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9secrtsHow You Can Turn Back the Hands of Time, Smile Confidently and Chew Comfortably While Eating the Foods You Love

Medical Miracle Gives Denture Wearers the Confidence & Chewing Force of 90% of What You had when YOU were a Young Adult

Dear Friend,
Who said you can’t turn back the clock?  
Obviously, whoever it was didn’t know about innovative dental options to fix loose-fitting dentures or replace missing teeth.
Breakthrough technology, with the help of dental implants, exists to give you back what you lost.

No More Worries About:
• Dentures coming loose as you laugh, cough or sneeze.
• A thick layer of nasty tasting denture adhesive interfering with your enjoyment of food.
• Wrinkles from loss of bone and tissue to support the delicate muscles of your face.
• Watching what you order at restaurants for fear that you won’t be able to chew it in front of your friends and loved ones.
• Sores from loose-fitting dentures rubbing your gums.
We know that may sound a little like hype, but it’s not. The reason being is that most people, perhaps yourself, who experience these problems or desires, never realized that the solutions were available and can happen faster than they ever imagined.

Before we tell you about the breakthroughs that our patients have experienced, let us see if you would be a candidate for the same type of results:
tick Are you a fearful dental patient or have you had a bad dental experience in your past and decided to put off needed dental care?
tick Do you look in the mirror and see a smile that embarrasses you?
tick Have you had bad or painful dental experiences in the past?
tick Do you have MISSING teeth, FAILING teeth or do you have ill-fitting dentures that just don’t work?
tick Are you tired of social embarrassment, not getting noticed by that special someone or looking older than you are?
tick Do you seriously desire to CHEW COMFORTABLY and knock 10 years off your appearance? (Hint: Many of our patients claim that most people rave about how they look like they’ve “lost weight, gotten haircut and look 10 years younger” as a bonus from their new smile)
tick Do you secretly desire to have a bright, white, healthy smile, preserve your existing teeth and live a longer, healthier, happier life?
tick Are your existing dental problems most likely due to putting off dental care because of fear, anxiety or a busy schedule?
tick Are you sick and tired of ill-fitting dentures, missing or worn out teeth?

If you’ve answered “YES” to any one of these questions then this report may just be the most important and emotionally life changing one you’ve ever read.

Here’s why: There is a solution; and this solution can literally give you teeth that are 90% the strength of your original teeth, have you smiling with confidence once again, stabilize any dentures that you may have or completely eliminate the need for dentures

Hopefully, by now, you can see the power of having Dental Implants.


1. You Will Look 10 Years Younger- Dental Implants assist you in looking and feeling younger because they prevent bone loss. By preventing bone loss that would normally occur with the loss of teeth, your facial structures remain normal and intact. The chances of wrinkling and the look of old age before your time is less likely. Implants prevent the bone loss that would normally occur with the loss of teeth.

In other words, everyday that you continue to wear dentures, or have missing teeth, you are experiencing bone loss, which makes you look much older than you have to. By using dental implants your facial structure and jaw remains strong, healthy and intact.
This is especially important when all of the teeth are missing because the lower onethird begins to collapse if implants are not placed to preserve the bone.

2. Overall quality of life is enhanced with replacement teeth that look, feel and function more like natural teeth. You will look younger and more attractive which allows you to be even more confident and enjoy smiling, laughing and talking with others.

3. You can now live longer because you’ll get to eat better and prevent malnutrition or stomach problems! Fresh vegetables, corn and fruits are back on the menu! You can now eat the foods you like. Also, since your chewing is improved, your digestion will be even better as well!

4. More Confidence in social situations. Most of our patients love their new implants because of their improved appearance, function, comfort and health. When you go out in public, you will never have to cover your mouth with your hand or put off eating out of fear of a denture popping out or gagging you. Also, the improved appearance of your new smile will have people giving you compliments galore.

5. Allows you to relax and not have to worry about your dentures moving around, popping out or gagging you. Eliminate Denture Adhesives FOREVER! Since implant supported teeth are securely attached to the implants, there is no need for messy denture adhesives. You’ll never worry about your dentures flying out when you laugh, sneeze, cough or when you eat. Implants are so securely attached that the fear of them falling out will be eliminated! They will feel like they are your natural teeth.

man6. Your mouth will be restored as closely as possible to its natural state. By replacing the entire tooth, as well as the tooth root, it is possible to replicate the function of natural teeth with a strong, stable foundation that allows comfortable biting and chewing. Also, nothing in the mouth looks or feels false or artificial!

