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Gahanna Dentist Mark Levy, DDS

Phone 614-476-6696 

email drlevy@stoneridgedentalcare.com

website http://stoneridgedentalcare.com/

Dr. Mark Levy is the co-founder of StoneRidge Dental Care. He is the proud father of two children and married to Cynthia, the manager of StoneRidge Dental Care. Dr. Levy is an avid jazz fan, and enjoys reading and golf. That is when he can actually hit the ball! When he is relaxing, he frequently reads about the latest dental technologies and has developed a keen interest in TMJ treatment as well as Sleep Apnea therapy.

Mark Levy – Training & Associations

Dr. Levy has received most of his advanced training at The Las Vegas Institute for Advanced Dental Studies (LVI) and remains one of a handful of Central Ohio dentists with years of experience in Neuromuscular Dentistry. He has completed extensive cosmetic training at LVI and is especially sensitive to the blend of beauty and function. He is a graduate of The Ohio State University College of Dentistry and a member of the IACA, AADSM, ICCMO.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Sleep Problems in Children, With Dr. Mark Levy, Dentist in Columbus, Ohio

 

Children with sleep apnea cannot be treated the conventional way with a CPAP device and dentists cannot treat children with an oral sleep appliance, as their teeth and jaws are still growing, says Dr. Mark Levy, dentist in Columbus, Ohio.

There are many children with sleep apnea and these children snore excessively, don't sleep well, are fatigued in the morning, all of which lead to other social issues.

Dr. Levy says that treatment is usually limited to removing tonsils and adenoids for obstructive sleep apnea in children.  With this surgery, change is seen almost immediately, where the bedwetting stops and grades improve.  The problem, Dr. Levy notes, is convincing pediatricians to write the request for an ENT evaluation for the surgery, as most insurance companies require patients to have a certain number of strep or ear infections before surgery is approved.

The only other treatment option is to do a palate expansion with an orthodontist, to give the tongue more space.  Dr. Levy also believes that some children are often misdiagnosed as having ADHD, or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, as the personality symptoms of sleep apnea and ADHD are similar.

Dr. Mark Levy has a dental practice in Columbus, Ohio and more information about his practice can be found here.  Dr. Levy is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Causes and Treatment of Sleep Apnea, with Dr. Mark Levy, Dentist in Gahana and Columbus, Ohio

 

Sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing a certain number of times at night or the oxygen level gets so low, it becomes a dangerous state, says Dr. Mark Levy, dentist in Gahana and Columbus, Ohio.

More often than not, it's the relaxation of the tongue and neck when a person sleeps that causes the tongue to fall back and block the airway, says Dr. Levy.  When someone stops breathing several times at night, every time they come out of that non-breathing event, their blood pressure and pulse shoot up, causing a fight or flight reaction.

Dr. Levy says that there are three ways to treat sleep apnea.  The first, prescribed by a physician, is a CPAP device or constant positive airway pressure.  It forces air through the nose and it pushes the tongue out of the way to force air down into the lungs.  Another treatment option is surgery, by decreasing the size of the tongue or removing tissues in the back of the throat.  The third option, which Dr. Levy believes many people are unaware of, is prescribed by a dentist.  An oral sleep appliance is like a sports mouth guard, which holds the jaw in a very specific position by bringing the tongue forward to open the airway.

Dr. Mark Levy has a dental practice in Gahana and Columbus, Ohio and more information about his practice can be found here.  Dr. Levy is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

Wednesday
Aug282013

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMJD), with Dr. Mark Levy, Dentist in Gahana and Columbus, Ohio

 

TMJD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, is a malfunctioning of the jaw joint.  This small disc between the jaw bone and skull serves as a cushion, which can get repositioned and cause pain, clicking and locking, says Dr. Mark Levy, dentist in Gahana and Columbus, Ohio.

More often than not, TMJD is based on the fact that the teeth don't come together right, resulting in a "war between the teeth, muscles and joints," says Dr. Levy.   For some people, the muscles win and the teeth lose, where they start grinding their teeth and end up with short, stubby teeth.  Sometimes, the teeth win and the muscles lose, says Dr. Levy, resulting in migraine headaches, neck and shoulder problems and even posture problems.  The pain in the muscles comes from the muscles having spasms, causing headaches.

The most common symptom of TMJD is what patients called migraine headaches.  These are most likely bite-related headaches, so it is important to get the bite balanced or get the teeth positioned correctly using a very simple orthotic, says Dr. Levy.  This orthotic is similar to a foot orthotic in getting the bite balanced or jaw positioned to help the muscles relax.

Dr. Levy has been treating TMJD for 15 years and says that 98% of dentists don't treat it because most dental schools don't teach enough about it.  Dr. Levy uses an EMG machine to make the best decision for orthotic positioning.

Dr. Mark Levy has a dental practice in Gahana and Columbus, Ohio and more information about his practice can be found here.  Dr. Levy is a leading sleep expert with Sleep Better TV, providing online, on-demand, sleep disorder breathing video content.

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