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Latest update on COVID-19

March 18th, 2020

Dear patients,

Due to the current issues regarding the coronavrius pandemic, and based on an abundance of caution, we have made the decision to close our office for the next two weeks. We believe it is the responsible course of action to take, for you our patients, for our staff, and for our community as a whole.

At the present time, our front desk personnel, Heidi and Shari, will be in the office available by phone on weekdays between the hours of 9AM and 3PM. Be assured that in the case of an emergency, either Dr. Vogel or Dr. Shipper will be available. If an emergency occurs during other hours, you may call the office (212-877-0405) and leave a message. Someone will return your call in a short period of time. Furthermore, if you have an appointment scheduled in the upcoming two weeks, we will call you to make other arrangements.

As you are all well aware, things can change very rapidly. We will update information and notify you of any changes as quickly as possible.

Please stay safe and keep healthy.

Drs. Vogel and Shipper and the entire staff of CPW Dental

Drs Shipper & Vogel COVID-19 update

March 12th, 2020

Regarding the current situation, our office continues to adhere to the highest standards of cleanliness and sterility as directed in guidelines set forth by the ADA, OSHA and the CDC. Every instrument we use is sterilized before and after each use. If an item cannot be sterilized, it is disposed of. Every surface is regularly wiped down with a disinfectant, including our common areas (reception area, bathroom, door handles, etc.) We will continue to monitor the situation daily and properly manage the care of our patients and staff throughout this crisis to the very best of our ability.

In an effort to further protect our patients and staff, we ask that you all are mindful of the following precautions:

 If you are sick, please stay home. If you have had contact with someone or may be at risk, please call to cancel your appointment. We will surely re-schedule when you are feeling better. We will waive any last- minute broken appointment fees.
 If you are sick and have an emergency – please call us so we can help you manage the situation at home, or we will help come up with a different solution.

Please remember, having a healthy mouth and healthy dental hygiene is essential to maintaining a healthy body. The office remains open for all your dental needs, including emergencies.

Yours in Health,

Drs Shipper, Vogel & Team

What are the benefits of visiting a dentist regularly?

March 4th, 2020

Your regularly scheduled dental checkups with Dr. David Shipper and Dr. Howard Vogel are not just meant to make your smile prettier and healthier. Your mouth’s health has an important impact on your overall physical health as well!

While you may brush your teeth twice a day and even floss, we would like to remind you that dental checkups with Dr. David Shipper and Dr. Howard Vogel every six months aren’t just about addressing problems and reacting, they are about cavity and gum disease prevention.

In addition to a twice yearly thorough teeth cleaning and polishing at Central Park West Dental, these regular visits help us detect and prevent the onset of tooth decay and gum disease. During your visit, we’ll check the health of your mouth, teeth, gums, cheeks, and tongue. We’ll also check old fillings and restorations, as these can wear away over time from constant chewing, grinding, or clenching.

It’s important to know that the majority of dental problems do not become visible or painful until they are highly advanced. And, unfortunately, serious oral issues are painful and expensive to treat.

While Dr. David Shipper and Dr. Howard Vogel and our team always strive to provide unmatched dental care for you and your family, we are also committed to your overall wellness as well! A deep cleaning twice a year is the best way to prevent any problems that may have gone unseen. If you are overdue for your next cleaning, please give us a call to schedule an appointment at our New York, NY office!

When Snoring Becomes More Than Just Annoying

February 26th, 2020

Snoring occurs when the tissues in the throat relax enough to block part of our airways, or physical conditions such as enlarged tonsils or a deviated septum prevent air from flowing freely. This obstruction causes the tissues around the airway to vibrate, producing that familiar, unpleasant sound. But sometimes, loud, constant snoring is a sign of a condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). With OSA, the sleeper actually stops breathing for a few seconds at a time, or, in some cases, even longer. The body wakes to breathe again properly, so we move from the deep sleep we need to keep ourselves healthy mentally and physically to a lighter state of sleep or wakefulness—and this disruption of the sleep cycle can happen dozens of times an hour.

The potential problems caused by sleep apnea are many. You could suffer from daily morning headaches, sore throats, and dry mouth (which can lead to tooth and gum problems). You might find yourself moody, depressed or forgetful. Irritability and loss of libido are common consequences of sleep apnea. Any or all of these problems can make getting through each day a struggle.

Even worse, sleep apnea can lead to very dangerous situations. You could fall asleep while working, watching your children, or even driving. Sleep apnea has been linked to very serious conditions such as high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. And for those who suffer from this disorder, general anesthesia or pain medication can lead to severe or even fatal consequences.

You should be examined for sleep apnea if you or a loved one notice any of the following symptoms:

  • Snoring loudly enough to disturb your sleep or the sleep of others
  • Waking up gasping for air
  • Pauses between normal breathing during sleep
  • Continual drowsiness during the day
  • Waking up with headaches, sore throats or dry mouth regularly
  • Personality changes

If you are diagnosed with sleep apnea, talk to Dr. David Shipper and Dr. Howard Vogel at our New York, NY office. We can point you in the right direction for treatment, including the possibility of crafting an orthodontic oral appliance to maintain open airways as you sleep. But whatever treatment you and your doctors decide on, the important part is following through. Don’t let an annoying situation become a dangerous, and even life-threatening, one.

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