News and Information

How Do I Know If I Have Sleep Apnea?


Although the treatment for sleep apnea can be straight-forward, discovering whether you suffer from this common condition can be more difficult. Many people who experience the symptoms of sleep apnea do not know the cause. Oftentimes, sleep apnea can be dismissed as “just snoring.” However, sleep apnea patients also frequently experience pauses in breathing at night or wake up gasping for air. Snoring is one of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea, though there are many other signs of the condition that may seem unrelated. When trying to determine if you or your partner are suffering from sleep apnea, be on the lookout for symptoms and health conditions, including:      Teeth grinding      Insomnia      Headaches      Exhaustion      Memory loss      Sexual dysfunction When left untreated, sleep apnea may lead to more serious medical concerns, such as diabetes, depression, a compromised immune system, stroke, or heart disease. If you think you or a loved one may be suffering from the dangerous condition, it is important to undergo a sleep study as soon as possible. Once you are diagnosed, a customized treatment plan can be developed, allowing you to sleep better and improve your overall health and quality of life. -Dr. Robin Rutherford Contact The…

Read More

What Is Sleep Apnea?


Sleep apnea is a medical condition characterized by an impaired ability to breathe while sleeping. Unfortunately, many people who have sleep apnea are unaware they suffer from the condition. The most common symptom of sleep apnea is snoring. Though many people consider snoring a normal part of life, the truth is it can severely impact your health. As we sleep, the soft tissues and muscles of the throat typically relax and narrow our air passages. When the velocity of our breath increases to compensate for this narrowed pathway, these soft tissues can vibrate and produce the snoring sound. While snoring may sound like merely an inconvenience for you or your partner, it could also indicate sleep apnea. People with this condition experience pauses in their breathing and may frequently wake up gasping for air. The continuous disruption of your sleep patterns can lead to much more serious concerns, including:      High blood pressure      Gastric reflux      Morning headaches      Weight gains      Compromised attention/memory      Heart disease Fortunately, at The Art of Dentistry, we offer a number of treatments that can ease or eliminate the symptoms of sleep apnea by improving your ability to breathe while you sleep. -Dr. Robin Rutherford Contact The Art of…

Read More

Dr. Rutherford a Best Selling Author for Cosmetic Dentistry Book


Our team is proud to announce that Dr. Robin Rutherford has been named a best selling author for his work on the recently published book on cosmetic dentistry, “A Cup of Coffee with 10 of the Top Cosmetic Dentists in the United States: Valuable insights you should know before you have cosmetic dental work done.” The book became an Amazon Best Seller, providing readers with valuable information about cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Rutherford’s chapter, which opens the book, covers what training and experience people should look for when researching cosmetic dentists. Reflecting on the publication, Dr. Rutherford feels honored to have been asked to share his insights as lead author and is proud that it has become a best selling resource for those considering cosmetic dental work. To learn how cosmetic dentistry can improve your smile, please contact us to schedule an appointment at The Art of Dentistry. If you are interested in purchasing the book on cosmetic dentistry, you can find it here.

Dr. Rutherford Named Super Dentist for Fourth Year in a Row


Super Dentists is a listing of dentists who have a high level of professional achievement and have been nominated by their peers for the recognition. Dr. Robin Rutherford was named one of Texas’ Super Dentists from 2011-2013 and is proud to be given the title for a fourth consecutive year in 2014.   In order to be part of the annual Super Dentists list, dentists must be recognized by fellow dental professionals through the question, “If you needed care in one of the following specialties, which dentist would you choose?” In addition to being named in this survey, the nominees are evaluated based on their professional standings, such as years of experience, certifications, leadership roles, awards, publications, and more. Only the highest ranked professionals are included, which is limited to only 10% of the dentists of their state or region.   “Many patients are looking for a doctor who is above average, but they have very few ways to evaluate one versus another. It is extremely helpful to have other doctors give their opinions and for those evaluations to be collected and reported by Texas Super Dentists. Many patients who have come to my practice have been influenced by this…

Read More

Dr. Rutherford Has Co-Authored a New Book About Cosmetic Dentistry

Screen Shot 2014-12-16 at 4.03.03 PM

It’s finally here! You may or may not know this, but I am very proud and excited to announce that I have been working on a book project with a publisher to co-author a book. It is called: “A Cup Of Coffee With 10 Of The Top Cosmetic Dentists In The United States” Valuable insights you should know before you have cosmetic dental work done. What is great about this book is that all the royalties of this book are being donated to a great cause: Kiwanis who works with children around the United States and the world. The book itself offers useful and relevant information to the public about cosmetic dentistry and I’m very proud to have been asked to share my insights on the topic. You can help. We are aiming at getting this to Amazon best-seller status. This will help to raise a significant amount of money for Kiwanis. The book will officially tomorrow. Tuesday, December 16th at: 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm EST Noon – 2:00 pm CST 11:00 am – 1:00 pm MST 10:00 am – Noon PST During that exact timeframe, I ask that you purchase 1 or 2 copies of the book (Remember…

