Sleep Therapy Specialist Dr. Vickie Greenberg

If you’ve ever experienced insomnia you know how tough it is to stay alert and focused the next day. If you suffer from Sleep Apnea and snoring, then you know how detrimental consistently poor sleep is for maintaining an active and productive lifestyle.

If you or your partner has been diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, or your snoring has become an ongoing in issue in your household, read on to learn more about Sleep Therapy Specialist Dr. Vickie Greenberg and how she uses orthodontics to improve the sleeping patterns of her patients every single day.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep Apnea is a condition marked by consistent disruptions in breathing during sleep. This results in snoring, meaning not only does the patient experience poor sleep, but their partner as well.

When you don’t sleep well it’s really hard to stay focused on your daily activities. Your work may begin to suffer, as well as your relationships. There is a cumulative effect to poor sleep, and it’s best to take action sooner rather than later so that you can get back on course before your life becomes unmanageable.

Dangers of Sleep Apnea

Not only are these constant disruptions annoying and bad for your concentration the next day, they can also be dangerous for your health. It’s really hard on your heart to continuously stop and then restart breathing like that-some people experience hundreds of disruptions per night!

Ongoing untreated Sleep Apnea can lead to more serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, and strokes.

Maybe you’ve heard of or had experience with a Cpap machine. It is apparatus that you wear during the night to force air into your lungs so that you don’t stop breathing. This treatment works well for some, but others find the machine cumbersome, loud, and sometimes even more annoying than the snoring itself.

Orthodontic Care for Sleep Apnea

Dr. Vickie Greenberg understands the importance of good sleep. She has dedicated much of her 25 years of experience as an Orthodontist learning to treat sleep disorders using non-invasive and non-surgical techniques.

Dr. Greenberg will conduct a thorough examination and interview to understand exactly how your sleep problems are presenting and design a treatment plan that will work for you and your lifestyle.

Dentofacial orthodontics uses Palatal expanders to widen the airway so that the passageway is no longer obstructed while you sleep. These are specifically designed to fit inside your mouth, so no noisy appliances or excess apparatus to deal with.

She also utilizes the Fotona Laser for Sleep Apnea patients; safe, gentle, painless laser technology used to tighten the palate and make for an unobstructed airway.

These are just 2 of the methods Dr. Greenberg uses to treat Sleep Apnea and snoring, that don’t involve surgery or intensive long term treatment. She enjoys a challenge, and thrives on creatively discovering ways to improve the sleep of her patients without surgery or extractions.

Many of her patients have come to her after being told surgery was necessary-and she found a way to avoid it.

Schedule with Dr. Greenberg Today

If you or a loved one is suffering from Sleep Apnea, Snoring, or poor sleep in general, schedule with Dr. Greenberg today. She favors a holistic approach in her practice-each patient is a whole person with their own goals and plans for treatment, not just a set of teeth. Located in Altadena she treats patients from Pasadena and all over the San Gabriel Valley. Don’t forego quality sleep another day, schedule your appointment now!

 

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Dr. Vickie Greenberg Treats TMJ and Jaw Pain

Pain is no fun. The thing about pain is it affects every aspect of your life. It hinders your sleep, it distracts you from daily tasks, and chronic long term pain can start affecting other parts of your body. A bad knee can lead to a bad hip and the pain lingers on and on.

Did you know that TMJ and Jaw pain can affect your entire body? It can! That’s why Dr. Vickie Greenberg has made TMJ and Jaw pain a focus of her orthodontic practice. No one should have to live in pain, and jaw pain can be absolutely debilitating.

What is TMJ?

The temporomandibular joint is a like sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. TMJ refers to any number of disorders that can cause pain in your jaw. TMJ is caused by many things, including injury, arthritis, clenching or grinding your teeth, and even genetics.

Often people grind their teeth without realizing it, and that can be caused by uneven or misaligned teeth. This can be treated with orthodontics, and Dr. Greenberg uses a holistic approach to treat TMJ. She appreciates that the body works as a whole made up of many parts.

When one part of your body stops working correctly, or causes you pain, the rest of your body quickly starts to feel the effects.

How do you Treat TMJ?

Dr. Greenberg has had great success treating TMJ with conservative and gentle techniques. She takes great care to avoid surgery whenever possible and believes that it should be a last resort.

Dr. Greenberg advocates using the latest and best technology in her office, and has had great success using the Fotona Laser to treat pain in TMJ cases. It works by reducing inflammation and increasing blood flow to the area.

Dentofacial orthodontic devices may be necessary to correct an improper bite in some cases of TMJ. When your teeth are misaligned, chewing may cause damage in your TMJ. Correcting that bite can effectively treat the cause of your pain symptoms.

Schedule with Dr. Vickie Greenberg Today!

There’s no reason for you to continue living in pain. TMJ pain can be debilitating after prolonged suffering. Your sleep can be affected, the foods you choose to eat may not be best for optimal health, and your professional and social life can become difficult to manage.

Dr. Greenberg is located in Altadena, and she treats patients from Pasadena and all over the San Gabriel Valley.

If you or a loved one suffers from TMJ, or you believe that you may have a TMJ diagnosis, don’t wait another day to get the treatment you need to start feeling better. Call (626) 798-7645 and schedule a consultation today!

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Summertime Invisalign for Your Teen

Summer is here and school is out! It’s a busy time for orthodontists, since families typically have more free time to juggle appointments and medical services.

Summer is a great time to get your teens started in Orthodontic care, not only because you have time now, but because it gives your child time to adjust to wearing orthodontic equipment before returning to school.

Read on to learn more about Invisalign, and if it may be right for your teen.

What is Invisalign?

Back in the day, metal braces were the first treatment option for misaligned teeth, and until fairly recently, the only option. Now we can offer different types of braces, including Invisalign® Clear Aligners.

