Sleep Wellness - Evaluating Sleep Hygiene

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Fall into Better Sleep Hygiene

If you are like most Americans, your smart phone has replaced your alarm clock as well as your calendar, MP3 player, camera, video camera, and address book. Your smart phone has become an extension of your office, making it impossible to turn off.  It is common for people to fall asleep with their phones beside them, while others may read in bed with a digital reader.  Many people enjoy falling asleep with the television on, and some even bring their laptops to bed.  If you recognize any of these habits as your own, you may be severely jeopardizing the quality of your nighttime sleep.

Sleep hygiene is made up of a variety of different practices that are necessary to have normal, quality nighttime sleep and full daytime alertness. As we encourage testing for potential sleep apnea candidates, please also keep the following information in mind, when discussing and examining sleep health. Good sleep hygiene is important to your overall health and wellness.

           Here are some helpful tips to consider when improving sleep hygiene:

1.       Go to bed at the same time each night. 

2.       Wake up from bed at the same time each day. 

3.       Exercise regularly each day, preferably either in the morning or 3 hours before bedtime.

4.       Get regular exposure to the outdoors, or to bright lights, especially in the late afternoon.

5.       Keep the temperature in your bedroom on the cooler side, around 65 degrees.    .

6.       Keep the bedroom dark and quiet when sleeping. 

7.       Only use your bed for sleep and intimate time with your significant other. 

8.       Take medications as directed. It is helpful to take prescribed sleeping pills either 1 hour
before bedtime, so they are causing drowsiness when you lie down, or 10 hours before
getting up, to avoid daytime drowsiness. 

9.       Use a relaxation exercise, massage, or warm bath just before going to sleep.

10.   Keep your hands and feet warm.



           Here are the things NOT to do during your sleep routine:

1.       Exercise just before going to bed. 

2.        Take daytime naps, especially more than 30 minutes.

3.       Have caffeine in the evening.

4.       Read or watch television in bed. 

5.       Consume alcohol to help you sleep.

6.       Go to bed too hungry or too full.

7.       Take another person's sleeping pills without your doctor's knowledge.  
Diphenhydramine (an ingredient commonly found in over-the-counter sleep meds)
can have serious side effects for elderly patients.

8.       Engage in stimulating activity just before bed, such as playing a game or having an
important discussion with a loved one. 

9.       Force yourself to go to sleep. This only makes your mind and body more alert. 

Additional tip:
If you lie in bed awake for more than 20-30 minutes, get up, go to a different room and participate in a quiet activity (e.g. non-excitable reading or television). When you start to feel sleepy, return to bed and repeat this during the night as needed. 

If you are practicing these sleep hygiene tips and are still waking up feeling fatigued and/or groggy, there may be a bigger problem. You may be suffering from a sleep breathing disorder. The most common sleep breathing disorder is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when there is a physical obstruction in your airway. 

The sufferer is often unaware they have a problem since it happens during sleep, making OSA is a serious condition that should not be ignored.  Ask someone to observe you while you sleep.  This person may notice shallow breathing and possibly pauses in breath, which can look disturbing.  The breathing interruptions can last anywhere from a few seconds to a couple of minutes, per breathing episode.  This causes the individual to get restless sleep and consequently feel extremely fatigued during the day.  


If you or someone you know may be at risk for a sleep breathing disorder, please call us today, to avoid this potentially life threatening disease.   

Sleep Apnea - A Silent Killer

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When tragedy strikes, people across the country are left asking a similar question, “Could I have done anything to save my loved one?” Undoubtedly these thoughts reside with everyone at some point during the painful grieving process. Is there anything we can do?


This discussion is dedicated to all family and friends that have passed away from a silent killer known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is caused by a physical obstruction in the airway causing a person to stop breathing several times throughout the night. In examining and categorizing overall health, we began by turning to a popular television program familiar with sleep apnea and obesity as an American epidemic -- The Biggest Loser. The physicians working with this show succinctly organize health into four pillars: psychological well-being, healthy eating, healthy exercise, and sleep. When the fourth pillar (sleep) is not properly achieved, it severely impacts the success of the other three. Without the proper sleep, your psychological wellness, nutrition, and exercise don’t stand a chance. The reality is that we spend about one third of our life sleeping. Our bodies absolutely need that time of rest so we have the energy and focus to live healthy and balanced lives. If you suffer from even mild sleep apnea, your body is not attaining the ideal rest and rejuvenation it needs, leaving you fatigued all day long. Continuous feelings of exhaustion can trickle down to hormonal imbalance, which leads to poor nutritional choices and cravings, depression, and a lack of energy needed for sustaining exercise routines. With this information, it is easy to understand how a deficiency of proper sleep affects all your pillars of health, as outlined by the physicians of The Biggest Loser program.

