Oral Appliance Therapy For Sleep Apnea

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Suspect you might have sleep apnea?

It’s crucial to your health to see a doctor soon. If left untreated, it can become life-threatening.

Do your loved ones tell you that you regularly stop breathing during the night? What if you sleep alone? Here are some signs that you may have sleep apnea:

  • Loud snoring
  • Sudden awakenings
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Frequently being tired during the day
  • Waking with a dry mouth
  • Headaches, especially in the morning
  • Difficulty concentrating

Recurring interruptions in breathing during sleep robs the brain of oxygen. When the brain is not getting enough oxygen, the heart slows down. When the person resumes breathing, the heart goes into panic mode to push the oxygen to the brain. Then the cycle repeats itself many times an hour each and every night. This stop-and-start action is dangerous for every organ in the body.

CPAP (Positive Airway Pressure) may be the most well-known treatment for sleep apnea. Many people don’t know that there are other ways to treat it.

Your Dentist Can Help

Oral appliance therapy (OAT) conducted by a dentist can be an effective treatment for obstructive sleep apnea.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) has approved OAT in the following circumstances:

  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with mild to moderate OSA
  • As a first-line treatment for individuals with severe OSA who are unable to use CPAP devices
  • As a combination of therapy (using CPAP and an oral appliance together)

A custom-fit oral appliance allows patients to breathe normally during sleep. A diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea must be made by a medical doctor. If the physician recommends oral appliance therapy, he or she will refer the patient to a dentist who is trained in treating sleep disorders.

The advantages of an oral appliance over a CPAP machine include:

  • More convenient
  • More comfortable
  • Portable
  • Quiet
  • Doesn’t need electricity
  • Easy to clean
  • May allow the wearer to talk and eat during use

If you have been suffering from untreated obstructive sleep apnea, OAT can restore your health. The team at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry encourages you to see a medical doctor soon before your health is compromised. If you have already received a diagnosis of OSA and would like information about OAT, call 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry.


Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


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Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

Relieving Your Dental Anxiety At Gustafson Morningstar DentistryHello Detroit dental blog visitors, welcome to the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry blog. I am Dr. Steven Gustafson of Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak.

A close friend of mine told me about her upcoming root canal and her fear of the procedure. She was stressed about the perceived pain she might have and also about getting work off for the multiple dental visits to finish up. I assured her that painful root canal procedures are a thing of the past with modern dentistry.

With the latest technology and anesthetics, a root canal (endodontic treatment) is no more painful than receiving a filling. Most root canals can be completed in one or two office visits.

If you have been neglecting your teeth because of fears or concerns about a particular procedure and have not been to your Royal Oak dentist recently, I encourage you to schedule an exam, cleaning, and consultation today.

We are accepting new patients at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry and would love to serve you. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we offer cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and general dentistry.


Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


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A Maximum Upgrade With Mini Implants

How Mini Dental Implants Can Help Your Smile in 48067Though they are not as well known as conventional dental implants, mini implants are being used successfully in the Royal Oak area to improve smiles.

Like their larger versions, mini implants can handle the restoration of one or more missing teeth or can replace a bridge or fixed denture. Denture wearers benefit significantly from these slip-free dental implants that are inserted securely in the jaw bone.

In some cases, a patient is unable to receive conventional full-size dental implants due to insufficient bone thickness. There are also mini implant patients who are not able to endure dental implant surgery due to health issues. Patients like this are typically great candidates for the mini version.

The placement of toothpick-sized mini dental implants can sometimes be done in one dental visit. The placement usually requires no incisions or stitches. Recovery time, if needed, is frequently very short. Most patients are able to eat dinner that evening.

Don’t let the word “mini” fool you; your smile can receive a maximum upgrade with mini dental implants. Call Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation.


Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


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Not Happy With Your Dentist?

Royal Oak Cosmetic Dentisty In the Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry dental blog, we post informative articles about dentistry. This includes general dentistry, cosmetic dental treatments, preventative dental care, and news about our dental practice. Many of my patients visit my blog regularly and I hope you will also find helpful dental information here.

If you are in need of a dentist or are not happy with your current dentist, I invite you to visit my Royal Oak office, meet my friendly staff, and talk about your dental needs.