7. Increases the amount of enjoyment you get out of eating. You will be able to taste foods more fully.
Wearing an upper denture can prevent someone from really tasting food, as the roof of the mouth is covered. With implant supported replacement teeth, it is not necessary to cover the roof of the mouth, so you can truly enjoy the taste of foods.

8. Improves overall oral health and decrease the risk of oral cancer and heart disease. It is much easier to care for implants of any kind versus dentures. Your chances of bacteria build up and gum disease decreases when you have implants.

9. Your other teeth will not be affected because of missing teeth. Since replacing missing teeth with implant supported crowns and bridges does not involve the adjacent natural teeth, they are not compromised or damaged.

For example, when you wear a partial denture, you have clasps that hook onto adjacent teeth, which puts pressure on them that causes them to loosen and come out. Bridges require grinding down of the adjacent teeth so that the bridge can be cemented on them. This tooth structure can never be replaced and the long-term health of these teeth is compromised.

As you can see, we are a huge fan of dental implants. We love seeing our patient’s lives change as a result of them. Our guess is that if you have read this far you are seriously interested in possibly choosing Dental Implants as a viable option to your situation.

The “Miraculous” Solution That Many
Seniors and Baby Boomers
Have Zero Clue About
That Solution is the invention of the Dental Implant!

Now, before you dismiss Dental Implants as a viable option, we’d like to ask you to set aside any pre-conceived notions or beliefs about dental implants that you might have until we fully explain:
a. What Dental Implants Are …and
b. 9 Critical Reasons Of How They Can Benefit Your Life and Why People Choose Implants Over Other Options!
c. Answer the most common questions people have about getting them.
Such questions like, “How long does it take?” And “Are Dental Implants painful?”
d. How You Can Afford Them! While Dental Implants are not cheap . ..we have different financing and pricing options that make them more affordable than ever!

Let’s answer the first question:

“What are Dental Implants… and
How Do They Work?”
DI1Today implants are a common procedure. Implants are used to replace one or more missing teeth, to support non-removable permanent bridges for multiple teeth or to better support a full or partial denture with clasps or retention bars. Because they also help maintain bone, they can help prevent additional tooth loss and a sunken facial appearance. Three separate pieces are involved: the implant (which fuses to your bone), an abutment that screws on the implant and a crown that is cemented or screwed on the abutment.

DI2Once the implant, usually made from titanium, is surgically placed in the bone, it takes four to six months for it to become integrated into the jaw. A life-like ceramic porcelain tooth restoration is then matched to the original tooth color and attached to the implant abutment. These feel more natural than conventional replacement bridges or dentures.

To be a candidate for implants, you must be healthy and have healthy gums and enough bone to support the implants. If you do not have adequate bone, then there are more options, which can be discussed at a consultation.

Types of Dental Implants
DI3Implants usually involve one or more surgeries over a few months. Although it may take up to six months for the bone to grow around the implant and firmly hold it in place, “immediate load” implants have recently become popular.

Immediate load implants are just that. If you have excellent bone quality, there is sometimes enough support for the implant to bear the weight of light chewing and a tooth replacement right away.

This is one of the most rewarding parts of our job. There is nothing more exciting to us than when a patient, who has been wearing dentures for many years, can come into our office and after one long appointment walk out with implanted permanent teeth!

How Implants gave a “frustrated” Housewife back her smile
Maria was a middle-aged housewife who saw her smile deteriorate over the years through neglect and bad genes.

She started getting cavities and experienced bone loss. So many of her upper teeth were extracted because of decay and bone loss that she ended up needing to wear a full upper denture, which she hated.

Maria said it made her feel old like her grandmother. She also complained that it gave her a “caved in” look when she took the denture out. But her biggest complaint was that because she had a strong gag reflex, she was actually gagging on it a lot of the time.

There wasn’t enough bone to replace all her upper teeth with implants, so we placed as many implants as possible and made a solid bar that clipped into a thin, sleek and incredibly stable denture. This clip-on denture gave her the benefit of the full set of teeth, just like a regular full upper denture. However, the clip-on denture was much more secure and did not cover her entire palate like a regular denture.

