Have you ever caught yourself dozing while you were driving? It is scary, and very dangerous. I think we have all been driving tired at one time or another, and all the head shaking, blinking and singing out loud just doesn’t seem to help. Well the National Highway Traffic Safety administration is also concerned and have been keeping records on Sleepy Drivers.
When we think of a person with Obstructive Sleep apnea or OSA what usually comes to mind is an overweight adult male who snores and gasps in his sleep. Children, however are not immune to this condition. In fact we see young patients with symptoms of OSA fairly frequently. The consequences of undiagnosed or untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea in children can be:
A great part of my job as a dentist is the opportunities that I am presented with that make me so glad I chose this profession. Many times the things that happen quite unexpectedly are the ones that provide the most satisfaction and enjoyment.
Do you have discolored spots on your teeth? They are fairly common. For years we have struggled to find an easy, non invasive procedure to cover up the brown or white spots that are sometimes present on the teeth. These spots can be developmental, a result of too much fluoride in the diet during tooth development or could be a result of poor brushing when being treated with braces. Whatever the cause, many patients find them unattractive and want them removed.
Hey College kids! Wake up!…Do you see what time it is? I just finished reading a report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) about college student’s sleep habits in relation to academic performance. Those of us who have been to college or are currently in college understand the demands that studying places on sleep habits. Cramming for exams, studying, or writing papers can lead to late bedtimes.
If you have been in for an office visit in the last year, you have most likely been given a survey that questions your level of sleepiness. This is a subjective questionnaire that is designed to record your impression of your level of fatigue during normal daytime activities such as driving or reading. Not surprisingly, we get quite a few questions as to why we are asking these questions and also how does sleepiness relate to going to the dentist.
In an effort to better diagnose and treat our patients who have sleep apnea or snoring we have been attending sleep symposiums, seminars and workshops. I am always amazed how poor sleep, or lack of sleep, for whatever reason, can affect overall health.