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Oral Cancer Screening Houston, TXWhile many of us visit the doctor regularly for evaluations to screen for cancers, many don’t think about doing the same with their dentist. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects the tissues of the mouth and can have devastating effects if not diagnosed early and treated. At Royal Dental, we welcome patients in the area of Houston, TX to visit one of our eight practices in the community to have an oral cancer screening performed.

The Importance of Oral Cancer Screenings

As with many types of the cancer, the earlier it is diagnosed, the better chances patients have of living a long and healthy life with treatment. Oral cancer may develop in the oral cavity on the tongue, gum tissue, cheek, or throat. Many patients may be unaware that a sore in the mouth is a sign of cancer. Visiting the dentist on a regular basis is a great way to spot the early signs of cancer, especially if that dentist has state-of-the-art tools for diagnostics including the ViziLite Plus.

What is ViziLite Plus?

ViziLite Plus is a unique technology that uses a specialized light to shine into the mouth to make areas of possible cancer more visible. It is combined with a solution that patients use to rinse their mouth. Abnormal tissue is much easier for the dentist to spot and evaluate. Many times, a biopsy sample may be taken of the tissue and sent to a laboratory to check for possible cancerous cells. If diagnosed, patients can then work with their dentist and an oncologist to learn about their treatment options. Using today’s technology to diagnose cancer allows for early intervention and better results!

Schedule a Consultation

Call Royal Dental to book an appointment for an evaluation and oral cancer screening today to catch problems sooner than ever! Contact the front office team at (713) 330-7700 and schedule a visit at any one of our eight convenient locations in the Houston, TX area and surrounding communities. We welcome patients to take charge of their smile and monitor it for health concerns including oral cancer.

Sleep Apnea Houston TXAt Royal Dental, we provide more than just general dentistry. When patients have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we also offer a solution outside of the more traditional treatment method of CPAP usage. Instead, we welcome patients to ask about oral appliance therapy as a way to address their condition.

Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. Many patients go undiagnosed because the effects of the condition match many other health concerns. However, with a proper diagnosis, patients can seek treatment, especially when the condition is diagnosed as obstructive sleep apnea. This is a sleeping disorder in which the airways of the mouth are obstructed and keep patients from being able to breathe properly through the night. Excess fat on the neck area, poor bite alignment, or even the tongue can cause this blockage.

Patients may snore and gasp at night, waking up hundreds of times during a single sleep session. This keeps a patient from reaching the restorative levels of sleep and can cause them to feel fatigued throughout the day. Obstructive sleep apnea can negatively impact a patient’s life, so a proper diagnosis and treatment can improve quality of life.

Sleep Apnea Treatments

Most doctors will encourage patients to use a device called a CPAP machine to keep the airways open at night. However, this device can be noisy and uncomfortable, causing many patients to stop complying with treatment. Instead, the dentists at Royal Dental can provide an alternative called oral appliance therapy. By wearing a specialized mouthguard that is made of comfortable medical-grade plastics, patients can treat their condition in a more discreet manner. Oral appliance therapy is easy to use, comfortable, less noticeable, and will often result in better compliance for patients.

Schedule a Consultation

Take charge of your sleeping disorder and find a solution with oral appliance therapy! Call the dental practice of Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 to schedule an appointment with one of our professionals and any of our eight convenient locations in the areas of Pearland, Baytown, Humble, Sugar Land, and Houston, TX. We welcome new and existing patients seeking comprehensive dental care solutions including the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

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