At your first visit to our office, complete diagnostic information is gathered to determine the best course of treatment. Complete diagnostic records typically include a medical/dental history, clinical examination, photographs of the patient’s face and teeth and x-rays if needed. This information is used to develop a custom treatment plan for each patient. These records are also helpful in tracking the progress of treatment as the teeth move under orthodontic care.
After the doctor has evaluated your records, we discuss your treatment with you in detail, including the cost for your particular case.
The appointment when you get your appliances (braces, etc.) usually takes 30 to 60 minutes. You’ll then see us at regular intervals 8 to 10 weeks apart for an adjustment, which takes about 25 minutes. Patients are seen by appointment only. We make every effort to be on time for our patients and ask that you extend the same courtesy to us. If you cannot keep an appointment, please notify us immediately.
Daryl Yorek, DDS, MS
12165 Pacific Avenue South, Suite B
Tacoma, WA 98444
Monday 7:30 to 5:00
Tuesday 7:30 to 5:00
Wednesday 7:30 to 5:00
Thursday 7:00 to 12:00
There are some Mondays and Thursdays that we are at our Vashon location
Daryl Yorek, DDS, MS
9929 SW Bank Rd, Suite 101
Vashon Island, WA 98070
What are the signs of sleep apnea?
The following symptoms can indicate the presence of sleep apnea. If you notice one or more of these, contact our practice.
- Insomnia or difficulty sleeping
- Loud snoring at night
- Waking up at night short of breath
- Snorting or choking sounds during the night (indicating a restart of breathing)
- Headaches upon waking in the morning
- Falling asleep unintentionally during the day
- Extreme drowsiness throughout the day
Are there different types of sleep apnea?
There are three categories of sleep apnea. The most common is called obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), and occurs due to a physical blockage, usually the collapsing of the soft tissue in the back of the throat. Less common is central sleep apnea (CSA), in which breathing stops because the muscles involved don’t receive the proper signal from the brain. And some people suffer from “mixed” or “complex” sleep apnea, which is a combination of obstructive and central.
Visiting the dentist during orthodontic treatment
It is very important that you continue to visit your family dentist once every six months, even during your orthodontic treatment, for teeth cleanings and routine dental checkups. If extra dental care is needed, we will be happy to coordinate with your family dentist to make sure that you are receiving the best care possible.