Often, as people age, the bone underneath the missing teeth melts away, making implant placement impossible without invasive bone augmentation. So if you are considering implants, time is of the essence.

Maria was glad she did it. Not only does she love her new smile, she’s not gagging anymore and she’s able to eat whatever she wants again. And she looks ten years younger.
We are sure you have questions or concerns. We’ve enclosed a “Commonly Asked Questions Insert” with this guide but we’ll answer the most common questions right here.

The 3 Most Common Questions we Get From Patients Considering Dental Implants

Q: How Painful Is Getting Dental Implants?
A: Most of our patients report that they feel very little, if any, pain during the procedure. In fact, many patients do not have to use any pain pills. Your decision to use implants will help you to avoid much pain and discomfort in the long term.

Besides, given the overall health care benefits, you should not deny yourself proper treatment out of fear of pain. As with any medical or dental procedure, your attending doctor, the dentist, is equipped to provide you with appropriate treatment, including any pain medicines you need.

Also, if you’re especially fearful, phobic or pain sensitive you have the option of doing the procedures with sedation dentistry.
How this works: You take a small pill before you come into the office and you rest peacefully as we do our work. With this option you barely remember the procedure the next day but get a ton of dental work done in just 1 visit.

Finally, to make sure you are comfortable when you leave our office, you’ll get a prescription for pain if necessary . Plus we will call to make sure that you are not in any abnormal amounts of discomfort. Our goal is to give you stronger, more comfortable teeth without experiencing pain or discomfort!

Q: Do You Offer Any Guarantee?
A: Yes. Even though dental implants have over a 95% success rate, there is still a very small chance that they won’t completely bond. When this occurs, new implants are placed and the success rates for the replacement implants are even higher.

When we replace the implants, we keep working for FREE until we get it right. The only thing you need to do is make sure you come in for your regular scheduled visits so that we can keep your gums and teeth healthy, which will prevent most possible problems.

Q: What is the Cost of Implant Treatment?
A: Many people call and ask us, “How much is one implant going to cost?” While I wish it was that simple, the only way to determine actual cost is by coming in for a consultation and examination to find out if you have bone loss and if you’ll need one, two or more implants.

Obviously, costs vary greatly depending on your needs and desires. We have a couple who chose implants instead of a cruise as an anniversary present to each other.

So yes, you will need to look at implants as an investment because it really is a significant decision. It is just that: an investment. A cruise or any other trip ends after 5-7days, implants stay with you for life. Or you can purchase more “stuff” for the house; however, is that really as important as the very best appearance possible and the best possible health?

A healthy mouth or magnificent, dazzling smile pays dividends in many ways for your entire life. Anyway, Dental Implants are admittedly not the least expensive option. If your primary concern is the lowest possible investment, then dental implants may not be for you.

On the other hand, if you are willing to make a reasonable investment the best possible outcome, the least pain and discomfort, the most gentle care and highest degree of expertise and professionalism are very important to you, then implants are for you.

Incidentally, a variety of payments plans are available. Of course, all major credit cards are accepted so you can get your airline miles or reward points. Some patients report that they received 5 days in a top resort with the reward points on their credit card. Expert assistance in obtaining reimbursements from your insurance will be provided free of charge.

What to Do Now!
As we’ve discussed, Dental Implants are the fastest way to replace up to 90% of your chewing force. It is the ideal way to get back what has been stolen from you… the magnificent, youthful smile you deserve.

If you’d like to find out if you are a candidate and qualify as a patient for Dental Implants, then just give us a call at 216-292-3600. We offer a FREE Dental Implant Evaluation so that patients, like you, can have a no-risk opportunity to have all their questions answered and see if they are a candidate.

We will have you come in for a brief (half hour or so) time to get some x-rays, look at your gums and most importantly find out what it is YOU WANT.

Simply put, you get to tell us what you want! And we will tell you what options there are and be 100% of service to you. And that’s it. If, at the end of the consultation, you do not feel like we can help you or that dental implants are not a “fit” for you, then we completely respect your decision.

There is NO PRESSURE from us at all. We are simply here to help you find out what you want to do.

