Dental Blog | Oasis Prosthodontics in Colorado Springs
September 17, 2018
Category: anti aging
Tags: botox   juvederm fillers  

botox vs juvederm fillersPerhaps you are considering a Botox injection or a dermal filler the next time you visit Dr. Marina Funtik at Oasis Prosthodontics but first need to decide which procedure is right for you. She understands that patients are likely to have a lot of questions and wants you to feel comfortable in your choice. As a cosmetic dentist and certified medical professional offering cosmetic enhancements, it’s Dr. Funtik’s goal for every patient to look and feel their best.

Understanding Botox Injections

Botox, the shortened name of botulinum toxin, is a purified and natural protein that helps to reduce the appearance of aging by smoothing out lines and wrinkles on the face. It does this by temporarily paralyzing the facial muscles that lead to wrinkling in the first place. In addition to cosmetic purposes, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has also approved Botox for several medical purposes.

Botox enjoys a high name recognition factor and level of trust among consumers. It has been used for decades and has been subject to extensive testing. It is completely safe and most patients experience only minor side effects. The most common ones include swelling and bruising at the treatment site. However, this disappears quickly and it’s easy to cover with make-up in the meantime. You can resume your normal activities immediately after leaving Oasis Prosthodontics.

Conditions Best Suited for Botox

Most patients opt for a Botox injection to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines on the face. It’s also ideal to remove moderate to severe crow’s feet around the sides of the eyes as well as deeply-set frown lines between the eyebrows. Dr. Funtik will let you know if you’re a good candidate for Botox after performing an evaluation and listening to your specific cosmetic concerns. People with certain conditions should not have Botox. This includes those with joint or muscle issues as well as pregnant women and women who are currently breastfeeding.

What to Expect from a Botox Procedure

Before starting your Botox injection, Dr. Funtik gives you a light anesthesia or numbing cream. Any discomfort is extremely minimal and short-lived. Once she’s certain that you feel comfortable, Dr. Funtik will inject the Botox into locations on your face that she previously identified with a marking pencil. She takes her time to identify the precise location for each Botox injection to ensure that you receive the most favorable results. The results from a single session typically last three to six months.

What Are Juvéderm Fillers?

Juvéderm is the brand name for a popular dermal filler used primarily for cosmetic purposes. It’s normal for your skin to become thinner and drier as you get older. It can also be more challenging for the skin to repair itself quickly as it did when you were younger. This occurs due to the loss of hydraulic acid that happens with aging. Hydraulic acid supports the skin, and the loss of it means a greater likelihood of wrinkles and deep lines.

What to Expect from a Juvéderm Injection

When you opt to have a dermal filler injection with Juvéderm, Dr. Funtik injects hydraulic acid into the treatment area on your face using a tiny needle. Like Botox, the treatment session is quick and any side effects or discomfort is minimal. The procedure does not leave any scars behind and you and others will notice a difference in your appearance right away.

You should expect to remain at the office of Oasis Prosthodontics for 30 to 45 minutes while receiving a Juvéderm treatment. Patients who experience side effects typically only have mild bruising or swelling as with Botox. Most importantly, the results from a single session can last for up to 18 months. People who choose Juvéderm usually have concerns about the fullness of their face and undergo the procedure to add volume and to define their facial features better. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid Juvéderm. However, it’s safe for nearly everyone else.

Contact Us to Schedule a Consultation

Whether you want to improve the appearance of your smile, diminish the effects of aging, or both, Dr. Marina Funtik can help. Please contact our office at 719-574-2417 to set aside time for your consultation today.

The fact that aging is a natural and inevitable process for all humans, does not necessarily mean that all the undesirable impacts of aging must simply be accepted as a matter of course. Staying active mentally and physically can significantly delay the effects of aging, so any person who keeps active can look and feel younger than their true age.

Along those same lines, it's also possible to retain a more youthful appearance, and for a much longer time, by addressing some of the most prominent signs of aging, which are the wrinkles, folds, and crow's feet which can appear around the facial area. One of the best ways to effectively combat those signs of aging are with Juvederm, an injectable gel which adds volume to the skin and virtually makes wrinkles fade away.