One of the greatest dangers of sleep apnea is the physical strain it puts on your organs, specifically the heart. The medical description for normal and proper sleep is defined as “a decreased sympathetic activity which lowers heart rate and blood pressure creating a period of cardiac rest."  When your heart never experiences the rest it needs, extra stress is placed on the heart walls, which can lead to a fatal and life-threatening situation. It is well known that sleep apnea sufferers experience repeated pauses in breathing during sleep, causing multiple awakenings. Not as well known is that this lowers the saturation of oxygen in your blood and can result in high blood pressure and an increased risk of many heart-related diseases. In addition, sleep awakenings cause acute surges in blood pressure and heart rate, further increasing stress on the heart. 

With obstructive sleep apnea, the cardiac rest achieved in normal and proper sleep is not possible. This is the most alarming component of sleep apnea, since it may lead to many complications. If you have a loved one who experiences any sleep apnea symptoms such as snoring, gasping for air during sleep, daytime fatigue, or has already been diagnosed with sleep apnea but is possibly CPAP intolerant, please call our office immediately for a consultation with the doctor. Within a few minutes you could be on your way to helping a friend or family member and possibly even saving his/her life. 

Mouthguards Can Save Your Children's Teeth

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Injuries to the mouth and face are the number-one sports trauma, and a dental injury is not only painful and costly; it's also permanent. Fortunately, many mouth injuries can be prevented by wearing an athletic mouth protector—also called a mouthguard.  

A mouthguard is a soft plastic appliance that fits over the teeth. When a properly designed mouthguard is worn, the lips, cheek, tongue and jaws are protected, as well as the teeth. The American Dental Association estimates that mouthguards prevent 200,000 injuries each year in high-school and college sports alone. 

Most people are aware that sports mouthguards are mandatory for participation in high-contact sports such as football, boxing and hockey. But what many people don't realize is that the majority of mouth injuries occur in children between the ages of 7 and 14, often while participating in commonplace activities like skateboarding, rollerblading or bike riding! Mouthguards should be worn during all activities where there is a risk of falling or head contact, either with another player or a piece of equipment. The Academy for Sports Dentistry has identified 35 activities and sports in which mouthguards should be worn to prevent orofacial injury, including baseball, soccer, basketball, martial arts, skiing, volleyball and gymnastics.

The most common mouth injuries are broken or lost teeth, but a blow to the mouth or jaw can also cause: 

jaw fractures

concussions and cerebral hemorrhage

head and neck injuries

problems with the jaw joint

jaw dislocations


Choosing a mouthguard

There are three types of mouthguards available: 

 - ready-made stock mouthguards

 - boil-and-bite mouthguards

 - custom-made mouthguards

Stock mouthguards are used right off the shelf. No modifications are made to enhance or customize the fit, so they offer very little, if any, protection. They also tend to feel loose, bulky and uncomfortable, and interfere with breathing and speaking, so it's likely they'll just be left in the gym bag. 

Boil-and-bite mouthguards fit somewhat better, because after they are purchased, their fit is enhanced somewhat by softening them in boiling water, then shaping them around teeth and allowing them to harden. However, this type of mouthguard also hampers speech and breathing, because the fit is not optimal. Furthermore, they aren't thick enough to provide adequate protection, and they become brittle after awhile so they need to be replaced relatively frequently.

Custom-made mouthguards are by far the best choice. For about the cost of a good pair of athletic shoes, custom mouthguards offer: 

 - sufficient thickness in critical areas, so protection is maximized

 - the best possible fit and retention

 - greater durability, which means less frequent replacement

Custom mouthguards are created specifically for you by professional technicians, using a material that is resilient, odorless and tasteless. To fabricate a custom-made mouthguard, on the first appointment, impressions of your teeth are made. From these impressions, models of your teeth are created. The mouthguard is fabricated on these models to ensure that the fit is precise. Then, on your next appointment, your mouthguard is tried in and adjusted as necessary to make sure protection and comfort are optimized.

While any mouthguard is better than none at all, a custom mouthguard is far more comfortable, so it's less likely to be left lying in the locker or the gym bag. They are also much more effective in preventing injuries, since they conform precisely to an individual's teeth. A custom mouthguard costs a bit more than off-the-shelf varieties, but their precise fit, comfort and excellent quality make them well worth the additional cost.



