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Before You Dose Off, Know Sleep Apnea

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The whole business of sleep is mysterious to most people. There is far more going on than you realize. And one thing that could be happening is sleep apnea. While it seems realitively harmless, it can, in fact, be very dangerous. If you think you may suffer from sleep apnea, based on the observations of others, or if you know someone who has been snoring like a freight train lately, read on.

Do you have sleep apnea?

There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive and central. The former is more common and occurs when the throat muscles relax; the latter occurs when there is an obstruction in the signals from the brain to the breathing muscles. It may be hard to detect if you have sleep apnea, but if you suspect you do, Dr. Sultan recommends you ask someone to observe you as you sleep. You may be suffering from this condition if you:

  • Seem too sleepy, even in the daytime
  • Snore loudly. This is a more prominent symptom in patients with obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Experience episodes where your breathing ceases while you sleep
  • Experience headaches in the morning
  • Are frequently awakened abruptly due to shortness of breath, an indication of central sleep apnea
  • Are frequently awakened with a sore throat or dry mouth
  • Have trouble focusing your attention
  • Find it difficult to stay asleep, a condition known as insomnia

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

If you have the above symptoms, or if you have noticed them in your partner, consult a medical professional right away. Heavy snoring is easily shrugged off and seen as normal, but it wouldn’t hurt to visit your doc for a checkup. Give us a call today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Sultan and know if you are suffering from sleep apnea.



Are You Likely to Get Oral Cancer?

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shutterstock_98635421Oral cancer is among the least of the things we would want to experience, yet anyone can be at risk of having the disease. It is an unusual growth of cysts, tumors, or soreness in the mouth that just does not disappear. This medical condition can be life-threatening especially if undiagnosed or not properly treated during its early stages.

The question is: are you at risk for oral cancer? Know if you are at risk for oral cancer and seek immediate treatment here at Dr. Sultan’s oral surgery practice in Fort Lauderdale.

Gender

According to a research done by the American Cancer Society, males have a higher risk for developing oral cancer than females. Men who are 50 years old and above tend to have the greatest risk.

Smoking

Smoking is a habit that triggers a wide variety of medical conditions – including oral cancer. Researchers have found out that people who are frequently exposed to cigarettes and pipes are six times more likely to develop oral cancer than those who do not smoke.

Even those who do not smoke tobacco but take in quite a hefty amount of it through chewing, dipping, or snuffing, are a whopping 50 times more likely to get cancers of the gums, cheek, and lining of the lips.

Alcohol

Too much consumption of alcohol can get you in trouble and lead to oral cancer. Individuals who excessively drink alcohol are six times more likely to acquire the condition than those who do not drink alcoholic beverages.

However, it is important to note that about 25% of those who develop oral cancer are not males, do not smoke, and do not drink alcohol excessively. Thus, it is important to talk with an oral cancer expert and undergo routine evaluation in case there are changes within your oral cavity. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to request a consultation with Dr. Sultan and learn more about how you can stay away from oral cancer.



Is TMJ Replacement Right for You?

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shutterstock_115198234The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is an important part of the body and has essential functions. However, when it has been compromised and has started to cause you pain, then TMJ replacement surgery by Dr. Sultan might be a good option for you to consider.

Good Candidates for TMJ replacement

Most of the time, a TMJ disorder comes with chronic symptoms, such as pain and jaw dysfunction, which can affect your quality of life. A TMJ replacement will not only provide pain relief, but will also restore the lost functional properties of the joint. It is a serious surgery that must be thoroughly assessed and reconsidered.

This type of surgery is frequently recommended for patients who are experiencing the following conditions:

  • Different arthritic conditions
  • Fracture
  • Functional deformity
  • Resorbed or degenerated joints that are characterized by severe anatomic discrepancies
  • Joints that have been under multiple operations
  • Joints that have been in failed revision procedures
  • Avascular necrosis
  • Developmental abnormality
  • Benign neoplasms

Contraindications for TMJ Replacement

Some conditions may prevent you from having TMJ replacement.

  • An active or a chronic infection
  • A systemic disease that makes one susceptible to infection
  • Extensive perforations in the mandibular fossa or any bony parts in the TMJ area that may severely compromise the placement of the artificial fossa
  • Allergic reactions to any of the components used during the operation
  • Severe hyperfunctional habits such as teeth grinding or clenching
  • Partial TMJ reconstruction
  • Mental or neurological conditions that may sabotage the success of the operation

TMJ Surgery and Replacement in Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Request a consultation with Dr. Sultan to find out if you are a good candidate for a TMJ replacement procedure. Call us today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Sultan.



Keep Your Youthful Glow with Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing

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The unpleasant signs of aging could push anyone to take greater measures just to get rid of them or even just keep them at bay for a longer time. Because of this, many different facial rejuvenation methods have surfaced to help individuals who are especially anxious about more invasive procedures. A technology called fractional laser skin resurfacing is one of the safe, non-surgical treatments that aim to restore the youthful glow of one’s face.

