like the rest of the body) also need essential nutrients in order to stay strong and look their best.

Dental Care and Gum Disease Prevention in Yakima, WA

Dr. Nic Reep, a dentist at Yakima, WA based Reep Family Dental & Dental Sleep Solutions, advises patients to think of their diet as an extension of an overall health and wellness plan that includes the teeth and gums. In addition to daily brushing and flossing, dental check ups, and professional cleanings, the food we eat is one of the most effective tools in either boosting or harming our oral health.

Dentist Approved Foods for Healthy Teeth and Gums

According to the American Dental Association (ADA), our teeth and gums are usually the first to suffer the effects of a poor diet lacking in essential nutrients and vitamins. Along with avoiding over-consumption of processed foods with excessive added sugar, dentists advise eating foods that contribute to dental health, such as:

  • Milk, cheese, yogurt (calcium)
  • Nuts (almonds are high in calcium, protein, and good fats - without the added sugar)
  • Greens - although leafy greens like spinach and kale may not be the first to come to mind when thinking about dental health, they are rich in a number of essential nutrients such as calcium (which helps to protect tooth enamel), folic acid, and vitamin B, all of which also promote general health for the whole body.
  • Crunchy fruits and vegetables - like apples, celery, and carrots - help to scrape excess food particles from the surface of the teeth, and promote saliva production, which helps to flush out cavity and gum disease causing bacteria after every meal.

Find a Dentist in Yakima, WA

A healthy diet and good oral hygiene practices, including regular dental checkups and professional cleanings, are the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums, and prevent tooth decay and gum disease. For more information on the diet and dental care routine that is best for you, contact Reep Family Dental & Dental Sleep Solutions by calling (509)-248-0986 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Reep today.

By Reep Family Dental
August 08, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers  

Countless surveys rank “a nice smile” at the top of the list of desired physical attributes. The appearance of your teeth can significantly affect how healthy and young you look to other people. If you want to show off your best smile possible at your next big social affair or business meeting, learn more about porcelain veneers. For many patients of Reep Family Dental in Yakima, WA, getting dental veneers is a life-changing experience that helps them regain their confidence. 

What Are Veneers?
When your natural teeth don’t give you the smile that you’d like, dental veneers can.veneers Veneers are translucent tooth coverings that have a similar look and feel to contact lenses. They can be bonded to the front of your teeth and shaped to give you a whole new look when you smile. They help with the following common cosmetic problems:

  • Too-small teeth.
  • Gapped teeth.
  • Slightly protruding or crooked teeth.
  • Yellowed or stained teeth that can’t be whitened.

How Veneers Are Installed
The process of installing new veneers takes about two or three appointments with your Yakima cosmetic dentist. Your natural teeth have to be healthy enough to support the veneers before they are installed. Before the installation appointment, a small amount of enamel is removed from the front of each tooth in the treatment plan to make room for the veneers. At the final appointment, they are securely bonded to the surface and adjusted by the dentist, then your beautiful new smile is revealed.

Your Best Smile Possible
Many patients are amazed by how much better they look when they get veneers. Porcelain veneers don’t just brighten up your teeth, they brighten up your entire face. Studies have shown that when your teeth are whiter and straighter, it makes you look younger and healthier. Veneers will give you a better smile for as many as 20 years with good dental care.

Make Today the Day
If you’ve been thinking about getting veneers to improve your smile, but have been delaying for one reason or another, make today the day. Call Reep Family Dental in Yakima, WA today at (509)-248-0986 to set up a consultation appointment.

By Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions
June 13, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: sleep apnea  

Millions of Americans have sleep apnea but many of them don't even know they're suffering from this condition. That's because the patient is asleep when it's happening. Sleep apnea isn’t something that goes away on its own, but thankfully there are ways your dentist Sleep Apneacan help. Explore the signs that you may have sleep apnea and talk to a dentist at Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA about your options.

About Sleep Apnea
It’s estimated that about 20 percent of adults have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea. As the name suggests, an obstruction in the upper breathing passages causes the patient to wake up dozens of times during the course of a night—sometimes as often as 400 times in severe cases. The symptoms are often accompanied by loud snoring. Sleep apnea is more common in patients who are overweight because they have more pressure on their air passageways.

Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea
Short of video taping yourself while sleeping or having a loved one watch you sleep, there is no definitive way to diagnose yourself with sleep apnea. Only a medical doctor can diagnose you with sleep apnea, but these are a few indications that you may have this condition:

  • Tiredness and irritability even after a full night's sleep.
  • Fatigue throughout the day.
  • Lack of mental clarity and attention due to lack of rest.
  • Unexplained headaches in the morning.

Sleep Apnea Treatments
You may be surprised to learn how sleep apnea can be treated by your Yakima dentist. A custom device can be created that will help relieve the pressure on the airways that causes sleep apnea symptoms. Imagine how refreshed you'll feel after your first full night of restful, uninterrupted sleep.

Call for Help
Sleep apnea is more than just an annoyance—it can cause you to have a number of problems related to lack of proper sleep. Call Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA at (509) 248-0986 today to get help from a caring and understanding family dentist.

By Reep Family Dental
April 01, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are your missing teeth affecting more than just your smile? Do you feel embarrassed or self-conscious of your gaps? If so, you could dental implantsbenefit from dental implants. These permanent and effective dental restorations rejuvenate your smile, leaving you looking and feeling great. Don’t let missing teeth affect your smile. Ask your Yakima, WA dentist about dental implants.

How do dental implants work?

Dental implants have three main parts:

  • Implant Fixture: The fixture is a titanium, biocompatible cylinder which your dentist implants into the jawbone beneath the missing tooth to replace its root.
  • Implant Abutment: The implant’s abutment connects the implant’s fixture to the prosthetic tooth.
  • Crown: A dental crown covers the implant itself to replace the missing tooth.

Dental implants work in two phases: implantation/recovery and crown placement. During phase one, your dentist surgically implants the fixture into the jawbone. After surgery, the fixture begins to integrate into the bone. After successful integration, phase two begins. This simply involves an appointment with your dentist to attach the crown to the fixture.

What can dental implants do? 
In addition to replacing a single tooth, dental implants can also replace many or all of the teeth. By strategically placing implant fixtures throughout the arch of the mouth, the implants can hold a removable or permanent full denture in place. Implants also replace several teeth in a row with an implant-supported bridge. Instead of using the healthy teeth surrounding a gap to hold the bridge in place, an implant on either side provides a sturdy foundation for the restoration.

The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are made to last a lifetime with the proper care. They function and feel just like normal teeth, meaning you will care for your new implant just as you would your own teeth. Brushing twice daily, flossing at least once a day and seeing your dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at six-month intervals ensures your implants stay healthy. In addition to being easy to maintain, dental implants also function like natural teeth. This allows you to eat the foods you love, speak without fear of your dentures moving around or falling out and live a confident, gap-free life.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Nic Reep, DDS at Reep Family Dental and Dental Sleep Solutions in Yakima, WA. Call (509) 248-0986 to speak with an associate about scheduling your consultation for dental implants.

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