We hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather we are having. While COVID has put restrictions on our lives, we are fortunate to live in an area where we can exercise outdoors. Exercise is important for keeping our bodies in shape and elevating our mood. It can also reduce the risk of some diseases and illness. In fact, it can protect against lung damage and lessen the effects of COVID-19. Read more to find out how exercise plays an important role in keeping us safe and healthy.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), often goes undiagnosed because people who suffer from it might not know the cause of their pain, and therefore, don’t know where to go for treatment. That’s why it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this common problem, which affects as many as 10 million Americans.
We are happy to let you know that we will be accepting patients back in the office starting Monday, May 18. Our staff and patient’s safety is our primary concern and we are working hard to set in place new protocols and requirements. There might be some changes next time you see us, but we will deliver the same great care you’ve come to expect from our team.
I hope you are faring well during this challenging time. I find it’s important to keep up with regular routines, especially when it comes to health. While most of our patients who live with sleep apnea are well aware of how a bad night’s sleep affects their daily routine, I thought this would be a good time to remind people of the effects of long-term poor sleep on overall health. Read on to find out more.
We’re sure you know by now that the benefits of exercise are far-reaching. Not only does regular physical activity improve muscle strength and boost your endurance, but it also helps your cardiovascular system deliver oxygen and nutrients to your tissues to give you more energy. Exercise plays a key role in keeping you healthy. It’s no wonder that it would also have a positive affect on your sleep quality, something that every sleep apnea patient strives for.
Your oral appliance works hard to help alleviate your TMD or sleep apnea systems. We understand it’s easy to forget about it once you take it out of your mouth, so we like to remind our patients every now and then about how to keep your appliance clean and in good condition. This will help extend the life of this important aid in your TMD or sleep apnea treatment. Read the tips below on how to care for your oral appliance.
Professional treatment for TMD will help give you relief from the pain and other annoying symptoms that keep you from enjoying your daily life. While undergoing treatment, there are also things you can do for yourself to complement your therapy and help create an even more successful outcome.
You probably know that drinking alcohol has an effect on your quality of sleep, but did you know that for sleep apnea patients, it can make symptoms worse? It’s been shown that moderate and heavy drinking can trigger obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), even in people who haven’t yet been diagnosed with the sleep disorder. What can you do about your alcohol consumption and sleep apnea?
Does your bed partner keep poking you at night to get you to stop snoring? Do you wake up feeling like you haven’t slept a wink? Are you so tired during the day that it’s causing problems at work or home? If these scenarios sound familiar to you, then your snoring and sleepiness may be more serious than you think. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea disorder. OSA occurs when your airway becomes blocked, causing shallow breathing or stopping breathing while asleep. You wake up gasping for air, sometimes hundreds of times during the night.
Did you know your new year resolution for weight loss should include more sleep? We tend to think that working out or counting calories is the trick to shedding those extra pounds, but studies show that sleep is just as important to your waistline. So how does sleep affect weight?