Oral Pathology Specialty Services
To maintain your unique smile, it is important to provide good care for the biology of your mouth. Our oral pathology & sleep apnea expert in McLean, VA, Dr. Gocke provides specialty services in office – no need to get a referral somewhere else.
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The inside of the mouth is normally lined with a special type of skin (mucosa) that is smooth and coral pink in color. Any alteration in this appearance could be a warning sign of oral pathology, the most serious of which is oral cancer.
If you detect any of the following around your lips, cheeks, palate, and gum tissue around the teeth, tongue, face and/or neck:
- Reddish patches or whitish patches in the mouth
- A sore that fails to heal and bleeds easily
- A lump or thickening on the skin lining the inside of the mouth
- A chronic sore throat or hoarseness
- Difficulty in chewing or swallowing
…then you may find yourself in the beginning stages of an oral pathological process, or worse, a cancerous growth. Do not ignore suspicious lumps. Please contact our expert in oral pathology diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Gocke, for help to avoid a more serious life-threatening situation.
Sleep apnea occurs when the tongue collapses against the back of the throat during nocturnal breathing. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp. Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, headaches, and loss of concentration.
Our oral and maxillofacial surgeon offers consultation and treatment options. We can assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region, cardiovascular damage, and the level of obstruction with cephalometric (skull x-ray) analysis, nasopharyngeal exams performed with a flexible fiber-optic camera, and sleep studies to monitor an individual overnight.
There are several treatment options available, including night guards, a CPAP machine to ensure proper airflow, as well as many simple laser and surgical options.
PRP permits the body to take advantage of the normal healing pathways at a greatly accelerated rate. During the healing process, the body rushes many cells and cell-types to the wound to initiate the healing process.
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) is a by-product of blood (plasma) that is rich in platelets. Until now, its use has been confined to the hospital setting. This was due mainly to the cost of separating the platelets from the blood and a large amount of blood needed to produce a suitable quantity of platelets. New technology permits doctors to harvest and produce a sufficient quantity of platelets from only 55 cc of blood, which is drawn from the patient while they are having outpatient surgery.
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