Sleep Apnea? Here’s How To Sleep Better

Read about sleep apnea, its effects and how to get on a much-needed path to better sleep.

head and jaw painAs we move into a New Year it is a really good time to re-evaluate your sleep patterns. With New Year’s resolutions, health is usually on all of our minds already, so why not focus on something you really need, like sleep?

One of the most common issues that many people have with their sleep is an issue called sleep apnea.

It’s a serious problem, and we’re going to take a closer look at the condition and solutions to help you get better sleep whilst living with it:

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is when you stop and start breathing whilst you sleep. This can cause you to gasp, choke and snore loudly whilst you sleep. It happens because your airways relax and narrow, and can be caused by obesity, ageing or alcoholism, although anybody can suffer from it.

Getting Sleep Apnea Diagnosed

If you suspect you have sleep apnea it is very important you get a diagnosis. Common symptoms of sleep apnea can be:

  • Loud snoring
  • Snorting, gasping or choking during sleep
  • Waking up many times throughout the night
  • Stopping and starting breathing
  • Being tired in the day
  • Struggling with your mood in the day
  • Struggling with headaches in the morning
  • Struggling with tiredness in the day

You will first need to go to your GP who will refer you to a sleep clinic if they believe you have sleep apnea. If you do have it, you will be given a range of options for treatments to ease the problem, although it is thought lifestyle changes are the most effective solution for many people.

The Link Between Bruxism & Sleep Apnea

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Do You Need A Tooth Extraction At Abbey Road Dental? What To Expect….

Professional tooth removal and replacement options in St John’s Wood.

A dentist explainsIf you’re facing a dental extraction, don’t worry, you’re not alone. Lots of people need to go through this procedure at least once in their life, and without really knowing what it involves, it can be a scary prospect.

To help you feel at ease, we want to let you know exactly what to expect so you can feel assured that it won’t be quite as scary as you might think.

Why Extractions Sometimes Need To Happen

Tooth extractions need to happen for a number of reasons including:

  • Dental decay to the extent the tooth beneath the gum line cannot be saved
  • An abscess under the gum line that means the tooth cannot be saved
  • Advanced gum disease (periodontitis)
  • To make room for teeth to move, as with straightening
  • If teeth are consistently causing pain and issues (this most commonly happens with wisdom teeth)
  • If dental repair like fillings and crowns have failed and the tooth needs to come out
  • Broken teeth which are unable to be repaired following an accident

Every individual reason for extraction is different depending on the person, and we treat every case as such. That means you’ll be given an individual treatment plan to suit your needs, including suggestions for restoration moving forward.

What To Expect During The Extraction Process

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Is 2021 The Year You Finally Get The Smile You Deserve?

A handy guide about cosmetic dentistry to help you take the first step to a new smile you’re proud of

White teeth after cosmetic dentistryWe all have aspects of our body that we don’t like and for some people, the part of their body that they would love to change the most is their smile.

If you have a smile that is gummy, stained, misaligned, or missing teeth, there are many innovative cosmetic and restorative dentistry treatments available to restore your smile, and the confidence that goes with it.

There are probably a number of reasons why you may have avoided getting your smile corrected up until now? But equally there are probably just as many if not more reasons to have your smile restored and enhanced. Is 2021 the year you finally invest in a reason to love your smile again? Is it the year you stop letting things get in the way of getting the stunning teeth you deserve?

If you’re thinking about personal improvements for 2021, we’ve got a basic guide below about smile restoration and enhancement that you’ll want to read. So please read on, for the first step towards getting the smile you’ve always wanted:

What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is a type of service offered at Abbey Road Dental to improve how your smile looks. It is often combined with restorative dentistry, which is where crowns, bridges and dental implants etc can be used to bring back the functionality of the smile and effectively replace missing teeth. Veneers might be classed as restorative as well as cosmetic because of their ability to restore a damaged tooth in both functionality, and aesthetics.

Common Types

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12 Dental Care Days of Christmas From Your St John’s Wood Dentist!

12 easy oral care tips for maintaining a beautiful smile over Christmas and into the New Year.

Oral health teeth brushingOn the first day of Christmas this blog is here for thee, to keep you festive and smiley! Our rhyming skills might not be up to much, but our dental tips definitely are!

