Oral Health

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Oral Health

Cold Sore Treatment

Cold sores are a common nuisance. Although there is no cure for the herpes simplex virus (HSV-1 and HSV-2) that causes them, cold sore breakouts can be managed and avoided. Cold sores, sometimes called fever blisters, appear around the lips and mouth and are often associated with red, swollen and irritated skin around the breakout areas.

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Mouth Guards

Custom-fit mouth guards are prescribed and created by a dental professional from thermoplastic material and are based on a detailed mold taken of your mouth and teeth. They can be made for either sports or for nighttime teeth grinding and are created differently depending on the intended use. They're highly personalized, as your dentist can adjust the thickness of the mouth guard, and they're designed to fit perfectly in your mouth with no adjustments needed. 

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Night Guards

If you're experiencing chronic headaches and migraines because of involuntary night-time teeth clenching, let Mechanicsburg Family Dentistry help you with a night guard. A night guard is a thin, transparent device that is worn over the biting surface of your teeth while you sleep to prevent contact between the upper and lower teeth.  Night guards have also proven to be an effective remedy for patients who are suffering from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth while sleeping.

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Sleep Apnea

Dr. Carney has been at the forefront of the dental diagnosis and treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) for over 30 years. OSA oral orthotics are effective tools for treating this serious medical condition. Patients have many choices regarding OSA oral orthotics. It can be very confusing as to which orthotic may be right for you. The designs are varied and so are their ease of use, comfort, and durability. Dr.

Carney has found that though all orthotics can be equally effective, their ease of wear and comfort vary greatly. His goal is always to find the most comfortable and easiest orthotic to wear.

Dr. Carney's findings have shown the bulkier the orthotic, the more uncomfortable it will be. This is because all OSA patients must breathe through their mouth, so any encroachment on mouth breathing makes wearing a nighttime orthotic uncomfortable. Due to this fact, the more lightweight and thinner the appliance, the less encroaching it will be on the tongue. This sacrifices strength and durability, however, there is one appliance on the market today that satisfies all these criteria: the NARVAL oral orthotic. Less expensive appliances are bulkier and not as durable. The NARVAL's durability is long lasting and the material is 50% lighter than any other orthotic. For these reasons, it is the only appliance Dr. Carney provides for his patients. In addition, the NARVAL is manufactured by RESMED, the leading manufacturer of CPAP machines.

The NARVAL is recognized by most medical insurances under durable medical equipment codes. Your specific plan may vary as to the percentage they may reimburse you. If you have been diagnosed with OSA from a sleep center and are interested in having a NARVAL splint to treat your OSA, you must do 3 things in order to be considered covered under your medical insurance:

  1. Obtain a written prescription from your sleep doctor requesting an oral orthotic to treat your OSA, including the CPT and diagnosis codes. This can be written on one of the doctors' prescription slips.
  2. Complete a new Epworth sleepiness scale (which can be downloaded below). Date and sign this form.
  1. Complete the affidavit of noncompliance (which can be downloaded below).

Submit all 3 documents to our medical insurance coordinator along with your medical insurance information. If your insurance requires pre-authorization, we will send in all necessary information to your insurance carrier to begin the process. The sooner you call, the sooner you can start feeling better and sleeping better with your NARVAL splint.

Epworth & Affidavit

TMJ / TMD Treatment

Your temporomandibular joint is a hinge that connects your jaw to the temporal bones of your skull, which are in front of each ear. It lets you move your jaw up and down and side to side, so you can talk, chew, and yawn. Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD). But you may hear it wrongly called TMJ, after the joint.

Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as temporomandibular disorders (TMD, sometimes referred to as TMJ). These disorders occur as a result of problems associated with the temporomandibular joint, which is the hinge joint on each side of your head in front of your ears that connects the lower jawbone to your skull.

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