We’ll be happy to answer your questions or have you come in and give you a FREE Dental Implant & Healthy Smile Consultation without obligation of any kind. To schedule a time to come in, call us at 216-292-3600. P.S. Time is Running Out! THE FREE Dental Implant & Healthy Smile Consultation OFFER IS FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY so call immediately to reserve your spot, 216-292-3600.

Dr. Vladimir Pastouk & Team

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You Deserve to Lose Your 11’s

loose11I think for many men and women, the subject of having a youthful look is always exciting. With so many treatments and procedures available these days that can help, it’s not always easy to follow and learn on your own. Here are a few common questions I’m asked about how these procedures work.

Q: What is all the buzz about the facial rejuvenation treatments?
A: There are so many forms of facial cosmetic procedures offered these days. While some may require a permanent commitment, others can be a little easier and less invasive. One example of an easy procedure is Botox®. Unlike other cosmetic procedures that can cause severe bruising or internal bleeding, Botox® treatments are a far safer option.

Q: How does Botox® treatment work?
A: If applied correctly, it works by relaxing the muscle and reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.

Q: Are the results permanent?
A: It wears of in around 3 months. It seems that people who regularly receive Botox® and the interval between treatments lengthens – even up to 6 months.

Q: Which facial wrinkles can be smoothened by Botox®?
A: Wrinkles around the eyes and eye brows, wrinkles on the forehead, the upper part of the face, and facial fillers are best suitable to fill the smile lines around the mouth.

Q: Who can perform Botox® treatments and Fillers?
A: The key here is to choose a doctor who has had an advanced training on Botox® and whose main focus is working with the face and facial muscles. So, the best advice is to ask for the doctor’s credentials.

Q: Are there side effects?
A: If you go to a skilled doctor with a proper training, a side effect may be a need for a “touch up” or small bruise, but it is not common. A lack of training or limited training could result in the medicine being placed into the wrong muscle that you don’t want weakened. For example, an eyelid muscle could weaken and a mild droopy eyelid or eyebrow could occur, but even that is temporary.

Q: Are there other medical benefits from Botox® treatments?
A: A series of Botox® injection treatments have been shown to reduce the occurrence of migraines. In one study, nearly 80% of migraine sufferers said the severity of their headaches had been cut in half. Botox® helps relax the muscles that are responsible for the onset of these headaches.

Q: OK, so where does one start?
A: The first important step is to schedule an appointment with an experienced practitioner for a comprehensive facial evaluation with a complete set of facial photos. Know all your treatment options before any commitment is made.

Q: It is normal to have an option for facial treatments during a periodic dental appointment.
A: Yes, my patients frequently comment on how convenient it is to get their teeth cleaned and, at the same time, get a Botox® injection to help with their dental needs, as well as to smooth out wrinkles. It is a logical extension of what dentists already do. We are well trained in the musculature and anatomy of the face, so we are among the most qualified because we focus exclusively on the face.

Q: How can I learn more?
A: Just so you know we offer free seminars and consultations to patients. As the director of education at the Pacific Training Institute for Facial Aesthetics (PTIFA) for the U.S. and Europe, I’ve traveled the world educating dentists on using Botox®. Last month I was lecturing in Switzerland and Germany on how to use Botox® for dental applications, and I am currently preparing to present to the dental community worldwide the first documented case of using Botox® for hygienic reasons. At PTIFA, we offer one of the most advanced anatomy-based courses for doctors and dentists in the U.S. and Canada. Our program is the only one that has been used by dental schools to establish a standard practice in the field of Botox® and facial aesthetics, and it is geared to help doctors achieve desired results with no negative side effects.

Remember if you have any other questions you just need to call your Neighbor
Dr. Vladimir Pastouk

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Headache Again?

Headache again? – Know your headaches and how to get rid of them!

hadchInformation available on the worldwide web indicates that headaches are a leading complaint in outpatient medical care facilities in the US and one of the main reasons for missing work or school. 28 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches – about 13% of our entire population, with about 75% of those being women.

What most people, physicians included, do not realize is that a tremendous number of these headaches are related to the mouth. In my experience, as much as 70-80% of all head pain is directly attributable to problems in the teeth and jaw – and can be readily alleviated with proper dental treatment.

There are different types of headaches that should be recognized and treated accordingly.