In a short period of time, Juvederm has become one of the most popular anti-aging, non-surgical treatments in this country, per statistics issued by the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Here are some of the reasons why Juvederm has become the choice of so many people, all of whom are seeking to present a younger-looking appearance to the rest of the world.

Advantages of using Juvederm

First of all, Juvederm treatments are extremely safe and require no surgery at all, so treatments are easy for both doctor and patient. Because the process is simple and relatively free of risk, there is usually no recovery time needed, so it's usually possible to resume normal activities immediately after a treatment. There are several other injectables which can be used to accomplish the reduction or elimination of fine lines and wrinkles, but Juvederm has proven to be one of the most effective, in part because of the smooth consistency of its composition. Some other injectables are more granular in composition, which causes their results to be less smooth and less natural-looking.

One of the most attractive features of Juvederm is that it's mostly composed of hyaluronic acid, which is a substance that occurs naturally and abundantly in the human body. Hyaluronic acid has some beneficial properties of its own, increasing skin hydration while adding volume to both underlying skin tissue and the skin itself. Since Juvederm is not obtained from animal tissue, it does not require any kind of testing before usage in cosmetic enhancement.

More benefits

Juvederm results also tend to be much more long-lasting than some other injectables, and as a result, it has received FDA approval for its exemplary safety record and its efficiency. It is also an injectable that is suitable for people of all skin colors, which is something that cannot be said for some other treatment gels.

Receiving a Juvederm treatment is a process which takes only around 15 or 20 minutes, and as previously mentioned, it is a non-surgical process in which the gel is injected directly into specific target areas on the skin. Results are often immediately obvious, and the enhancement to the facial area can be literally stunning. There are also several different types of Juvederm which can be used to address the various severity levels of aged-looking skin.

In short, some truly amazing results can be achieved in the facial area by using an injectable filler like Juvederm, but those results are always subject to the artistry of the skilled practitioner doing the work. To achieve the very best results possible for your specific circumstances, you should seek out a qualified cosmetic enhancement specialist who has demonstrated exceptional ability in this field, and who has earned the respect of both peers and industry organizations.

Where to get Juvederm treatments  

For anyone living in the state of Colorado, the place to begin the process of reversing that aged look in the facial area should be at Oasis Prosthodontics, which is located in Colorado Springs, CO. There you will be treated by Dr. Marina Funtik, who is both an award-winning specialist in several dental procedures, and an artistic master of restoring beautiful smiles and facial aesthetics. Contact Oasis Prosthodontics today so you can inquire about the Juvederm process, or so you can schedule a consultation with Dr. Funtik.

What to Look for in a Dentist

Having a smile you feel dissatisfied with can impact your quality of life more than you realize. Whether you have stained teeth, a chipped tooth, a wide gap between your two front teeth, or another common cosmetic dentistry issue, it can affect your self-esteem and hold you back from smiling. Others may perceive you as unfriendly when this isn’t the case at all. Fortunately, most cosmetic dentistry procedures are fast, painless, and can make an immediate difference in how you present yourself to the world.

Choosing the Best Cosmetic Dentist to Complete Your Procedure

In some ways, deciding to move ahead with a procedure such as teeth whitening or dental veneers is the easy part. It can be more challenging to select the most qualified cosmetic dentist for the job. At Oasis Prosthodontics, we recommend that you start by making sure that the cosmetic dentist has an impressive portfolio of education, experience, and accomplishments.

Dr. Marina Funtik has been in the dentistry field since she was 19 years old. This is when she completed her local training to become a certified dental assistant. She then received a full scholarship to St. Lawrence University where she earned her Bachelor of Science degree. She graduated in the top one percent of her class.

For dental school, Dr. Funtik attended the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine. She obtained specialty training in prosthodontics while a student here and received an award for demonstrating outstanding clinical skills. You can learn more about Dr. Funtik’s awards and accomplishments here.

Ask for a Portfolio and References

A good cosmetic dentist should feel proud of his or her work and happy to show pictures to anyone who asks. One way to get a feel for the quality of a dentist’s work is to ask to see before and after pictures of patients who have completed the same procedure that you’re considering. Of course, the dentist will need to protect patient privacy by only showing the mouth in pictures but that should be enough to help you make your decision.

