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Dr. Erika Mason Midlothian, Virginia D-ABDSM, D-ACSDD

Website: http://www.sleepbetterva.com

Address: 11061 Hull Street Road Midlothian, VA 23112

Email: sleepbetterva@gmail.com

Phone: 1-800-MORE-SLEEP (804-745-0666)

Dr. Erika Mason is founder of Sleep Better Virginia and past president of the Virginia Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  Dr. Mason has been practicing general dentistry for more than 25 years and has more than 100 continuing education hours in the field of sleep apnea.  She currently devotes a significant portion of her practice helping patients identifyeffective treatment solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  She is a sought-after lecturer on subjects related to obstructive sleep apnea, advances in dental sleep medicine, and oral appliance devices.

Dr. Mason’s patients know her as a dental professional with high standards and a genuine interest in her patient’s overall health and wellbeing.  She is dedicated to seeking out opportunities for continuing education and expanding her knowledge to best serve patients. For More on Dr. Mason Click Here

Tuesday
Mar242015

Tongue-Tied Babies, Dentist Dr. Erika Mason, Richmond, Virginia

 

A problem that sometimes occurs in newborn infants is a tongue condition referred to as tongue-tied. Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia discusses the problem and explains the treatment in this report.

A baby is said to be tongue-tied when the frenulum on the bottom of the baby’s tongue is too short to permit the baby to breast feed properly. The short frenulum does not allow the tongue the freedom of movement that breast feeding requires.

Dr. Mason says that the problem is easily treated. The treatment permits the child to feed properly, and it also improves the child’s breathing. The procedure is quick, easy, and pain-free. A topical anesthetic is applied to the area, and a laser cuts the skin tag that is causing the problem. The mother can hold her baby during the procedure.

The results of the procedure are quick, and the child can start nursing almost immediately. “It’s a huge relief for mom and child.”

For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Mar242015

Pillar Implants, Dentist Dr. Erika Mason, Richmond, Virginia

 

One fairly recent piece of technology that can help patients with snoring problem are pillar implants. Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia discusses pillar implants and how they work in this report.

Pillar implants are used to help stiffen the back of the throat to help with snoring. Pillar implants should not be confused with dental implants, which are used to replace teeth. The pillar implant helps to strengthen the soft palate and prevent the uvula from vibrating, causing a patient to snore.

The procedure involves placing five two-inch long pieces of plastic into the soft palate in the back of the throat. The pillars help to make the tissue taut and less likely to vibrate. Dr. Mason points out that the pillar implants are used in addition to the oral appliance specially created for a patient suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Dr. Mason explains that inserting the implants is a very short procedure, taking about ten minutes to perform. The palate is numbed before the procedure, so the patient doesn’t feel a thing. After the numbness wears off, a patient might feel a little pain treatable by ibuprofen or acetaminophen. The next day, the soreness should be gone. The procedure is usually very successful. Pillar implants are a very effective additional treatment for snoring problems.

For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Tuesday
Mar242015

Profile of a Sleep Dentist, Dentist Dr. Erika Mason, Richmond, Virginia

 

Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia became a dentist because of her early experiences working as a candy striper in a hospital one summer. It persuaded her that she wanted to make people feel better. After a job with a dentist, she realized that dentistry was the career field for her.

Dr. Mason has seen many changes since she first entered the practice of dentistry. A paper and pencil world has switched to computers. X-rays can now be taken with a small sensor in a patient’s mouth. Also, dentistry has become less invasive and uncomfortable.

Problems with her hands led Dr. Mason from the practice of general dentistry to sleep dentistry as a full-time practice area. She finds it more fulfilling than her previous work. “When I do sleep dentistry, treating people with obstructive sleep apnea, it’s life changing.” People with sleep apnea often suffered from a range of life problems, including losing their jobs, not showing up for work because they were too tired. Some people have memory loss. Partners move to other bedrooms. “Each patient has a story.” The fulfillment is in “changing their lives, actually saving their lives.”

Dr. Mason says that treatment with an oral appliance can add ten years to a patient’s life. Sleep apnea sufferers who do not get either CPAP treatment or a dental appliance are facing higher risk of death. Dr. Mason feels rewarded that she has been able to make a difference for so many people.

For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Oral Appliance Success Rate, Dentist Dr. Erika Mason, Richmond, Virginia

 

A sleep apnea patient considering the use of an oral appliance probably wonders how many choices are available and which ones are the best. Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia discusses the available options and the success rate of this treatment approach

 

Dr. Mason says that there may be as many as two hundred oral appliances on the market, but not all of those are FDA approved. Eliminating those from consideration, there are probably about twenty that are FDA approved for the treatment of sleep apnea.

In her own practice, Dr. Mason explains, she has some that she prefers over others. She says she has “about five or six that are go-to appliances” based on the results she has gotten with her patients. The choice of a specific device will depend on the patient. A large man with a muscular jaw will need an appliance that can take a beating. On the other hand, an elderly woman with a small jaw would require an entirely different kind of appliance.

As of this report, says Dr. Mason, there is no scientific evidence that one appliance is more effective than another. “They all work, and the all do . . . the same thing.” The one criterion she requires is that the appliance must be adjustable so that she can set the amount of forward jaw movement that is required.

As to the success rate, the availability of the MATRx equipment to adjust the appliance and find the “sweet spot” for forward jaw movement has improved the success rate, which was good even before this technology was available, according to Dr. Mason. She says about 80% of her patients find relief through the use of oral appliances without regard to their body mass index (BMI) number or their number on the Apnea- Hypopnea Index.

For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.

Wednesday
Mar112015

Oral Appliances and CPAP Compared, Dentist Dr. Erika Mason, Richmond, Virginia

 

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines are one way to treat sleep apnea. Dental appliances are also a treatment option. Dr. Erika Mason of Sleep Better Virginia discusses how the two approaches compare.

 

Dr. Mason says that some patients can avoid the CPAP machine and rely strictly on a custom-made dental appliance. CPAP machines are “the gold standard” of sleep apnea treatment. However, papers reporting on the compliance rate of patients using CPAP compared to patients using dental appliances show that the dental appliances have advantages. Patients are more likely to leave an appliance in the mouth all night. With a CPAP machine, a patient may remove the mask at night and get as little as three hours of sleep apnea relief from the machine.

Dr. Mason explains that there is an approach called co-therapy that she sometimes uses in conjunction with a physician treating a patient for sleep apnea and where the dental appliance by itself doesn’t entirely solve the problem. Co-therapy provides a way to lower the pressure of the CPAP machine, and pressure is usually the number one patient complaint about these machines. The combination of the CPAP machine and the oral appliance often produces a great result.

Dr. Mason points out that the Apnea-Hypopnea Index quantifies degrees of sleep apnea, from mild, to moderate, to severe. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has guidelines saying that physicians should give their patients treatment choices. And, says Dr. Mason, mild and moderate levels of sleep apnea are treated very successfully with oral appiances.

For over 25 years, Erika Mason, D.D.S. of Sleep Better Virginia has built a highly successful dental practice, renowned for its innovative services, focused on the care and comfort of patients. Along with general dentistry, she offers a wide variety of progressive dental techniques; including treatment of sleep apnea and treatment of migraine headaches all with the aid of the most advanced technology in order to help her patients feel better, sleep better, and look better. She spoke with Sleep Better TV, providing online sleep breathing disorder video news content. Sleep Better TV is a featured network of Sequence Media Group.