Here at Abbey Road Dental we’ve collated 12 easy-to-follow tips to help you keep your teeth and gums in great shape over the festive period. By following these tips, you’ve got a great chance of going into 2021 with great oral health:

Watch Your Buffet Habits

The buffet is where we all fail at restraint when it comes to delicious Christmas food. Although we might be at less buffets this year because of the pandemic, the fact is that most of us will have plenty of food to graze on over the holiday period. Avoid starchy, sugary and acidic foods if you can, and instead, opt for food like:

  • Veggie crudites
  • Bean dips
  • Healthy rice salads
  • Lean meat slices
  • Cheese chunks
  • Crunchy fruits
  • Olives

If you are tempted by foods that can stick to the teeth and cause acid attacks, like sausage rolls, crackers, sweets and chocolate, try to eat it in one meal so you limit the amount of time your teeth are exposed.

Don’t Use Your Teeth As Tools

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Abbey Road Dental’s Seasonal Health Watch – 20 Ways To Get More Exercise This Winter!

Find out how to boost your immunity, oral health and overall vitality by getting more exercise this winter.

Dentist offers adviceAs winter creeps in it can be tempting to become more sedentary. It is so much more tempting to snuggle up under a blanket and watch a new TV series than go out in the wind and rain for a run, isn’t it?

The problem is, winter is when we need exercise more than ever.

The flu and Covid-19 are big threats this winter, particularly if you are vulnerable or if you are unlucky enough to get both at the same time. Exercising can help to boost your immunity, and strengthen your overall health, so if you do catch either virus you have a robust immune system to help fight back.

Exercising can also bring many more benefits including:

  • Keeping your heart strong
  • Boosting circulation to your gums, for better oral health
  • Strengthening your bones and muscles
  • Improving your overall mood
  • Helping with weight loss
  • Reducing your risk of chronic disease
  • Improving sleep quality
  • Improving skin health
  • Giving you more energy

Exercising is essential to great overall health. Here at Abbey Road Dental we want to help our NW8 dental patients gain control of their health as much as possible during these challenging, colder months. To give yourself a health boost, why not consider one of these 20 ideas to get more exercise this winter:

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Abbey Road Dental’s Seasonal Health Watch – 20 Ways To Get More Vitamins This Winter

Find out how to boost your vitamin intake this winter to help boost your immunity, vitality, and oral health.

Healthy teethVitamins are important all year round, but in winter they always get some additional time in the spotlight. This is because it is a time when seasonal illnesses are rife, and we all want to boost our chances of avoiding those nasty cold and flu viruses as much as possible. This year, we’re also avoiding another pesky virus too, and so we all need to boost our chances of fighting it off if we do get it.

As if that wasn’t enough, vitamins and minerals have lots of other important reasons to stay top priority including:

  • Boosting your overall oral health
  • Boosting your energy levels
  • Supporting your cognition
  • Protecting you against many common illnesses
  • Helping reduce your risk of many cancers, including oral cancer
  • Maintaining healthy bones and muscle
  • Boosting hair and skin health
  • Keeping your eyesight in good condition

These are just some of the reasons vitamins are important. Another example where we need to take care is with Vitamin D which our body produces directly from sunlight. In winter as we get less light exposure, it may mean that we need to take vitamin D supplements to ensure that we reach healthy levels.

Would you love to be able to consume more vitamins and minerals in your diet? Here at Abbey Road Dental we have rounded up 20 easy ways to help our local St John’s wood patients to get more vitamins this winter:


Switch your morning coffee for a smoothie to start your day full of vitamins. We love fresh ginger, cinnamon, banana, spinach, apple, pear and almond milk for a delicious winter warmer smoothie. Do keep it to one a day though to minimise the sugar and acid attack on your teeth.


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Halloween At Home – How To Have The Best Time During The Strangest Of Times!

Top tips, tricks and ideas to help you have a fun Halloween despite the current pandemic putting a dampener on things.

Dentist Dr Diana SpencerHalloween is a holiday that usually involves a lot of parties, events and social activities – but sadly that won’t be happening this year. There will be some socially distanced events going on, but realistically, it will be a Halloween like no other.

With that in mind, Abbey Road Dental in St John’s Wood wants to help brighten up your Halloween with some creative, useful tips and tricks to help you celebrate this spooky holiday in a different way.

Here are our top tips for having the best time at Halloween, during a strange time for all of us:

Make Your Own Decorations

The shops are full of decorations that you can buy, but when you’re already lacking in a sense of occasion, it makes sense to perhaps make your own decorations. This gives the kids more to look forward to, and makes everything you do decorate with, that little bit more special. Here’s an article packed with ideas for DIY Halloween decorations you can enjoy making with the kids.

