Posts Tagged ‘Escondido Dentist’

Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, uses the Vivos DNA System which represents a breakthrough treatment proven to easily, painlessly, and naturally remodel, reposition, and redevelop the anatomy that surrounds the head and neck including the upper and lower jaw and airway. The Vivos DNA appliance is a FDA registered Biomimetic oral appliance, which harnesses the body’s natural ability for self-correction through gene environmental interactions by using developmental mechanisms that are encoded that the level of the human genome. The Vivos DNA appliance system aims to put the body back into it’s correct developmental path. This makes this system unique in upper airway, orthodontic and craniofacial correction. Unlike traditional braces, the Vivos DNA appliance is not worn all the time. The appliance is only worn in the early evening and all night while asleep.

The Vivos DNA System:

  • Restores and helps maintain proper symmetry and alignment
  • Promotes craniofacial and orthodontic correction
  • Gives a broader, wider smile with improved esthetics
  • A solution for crowded or crooked teeth, gummy smiles, narrow palates, TMD, sleep bruxism and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)
  • Allows for higher quantity and quality of sleep
  • Can drastically reduce or even eliminate snoring
  • Promotes a more beautiful, symmetrical and attractive face “a DNA facelift”
  • Restore normal breathing and sleep patterns which improve overall health
  • Reduce or eliminate the need for other lifetime treatment options

The Vivos DNA appliance system has been clinically proven to treat and in some cases cure Obstructive Sleep Apnea, it does this through non-surgical remodeling of the upper airway. The biomimetic design of the Vivos DNA appliance results in more than just tooth movement. As the teeth move during treatment the bone structures within the face also change and grow. As the jaws grow into their fully developed form the rest of the facial structures are also signaled. This gives the face a better, more natural support system and may result in increased facial symmetry. Patients report improved overall facial esthetics, almost like a natural facelift without the pain or toxins associated with other cosmetic therapies.

Call our Escondido dental office today to ask how the Vivos DNA System may work for you! 760-746-3663

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In considering dental treatment, which may include removal and replacement of “silver” mercury amalgam fillings in your mouth, several points have been discussed.

The following are well established facts in scientific literature:

  1. There is no level of mercury exposure that can be regarded as safe or harmless.
  2. When originally placed “silver” amalgam fillings contain approximately 50% mercury.
  3. Mercury is not “locked in” fillings and does escape in small amounts, mostly in the form of volatilized mercury vapor.
  4. Exposure to mercury increases with chewing, tooth brushing and heat.
  5. Mercury vapor is extremely toxic and easily absorbed. It’s toxicity is rated greater than lead, cadmium or arsenic.
  6. Leading toxicologists have concluded that mercury from amalgam fillings constitutes the single greatest source of exposure to humans and is greater than food, air or environmental sources.
  7. Animal studies have shown amalgam derived mercury accumulates in the body tissues and organs, it also travels through fetal blood supply to fetal tissues and is found in maternal milk.

Escondido holistic dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, has not placed a mercury filling in his practice for over 30 years and practices the safe removal of mercury fillings as laid out by the IAOMT.

If you have any questions regarding safe mercury amalgam filling removal please call our Escondido Dental Office today at 760-746-3663 or visit our website at http://www.drjkerbs.com.



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What is a Biological Dentist?

A biological dentist is concerned about the materials used within the mouth and within the dental practice.

Dr. Kerbs uses only the safest materials in dentistry. He uses bio-compatible materials in all of his restorations and does not use metal in any of his restorations. Dr. Kerbs feels that all materials used in the mouth should not only be safe, but also function well and look natural.

Dr. Kerbs practices biological, conservative dentistry. This is an integral part of his practice. Dr. Kerbs looks at the treatment plan for his patients seeking to conserve as much tooth structure as possible in order to keep the teeth healthier for life. Conserving as much tooth structure as possible, allows the teeth to stay stronger over the years. Often times Dr. Kerbs is able to do a filling or cosmetic bonding rather than a crown, in order to save tooth structure. At times when a crown is necessary, Dr. Kerbs does a conservative preparation of the tooth, removing as little tooth structure as possible.