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The biggest hindrance to many people getting the dental care they need is the financial obligation involved. Many do not have insurance to cover most dental procedures and are faced with out of pocket expenses that are just too much for them. 


CareCredit may be the answer to their problems. It is a personal line of credit to be used solely for healthcare services. CareCredit various monthly plans where the user will have a certain length of time to pay for their procedure. instead of having to come up with the full payment at the time of treatment. 

However, CareCredit is not for everyone. It is a credit card, and is approval is based on past credit history from the applicant(s). Many doctors offer CareCredit to their patients because they want to continue to offer the best care necessary. Your Fairfax Dentist offer CareCredit as one of their finance options as they are very sensitive to the fact that in today's changing economy, many people have different financial obligations and being unable to pay for treatment in full will deter many from getting the necessary care required.

Come or call us to discuss all financial options which may be available to you!!!!

Fairfax Dental Implants - As Good As It Gets

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Dental implants have been around for over 30 years. They are a proven safe and reliable solution to replace missing teeth. They can replace one tooth or many. Additionally they can firmly anchor dentures and partial dentures.

Dental implant vs bridges: Many times implants are much better than bridges for replacing a missing tooth. A bridge is a three tooth or more solution to a one tooth problem. The construction of a bridge sometimes involves cutting down adjacent teeth to serve as anchors for the structure. It is a good solution but an implant can be better because the adjacent teeth that are otherwise healthy don’t have to be cut down.

So an implant can be the next best thing to your natural tooth. Call Fairfax dentist H Charles Jelinek, Jr, DDS today for a complimentary Fairfax dental implant consultation (703)560-8700. And SMILE WITH CONFIDENCE!!!!


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Many people would love to have their teeth straighter, but don't want to go through the ordeal of getting traditional metal braces. There's a huge investment of both time and money, and each tightening is rather painful. Have you ever wondered how to straighten your teeth without braces? In FAIRFAX VIRGINIA at Dr. H Charles Jelinek Jr’s Dental office, you can get Invisalign and get the smile you've always wanted.

How to Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces In FAIRFAX VA - The Easy Way

Invisalign is a method of straightening your teeth that avoids the painful ordeal of traditional metal braces. Computer technology uses three dimensional imaging to form a series of clear, invisible trays that gently and gradually realign your teeth. It's the answer to the question of how to straighten your teeth without braces!

Ask us your cosmetic dentist if Invisalign is right for you and schedule a consultation. This special technology can actually show you how your smile, face, and profile will appear once the smile transformation is complete. Because the trays are formed to your own teeth and molded precisely, the results are very predictable and manageable.

What Do I Need To Consider For Invisible Braces?

When you're thinking about how to straighten your teeth without braces, you might assume not many people are candidates, or that it might take longer than traditional braces. Not true! In fact, Invisalign can correct many common problems, such as: crowded teeth, gapped teeth, over-bites, under-bites, cross-bites, and other misalignments of the teeth.

The time required for Invisalign is typically between 9 and 18 months. Every few weeks, you move to the next set of dental trays, which gradually encourage your teeth to move into line. You can remove the trays to brush, floss, and eat, but generally, Invisalign trays are worn at least 22 hours per day.

Because the trays can be removed for eating and brushing, you won't have the uneven plaque build-up and difficulty cleaning your teeth that many people experience with traditional braces. However, keep in mind that if the trays are being taken out often for frequent snacking, the treatment may take longer or not be as effective.

The best benefit of Invisalign is that no one but you and your dentist need to know that you're straightening your teeth. Adults don't have to experience the embarrassment of having a mouth full of metal. Invisalign doesn't affect your speech either, so no one will be able to tell!

For more information about how to straighten your teeth without braces in FAIRFAX Virginia, to see before and after photos, learn more about the details of the procedure, or request an appointment for a complimentary consultation call us today at 703-560-8700.


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Comparing Invisalign® and traditional wire and metal bracket braces would be, in a sense, like comparing apples and oranges. Both are different solutions designed to serve different sets of patients. It is true that prior to the arrival of Invisalign® there was only a “one size fits all” solution of traditional braces in the world of cosmetic dentistry.