Tension Headaches – these are the most common types of headaches with 20-30% of the population experiencing episodes more than once a month. Symptoms are usually presented by steady ache rather than throbbing pain; they also affect both sides of the head.

You might think that the only way to treat a tension headache would be to reduce stress, but that is not always the only answer. Another cause for tension headaches might be a misaligned bite.
To evaluate whether the headaches are related to the bite, we can make a custom acrylic appliance that will help to evaluate the origins of a patient’s headaches and will often alleviate them greatly.

TMD (Temporomandibular Dysfunction) – formerly known as TMJ syndrome – TMD is simply a dramatic extension of the classic tension headache. Often related to clenching and a misaligned bite, TMD syndrome can cause extreme spasms and trauma to the muscles, not only the jaw, but down into the neck and shoulders. In many cases back muscles are also affected.

Trigeminal Neuralgia (TN) – is marked by sharp pain that usually starts at one side of the mouth and “shoots out” to the lip, gums, cheeks, ear or eye on the affected side. The pain is truly terrible and can be triggered by touch, movement, eating or even by change in air temperature like a draft of air.

A syndrome similar to TN results in a condition called atypical facial pain. This condition is characterized by a constant, often burning pain, which affects one side of the face and can include discomfort of the head and neck as well.

If I have TMD or migraine problems, how is it corrected? My philosophy is to start with the simple things first. My approach to treatment for the average patient is very conservative. In preparing some recommendations for our patients, I use the philosophy of acupuncture and energy meridians in which I was trained in Europe.

For example – since the site of the TMJ is at the intersection of the three major energy meridians relating to the stomach, endocrine system and small intestine, relief of TMD can spark a remendous healing process in the whole body, relieving symptoms like stomach problems, chest pains, and cold hands and feet. A word of caution: Anyone experiencing sudden or chronic head pain should have a physician rule out tumors, high blood pressure, and other underlying issues. If no underlying medical issues are found, before starting with suppressive drug therapy, see a dentist who understands how to take care your headache.

As always, your partner in health,
Dr. Pastouk

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Periodontal Health for Expecting Moms

Extra care for your gums before and during pregnancy increases the chances of delivering a full-term baby, says Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, of Dental and Cosmetic Solutions.

My daughter is expecting her first child in the fall. Is dental care during pregnancy safe, and will it increase her chances of delivering a healthy baby?

Congratulations on the upcoming addition to your family. Yes, dental care is not only safe during pregnancy, but studies have demonstrated that maintaining strong gums helps reduce inflammation that might contribute to preeclampsia (high blood pressure and organ damage), preterm birth, and low birth weight. Many pregnant women develop gingivitis, and a certain amount of gum inflammation is not unexpected. But gingivitis often leads to an increase in a certain type of oral bacteria that has been found in the amniotic fluid of women who delivered preterm babies. One study demonstrated that the oral strain of a different bacteria caused stillbirth and was found in the infant’s lungs and stomach. In other words, oral bacteria and bacterial products can enter the placenta, cause inflammation, and contribute to undesirable pregnancy outcomes.

Why are pregnant women prone to developing gingivitis?

Hormone levels change during pregnancy, often causing inflammation of the periodontal tissue. The gums contain receptors for three hormones associated with pregnancy. If gums are not properly maintained, a surge in these hormones can cause negative effects.

That sounds scary. What can my daughter do to protect herself and her child?

Do not panic because good periodontal care is within reach of everyone. Ideally, proper gum and dental care should begin before pregnancy. Women who are planning to become pregnant or visit an in vitro fertilization clinic are advised to gather as much information about oral hygiene as possible in order to avoid unnecessary pitfalls during their journey to parenthood. If a woman is in the planning phase or is already pregnant but has not seen a dentist in a while, it’s not too late. We can offer guidance on proper oral hygiene. I would encourage her to give us a call and start the proper care today. In addition to the joy of delivering a healthy baby, new moms can take comfort in knowing that some gum inflammation will lessen when their hormones normalize—but they should continue to maintain good dental hygiene habits throughout their lives.

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Healing Headaches in the Dental Chair

Used in tandem, dental implants and Botox can reduce or eliminate migraines, says Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, of Dental and Cosmetic Solutions.

Chronic headaches are interfering with my daily activities. My friend suggested I visit the dentist, but what good will that do?