Read More

The Spotlight Is on The Art of Dentistry

Our team is excited to reveal The Art of Dentistry will be featured as the spotlight business in an upcoming issue of Odessa Pipeline — the newsletter of Odessa Country Club. Odessa Pipeline covers a wide range of topics, including golf news, food and drink, country club events, and more. As part of the Odessa community, Dr. Robin Rutherford looks forward to sharing information about The Art of Dentistry, as well as informing the public about how they can achieve a beautiful, healthy smile. Read the Pipeline Spotlight. In the article, readers can find detailed information about the following: Sedation dentistry via oral medications for a relaxing, stress-free experience Potential of the smile lift for an overall improved facial appearance Dr. Rutherford’s dental expertise and dedication to high quality dental care By sharing these details in the feature, we hope to educate people on general and cosmetic dentistry and communicate the impact great dental care can have on your smile and overall well-being. We believe in holding ourselves to the highest of standards and strive to make every step of the dentistry process as comfortable and beneficial as possible. As stated by Dr. Rutherford in the feature: “We work hard…

Read More

What Does a Dental Facelift Entail?


Our previous blog post explained how your teeth can wear down over time and make your face appear older than you really are. Luckily, a Dental Facelift performed by Dr. Robin Rutherford can often restore your teeth and revitalize your facial appearance without the need for plastic surgery. This noninvasive procedure can produce natural-looking results and can often be completed in as few as two to four office visits. To begin the Dental Facelift process, Dr. Rutherford will first study the shape of your face, skin tone, lips, teeth, and other important physical characteristics before making a personalized treatment plan. Then, depending on your smile needs, he may use dental implants to replace missing teeth or position porcelain veneers and/or dental crowns over your existing teeth to restore their youthful shape. Porcelain veneers can also easily cover broken, chipped, and yellow teeth. The length, shape, and color of your new teeth can help create a rejuvenated look, ultimately making your face appear smoother and less wrinkled. If you are looking for a way to turn back the clock without surgery, a Dental Facelift may be the answer! For more information about this innovative treatment, or to schedule an appointment with Dr….

Read More

Why You Should Consider Getting a Dental Facelift

Have you noticed a change in your smile over the years? With age, your teeth can wear down and become shorter, especially if you grind your teeth. Shorter teeth may cause your face to appear wrinkled or collapsed since there is less space between your nose and chin. Stained, cracked, and chipped teeth, as well as dark fillings, can also add unnecessary years to your appearance. If any of these symptoms are familiar, you may be a good candidate for a Dental Facelift procedure offered at our practice. Performed by our experienced dentist, Dr. Robin Rutherford, the treatment can help rejuvenate your face without surgery or injectable fillers. Additionally, a Dental Facelift has many aesthetic benefits, including the ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, create a stronger jawline, and improve the appearance of your lips and cheeks. Keep an eye on our blog to see the next part in our series, where we will share the different procedures that may be used for a Dental Facelift. Or, if you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Rutherford, please feel free to contact our office today.  

Snoring Isn’t Normal


Despite how commonly it occurs, you may be surprised to know that snoring isn’t actually considered normal. What I mean by this is that snoring isn’t simply something people do or don’t do, and regardless of whether or not you snore, all is well. In fact, snoring is often caused by one or more outside factors, some of which can potentially be harmful and may lead to more serious health concerns like sleep apnea. So, contrary to popular belief, snoring is not a condition that’s considered "normal." The good news is, there are viable snoring treatment options designed to reduce snoring and help yourself or a loved one get a healthier night’s sleep each night. As an experienced general and cosmetic dentist, I can construct a customized oral appliance to fit comfortably and securely in your mouth while you sleep. When worn properly, these appliances have proven to successfully diminish the occurrence of snoring so that you and your loved ones can sleep peacefully throughout the night. Contact The Art of Dentistry For more information about our snoring treatment, or to schedule an appointment, please contact The Art of Dentistry today.

Texas Monthly Magazine 2011-12

Screen Shot 2013-03-13 at 9.41.59 AM

Top Notch Care With A Gentle Touch For over two decades, Dr. Robin Rutherford has places patients at the forefront of his cosmetic, implant and sedation practice. They are usually at the point of their lives when it’s time to address dental problems they’ve tolerated for years. “we’ll look at the mirror together, then produce a computer image of the smile you envision,” he says. “We customize your treatment, telling the lab exactly what we want and creating what you think is beautiful. Our patients tell us we listen.” Read the PDF

Next Page »