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Meet Dr. Gio Iuculano

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Dr. Gio Iuculano, DDS is a general dentist focused on functional orthodontics, TMJ therapy, sleep dentistry, and oral appliance therapy, including the use of Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) appliances.

Dr. Gio graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry in 1998. He has attended numerous post-graduate education training courses including coursework in occlusion, CEREC integration, TMD and sleep dentistry, Advanced Lightwire Functionals (mini-residency), treatment of patients with head and neck muscle pains; and advanced airway management and dental solutions for sleep apnea and craniofacial pain. He is most enthusiastic about his work with solutions for sleep issues.

Our Focus

 

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Our practice is specifically focused on functional orthodonticsTMJ therapysleep dentistry, and oral appliance therapy, including the use of Advanced Lightwire Functional (ALF) appliances. Based on the details of your case, we work with you individually to create a custom treatment plan that meets your individual needs, incorporating holistic treatment methods and carefully considering their effects on vital aspects of health such as breathing and posture.

Our practice is part-time, with office hours limited to Saturday mornings. We are closely connected with Winchester Dental, Dr. Gio’s primary practice in Winchester, VA, and we collaborate with your other health providers whenever possible to ensure a comprehensive approach to reaching health solutions.

Integrative Dentistry

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Our integrative approach means that we carefully evaluate and consider your overall health in creating your dental treatment plan. We create customized oral appliances that work gently and gradually to realign the craniofacial structure; and we aim to resolve related health issues such as snoring, sleep apnea, and other breathing difficulties; and various types of head, neck, and shoulder pain, so that you may realize permanent improvement in your overall health. Our treatment goals include:

  • Advancement of mandibles positioned too far back
  • Development of dental arches in three directions
  • Development of rounded facial profiles
  • Maximized airway volume
  • Stability of jaw joints

We will always work with your other health providers for maximum integrative benefit.

News And Information

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We Now Offer Myobrace®!

August 11, 2017
We are pleased to announce that we are now a certified Myobrace® provider in Naples, FL. Myobrace is an orthodontic treatment method that can help straighten teeth and jaws, working with or without traditional braces. In addition to realigning teeth, Myobrace more importantly focuses on correcting oral habits and conditions that actually cause crooked teeth. Myobrace appliances are available in a range of sizes and materials for patients with specific correction needs. For more details, please click here.

Five Things You Should Know About Sleep Apnea

June 23, 2017
Are you at risk for sleep apnea? Individuals with this condition suffer repeated pauses in their breathing while they sleep; in severe cases, breathing may stop up to 30 times an hour. The American Sleep Apnea Association estimates that sleep apnea affects 22 million adults in the US, but unfortunately, many cases remain undiagnosed. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to severe health problems. Here’s what you need to know.

1. Children can suffer from sleep apnea. Though the American Sleep Apnea Association estimates the percentage of American children with sleep apnea at between 1 and 4 percent, with many of these between 2 and 8 years old, diagnosis and treatment is just as important for children as it is for adults. Sleep apnea in children is linked to other conditions such as ADHD, bed-wetting, learning difficulties, and childhood obesity.

2. Adults with untreated sleep apnea have a higher risk of major health issues. Sleep apnea sufferers who sleep deeply on their backs usually snore and breathe through their mouths. A blocked or stuffy nose, a high palate, and a tendency for the sufferer’s tongue to fall backward during sleep contributes to sleep apnea and raises the risk of anxiety, depression, weight gain, chronic fatigue, diabetes, heart disease, heart attack, high blood pressure, stroke, and in extreme cases, suffocation.

3. Sleep apnea risk factors include age, ethnicity, and smoking and alcohol use. For adults, risk factors increase according to age (40 or older); ethnicity (sleep apnea is more common in African-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Hispanics); and frequent smoking and alcohol use. One’s physical features can also increase the risk of sleep apnea. Excess weight; large neck size (17 inches or more for men, and 16 inches or more for women); a recessed chin; a small jaw or large overbite; and a small upper airway (or large tongue, tonsils or uvula) can all play a role in the condition.

4. Technology can help dentists perform a painless, non-invasive initial airway screening. While sleep studies are the gold standard in determining a diagnosis of sleep apnea, a specially trained dentist can use modern technology such as a cone beam computer tomography (CBCT) unit to perform an evaluation. By creating 3D images of the airway, the dentist can measure its diameter. The imaging process takes only a few minutes, and is safe, non-invasive, and painless. When results indicate that further screening is needed, the dentist can make appropriate referrals to sleep specialists.

5. Dental treatment is available for sleep apnea patients. In many cases, specially trained dentists can help sleep apnea patients to avoid surgery and treatment with CPAP devices. Oral appliance therapy, in which patients wear custom-fitted dental devices while they sleep, can help to gradually remodel an undersized airway by widening the dental arches, expanding the oral cavity, reducing apneic episodes, and ultimately improving sleep breathing.

We are skilled and experienced in treating sleep breathing disorders such as snoring and sleep apnea. If you think you may have sleep apnea and believe you may need to seek treatment, see this Snoring and Sleep Apnea page to take a self-assessment and to learn more details. We are here to help!

References
Children’s Sleep Apnea. (n. d.). Retrieved from https://www.sleepapnea.org/treat/childrens-sleep-apnea/

Sleep Apnea. (2016). Retrieved from http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/sleep-apnea/sleep-apnea

Previous Posts

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