What is fractional laser skin resurfacing?

Dr. Sultan makes use of a device that delivers a laser beam, which is comparted into thousands of tiny treatment zones, and targets a part or a fraction of the skin at one time. The computer savvy could think of it as treating the skin “pixel by pixel”. Unlike other laser techniques, which are categorized as ablative and non-ablative, in which each only works on a particular layer of the skin, fractional laser technology is able to target both the dermal and epidermal skin layers at the same time.

What does it treat?

Ideally, this treatment is performed by Dr. Sultan to get rid of facial lines and wrinkles, as well as other skin conditions like skin pigmentation problems, chloasma, and acne scarring. It may also provide significant benefits on stretch marks and poikiloderma of Civatte. While fractional laser treatment can be used on any area of the body, it is especially beneficial to be used on the face, neck, hands, and chest.

EMERGE Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing in Broward County

Know more about how you can keep your skin glowing and youthful! Contact us at 954-771-8772 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sultan today. We look forward to hearing from you! 



What Happens After Facial Implants?

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Some people opt to enhance certain parts of their face, but when “lifting” and “stretching” don’t do the trick anymore, facial implants join the picture. You may have a weak chin, hollow cheeks, or a badly-angled jaw — little imperfections that can be enhanced through implants. Dr. Sultan is a renowned cosmetic surgeon who is qualified to perform this procedure to his patients in Fort Lauderdale and nearby areas.

However, your troubles do not end once you’ve already enhanced your face. Your implants need special care for it to last long and remain in good condition.

  • The wounds after your procedure need to be tended well, so it is important to follow Dr. Sultan’s instructions about wound care very carefully in order to avoid any complications like infection.
  • Avoid any trauma to the surgical wounds. Do not rub them or do any impulsive movements that are directed to the treated site.
  • Soreness and swelling is a normal occurrence that could last for a few weeks. To alleviate any soreness and swelling, you may apply cold compress to the area.
  • Your oral hygiene routine may have to be changed depending on your condition. For instance, you may be advised to avoid using toothbrush for a while and use a mouthwash instead.
  • As your wounds heal, it helps to eat soft foods instead of ones that are hard to chew to limit any movement in the area.
  • Report any unusual symptoms, such as bleeding or severe pain. Dr. Sultan will properly advise you on how to deal with these situations.

Chin, Cheek, and Facial Implants in Fort Lauderdale 

If you are interested in improving certain areas of your face, you can definitely give us a call at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!



Life with Dental Implants

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Having dental implants is not the same as having your teeth cleaned by your dentist. New devices are directly placed in your mouth to replace your missing teeth, which means that you may need some adjusting with your teeth replacements and get used to them for the rest of your life.

You don’t have to be anxious about it. In no time, you will already feel and take care of them like your normal teeth. Here are some tips to get you by.

Controlling the Pain

During the first few days after your dental implants have been placed, you may still experience a little pain and discomfort here and there. Don’t worry. These sensations are normal and can be easily relieved with pain medications, like ibuprofen and aspirin, unless contraindicated by Dr. Sultan. Ice packs are a lot of help in reducing the swelling in the area too.

Proper Oral Hygiene for Dental Implants

To promote quick and proper healing, it is important that you follow specific rinsing instructions provided to you by Dr. Sultan. You may be advised to rinse your mouth with lukewarm saline water, or water with salt, after every meal and especially before going to sleep. Unless otherwise instructed, this routine is beneficial as you adjust to your dental implants.

What to Eat and Drink

Patients are prohibited from eating or drinking hot food and drinks within 24 hours following dental implant placement, as this could distress the treated area. For the meantime, opt for soft foods as your new teeth are still adjusting to their function. Avoid beverages with high acid content, like orange juice, to prevent any damage to your dental implants.

Dental Implants in Ft. Lauderdale and Broward County

If you are interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, call us today at 954-771-8772 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!



What to Do After Bone Grafting Surgery

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Some conditions, such as trauma, infection, or even as simple as missing teeth, can lead your bones to lack sufficient strength and quantity to properly support the contours of your face. Bone grafting surgery can be the best solution to your concern. However, the problem does not end the moment the surgery is completed. Your cooperation throughout the procedure, especially after bone grafting, is essential to a smooth-sailing recovery.

Here are some post-operative instructions that Dr. Sultan may give you to achieve this:

Alleviate Bleeding and Swelling

  • Bite on the gauze pad that will be placed on the treated area for an hour to decrease bleeding.
  • Avoid any vigorous actions in the mouth as this may cause the blood clot to dislodge.
  • Ice packs applied to the side of the face can minimize any swelling.
  • Limit your activities on the day of your bone grafting surgery, as this could increase your heart rate and cause excessive bleeding in the wound.