We are enthusiastic about exceeding our patients’ expectations.

Before we can provide dental treatment, however, Dr. Gustafson must become familiar with each patient. That is why your first initial visit will take some time. We can’t get to know each other in five minutes.

How are you doing? What is the current condition of your teeth and gums? What are your concerns and expectations about dental treatment? Do you have financial concerns about the cost of treatment?

I recognize that each one of my patients has a unique set of circumstances.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we emphasize preventative dental care. When restorative dental treatment is necessary, we suggest the most conservative treatment.

If you have pressing dental needs, let’s consider your options and consider the long-term consequences of each treatment. We are committed to your well-being and want you to receive the best possible care.

Please call us at 248-541-8770 to schedule a consultation. We are confident that you will feel good about choosing Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry for your dental care.


Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


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Is Your Emergency A Schedule Crisis?

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Some emergencies are worse than others. If you have a broken tooth, then you want to call us at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak immediately.


Well…that’s not exactly the same thing as a tooth injury. But at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we solve that problem too.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry

With extended hours, we are the solution to schedule emergencies.

Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry provides quality dental care to patients in the Royal Oak area. We are devoted to the oral health of our patients.

Our emergency dental services include:

  • Root canals
  • Toothache relief
  • Tooth extractions
  • Treatment for tooth injury

We help our patients keep their mouths as healthy as possible and their smiles clean and bright.


Perhaps your smile is healthy. But you want to make it irresistibly stunning for an upcoming event. Even if your upcoming event is next week, we can solve your time crunch. With certain procedures, you can walk out with a stunning smile in a couple hours.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry, as well as Invisalign and dental implants. Schedule your next appointment with us today.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease

A gum disease treatment Monktonhealthy smile needs decay-free teeth and healthy gums. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we’ve seen a variety of issues in our patients’ gums.

Which of the items below are risk factors for gum disease (periodontitis)?

a. Pregnancy
b. Overbite
c. Diabetes
d. Heredity

All of the above. Pregnancy, menopause, or any other condition that causes hormonal changes is a risk factor as is any type of malocclusion.

Which of the following are possible signs of gum disease?

a. Teeth that appear longer
b. A change in the way dentures fit
c. Bad breath
d. Sore gums

All of the above. Note: some patients don’t see any symptoms.

Which of the following are possible health problems linked to untreated gum disease?

a. Asthma
b. Low birth weight babies
c. Parkinson’s disease
d. Stroke

a,b, and d are all possible health problems.

What percentage of people age 65+ have gum disease?

a. 5%
b. 12%
c. 25%
d. 50%

C. 25%

Which of the following procedures are used for gum disease?

a. Scaling and root planing
b. Soft tissue grafting
c. Flap surgery
d. Flip surgery

A, b, and C.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak MI, we want the best possible smile for each of our patients. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. Schedule your next dental consultation with us today!


contact gustafson morningstar dentistry:


location (tap to open in google maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan

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Inlays/Onlays: Less Invasive Than Complete Crowns

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Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers excellent restorative dentistry care. The field of restorative dentistry has come a long way over the years. There are now several effective ways to correct decayed teeth. Let’s discuss two similar types of restorations: dental inlays and onlays.

Sometimes, our team can perform an inlay or an onlay instead of a crown. Usually, they are more affordable than a porcelain crown procedure.

Inlays/onlays are “indirect fillings,”. We will produce them in a lab and place them whole on the tooth. When we perform traditional “direct fillings”, we apply the material to the tooth while the material is malleable and then shape it.


We will use an inlay to fix the surface of a damaged tooth, ordinarily to fill a small cavity or a natural pit that is at risk for decay.

Typically porcelain or composite resin are used for inlays; these materials are heavy-duty and look very natural because the color can be matched to the surrounding teeth. Our team will precisely fit an inlay to your tooth so it looks, feels, and functions like the previous tooth.


An onlay, or partial crown, covers a larger part of the tooth. Onlays are generally applied to the biting surface of the tooth. Just like inlays, our team will exactly fit them to the damaged part of the tooth. We will use composite resin and porcelain as the main materials used to create an onlay.

At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry, we provide exceptional dental care including inlays and onlays. If you have one or more teeth that has a cavity, crack, or excessive wear, call us to make an appointment today. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services. 


Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


Affordable One-Visit Tooth Fix

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If flashing a beautiful smile is important to you, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak can help. You might  mistakenly assume that cosmetic dentistry is far too pricey or takes too many visits to pursue.

Sure, a complete mouth reconstruction can be a significant investment and time commitment. Before you give up on improving your smile, however, think about a less celebrated but extremely effective and cost-effective cosmetic dental remedy: dental bonding.

Dental bonding has a wide range of applications for unsightly teeth. Bonding can repair a tooth that is damaged, chipped, short, or discolored. It can can also repair teeth that have gaps in between them.

How does the dental bonding procedure work?

First, your tooth will be slightly (but painlessly) roughed up to help the resin adhere. Your dentist will use a shade guide to know the perfect color of composite to match the existing teeth. Applying a liquid composite resin on the tooth, layer by layer, they will carefully shape and polish it before it hardens. Then, the dentist will cover the tooth with a condition liquid that helps with adhesion.

Once the resin is bonded, it is further molded to the perfect shape for your bite and appearance. A laser helps quickly bond the resin in place as it hardens. Further shaping and polishing, if necessary, complete the procedure. The result is a beautiful smile.

Bonding is a simple and cost-effective method for perfecting your smile and is just one of the cosmetic dentistry procedures we offer at Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak. Schedule an appointment today.


Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan


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Reinvent Yourself With a Smile Makeover in Royal Oak

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A smile makeover in Royal Oak can boost your confidence for an upcoming job interview, promotion or new relationship. The process may include teeth whitening, invisible braces, veneers, dental implants, or gum tissue graft surgery. Many of these take time. Understanding the process requires only a simple consultation. Small changes can make a big difference.

How The Rich Do It
Public figures from London to Hollywood, from New York to Vegas would advise you to:

  • Choose a dental professional with an excellent education, a discerning eye and impeccable track record in the cosmetic dentistry field.
  • Consult with the professional, chart a course, and trust the course enough to see it through to completion.
  • Websites are great for cosmetic dentistry track records, education info, staff description, and contact details. Visit Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry’s website to learn more.

Do Not Cut Corners
Cheap glue and shoddy engineering never stopped a plane crash. Every smile transformation should have a unique treatment plan to achieve optimal results. There is no magic pill. Healing takes time before proceeding to the next step. Dental implants, for instance, are valuable in the comfort and beauty they offer but pushing the placement of the permanent restoration before proper healing is dangerous and risky. Learn to be patient with the goal in mind.

Better Smile, Better You
Is this the year to reinvent yourself? Consider improving your physical fitness, taking up a new hobby, pursuing continuing education or a new career to go along with your new smile. A smile makeover in Royal Oak is defined differently for every person. Meet Dr. Steven Gustafson, serving Royal Oak, Michigan and the Berkley, and Birmingham areas since 1984. All it takes is one essential consultation with this dental professional regarding a smile makeover in Royal Oak before you are on your way to a beautiful smile. Dr. Gustafson’s capable staff schedules patients for consultations and cosmetic dentistry, oral health, and sedation dentistry procedures. We offer services from dentures to general dentistry including cosmetic dentistry, Invisalign, and dental implants. Call 248-541-8770 to schedule. We are located at 940 E 11 Mile Rd in Royal Oak, Michigan.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan

Why Look For The Seal?

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When you go to the supermarket looking for toothpaste, mouthwash, or other oral care products, make sure what you choose carries the seal of the American Dental Association. At Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak, we consider this an easy way to make good choices for the products you need to keep your mouth clean, healthy and free of cavities.

You can rely on the ADA seal, which only goes products after they’ve been evaluated for safety and effectiveness. This frequently means that companies have to meet standards even higher than those required by law, and means that you can buy these products with confidence.

This is important to our patients, many of whom want specifics about general dentistry and their oral health. Most dental procedures are either diagnostic or preventative, so the products you use at home are critical to your dental health regimen.

In addition to general dentistry, Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry in Royal Oak offers cosmetic and restorative dentistry. Call today to schedule an appointment.

Contact Gustafson Morningstar Dentistry:


Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

940 E 11 Mile Rd
Royal Oak, Michigan