Additionally, don’t hesitate to ask for personal references from past patients and even other dentists who have worked with him or her. Online reviews are often an excellent method for determining what you can expect from a dental staff or clinic because they’re completely unsolicited. Oasis Prosthodontics currently maintains a five-star rating with no negative reviews posted at all.

Look for Modern Technology in the Dental Office

A high-quality cosmetic dentist continually invests in new technology and training. After all, he or she can’t produce the same results as a competitor using equipment that’s more than a decade old. When you visit a cosmetic dentist for a consultation, ask about the type of equipment he or she will use for your procedure. Digital X-rays are a good example of modern dental technology that greatly surpasses conventional film X-rays in terms of accuracy, convenience, and processing time. From Cone Beam CT Imaging to Intra-Oral Cameras, we’re heavily invested in offering the latest dental technology at Oasis Prosthodontics. You can learn more about each technology here.

A Patient-Focused Dental Team

You should always feel that the dentist and his or her assistants listen to you and take your concerns seriously. A dentist who interrupts, talks over you, or dismisses your questions as unimportant is not one you want to see a second time. When you schedule an appointment for a consultation, you should expect the dentist’s complete and one-on-one attention the entire time. While distractions are sure to arise, look for a dentist who explains that he or she will deal with those issues after finishing the appointment with you.

It’s also important to work with someone who offers a customized treatment plan. You may want the exact cosmetic procedure as a friend, but that doesn’t mean your dentist should approach it the same way. Look for indications that the dentist is willing to create a treatment plan for you as the unique individual that you are.

We invite you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Funtik at our office in Colorado Springs by contacting Oasis Prosthodontics at 719-574-2417. We think you will find that she meets all of the above qualifications and then some.


When you have sleep apnea, it means that you temporarily stop breathing while you sleep. While it is a serious medical condition that can occur as often as 30 times in a single hour, people are often unaware that they have it.

Sleep apnea can cause you to wake from a sound sleep in a panic because it feels like you are choking or gasping for air. Since this may only last a few seconds, you may forget all about it in the morning. However, the interruption in breathing can last up to two to three minutes in some people. When this happens often enough, sleep apnea changes from a mild annoyance to an emergency that could threaten your life. The reason for this is that sleep apnea disrupts the balance between carbon dioxide and oxygen present in your bloodstream.

Categories and Symptoms of Different Types of Sleep Apnea

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 20 percent of people with this medical condition have a type known as central sleep apnea. This type usually occurs due to faulty brain signaling. Basically, your brain forgets to send the message to breathe as you sleep. The result is an interruption in breathing that can happens several times per night but typically only lasts for a few seconds each time.

People with central sleep apnea often have an underlying health condition that causes it. The most common ones include:

  • Arthritis of the cervical spine
  • Cheyne-Stokes breathing pattern, which means you already have weak breathing
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Encephalitis, which means brain inflammation
  • Heart attack
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Stroke
  • Surgery or radiation on the spine

Obstructive sleep apnea is the far more common of the two subtypes. This condition occurs because of a partial or complete block in your upper airways. The blockage means that your chest muscles and diaphragm must work extra hard to take air into your lungs. When your breathing resumes, you typically make a grunting, snorting, or gasping sound in your sleep although you probably won’t be aware of this. Unfortunately, untreated obstructive sleep apnea can lead to an irregular heartbeat because it reduces the flow of oxygen to your heart.

Even though shortness of breath while you sleep might not wake you up, pay attention to how you feel during the day for clues that could indicate obstructive sleep apnea. Feeling restless during your sleep for several nights in a row could be a symptom as well. Some other common symptoms associated with it include:

  • Concentration difficulty, depression, forgetfulness, or irritability
  • Daytime fatigue
  • Difficulty waking up in the morning
  • Dry mouth upon waking
  • Night sweats
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Snoring
  • Sore throat upon waking

If you sleep with someone else, it’s likely that he or she will notice symptoms of either type of sleep apnea before you do.

How We Treat Sleep Apnea at Oasis Prosthodontics

We encourage you to schedule an appointment with Dr. Marina Funtik as soon as possible if you recognize any of the symptoms of sleep apnea listed above. It’s possible that changing some lifestyle habits could help reduce your symptoms. Quitting smoking, losing weight if you’re overweight, and reducing the amount of tranquilizers or alcohol you consume are all things you can do to increase the likelihood of successful treatment.

