You sit straight up, gasping for air. Your phone says it’s still the middle of the night, but you feel wide awake with a fast heart rate. Too soon, the alarm goes off to start the day. You feel as though you haven’t slept at all, and your overwhelming anxiety kicks in right away. You have to get the kids ready for school and get to the office in time for an important meeting. Little stresses bother you more than they probably should, and you know it’s going to be a rough day. Does this sound familiar?
You could have sleep apnea, a condition where the facial tissues block airflow, interrupting your breathing and causing your body to panic in order to resume breathing. Another likely side effect of sleep apnea is that your brain’s activity is interrupted, affecting your mood and thinking patterns. But how could sleep apnea and anxiety be connected? Can you address both problems with one treatment? Read on to find out!
In the middle of the night, you gasp for breath. Your heart is pounding, and you feel a little sweat on your forehead. You tell yourself you’ve had a nightmare and try to go back to sleep. Then, in the morning, you feel as if you didn’t sleep at all. Does this happen to you somewhat frequently? Do you regularly feel fatigued throughout the day?
Scientists estimate that one in 15 American adults has sleep apnea, which equates to about 18 million people. Unfortunately, about 80 percent of these people are undiagnosed and untreated. But is this a big deal? Does insufficient sleep really affect other areas of your health? The answer is definitely yes! If your body doesn’t get enough quality rest at night, don’t be surprised if it starts to affect your days. Your sleep impacts so many other functions. Read on to learn how untreated sleep apnea can have an negative effect on you.
After a full night’s rest, you still feel fatigued throughout the day. Perhaps your partner complains about your consistent snoring, and you wake up with headaches or a sore throat. You could have a serious condition called sleep apnea, which deprives your body of air while you sleep. Properly diagnosing this problem is essential to getting the care you need and getting enough quality sleep.
The diagnostic process involves a sleep study, which is conducted at a special facility where your vital signs and oxygenation are monitored throughout the night. This test shows your doctor vital information to help them know how best to address your sleep issues. But what do you need to do going into the sleep apnea study? Keep reading to find out!
Are you on TikTok? Of course, you are! It’s a great way to share content and get seen by millions. Many life hack or DIY videos have gone viral; in some cases, these videos are helpful, but in others, such as those involving people’s teeth, they can cause real harm. Here are three TikTok trends you should not try at home!
During the summer, your teen has spent their free time with work, shows, and friends. But soon, they’ll go back to a more structured schedule. Everyone feels a little anxious and excited leading up to the first bell, but if your teen is wearing Invisalign, the start of this school year may be a little more nerve-racking for you than usual. How can you make sure they stay on track with their treatment while they’re away at school for most of the day? Here are some practical tips for both of you!
This time of year is typically packed with important events like prom, graduation, and weddings. Especially now that the coronavirus vaccine is available, everyone is bursting to celebrate good times again. But, during quarantine, has the appearance of your teeth been neglected? Is your smile ready to make its debut at these events? Being on lockdown and wearing masks for so long might have taken its toll on you and your pearly whites. Perhaps you haven’t been as diligent in keeping your smile bright as you normally would because who is going to see it? Now that things are returning closer to normal, and masks are coming off, it’s time to address your teeth’s discoloration. But wait! Before we delve into your teeth whitening and smile improvement options in this month’s newsletter, we thought we’d share a glimpse at some of the great results we regularly achieve for our patients with some real before and after photos!
As you pack for your summer trip, you run through a list of essential things you need to bring. Automatically you bring some toothpaste and your toothbrush, which is a good start for keeping your smile strong. However, there are plenty of summer oral health tips you can take advantage of. Read on to learn what some of these tips are!
One of the many perks of Invisalign treatment is that the discreet trays deliver results in an average of just 12 months! So, it can be discouraging when you fall off-track with your timeline, requiring more time and money spent on braces. If your teeth aren’t “tracking” properly, don’t get discouraged. Instead, keep reading for a few must-know tips to help get you back on track.
You’re a planner. You like to look ahead and have an idea of what to expect. As you look at the next couple of years, you see that now may be a good time to finally address your crooked teeth and get braces. But how long will treatment take? Because each case and every smile are unique, you need to be evaluated by an orthodontist to know your braces treatment time.
Many patients are in braces for two or three years. However, there are some factors that can make treatment longer or shorter. Read on to learn more about these factors and how you can get a perfectly straight smile as efficiently as possible.
We are happy to welcome Lauren Cullinane to our team. As a dental assistant, she brings 20 years of experience with all kinds of patients, including children and those with special needs. In her travels, she has learned Farsi and can cook authentic Persian food. We’re excited to have her onboard!
Did you know that we do more than just check for oral health issues? During your routine preventive appointments, we take the time to conduct a couple of quick health screenings too.
In addition to looking for tooth decay and gum disease, we look for potential signs of oral cancer, which kills on average one American every hour every day. When found and treated early, this form of cancer has a survival rate of 90 percent! We perform this screening every six months in hopes of catching this disease and saving the lives of those affected.
During your appointment with Brooks Dental, you’ll also be screened for sleep apnea, a condition that disrupts breathing. Our dental office screens for this condition because it is often the result of facial tissues blocking the airway. Without treatment, sleep apnea can lead to fatigue, inability to focus or remember, high blood pressure, or even a cardiovascular event. By addressing sleep apnea with a simple oral appliance, you can improve your quality of sleep and your overall health.
We strive to do our part in keeping you and your smile healthy, but we can’t help you if you’re not coming in to our office for your health and wellness checkups regularly. We invite to start this healthy habit so that you can smile for many more years to come.