You should heed your friend’s advice, especially if you are missing teeth or some of your teeth are broken or worn. Think of the anatomy of your mouth as a tripod. If any part of the structure is missing or weakened, the three-pronged support becomes a double support. This creates a bigger workload and places increased pressure on the jaw’s temporomandibular joint (TMJ), ultimately changing how your muscles respond to otherwise simple tasks, such as chewing or smiling. Research demonstrates that most types of chronic headaches, including migraines, are connected to the TMJ, oral and dental health issues, chewing, and the movement of facial muscles.

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What can the dentist do to relieve my pain?

A combination of replacing missing or damaged teeth with dental implants and receiving periodic Botox injections reduces—and often eliminates—many headaches. Implants add much-needed support, thus restoring the mouth’s tripod structure and relieving excess pressure from the jaw and facial muscles. Botox injections relax facial muscles and lessen headache symptoms. I recommend getting both treatments because dental implants correct the architecture of your mouth, while Botox relaxes the muscles. As a bonus, both approaches provide cosmetic effects.

Can I afford it?

A Most dental insurance plans cover implants. Many medical insurance plans cover Botox treatments with a confirmed medical diagnosis of chronic migraines.

Dr. Vladimir Pastouk is the founder of Dental and Cosmetic Solutions, located at 3550 Lander Road, Suite 140, in Pepper Pike (in the Howard Hanna building.) He teaches implantology as well as other dental topics to professionals worldwide and is a director of education for USA and Europe at the Pacific Training Institute of Facial Aesthetics, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Pastouk has won several awards in the field of implantology and is a distinguished member with the highest honors of several highly acclaimed professional organizations, both nationally and internationally, such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID), and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (ACCD). Email your questions to or contact Dr. Pastouk directly at 216-292-3600. The web address is

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New Solution Cures Snoring – And Lets EVERYONE Sleep At Night

I am a man. A man desperately trying to deny the fact I have a snoring problem and a man that knows deep down that his wife is miserable when he snores, and a man that is in denial that his health may be at serious risk due to this problem….a man that has done nothing about it. Until now.

Just thinking about how long it finally took me to address the issue for health reasons and as a courtesy to my wife makes me angry! Not only that, but my wife is convinced I have sleep apnea (OSA), which can be deadly if not treated, yet I still ignored her requests to seek help for a few years. Seriously, how stupid can I possibly be?

As a practitioner, who believes in research, I figured I turn to it again. Here’s what I found:

While most people think of snoring as a minor annoyance, research shows it can be hazardous to your health. That’s because for over 18 million Americans it’s related to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). People who suffer from OSA repeatedly and unknowingly stop breathing during the night due to a complete or partial obstruction of their airway. It occurs when the jaw, throat, and tongue muscles relax, blocking the airway used to breathe. The resulting lack of oxygen can last for a minute or longer, and occur hundreds of times each night.

Sleep Apnea Cleveland

Sleep Apnea

Thankfully, most people wake when a complete or partial obstruction occurs, but it can leave you feeling completely exhausted.

OSA has also been linked to a host of health problems including:
• Acid reflux
• Frequent nighttime urination
• Memory loss
• Stroke
• Depression
• Diabetes
• Heart attack

People over 35 are at higher risk…..I am 49. At this point in my research, I was beginning to feel fortunate that nothing serious had happened to me at this stage of my life, living with the issue for over 4 years now. So I continued to research and found a case study published by Eastern Virginia Medical School’s Division of Sleep Medicine in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine concludes that wearing a simple chin-strap is the single most effective treatment for snoring and OSA. Better than CPAP devices, better than nasal strips, better than anything.

I decided to give it a try. While it’s not the most attractive nighttime fashion accessory in the world, it instantly and miraculously DECREASED my snoring and sleep apnea!

The chin-strap, which is now available from our office, works by supporting the lower jaw and tongue, preventing obstruction of the airway. It’s a made from a high-tech, lightweight, and super-comfortable material. Thousands of people have used that appliance and reported about relieve of their snoring symptoms, and they report better sleeping, and better health overall because of it.

Do you or your partner snore? You may or may not have OSA. DON’T wait. The best solution for your problem is available now…

Please free to email me directly at or call my practice with your specific questions or concerns. I am here at your service.