In addition to her many dental credentials, Dr. Funtik is a certified Airway Prosthodontist. She has received extensive training from leading sleep apnea experts across the country. This makes her uniquely qualified to recognize even subtle signs of abnormal breathing. She will complete a comprehensive evaluation of your condition and recommend the most appropriate course of treatment.

Wearing a sleep mask or a special dental appliance during sleep is the first step in treating sleep apnea for many patients. The sleep mask forces your airways to remain open while you’re sleeping so you don’t stop breathing. If you find it uncomfortable to wear a sleep mask, a dental device that applies gentle pressure to push your jaw forward might be a more appropriate form of treatment. The appliance also works to keep your tongue from blocking any of your airway passages.

People who fail to find relief from either of these treatments may wish to consider corrective surgery that forces the tongue to remain in place. Of course, every patient is unique and these are just some of the possible treatment methods used by Dr. Funtik. Please contact Oasis Prosthodontics today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation.

Metal Mouth. Railroad Tracks. Cheese Grater. Tin Grin. Tinsel Teeth.

Any of those nicknames sound familiar? Does your mind go to pictures of teenagers with big, metallic smiles, or even to complicated headgear?

Well, traditional braces are still around, even for adults. But if you’re an adult interested in straightening your teeth, then Invisalign is usually the most effective choice. In fact there are many adults who choose to straighten their teeth in their thirties, fourties, and even fifties and beyond, and that's just fine!

Options for Adults

For most adults, Invisalign is the treatment that makes the most sense. This system uses customized clear polyurethane plastic aligners that fit over your teeth, gradually shifting your teeth over the course of a year or two.

Treatment begins with a non-invasive 3D digital scan of your teeth, so no uncomfortable teeth molds. Then, based on these images, your orthodontist will work with Invisalign to create a plan of how your teeth will be adjusted over time. You’ll also be able to see how your teeth will look once the your treatment is done, just like taking a time machine into the future to see your new smile.

From there, your aligners will be custom-fit for your mouth. They will fit your gums perfectly. Then when they are ready, you’ll come into the office and pick up your aligners. You may need some attachments, which are ridges colored like your enamel and placed on your teeth. These attachments help Invisalign with moving your teeth in a more effective manner.

Your doctor will let you know what to expect from your treatment. Usually, you’ll get a new set of aligners once every one to two weeks, and you will wear your aligners from 20 to 22 hours a day, removing them only to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. You’ll want to schedule check-up appointments every six to eight weeks.

What Invisalign Is Not

You may also have heard of other kinds of aligners that you can use at home with a remote orthodontist. And it’s true that those are cheaper alternatives to Invisalign. But you’ll be missing out on the in-office care and guidance of your orthodontist.

Aligners, just like braces, gradually move your teeth into a straighter smile, so it’s important to make sure that your smile is on track. In-office visits with your orthodontist will make sure that your smile is on point and fabulous. And, if you’re having any sort of issues with pain or discomfort, you can be treated by a doctor instead of "seen" by a remote physician.

How to Get the Best Results with Invisalign

One major benefit of Invisalign is the convenience. You won’t have painful popped wires or irritation from the metallic materials of traditional braces. Here are some tips to make the best out of your Invisalign treatment.

  1. Brush your regularly. This will help prevent your aligners from staining. It’ll also help to keep food particles from becoming stuck in your teeth and gums, which can cause tooth decay, gingivitis and other dental issues.
  2. Keep your aligners clean. This will again help your oral health. You can wash them in several kinds of solutions including just water, Invisalign's own cleansing tablets, or even a mild denture cleaner. If you have more questions about keeping your aligners clean, talk to your orthodontist.
  3. Be disciplined with your aligners. Because they are removable, you may be tempted with keeping your aligners out of your mouth for longer than the recommended two hours. But remember that your teeth have a mapped-out plan for alignment through Invisalign. To keep your teeth alignment on schedule, you must use them at least 20 hours a day.

It's never too late to get the smile you've always wanted.Contact us today at 719-574-2417 to schedule an appoint with our board-certified prosthodontist, Dr. Marina Funtik, DMD, MS, FACP.

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