Are You Aware of the Health Problems From Sleep Apnea?

Did you know that people suffering from sleep apnea are up to five times at greater risk of having traffic accidents? Untreated obstructive sleep apnea doesn’t just affect one’s breathing and sleep quality but their quality of life with potential health risks. With obstructive sleep apnea (or upper airway resistance syndrome, a sleep disorder that lies between snoring and obstructive... read more »

Protect Your Smile From Damage This Summer

Summer will be here soon with more and more people heading outdoors, increasing the risk of dental injuries. Although our team is at the ready to assist you in the event of an emergency, oral injuries can often be avoided and are preventable with good dental habits. Habits to Avoid Neglecting oral hygiene: Your teeth and gums need to be... read more »

Keeping You Comfortable After Oral Surgery

When a patient has to have oral surgery, one of the most common questions we get is “Is this going to hurt?.” Unfortunately, as with any surgical procedure, oral surgery will cause some degree of post-operative discomfort.  At Loudoun Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, we are very aware of our patients’ fears and customize our pain management approach for each patient.... read more »

How to Prevent Oral Injuries When Participating in Sports

When it comes to participating in sports, the face and mouth are some of the most vulnerable parts of the body. Sports injuries are the biggest source of injuries to the teeth and mouth in older adolescents and adults, accounting for up to 40% of dental injuries. Up to a third of all sports injuries occur in the face in... read more »

What Is the Link Between HPV and Oral Cancer?

Our doctors at Loudoun Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery have a great deal of experience in diagnosing and treating oral pathologic conditions. These conditions can range from benign cysts and nodules to oral cancer. Some of these conditions are caused by the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). This virus has gotten a lot of attention over the past several years, in part... read more »

Now Is a Good Time for a Wisdom Tooth Removal Evaluation

December brings with it festivities and holidays to bring to a close another year. For your teen, this also means that school will be out of session so it is also a good time to have their wisdom teeth evaluated to see if they need to be removed in the coming year. Wisdom teeth, or third molars, are the last... read more »

Treating Oral and Facial Injuries

In this month’s blog, we highlight how our skilled team manages and treats oral and maxillofacial trauma. If you haven’t already seen it, you might also check out Dr. Gene Vandervort’s newest video blog on The Treatment of Oral and Facial Injuries. In addition to regularly performing wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and corrective jaw surgery, our board-certified oral and... read more »

Orthognathic Surgery 101

If your dentist or orthodontist has suggested to you that you might benefit from jaw surgery, you are not alone. Misalignment of the jaw can range from mild to severe, and sometimes orthognathic surgery may be needed. While your orthodontist can correct bite problems involving your teeth, surgery may be needed when the jaws need to be repositioned. At its... read more »

Sleep Loss Can Be Deadly – Get Help for Your Sleep Apnea

"The shorter your sleep, the shorter your life." is a quote from sleep expert and neuroscientist, Matthew Walker. Getting a good night's sleep is vital for people of all ages, and while needs may vary, adults should be getting seven to nine hours a night for good health. Sleep deprivation can have serious consequences on your health and well being:... read more »

Tips for Managing Facial or TMJ Pain

Many people suffer from chronic facial or temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain. The symptoms of this kind of pain include jaw stiffness, pain on opening the mouth or chewing. Many patients will suffer from headaches, especially in the temple area, and the pain can also mimic ear pain. If there is an issue with the joint itself, there can be popping... read more »