Dr. Wendling's Cosmetic Dentistry Blog

Lake Oswego Dentist Serving Portland, & Nearby West Linn, OR

Wed, 06/21/2017

Portland sleep apnea and snoring treatmentSnoring is obviously not unusual. Many people in Portland and around the country deal with snoring, and most shrug it off as a minor annoyance (their sleep partners are often less sanguine about it, of course). But in some cases, chronic snoring can be a sign of something more serious: sleep apnea.

When is snoring a serious problem worthy of treatment from our experienced dentist? It's certainly true that any individual episode of snoring isn't necessarily a huge concern, and you shouldn't panic upon learning you snored the night before.

It's worth pursuing treatment if your snoring becomes something chronic – if you or your sleep partner notices that you've been snoring a lot, it might be a sign of sleep apnea. You should also be on the lookout for other sleep apnea symptoms, particularly fatigue in spite of what seemed like a full night's sleep.

A combination of chronic snoring and other symptoms is a decent indicator that you might suffer from sleep apnea. You should call our office as soon as possible to arrange a diagnostic examination – if left untreated, sleep apnea can pose a serious threat to your health and well-being.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you think you might need sleep apnea treatment, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 to schedule a consultation.

Wed, 05/17/2017

Detection of TMJ in Portland

One of the frustrations of temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, is that the symptoms of the condition are easy to dismiss or to attribute to other, less serious concerns. And when our Portland-area patients do this, they miss an opportunity to address the root cause of their chronic headaches and other miseries.

If you understand this, then you can be on the lookout for the following symptoms, and you can call our office as soon as possible for diagnosis and treatment. Some of the signs and symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Chronic, incurable tension headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Pain in the upper back or shoulders
  • Clicking jaw or “locked” jaw
  • Shifting teeth or grinding teeth

Obviously, experiencing any one of these symptoms doesn't necessarily mean you have TMJ. A single headache can be caused by any number of factors. But if you suffer from multiple items on this list, you might very well have TMJ.

The first step is diagnosis. Our office has unique, advanced diagnostic technology that can track every inch of movement in your jaw and determine if there's an alignment problem. If there is, we can then move forward with finding a treatment that will relax your jaw muscles and alleviate your symptoms.

If you suffer from chronic tension headaches in or around Portland, Oregon, you might have TMJ. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 to arrange a consultation and examination. 

Wed, 04/19/2017

Portland sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry is growing increasingly popular in the Portland area. This is because many of our patients realize that, though they have serious dental anxiety, they have serious dental work they cannot put off any longer. And sedation dentistry represents a solution.

Among the many questions about sedation dentistry we field, some of the most common are, “Why should I undergo sedation dentistry? What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?”

At the end of the day, there's one big benefit to sedation dentistry: you can get the dental work you need.

And that's huge. For many of our patients, dental anxiety is more than just a little nervousness about going to the dentist. Instead, it's a serious condition that renders them completely unable to visit a dentist's office. This means they go years without even undergoing a simple cleaning. And this is a serious problem – when your dental needs are left unaddressed, problems like gum disease can take hold.

We understand you might have some concerns about sedation dentistry. We're eager to address those concerns, answer your questions and help you undergo the dental work you need.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you're suffering from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might be right for you. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

Tue, 03/21/2017

Let's be honest: very few people want braces. Traditional metal braces are quite good at adjusting your bite or jaw alignment, but they're unsightly and uncomfortable. Fortunately, they aren't your only option. If you're a Portland-area resident looking for inconspicuous orthodontic adjustment, Invisalign® might be just the right solution for you.