Young woman, her face upward, enjoying the sun

Dr. Kerbs Office is mercury free, mercury safe, metal free, fluoride free, and uses ozone water during all procedures including dental cleanings. Dr. Kerbs uses ozone in all aspects of his dental procedures. Dr. Kerbs uses the latest laser technology with his Fotona ND/ER yag laser which provides his patients with better healing times and less invasive procedure options. Dr. Kerbs caters to nervous patients with his complimentary comfort menu, ask our team about all of the free comforts available to make your visit as comfortable as possible.

Looking at the overall picture, is very important to Dr. Kerbs. He analyzes the way the mouth functions as a whole, including the teeth, gums, bone, TMJ, muscles in the head and neck and the way the teeth meet and bite together. Dr. Kerbs recognizes that the mouth is connected to the body and that there is a direct link to the mouth and the body’s symptoms (the systemic connection). Dr. Kerbs and his hygienists focus on health and prevention in every aspect of their practice. Conservative dental techniques have been achieved from thousands of hours of continuing education and accreditation with leading associations in holistic and cosmetic dentistry. It is Dr. Kerbs goal for every person to achieve and maintain health for life.

Please contact our Escondido Holistic Dental Office today at 760-746-3663. We are here to answer all of your questions regarding biological dentistry.

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Escondido dentist, Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists, focus on preventative care in all aspects of their holistic dental practice.

When searching for a solution to a dental problem, Dr. Kerbs always looks for the cause of why the problem is occurring in order to eliminate further problems from occurring in the future. Dr. Kerbs believes that with the proper knowledge and great preventative care our patients can stay problem free for life.

The mouth is an intricate place that functions as a unit. The teeth, gums, bone, joints and muscles of the head and neck all rely on each other and function together as a unit. When one or more of these things are off, an example being a missing tooth, worn down teeth, broken teeth, infected gums and bone, popping joints, pain in the joints or sore muscles of the head and neck, it can lead to a chain of problems that seem to never end.

Dr. Kerbs and his team assess the mouth and head and neck in a comprehensive way, not only looking for the problems but searching for the reason the problems exist. In this way,  fixing and then eliminating problems from occurring in the future, allows for his patients to stay healthy and problem free for life.

We have heard so many patients come to us saying that they hate the dentist because they feel like every time they go there is something new to fix. We, at Dr. Kerbs office, are focused on changing that and we know this is very possible because we do it every day.

With the proper knowledge and instruction, getting to know your mouth and it’s chemistry, learning about the way your mouth functions and why problems happen, allows for our patients to be informed and knowledgeable. Becoming informed is powerful in becoming healthy and staying healthy for life. In this way we eliminate that sentiment that many people hold of there always being a problem to fix when they go to the dentist.

Escondido dentist, Dr. Kerbs, is a holistic dentist and biological dentist who has been in practice for over 30 years. Dr. Kerbs has had extensive training and education post dental school allowing him to rise to an expert level when it comes to restorative and cosmetic dentistry with a holistic focus. Dr. Kerbs and his dental hygienists focus on the health and well-being of their patients in every treatment provided.

Please call our Escondido dental office to schedule your comprehensive exam today. 760-746-3663


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Dr. Kerbs practices holistic dentistry in Escondido, CA. As a part of Dr. Kerbs holistic practice of dentistry, he treats patients who suffer from snoring and sleep apnea who are seeking treatment other than a CPAP, surgery or prescription medication. Dr. Kerbs treats these patients with a comfortable dental appliance that is successful in reducing and in most cases eliminating snoring and sleep apnea. The following study talks on the successful treatment for patients with severe sleep apnea.

Study Shows Dental Appliance Successful in Treating Patients with Severe Sleep Apnea

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio Monday, February 23, 2009

SAN ANTONIO (Jan. 14, 2009) – Imagine choking and gasping for air every time you fall asleep. Between 18 million and 20 million people in the United States suffer from these frightening symptoms because of a common disorder called sleep apnea. Because of a lack of awareness among both health professionals and the public, up to 90 percent of sufferers aren’t diagnosed or treated, and that could prove deadly.

