Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Patients Without Dental Insurance

We’ve launched our membership club to 
simplify payments for preventative care. 

Our loyal members also save money on treatment.

Join online now or give us a 

call at (925) 945-8006.

Dr. Daniel R. Pestana DDS, APC
2255 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Ste. J-2
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Use It or Loose It!

Maximize your Dental Benefits for 2016

Call Us Today (925)945-8006

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

A good night's sleep has the power to restore the body and enliven the mind. 

What causes snoring? 

Most Common:

  • Sleep Apnea 
  • Congestion
  • Swollen Tonsils
  • Excess Bodyweight
  • Use of Drugs & Alcohol

As many as 50 percent of adults have some type of snoring problem. Snoring is the result of vibration of the soft tissues in your mouth and your throat. When awake, the muscles surrounding these structures tighten, keeping the air passage open. When asleep these soft tissues relax, and lower jaw and tongue drop back, blocking the opening to your airway when you breathe, which causes the soft tissues to vibrate. The sound of those vibrating tissues is what we call snoring.

What you can do to stop snoring?

  • Lose Weight
  • Using a humidifier at night 
  • Applying nasal Strips before bed
  • A customized appliance to treat snoring (Oral appliance made at Dental Office)
  • Diagnosis & Treatment of Sleep Apnea (Physician or Trained Dentist can Diagnose)

What is Sleep Apnea?

A potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.
Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious, life threatening disorder that is characterized as a series of episodes in which a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or longer during sleep.

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.

How is Sleep Apnea Diagnose? 

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.

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. Snoring is a major indicator, but not all symptoms are so obvious-and audible. A dentist can detect the less evident symptoms of sleep apnea through a candid conversation with a patient, in conjunction with an exam, about the patients's recent pains or discomforts. A dentist may suspect a patient suffers from sleep apnea if the patient complains about  lethargy, morning headaches, or dry mouth (typically caused by open mouth breathing during sleep).

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea: 

  • Morning headaches
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability and impaired mental or emotional functioning
  • Excessive snoring, chocking, or gasping during sleep
  • Insomnia
  • Awakening with a dry mouth or sore throat
Most dentist have undergone special training for the treatment of sleep apnea and are very skilled in its management using behavioral modification and dental appliances, but a confirmed diagnosis from a sleep medicine specialist is required before any treatment can be administered.

Sleep apnea can be a silent condition, it can go undiagnosed for many years. It is important to keep an open and honest dialog with health care professionals to ensure that conditions such as sleep apnea can be identified and properly treated.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

No Dental Insurance?

If you don’t currently have dental insurance – or – if your employer is considering dropping your dental coverage, then we have great news!
We now have an easy solution just for you.
We now have our own in-house patient loyalty program that provides all the rewards of dental insurance without the headaches. Every family member can join too.
For a small monthly membership fee, you’ll receive complimentary:
·      Bi-annual dental cleanings
·      Doctor exams
·      All scheduled x-rays
PLUS a special Member’s Only Discount on any needed treatment, including cosmetic services!
Even better, because our patient loyalty program is not insurance, there are:
·      No deductibles
·      No yearly maximum benefits
·      No exclusions for cosmetic or elective care
It’s NOT insurance... It’s better than insurance.
Please visit our website for more member rewards and pricing.
Our own patient loyalty program is just one more way we strive to keep you smiling!
To your health, 

2255 Ygnacio Valley Rd. Ste. J-2
Walnut Creek, CA 94598                                                                                                                 

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Dental Insurance Benefits

How to Maximize Your Dental Benefits
As the year end approaches it's time to think about how to Maximize your Dental Benefits! You probably know that maintaining dental health is an important part of your overall well-being. Studies suggest a connection between gum disease and a variety of serious health problems, including heart disease, stroke, and arthritis. Poor oral health may even affect memory and cognitive skills.
  Maintaining good dental health, prevention cannot be overemphasized. The cost and discomfort of major dental work can largely be avoided with good oral hygiene, regular preventative care, and early diagnosis and treatment.                                                                                 
Steps to Maximizing your dental coverage and minimizing out-of-pocket expenses:                                   
  • Develop good oral hygiene habits   
  • Brush after each meal or at least twice daily
  • Floss at least once daily (don't forget to floss behind back molars)    
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • Use an antibacterial mouthwash to help reduce bacteria in the mouth                 
  • Eat a balanced diet with minimal sweets
  • If you chew gum be sure it is sugar-free                                                 
  • Schedule a dental exam and cleaning every six months
  • Immediately schedule your next appointment before you leave dentist office.
  • Understand your benefit options
  • Understand your coinsurance amount
  • Understand your annual deductible amount
  • Understand the number of cleanings covered per year
  • Understand how often X-rays are allowed
  • Understand the annual maximum benefit
  • Maximize End of the year dental benefits before you loose them
Work with your Dentist, most plans have annual maximum, you can make the most of your benefits by working with your dentist to schedule care with that in mind. It's very important, however, not to delay necessary treatment, as the condition will likely worsen and become more expensive to treat.                                                                                                            
Maximize End of the year dental benefits before the calendar rolls over to next year. Most dental insurance plans provide a set amount of benefits each year, and expired on Dec. 31. It's Truly a "Use It Or Lose It"situation. The benefits don't carry over to the next year though. You either use the benefits you've paid for through annual insurance premiums, or you forfeit the benefit you're entitle to under the provisions of your plan.

                          ACT NOW TO MAXIMIZE END OF THE YEAR DENTAL                                                                          BENEFITS BEFORE LOSING THEM ON JANUARY 1st.