However, the Invisalign® FAIRFAX system has provided patients with an option. Invisalign aligners are completely transparent, which makes them virtually invisible to other people. As a result, the patient’s aesthetic appearance is not compromised at all. The other advantage is the superior comfort and ability to remove the aligners at the time of eating, drinking or cleaning of the teeth. Many dentists believe that traditional metal braces are harder on the teeth and gum tissues, whereas clear plastic braces are lighter and softer on the gums.

Some studies on the effects of traditional braces have also indicated that over a period of time, these braces do cause root resorption (shortening of roots) to an extent in many patients. Tooth decay is also more commonly noticed in patients who use traditional braces for a long time. This happens because the traditional braces cannot be removed even while eating or cleaning the teeth. Even at the time of dental exams, the metal braces may cause obstruction and prevent accurate x-ray results. These limitations are entirely avoided with Invisalign® because they are removable during such activities.

The Invisalign® solution may also be more accurate in terms of design and construction because it involves computerized planning which results in a perfect outcome. Computerized planning and treatment is a key part of the Invisalign® system protocol.

Your straight teeth and beautiful healthy smile are just a phone call away! Call us today for your complimentary consultation 703-560-8700.


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Seniors have two methods for replacing lost teeth: dentures or FAIRFAX DENTAL IMPLANTS. Deciding which is better may seem like a lot of work, but it really all comes down to assessing the benefits and disadvantages associated with a denture appliance or having a dental implant procedure performed. After assessing the pros and cons of both options, the senior can make a prudent decision on what treatment method is best.

Dentures Advantages

When a senior has dentures, they can smile with a greater degree of confidence. Being able to smile will allow the senior enjoy socializing with others, and he or she can also feel more comfortable during close communications with family and friends.

Dentures also help the wearer to maintain a natural face appearance: the face does not appear sunken or misaligned when dentures are in place. What’s more, when a senior wears dentures they are not forced to deal with the speech impediments associated with lost teeth.

Dentures offer practical benefits too since wearing them allows for the senior to chew foods with greater efficiency. Instead of having to avoid foods, the senior can consume many of the foods that they might not attempt to eat without teeth.

Financially speaking, dentures can be far less expensive than the cost of dental implant procedures.

Dentures Disadvantages

When a senior first gets a partial or a full set of dentures, it will take a period of time to adjust to the new appliance. One’s speaking patterns will change over time as the person gets used to wearing the appliance on a daily basis.

Dentures can sometimes float in the mouth, become loose, and cause problems with speaking and chewing. Dentures also have to be removed to be cleaned too so that mouth sores and gum irritations do not develop.

Sometimes, dentures can break and require repair or replacement. In addition, a denture appliance will eventually have to be replaced as one’s mouth changes over the years.

Dental Implants Advantages

Dental implants offer many of the advantages for seniors that dentures do and more. With dental implants, the teeth are individually replaced and attached directly to the jaw bone so that they feel and look like real teeth.

The patient has a better looking smile, more confidence, a greater ability to chew foods, and implants can help prevent issues like TMJ due to the misalignment of teeth in the mouth. Dental implants, once in place, can last the entire lifetime of the senior without requiring replacement.

Dental Implants Disadvantages

The primary disadvantage of dental implants is identified in cost factors and dental implants take a considerable amount of time to complete as they are put into one’s mouth in stages.

Call Dr. H Charles Jelinek Jr today for a complimentary implant consultation

703-560-8700. You no longer need to deal with the embarrassment of having dentures fall out when you speak!




Fairfax Cosmetic Dentist creates beautiful smiles with Fairfax Dental Implants!

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Fairfax dentist Dr Chuck Jelinek introduces his patients to their third set of teeth. First there are the baby teeth followed by ones adult teeth and now we have Fairfax dental implants. With the advent of dental implants individuals can now still enjoy the things they always loved to do when they had a full compliment of teeth - smile and eat. And the beauty of it is that Fairfax dental implants can look just like your natural teeth.

Another one of the advantages to having dental implants is that they help the adjacent natural teeth last longer. By not replacing a missing tooth with an Fairfax dental implant, there are fewer teeth to chew with and so the remaining teeth have to carry more of the load in regards to chewing. But a dental implant doesn't give like a natural tooth with chewing. So by not giving, the dental implant takes more of the load or forces off the surrounding teeth, hence they last longer.

And the nice thing about Fairfax dental implants is there will never be a need for a root canal or a need to extract the tooth due to gum disease. Hence less dental bills long term. Call today to learn more about Fairfax dental implants with cosmetic dentist Dr Chuck Jelinek at (703) 560-8700.

Whoopi Speaks on Periodontal Disease

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