When left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to more serious health problems. According to national health statistics, nearly 38,000 cardiovascular deaths annually are in some way related to sleep apnea.

Although treatment is available, many don’t comply with standard therapies. Researchers in the Dental School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio are offering another treatment option that is more appealing, more affordable and easier to use than standard therapies.

Paul McLornan, B.D.S., assistant professor in the Department of Prosthodontics, is the lead investigator of an 18-month study involving sleep apnea patients at the South Texas Veterans Health Care System, Audie Murphy Division. Researchers used an oral appliance called the Thornton Adjustable Positioner (TAP) to treat those suffering from moderate to severe sleep apnea.

“What we found was that many of our patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea were not adhering to standard treatment with a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine,” Dr. McLornan said. Although the CPAP is considered to be the gold standard in treating sleep apnea and is very effective, Dr. McLornan said compliance by patients is well below 50 percent.

“Some patients say the machine (which uses a face mask connected to tubes and blows air down a patient’s throat during sleep to keep the airway open), is cumbersome or noisy,” Dr. McLornan said. “Some said it was uncomfortable or that it bothered their spouses, or that they were just too embarrassed to use the machine.”

Dr. McLornan’s study proved that the TAP device, which is much smaller and fits in a patient’s mouth, is now an option for patients with severe sleep apnea.

“It was previously thought that treatment for patients suffering from severe sleep apnea was limited to use of the CPAP or surgery,” Dr. McLornan said. “Our study added to the body of medical and dental research literature by showing that oral appliances can be effective in treating people with severe sleep apnea. As an added advantage, the device is less cumbersome, is better tolerated by patients, and is much less invasive and costly than the CPAP or surgery.”

Patients in the study were fitted with the TAP appliance and given a tiny key that fits in the front of the device. The patient was instructed to wear the appliance every night and to insert and turn the key several millimeters before bedtime. By turning the key, the patient pulls his lower jaw forward, thus creating an open airway in the throat.

“We asked the patients to tell us when they reached a point in the adjustments that felt comfortable and when they felt they were able to sleep without snoring or gasping,” he said. “We then evaluated patients using standard sleep studies to determine whether or not their sleep had indeed improved.”

Dr. McLornan said patients in his study improved significantly using the TAP. “We saw patients who began the study with severe sleep apnea end the study with very mild or no sleep apnea. They reported sleeping better, feeling more rested in the morning and altogether healthier.”

Dr. McLornan said this research is vital to both the medical and dental communities.

“Sleep apnea is a growing and serious problem for people of all ages and all ethnic groups,” Dr. McLornan said. “If left untreated, it becomes progressively worse. People suffering from sleep apnea are at increased risk for high blood pressure, heart attacks, strokes, obesity and diabetes. It takes both dentists and medical professionals working together to control this potentially deadly disorder. The TAP gives patients another viable treatment alternative.”

Dr. McLornan said patients who think they may suffer from sleep apnea should consult their family physician and undergo a standard sleep study in a lab. Costs are normally covered by medical insurance.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine, the professional society that sets the standards for and promotes excellence in sleep medicine, now recommends that oral appliances can be the first line of treatment for people with mild to moderate sleep apnea. Dr. McLornan’s study demonstrates it can be used for patients with severe problems as well.

If you or a loved one suspect that sleep apnea may be a problem please call our Escondido dental office today for a free consultation. Dr. Kerbs provides take home sleep tests as a screening tool to discover if sleep apnea is a problem. Our patient’s find our sleep tests and treatment options user-friendly and comfortable. Dr. Kerbs office is located in North County San Diego, in Escondido near the downtown campus of Palomar Hospital. Please visit our website at http://www.drjekrbs.com or call us today at 760-746-3663.


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Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, is highly trained in analysis and treatment of the bite. Often times pain, sensitivity and discomfort of the teeth and muscles in the head and neck is related to a bite that is less than ideal. Dr. Kerbs has invested in leading-edge technology with the T-Scan II occlusal (bite) analysis system. This remarkable, patient-friendly technology allows Dr. Kerbs to evaluate, assess and treat bite problems with unequalled precision.