Your Neighbor and Partner in Health,

Vladimir Pastouk, DMD

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Dental Health for Diabetics

Diabetics must be diligent about dental care. Here, Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, of Dental & Cosmetic Solutions, reveals critical reasons why.

If I have diabetes, am I candidate for dental implants or other oral surgical procedures?

Yes. Diabetes should not prevent you from receiving the benefits of modern dentistry. Seek out a dentist who understands and knows the best approach to managing your diabetes. I only perform dental implants and other surgical procedures if your diabetes is under control.

I also temper the technique slightly because diabetes can slow the healing process. Of course, the best approach is avoiding the need for dental implants in the first place. Diabetes affects the nutrition around the implant, so diabetics must be extra diligent about following the dentist’s recommendations and keeping all appointments. Our office emphasizes a special hygiene program for our patients with diabetes.

What is the relationship between diabetes and my gums?

Diabetes increases your risk of developing advanced gum disease. In some cases, gum disease may be present—and even worsen—without symptoms that are apparent to the patient. Just as diabetes can trigger gum disease, gum disease itself can sometimes signal a worsening of diabetes. If you notice swollen or bleeding gums, a persistent bad taste, or other unusual symptoms in your mouth, it is time to schedule a gum check and dental health evaluation.

Dr. Vladimir Pastouk is the founder of Dental & Cosmetic Solutions, located at 3550 Lander Road, Suite 140, in Pepper Pike (in the Howard Hanna building). He teaches implantology as well as other dental topics to professionals worldwide and is a director of education for USA and Europe at the Pacific Training Institute of Facial Aesthetics, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada..

Dr. Pastouk has won several awards in the field of implantology and is a distinguished member of several highly acclaimed professional organizations, both nationally and internationally, such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry(AAID), and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to name a few. Email your questions to or contact Dr. Pastouk directly at 216-292-3600. The web address is

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Dental Implants – FAQ

With recent advancements in dental implant technology, almost anyone can enjoy the physical and emotional health benefits of a beautiful smile. Here, Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, of Dental and Cosmetic Solutions, explains the latest options.

I have tried to keep my original teeth for as long as I can, but now I need options for replacing my broken and missing teeth. What is the best procedure for an immediate restoration?

I am transitioning patients who have missing or broken teeth to immediate restorations that are supported by implants done in one procedure that restore a patient’s ability to eat, smile, and talk. I insert the implants and then attach a temporary restoration to the implants that is not removable by the patient.
In just one day, the patient can walk out of the office with implants and temporary teeth affixed to these implants. After a few months, they are replaced with permanent teeth once the implant adheres to the bone and the soft tissue heals.

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Dental Implants

What technology do you use for this procedure that differentiates you from other dentists?

Our digital technology allows us to be very precise when doing an immediate implant-supported tooth procedure. We use a CT scan to get an image of the patient’s mouth and then translate that using a sophisticated dental software to plan and develop a surgical guide. This assists me in placing the implants so the teeth made in the lab will precisely fit over the implants.

Every dental implant restoration involves a three-pronged step: preparation, the surgical procedure, and the restoration. While the treatment begins with a consultation and preparation, it is nice that the actual surgical procedure only takes one day so the patient can walk out the door with a beautiful smile.
I just returned last month from a trip to Europe where I met with world leaders of surgical digital technology. They are developing more sophisticated technology that can better adapt to the challenges of human physiology, which will allow me to offer my patients more options for dental implants and restorations.

Dr. Vladimir Pastouk is the founder of Dental & Cosmetic Solutions, located at 3550 Lander Road, Suite 140, in Pepper Pike (in the Howard Hanna building). He teaches implantology as well as other dental topics to professionals worldwide and is a director of education for USA and Europe at the Pacific Training Institute of Facial Aesthetics, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Pastouk has won several awards in the field of implantology and is a distinguished member of several highly acclaimed professional organizations, both nationally and internationally, such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry(AAID), and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to name a few. Email your questions to or contact Dr. Pastouk directly at 216-292-3600. The web address is

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How to advoid Dental Implants – FAQs

Dental implants need not be your destiny. Dr. Vladimir Pastouk, of Dental and Cosmetic Solutions, reveals proven strategies for preserving your pearly whites.