Controlling Post-Operative Pain and Infection Risk

  • Pain or any discomfort is expected to last for about four to five days following surgery. You may have to take more pain medications during the third and fourth days.
  • While you are on prescription medication, avoid driving or operating heavy machinery as these can significantly alter your perception.
  • Take antibiotics with their proper dosage and schedule as prescribed by Dr. Sultan.

To know if bone grafting is the right procedure for you, request a consultation with Dr. Sultan today by calling us at 954-771-8772. We would love to hear from you!

 



Introducing Platelet Rich Plasma

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The field of cosmetic facial surgery is continuously advancing. Another procedure that has showed great promise in the elimination of fine lines and wrinkles is the Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP) therapy. What separates it from the rest though is that it uses your own tissue for the rejuvenation of the skin. This innovation was developed to minimize the patient’s risk for allergies that may be acquired from other foreign substances.

The Benefits of PRP – Uncovered!

Because of the wonders of using the body’s platelets to induce a remodeling of one’s tissue to a much younger and healthier state, the PRP therapy has the ability to speed up the healing of open wounds. This can especially be helpful in tendon and other injuries of the musculoskeletal system.

This technology has also been proven effective in the field of cosmetic surgery. PRP has shown significant results in the improvement of skin texture as well as the elimination of wrinkles and facial lines. When it is injected deeper into the skin layer, fibroblasts and other skin cells are stimulated to produce healthier skin cells. Platelet rich plasma can show dramatic results on areas under the eyes and the lines of the neck. Facial lines found above the upper lips can also be improved using PRP.

Dr. Sultan makes sure that his patients will only get the best results. If you are interested in undergoing PRP therapy, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sultan today by calling us at 954-771-8772.

 



What to Expect During Lesion Removal

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Everyone wants to have smoother skin, but many people are not satisfied with theirs because of blemishes, moles, and other skin lesions that have hindered them from having flawless skin. Don’t be contented about having them forever though because you can always choose to undergo lesion removal and have beautiful skin.

Purpose of Lesion Removal

Most lesions in the skin may not cause serious problems. However, many people want them removed because they may be tender to touch or just unsightly. Lesion removal is also important in knowing if a certain lesion is cancerous.

Things to Expect

  • The procedure is usually performed with the use of a local anesthetic to keep the lesion numb while you are kept awake.
  • It is a quick and straightforward surgery.
  • As with any other procedure, lesion removal can pose some complications, which include scarring, keloid formation, nerve damage, bleeding, the development of an infection, more pain in the treated area, leakage from the wound, and a recurrence of lesions.
  • Dr. Sultan may advise you to stop taking certain medications, such as aspirin, a week before surgery to decrease your chances of bleeding during the procedure.
  • Smoking will not help on the day of your operation as it slows down the healing of your wound. Therefore, you may be advised to stop smoking for a couple of  days before your appointment.
  • The treated area may be a bit painful for an hour or two following the procedure as the local anesthetic starts fading. However, pain killers will be provided to give you as much comfort as possible.

For more information on lesion removal and how you can have more attractive skin, request an appointment with Dr. Sultan today by calling 954-771-8772. We look forward to hearing from you!

 



Report Impacted Wisdom Tooth Immediately!

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There’s nothing to be happy about finding out your wisdom tooth has already emerged. Aside from the fact that it has nothing to do with gaining more wisdom to your years, a third molar does not really sound appealing – especially if there is not enough room for it to grow normally.

This results to an impacted wisdom tooth, which could lead to pain and may possibly damage your other existing teeth, causing further dental problems.

When to see your dentist

It is important to have your teeth checked if any of the following symptoms occur:

  • Pain
  • Swelling and redness of gums
  • Tenderness or bleeding in the gums
  • Bad breath
  • Swelling in the jaw
  • Unpleasant taste felt in the mouth
  • Headache

These symptoms indicate that the wisdom tooth is already infected or has damaged other teeth.

Why seek immediate help

An impacted wisdom tooth should be reported to a reliable dentist, like Dr. Leslie Sultan, as it could cause possible problems and complications in the mouth, including:

  • Decay. A partially impacted wisdom tooth seems to be more vulnerable to tooth decay than regular teeth. This might be due to the fact that it is harder to clean, allowing food particles and bacteria to easily remain in the erupting tooth.
  • Gum disease. Since bacteria remains trapped in a wisdom tooth, the site could also be vulnerable for the development of an inflammatory gum disease called pericoronitis.
  • Damage to other teeth. A wisdom tooth could push against the second molar and could possibly damage it and make it more susceptible to infection.

If you have the following symptoms and would want to get proper treatment, call us today at 954-771-8772 to book an appointment with Dr. Leslie Sultan. We look forward to hearing from you!