How does it work? Dr. Kerbs will ask you to bite down on an ultra-thin sensor which will send real-time information to our computer, which in turn instantaneously creates and displays amazing 3-D graphics of what is happening as you bite. The T-Scan II measures biting force over time and provides information about tooth contact, actually highlighting each tooth and the force level exerted on it. Once he knows precisely what is going on inside your mouth, he can decide how to best proceed with treatment to relieve your discomfort and achieve the balance of your ideal bite.

Dr. Kerbs truly believes that the best patient is an informed patient which is another reason he appreciates the T-Scan II technology. Because you can see what he sees, you can better understand the nature of the problem and participate more fully in developing your treatment plan. Because he can store and retrieve images, you get to actually see your progress over time – usually in only a few visits.

Our safe, comfortable and efficient T-Scan II technology is just one of the ways that we provide you with the very best quality of care. Please call our Escondido dental office today if you have any questions or would like to set up an appointment. 760-746-3663

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Escondido Dentist Dr. Jeffry Kerbs
Escondido dentist, Dr. Jeffry Kerbs, is concerned about the numerous health risks involved with untreated Sleep Apnea and wants to raise awareness so that his patients and others can reduce their health risk. Dr. Kerbs is able to screen, diagnose, and properly treat sleep apnea in his Escondido office. If we can help you or a loved one, please don’t hesitate to call. 760-746-3663

Recently a study was published indicating the correlation between sleep apnea and sudden cardiac arrest. The new research became available on June 11, 2013, and was posted online in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. The study has gained both medical and public interest. For years doctors have suspected and researched the link of cardiac arrest with existing sleep apnea and now additional studies further support the medical understanding.

Study leader Dr. Apoor Gami, a cardiac electrophysiologt at Midwest Heart Specialists – Advocate Medical Group in Elmhust, Illinois, has indicated the presence and severity of sleep apnea in association with a significantly increased risk of sudden cardiac death. Sleep apnea is known as a sleep breathing disorder that stems from an airway issue in which a person stops breathing frequently during sleep. A sleep apnea diagnosis is made through an evaluation of a sleep test by a board certified physician that determines if a person stops breathing for 10 seconds or more and at least five times hourly while sleeping.

Dr. Gami’s study, a group of approximately 10,000 men and women were followed who were referred for sleep studies at the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorders Center, mostly due to suspected sleep apnea. After sleep tests, 78 percent were found to have sleep apnea. During the patient follow-up review of up to 15 years, they found that 142 had suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Conclusively, Dr. Gami and his team learned that there were three determining factors that strongly increased the risk of sudden cardiac death: age (60+), apneic episodes (20+ an hour – also categorized as moderate sleep apnea), and having low levels of oxygen.

When a peron’s airway is compromised, the amount of air flowing into the lungs is also compromised, which leads to oxygen desaturation in the blood levels. The study concluded that “If the lowest oxygen saturation was 78%, or less, the risk of sudden cardiac death increased by 80%.” REALITY CHECK: In a healthy person, 95% to 100% is normal.

Sleep apnea is estimated to affect about 12 million American adults and up to 90% of the group is still undiagnosed. Not sure whether the new medical reporting around the significantly increased risk of a heart attack is more shocking or the statistics that nearly 90% of Americans affected by sleep apnea remain in the dark of the possible diagnosis.

Many people wonder why conversations about sleep health and sleep apnea have become so prevelaent. For starters, sleep health sciences are relatively new in the medical world and the sleep breathing disorder known as sleep apnea was only discovered in 1966. In addition, research also suggests that sleep apnea is increasing in Americans in part because of the rapid increases of obesity in the country.

Understanding that sudden cardiac death kills 450,000 people a year in the United States and also considering the impact that sleep apnea has on increasing cardiac arrest, should force us to take the matter more seriously. If you think that you or someone you know may be at risk for sleep apnea, please seek testing and help accordingly. If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and cannot effectively tolerate your prescribed treatment, please call Dr. Kerbs at our Escondido office. 760-746-3663

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and are successfully being treated, please remember to pay it forward and help spread awareness. By working together we can slow down the growing rate of sleep apnea and fatality in our country.

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