A Movie Marathon

Movie marathons are a really fun (and laid back) way to celebrate Halloween. You can keep it kid-friendly with classics like Hocus Pocus and the Simpsons Halloween episodes. Alternatively, make it more adult with the latest IT films, or all the Halloween films. Just be sure to turn the lights out and keep it super spooky!

Healthy Halloween Food

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Facial Aesthetics At Abbey Road Dental – Professional Beauty & Rejuvenation Treatments

Our Facial Aesthetics Clinic In St John’s Wood Offers A Wide Range Of Latest Treatments

Couple with good skinAbbey Road Dental understands that patients not only trust in hygienic, professional clinics like ours for general and cosmetic dentistry treatments; they also look to us for additional aesthetic services like wrinkle-treatment, lip enhancement and more.

With that in mind, we are pleased to have responded to demand from our valued patients and we now have a top-line facial aesthetics clinic at our NW8 location.

Whilst the availability of our aesthetic treatments depend on current government Covid-19 guidelines and customer suitability, it’s still a great time to let you know all about this exciting new aspect of our services.

If you are currently looking into the future, making plans for self improvement and better confidence beyond the pandemic, you might want to know what we have to offer when it comes to facial aesthetics:

What We Offer

We currently offer a range of aesthetic treatments including:

  • Body contouring
  • Micro-needling
  • Skin care consultations
  • Botulinum relaxant therapy (Botox)
  • Dermal fillers
  • Lip fillers

Some patients choose to have a combination of treatments, and some choose to specifically focus on one area. It all starts with a consultation where we will listen to your needs, expectations and questions.

Some patients will visit us with a very specific concern like a deep wrinkle or, wanting plumper lips. Other patients may like more of an input from our qualified team on how different treatments can help. In some instances, a programme of treatments can be prescribed for an overall facial rejuvenation effect.

It’s really important that we understand exactly what you want, and what you don’t. In some instances we may be able to combine the consultation with a treatment, but it depends on each patient.

Why Choose Us For Facial Aesthetics?

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Control Your Oral Health Future With These Handy Tips

Useful tips and tricks to help you value your dental health

Oral health teeth brushingHere at Abbey Road Dental and across the entire dental service in the UK, it’s been such a shock to see how quickly essential services can be shut down. Although we are back up and running now to a large degree at our St John’s Wood clinic, we certainly don’t take our reopening for granted.

For that reason, we know that it is more important than ever to promote preventative habits when it comes to dental care and how you care for your teeth at home is at the heart of your oral health. Although emergencies will always come up, the better you can care for your teeth at home, the less likely you are to find there is a problem that needs addressing.

Abbey Road Dental is always available for advice, checkups and treatment whilst we are open but should an unexpected circumstance close us again, we want you to be in the best possible position to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

Things You Can’t Control

There are certain aspects of your dental health you cannot control. Knowing what they are is actually really helpful when it comes to the prevention of issues as it helps awareness of particular problems. You can then adjust your behaviour accordingly and protect your smile as much as possible. Here are some ‘out of your control’ factors that affect oral health:

  • Medicine you are taking
  • Certain treatments like radiotherapy
  • Pregnancy
  • Certain health conditions
  • Genes

It is a great idea to seek advice from your Abbey Road dentist if you do have a change in health status as that will enable your treatment plan to be adjusted accordingly. It will also enable your dentist to give you tailor-made advice in regards to your oral health so you know how to care for it most appropriately.

Things You Can Control

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Back To School: Healthy Habits For A Happy Return

Children heading back to school? Handy tips on building healthy habits for a happy daily routine

Family crowdLike many families, if you have children then you’re painfully aware of the fact that this school year is going to look very different to any before. Regardless of your school’s policies and approach to the ‘new normal’ and whether lessons take place at home or in school, the fact is, it’s time for routine.

The challenge is switching those late nights, irregular eating patterns, dedication to gaming and general embrace of chaos for better habits. Whilst we all need to encourage children to be adaptable to change, we also want them to feel secure and happy in their education.

Abbey Road Dental fully recognises just how changeable times are for families and we want to help our patients get back into a school term routine as easily as possible. To help you, here are our top tips to create healthy habits for happiness this coming school year.

Have A Daily Routine, Regardless

Whether it is the weekend, your kids are taking part in online classes, or they are in school, try to have the same routine. Of course the content may change, but the overall routine should ideally be the same. At the very least this should involve getting up and going to bed at the same time. You can also include additional structures like dental hygiene, showering, eating and activities too if you know you want your kids to do them every day. By having a routine that stays the same every day, your kids will hopefully feel less stressed, they will be on time, and their body clock will be shifted to a school schedule.

Healthy Daily Habits That Don’t Change

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