It seems like many older people I know have lost some or all of their teeth. What can I do to prevent this and avoid the need for dental implants?

Bravo for wanting to safeguard your teeth. There are four secrets for doing just that.

The first, and probably least known, is to make sure your dentist is an educator—I don’t mean one who is working at the university necessarily. Every dentist should educate patients on potential dental issues, provide information about their conditions, offer options, and give them the right to choose their treatment. When dentists educate patients, they learn from them, too.

Second, practice good oral hygiene. That means brushing and flossing thoroughly and regularly. Third, follow an individualized approach to dental visits. Seeing a dentist twice yearly for a cleaning and exam is the standard, but some folks need more frequent visits based on their age, gender, hormone levels, and other issues.

Finally, adopt proper chewing habits. Do not chew ice or pens, or use teeth to open anything. And make sure you address issues of clenching or grinding your teeth as soon as possible.

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What should I do if a tooth gets damaged?

Talk to your educator-dentist about your options, what each process involves, and its limitations and possibilities.

Make sure you are comfortable with your dentist by asking about his or her experience in performing the procedure, his or her credentials, accreditations, the sterility of the office and equipment, and whether he or she uses the latest technology, such as CT scans, digital technology, lasers, and intraoral cameras.

Dr. Vladimir Pastouk is the founder of Dental & Cosmetic Solutions, located at 3550 Lander Road, Suite 140, in Pepper Pike (in the Howard Hanna building). He teaches implantology as well as other dental topics to professionals worldwide and is a director of education for USA and Europe at the Pacific Training Institute of Facial Aesthetics, headquartered in Vancouver, Canada.

Dr. Pastouk has won several awards in the field of implantology and is a distinguished member of several highly acclaimed professional organizations, both nationally and internationally, such as the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI), the American Academy of Implant Dentistry(AAID), and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) to name a few. Email your questions to dentalhelp@ or contact Dr. Pastouk directly at 216-292-3600. The web address is

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Keys to your Dental Health

What would happen if the fire chief of a city reported that in the 23 years he had been in the position, more houses had burned down each year than the year before? I would think that city would be looking for a new fire chief. Now what if I were to tell you that every year since 1991 Americans have been diagnosed with more cavities than the year before? And to make matters worse, many of these cavities are not scheduled for timely treatment. In both cases we have a foundational issue, a lack of education.

Fire Safety Education is one of the main avenues of fire prevention for any city. When a city takes the time to educate its citizens, the risk of fire is significantly reduced. Conversely an uneducated population could potentially be at risk and their well being compromised if certain basic precautions are not taken.

Now consider this scenario. A real estate agent is describing a house that you are considering for purchase. She tells you that the home is located 230 feet above sea level with a southern exposure and, in the winter, there is a north-east wind, but not to worry because the home has deep eves and it probably won’t affect the home’s heating efficiency. What?! You just wanted to know how many bedrooms it had. The point being the way we communicate is just as important as the service being offered. A true professional will educate you with language you understand. You shouldn’t have to try to figure out what is being said, it should be plain and simple.

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We are proudly calling ourselves dentists because we got A’s in science and math and successfully passed national dental boards. We are calling ourselves dentists because we deeply care about the dental health of our patients and their well being. But, at the same time, we were never taught how to speak “human”.

For example, say I have a patient in the chair and I am presenting a treatment after the evaluation, “You have an interproximal decay on the distal of number three. You will need an MOD porcelain onlay, but before that I will need to do an EPT.” Meanwhile, you’re sitting in the chair in pain trying to understand what a pregnancy test has to do with your hurting mouth.

Yes, I know I’ve written extensively about the benefits of technology and argued that continuing education is crucial. Technology and training are both essential from a clinical standpoint, but it’s the experience we give to our patients that’s most important.

Furthermore, patients should be given multiple options to consider when it comes to correcting oral problems, even cavities. I see MUCH more appreciation from patients when I talk to them about their options instead of telling them what should be done. It has been my experience that patients will more likely visit a doctor who communicates as well as educates.

Does your doctor communicate with you?

Your Neighbor and Partner in Health,
Dr. Vladimir Pastouk

Please feel free to email me at any questions or concerns you might have or to let us know if you have other health topics you would like us to cover. Hope you are making the best of the beautiful winter season!

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