Portland Invisalign Dentist - Dr. WendlingEvery patient is unique, of course, but time and time again we have found that Invisalign® is the perfect option for our patients. It offers the following advantages over traditional metal braces:

  • Invisalign® aligners are comfortable – they fit snugly over your teeth and do not require any unpleasant tightening appointments
  • The aligners can be easily removed at meal time, meaning you don't have to worry about getting food under the wires of your braces
  • Most importantly, these aligners are completely clear and invisible. No one will know you're wearing Invisalign®, and you'll be able to smile with ease and comfort at a meeting or on a first date

As you can see, Invisalign® is an exciting option for any number of reasons. Our patients often tell us how thrilled they are with their aligners and the end results of their Invisalign® treatments. We're happy to talk to you about Invisalign® and what it can do for you.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you're curious about Invisalign®, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

Mon, 02/27/2017

Portland sedation dentistryMillions of Americans, and tens of thousands of Portland residents, suffer from dental anxiety. These fears go beyond general nervousness. Instead, they are debilitating phobias that prevent the sufferers from undergoing needed dental work. If you suffer from dental anxiety, sedation dentistry from Wendling Contemporary Dental Health is a fantastic option.

Sedation dentistry is really quite simple. We will provide you with a sedative – either in the form of a pill or through nitrous oxide gas – before your procedure. During your dental work, you will be in a pleasant, relaxed state – conscious and able to respond to Dr. Wendling's instructions, but not at all worried or stressed about the experience.

In particularly severe cases, patients might need to undergo sleep dentistry. While the terms “sleep dentistry” and “sedation dentistry” are used interchangeably, they are much different. Sleep dentistry involves the use of general anesthesia to render a patient completely unconscious during a procedure. This is a much more involved procedure, but we will work to find a dental office that can meet your needs if sleep dentistry is what is required.

If you live in the Portland, Oregon area and you suffer from severe dental anxiety, sedation dentistry represents a solution. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation and examination.

Tue, 01/17/2017

Portland sedation dentistry candidacyMany Portland-area patients come to our office asking about sedation dentistry. It represents an exciting solution for patients who are suffering from severe dental anxiety.

At Wendling Contemporary Dental Health, our number one priority is ensuring that your health and well-being are protected. This means carefully examining you to make sure that sedation dentistry – or any other procedure you might be considering – is the right fit for you.

Ideal candidates for sedation dentistry:

  • Have severe dental anxiety. This doesn't mean some nervousness or stress at the thought of going to the dentist – this is normal. Instead, severe dental anxiety is a crippling condition that prevents you from undergoing needed dental work.
  • Are in good overall health and have no active infections.
  • Are not allergic to common sedatives. That's why it's important that you be completely open and honest with us about your medical history. Answer all of our questions completely and share any allergies or medical episodes from your past.

Of course, it's impossible to say for sure whether you're a candidate for sedation dentistry over the internet. The only way to know for sure is to arrange an appointment at our office and discuss your options. We'll help you determine if sedation dentistry is right for you.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you have severe dental anxiety, sedation dentistry might represent a solution. Please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 to schedule a consultation.

Wed, 12/14/2016

Invisalign® is very popular with Portland-area patients in need of orthodontic adjustment. It's not hard to see why – Invisalign® offers a number of advantages over traditional metal braces. These aligners are clear, inconspicuous, comfortable and don't have any metal wires to poke or prod your gums and cheeks.

As such, you might find yourself asking the question that serves as the title to this blog post. Lots of people visit us and ask, “Can I get Invisalign®?” It's one of our most popular questions.

Here's the good news: pretty much everyone who is a candidate for traditional metal braces is also a good candidate for Invisalign®. There aren't any special requirements to wear these aligners, and so long as you're in good overall health and don't suffer from gum disease you are likely a fine candidate for Invisalign®.

Of course, the only way to know for sure is to arrange a consultation and examination and speak with Dr. Wendling about your options. We'll be happy to evaluate your teeth and jaw to determine if these aligners are right for you.

If you live in or around Portland, Oregon and you have questions about Invisalign®, please call Wendling Contemporary Dental Health today at 503-636-4069 for a consultation. 

