At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, AL, we are pleased to provide our patients with the care and techniques, and even the little extras that ensure a stress-free, pleasant visit to our dentist office. We want you to feel good about visiting Dr. Maniscalco, and to continue feeling good after you leave. With that in mind, we offer a variety of ways of soothing apprehensive patients, treatments that can help you to sleep better, and night guards to ease the discomfort of temporomandibular joint disorder. We even provide sedation dentistry for patients who are apprehensive about receiving dental treatment.
If you are one of our regular patients, and you experience a dental emergency, call us and we will make every effort to fit you into our schedule as quickly as possible.
If you grind your teeth, you may not even be aware that you are doing it. Most “grinders” do it at night, and unless they have a sleeping partner who points out the issue, they have no way of knowing that they are destroying the surface enamel of their teeth, and possibly even damaging their jaw. The only tip-off as to the behavior can be jaw or neck pain, or headaches in the morning.
Often, people simply go to the drug store to buy a night guard, but the problem with those is that because they are not custom-fitted to suit your own teeth, they probably will not solve the problem. Dr. Michael Maniscalco can make a night guard that is specific to your teeth and that will not be all that much more expensive than a drugstore night guard. We favor the NTI night guard, which is smaller than other guards and more comfortable to wear.
Is there a difference? Technically, yes. TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint. TMD, or temporomandibular joint disorder, is a problem with your TMJ. Often, even dentists simply lump it all into the multi-purpose term, TMJ. Terminology really doesn’t matter. What does matter is the headache, jaw pain, sensitive teeth and difficulty moving your jaw that can typify the disorder.
Sometimes, TMD requires physical therapy, or even surgery in extreme cases. Most of the time though, other treatments get the job done. Sometimes, you just need a night guard so you do not grind your teeth in your sleep. NTI night guards are smaller than most guards and more comfortable to wear. Another solution is Botox injections – you probably know them for their cosmetic applications, but they can also relax your muscles and stop the nerve impulses that cause pain.
Dr. Maniscalco can diagnose TMD, and provide relief. You do not have to suffer.
You wake over and over in the night. Sometimes, you waken feeling as though you can’t breathe. Every morning, you get up so tired that you feel you will not be able to get through your day, at least not without a nap. And your partner complains of being driven crazy by your snoring.
Does any of this sound like you? If it does, then there is a good possibility that you have sleep apnea. There is no need to panic – it sounds like a terrible condition, but all it really means is that you suffer from interrupted sleep. At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry, we can provide you with SOMNOMED® therapy, which is a CPAP treatment that opens up your airway so that you can get the rest you need without constantly waking, or waking your partner. Everyone should be able to get the sleep they need, and we can help to make that happen for you.
Dr. Maniscalco does not like it when patients are afraid of him, but he understands. A lot of people fear the dentist. At Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, AL, we are not going to tell you that your fears are irrational – you already know that. We are simply going to do all in our power to make you feel more at ease.
For some people, all they need to feel more comfortable is a warm facial towel, or maybe a blanket to snuggle under while in the dentist chair. Others may find comfort in noise-cancelling headsets. For needle-phobic patients, we offer DentalVibe, which is a means of delivering vibrations to the injection site to make it less painful. And for very apprehensive patients, we offer dental sedation in the form of nitrous oxide. You probably know it better as “laughing gas,” but it actually doesn’t make you laugh, or even giggle. It just makes you very, very relaxed, while remaining fully alert.
In addition to more traditional cosmetic dentistry treatments, we also offer facial aesthetics. If you are troubled by wrinkles or sagging in your face, we can offer Botox®, Juvederm®, Restylane® and Voluma® injections to improve your appearance. With a beautiful smile and fewer wrinkles, you will be ready to take on the world.
Maniscalco Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Birmingham, AL provides comfortable, caring general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and other specialized treatments in a relaxing environment. Our office is located at 3419 Colonnade Parkway, Birmingham, AL 35243. To learn more, or to book an appointment, call us at 205-967-9100. You can also book a consultation by using the convenient form on our Contact Us page. We look forward to seeing you.