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.
I thought I would add a follow up to last week’s blog about performance enhancing mouthguards. Lafe, one of our team members, recently read a web page about TMJ (jaw joint) related issues. Although the article was not about sports mouthguards but really about bite appliances used to treat jaw pain, someone responded with a post concerning her experience with a PPM Mouthguard, which has been developed to improve athletic performance. I am including a copy of this woman’s comments:
Coming soon to a locker room near you is the performance enhancing mouth guard. New on the scene is the Under Amour mouth guard. It is another example of a performance enhancing mouthguard that is marketed to the serious athlete who is interested in improving his or her performance.
That’s right… let it cool dude! I’m talking about your tea. A recent study showed that drinking steaming hot tea increases your risk of esophageal cancer.
I have been reading about some recent internet postings that claim that Listerine is being used as an insect repellent. My initial thought was to accept this claim as just another wacko report from the web.
It is common for patients to request (or usually for their wives to request) that we make them an oral appliance to eliminate or reduce their snoring. Sometimes the cure is as simple as having the patient wear an oral appliance at night time that holds their lower jaw slightly forward. Many times though, the issue is much more complex than just snoring. You could have a serious, and very common condition called “sleep apnea”.
“It is amazing how much stronger I am when my jaws are aligned”. ….. This is the kind of thing we hear all the time once someone has been introduced to neuromuscular (NM) dentistry and how it can help them.
“What! You have how many cavities?” Hey, mom and dad, instead of taking away your child’s soda privileges and putting a brushing chart on the fridge, you may instead soon be saying “Have you had your lollipop this morning”