Invisalign works best for mild to moderate misalignment cases. If your teen has a more severe case, metal braces may be a better option. Your orthodontist will do a careful analysis of your childs case before determining a treatment plan.

Invisalign consists of clear plastic aligners that are specially designed to fit perfectly over your child’s teeth. They slowly shift the teeth into their desirable positions. As one set of aligners finishes their job, a new set of aligners will arrive to replace them. Often you can arrange for the aligners to be shipped to you, minimizing your trips to the office.

Is Invisalign Right for My Teen?

Quite often parents are pleasantly surprised with their teens performance with this treatment option. Compliance is really important with Invisalign-they only work when you wear them!

They can be taken out for the purpose of eating and cleaning your teeth, but must be replaced as soon as possible. They should be worn for up to 22 hours a day in order to work effectively.

If your teenager is fairly well disciplined, this shouldn’t be a problem. Many parents report being surprised and pleased with their kids compliance. In the age of selfies and social media, the threat of replacing them with chunky metal braces often does the trick!

For more severe cases of malocclusion, Invisalign might not be appropriate. You and your orthodontist can determine what treatment is best for your teen.

Schedule with Dr. Vickie Greenberg Today!

Dr. Vickie Greenberg has been practicing orthodontics for over 25 years, and is a Diamond Status Invisalign Provider. She has a warm and welcoming demeanor that puts the most anxious of patients instantly at ease.

Dr. Greenberg favors a holistic approach to her practice-she takes into account your entire lifestyle and desired outcomes for treatment, not just the state of your teeth.

She also avoids surgery whenever possible, believing that even the most severe cases of orthodontic needs can be treated with non-invasive techniques.

Cutting-edge technology is another reason to visit Dr. Greenberg. Gone are the days of icky, gag inducing impressions. She uses the i-CAT FLX imaging equipment, making diagnosing even really tricky cases a breeze.

Located in Altadena, patients come from Pasadena and all over the Los Angeles area to visit Dr. Greenberg. Make an appointment today at (626) 798-7645, and get your teen started on Invisalign before summer’s over!

 

 

 

 

 

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Start Invisalign Treatment And Receive A FREE Fitbit Charge 2

Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway

Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway

Dr Greenberg brings the gift of confidence with open signups for Invisalign treatment. Let your smile keep on shining bright with clear, discreet aligners that work fast & pain free. This December, Greenberg Ortho is holding a special giveaway! Start your Invisalign Treatment at Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics by 12/20 & receive a FREE Fitbit Charge 2 (while supplies last). Get your forms started & receive your free gift upon completion! We selected the FitBit Charge 2 because it has an auto sleep tracking feature to help you pay more attention to your sleeping habits!

Greenberg Ortho | Blog | Invisalign Christmas Giveaway | Fitbit Charge 2

It’s going to be a New Year – Move smart, breathe smart, sleep smart. The new Fitbit Charge 2 HR takes fitness to a new level with cutting-edge technology that tracks heart rate, cardio level, motion & sleep activity, exercise, steps, calories, GPS, phone notifications, & even guides breathing sessionsWhat better time to to get on top of your wellness than now. Win a Fitbit for yourself, or for a loved one this Christmas!

Book your free consultation today!


This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Fitbit, Inc. or Facebook. By entering, Entrants agree to a complete release of Fitbit, Inc. and Facebook. Void Where Prohibited By Law. A purchase is required to enter and the exact amount will be decided on by the Vickie Greenberg Orthodontics staff at your consultation meeting. This promotion has no cash value. Must mention this promotion/blog on your visit. 

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Apps to help you achieve those 2013 New Year’s Resolutions!

With 2012 over, we thought we would ask you, our patients: what was memorable about 2012 for you, and what are you looking forward to in 2013? Do you have a new year’s resolution or any exciting plans for the coming year?

 

Here are the top resolutions for 2013, and some great free iOS and Android apps to help you achieve your 2013 resolutions!

 

Eat Healthier:

Fooducate

iOS Download  |  Android Download

Lose weight, eat real food, and get healthy. Fooducate grades your groceries, explains what’s really inside each product, and offers healthier alternatives. We’ve got the largest database of UPCs – over 200,000 unique products and growing.

 

Work out / Exercise More:

NPT BOOM

iOS Download  |  Android Download

Nike BOOM syncs your music to your dynamic training workouts, with the world’s most elite athletes and coaches motivating you along the way. Choose your type of workout, length of training, best workout music and favorite Nike athletes—then get to work.

 

Become More Organized:

Wunderlist

iOS Download  |  Android Download

Wunderlist 2 is the easiest way to manage and share your daily to-do lists. Whether you’re planning an overseas adventure, sharing a shopping list with a loved one, or simply keeping track of your daily to-dos, Wunderlist is here to help you get things done.

 

Gain More Control of Finances:

Mint.com App

iOS Download  |  Android Download

Mint.com allows you to track, budget and manage your money all in one place, so you can see where you’re spending and where you can save. Open an account, add your bank, credit, loan and retirement accounts and Mint will automatically pull in and categorize your transactions. It’s safe, secure and easy to keep your personal finances organized.

 

Expand Social Circle:

SupperKing

iOS Download  |  Android Download

If you’re trying to expand your friend circle in 2013, or maybe just plan more exciting activities with your current friends, apps like Sonar and Highlight can connect you to new people. A new iOS app called SupperKing is like Airbnb for at-home meals. You can charge strangers cash to enjoy a meal at your place with you — an idea that not everyone is game for. But the app is also great for organizing dinner parties with your friends.

 

We want to wish all our patients, friends, family and all our colleagues a happy and healthy New Year!

 

Sources: MashablePolicyMic

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