Thu, 11/17/2016

Portland general dentist - Dr. WendlingAre you concerned about your overall dental health? It is important to maintain good dental hygiene in order to have a healthy, beautiful smile that lasts a lifetime. To maintain good dental hygiene, there are many things that you should do every day at home. These good dental hygiene routines include:

  • Brush your teeth after every single meal if possible. If that isn't possible, brush your teeth -- front, back and your tongue -- for at least two minutes each time, twice per day.
  • When brushing, use a fluoride toothpaste or fluoride rinse.
  • Floss your teeth with a good dental floss every day.
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to kill bacteria that may survive after brushing and flossing.
  • Avoid food that sticks to your teeth, including sugary foods and drinks and caffeinated beverages.
  • Avoid alcohol and tobacco.
  • Eat tooth-healthy food to promote the strength and health of your teeth.
  • Consume plenty of vitamins to keep your teeth strong.

In addition to these at-home tips, it is important to visit Dr. Wendling at least twice per year to maintain your dental health. At your routine dental visit, Dr. Wendling will perform a variety of preventative care which includes:

  • Perform a deep cleaning on your teeth
  • Floss your teeth
  • Provide a fluoride treatment
  • Apply a sealant to molars
  • Take x-rays
  • Visually inspect your mouth and teeth to assess overall health of your teeth
  • Make any recommendations for preventative care

These general dentistry services are crucial to maintaining healthy teeth and gums for years to come.

Please contact Dr. Sue Wendling today at (503) 636-4069 for a consultation. Our experienced Portland general dentist can help you maintain a healthy smile that lasts a lifetime.

Tue, 10/11/2016

Do you have staining or discoloration on your teeth? Are you unhappy with the look of your smile because of this? If so, professional teeth whitening might be a good treatment option for you. At Wendling Contemporary Dental Health, we offer both at home and in office teeth whitening treatment options to give you the white, beautiful smile you have always desired in a way that best suits your lifestyle and needs.

At home teeth whitening is available to you if you want to be able to maintain your white smile at your convenience. At your initial appointment, you will be fitted for custom trays to fit your upper and lower teeth. In addition to the trays, you will be given teeth whitening gel that also contains desensitizer to minimize tooth sensitivity. The gel should be placed in the trays and worn for an hour each day. This at home professional teeth whitening option will take about two weeks to give you a dramatically brighter smile.

In office teeth whitening is available to you if you want a whiter smile as quickly as possible. The Zoom! professional whitening system will dramatically whiten teeth during one office visit. During this procedure, teeth whitening gel is applied to the teeth and a special light is used to activate the teeth whitening gel, making it quickly take effect. This process takes a little more than an hour in the office. You will also be given an at home kit to treat future staining if needed.

To find out more about your professional teeth whitening options in Portland, please contact Wendling Contemporary Dental Health at (503) 636-4069 today.

Thu, 09/22/2016

The United States Department of Health and Human Services has designated September as “Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Month” in recognition of the many health benefits of eating fruits and vegetables. Consumption of fruits and vegetables is associated with reduced risks of heart disease, diabetes, and some forms of cancer, in addition to preventing obesity and lowering blood pressure. Our Portland general dentistry office knows that fruits and veggies are great for your oral health, too.

Better Oral Health with Fruits & Veggies

The fiber in vegetables and fruits helps to clean your teeth as you eat, reducing the sugar and acidity that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Fruits and vegetables are rich in vitamins and minerals essential for healthy enamel and gums, including magnesium, calcium and Vitamin A.

Unfortunately, most Americans do not eat enough fruits and vegetables in their diets. Getting more fruits and vegetables can be as simple as switching to carrot or celery sticks for a snack, or having fruit for dessert. When you start to look for ways to add vegetables to your meals, you open a whole new door to variety and great tasting meals.

If you live in the Portland area, please call Dr. Wendling's office at 503-636-4069 today to schedule an appointment with an experienced general dentist.

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Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035