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Sleep Protection: Watch For Unexpected Caffeine!

Posted by on Nov 9, 2017 in Sleep Disorders, Sleep Practices | Comments Off on Sleep Protection: Watch For Unexpected Caffeine!

You are doing everything you can to stay asleep once you’re sleeping. Unfortunately, if you cannot actually fall asleep or if something in addition to your sleep disorder is keeping you up, you will be making matters much worse for yourself. You may be thinking to yourself, “But I’m avoiding caffeine and I’m eating healthy!” Are you sure about the caffeine? In many instances, it sneaks its way into certain products, leaving you consuming it without even noticing! Let’s cover some of those possibilities, so you can ensure you’re not doing anything to get in the way of your rest each night. Certain Medications Some medications, often those made for headache relief, will include caffeine. Always take a look at the main ingredients to ensure caffeine isn’t on the list. Unexpected Sodas Whether you’re drinking an orange soda or root beer that you simply assume is free of caffeine or if you’re reaching for a fancy water or fruit drink, always read the ingredients. In some instances, you may be shocked to find that your favorite beverage contains caffeine! You don’t want this to get in the way of treating your sleep disorder. Chocolate Bars Cocoa beans contain caffeine. As a result, eating chocolate as you’re getting closer to bedtime may sound cozy but may negatively affect your chance at treating your sleep disorder with ease! Skip the cocoa at night. Decaf Coffee Decaf coffee doesn’t necessarily mean “caffeine free” coffee. It just means that a significant amount of the caffeine has been removed. It may be best to skip coffee altogether in the afternoon and evening hours if you are particularly sensitive, so this doesn’t make matters worse for your sleep. Consider Our Suggestions For Sleep Disorder Treatment If you’re thinking that a sleep disorder may be affecting your sleep or if you are treating one but are experiencing some difficulty, let us know! Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Quiz: Oral Appliance Care

Posted by on Oct 26, 2017 in Sleep Apnea | Comments Off on Quiz: Oral Appliance Care

By now, you probably know how to wear your oral appliance. You probably know the best time to put it in and you’ve likely grown accustomed to this practice on a nightly basis. However, if you’re unsure about how to maintain it, then it’s most certainly time that you get the details sorted out. When you care for it correctly, you can continue wearing it an enjoying the treatment it provides for your sleep apnea without complications. If you neglect it, however, you may end up with some problems! Find out if you need a bit more education or if you’re on track by taking our quiz. Quiz Questions: True or False? True or False: It’s extremely important that you keep your oral appliance clean. Otherwise, it can lead to problems for your oral health and for the appliance itself. True or False: It’s very important that you remember to store your sleep apnea appliance as suggested. Otherwise, it can easily become damaged, which will not yield good results for your sleep apnea. True or False: We suggest you use a product called DentaSoak to soak your appliance in a special solution that will cleanse it very well. Quiz Answers True. When you aren’t mindful about proper oral appliance care, you run the risk of damaging the appliance. You also run the risk of introducing a buildup of bacteria into your smile with each wear, which can lead to problems like infection. True. We encourage you to keep your appliance safe when not in use. Leaving it lying around or storing it improperly may lead to damage, which means it cannot do its job. True. We will provide you with specific instructions. Cleaning your appliance for a minimum of twice weekly will keep it safe. See Us For Sleep Apnea Tips When you have questions about your appliance, don’t feel shy! Ask us right away, so we can ensure your treatment is going well. Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Sleep Apnea: Myths Versus Facts Quiz

Posted by on Oct 19, 2017 in Sleep Apnea | Comments Off on Sleep Apnea: Myths Versus Facts Quiz

You probably don’t talk about sleep apnea with your friends and family on a regular basis. As a result, when you do bring the topic up (or try to look it up on the internet), you may run across some stories that don’t sit well with you. Some of the details sound possible while others seem too far-fetched. Ready to sort out the myths from the facts? Let’s go! Myth Or Fact Quiz? Myth or Fact: When you suffer from sleep apnea, it’s something that might cause you to stop breathing (then start breathing again) hundreds of times over the course of a single night. Myth or Fact: If you suffer from this problem, you will need to begin with a CPAP machine for relief. Myth or Fact: Your partner who sleeps next to you at night can end up with sleep apnea symptoms very similar to yours (even though this person may not suffer from the sleep disorder). Quiz Answers Fact. This sounds like one of those things people say but that is just a rumor. However, it’s absolutely true. You may experience a sleep apnea event hundreds of times throughout the night, which is one of the reasons this sleep disorder will make you so extremely tired. Myth. You may assume that you will need to receive a CPAP machine right off the bat. However, we generally begin with an oral appliance, which is just a mouthguard that offers exceptional results. Fact. It’s true! While your partner may not develop all of the symptoms, many of them (such as moodiness, fatigue, trouble focusing) are the result of waking up throughout the night. Rest assured, the noise you are making is likely waking your partner up every time you wake up. Visit Our Practice For Sleep Apnea Relief If you think you may be experiencing a sleep disorder, see us ASAP for sleep apnea treatment. Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Lifestyle Tweaks: Things That Really Help Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Sep 28, 2017 in Sleep Apnea | Comments Off on Lifestyle Tweaks: Things That Really Help Sleep Apnea

Whether you’re already receiving sleep apnea treatment from us or if this is something you have just begun approaching in an effort to improve sleep, there’s something you should know: It’s not only about the treatment we provide. While this will, of course, offer you the bulk of your improvement, it’s also extremely beneficial to consider lifestyle changes that will make an impact. As a result, you will be working with not against your treatment, so you can get back to catching those Z’s. Clear Your Breathing If you are dealing with sleep apnea, you will want to remember that sleep apnea treatment only goes so far. The goal, of course, is to keep your air passages open and free of obstruction! To help this detail along, do your best to maintain clear passageways by promoting optimal airflow. You may do so through the following: Address allergies or other forms of congestion Keep your room and home free of things that block your airways, such as allergens or dust Treat colds and other upper respiratory viruses ASAP Remove Pressure From Your Throat Sleep apnea treatment helps promote consistent air flow by adjusting your jaw and preventing soft tissues from blocking your airways. You can help with this with some simple physical choices, such as: Lie on your side or stomach when you sleep, instead of your back Plan to lose excess weight if it’s a factor Don’t Over-Relax Those Tissues Beyond the obvious physical details regarding soft tissue collapse toward and in your throat is the detail of artificially over-relaxed throat muscles. When muscles relax, tissues relax and block airways. With that said, avoid relaxants like alcohol, sleeping pills, etc., before bed to prevent this from happening. Take Our Lifestyle Changes To Heart Come to our practice to receive both sleep apnea treatment as well as suggestions for improving your nightly rest. Need help addressing sleep apnea symptoms? Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Sleepy All the Time? You Could Need Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted by on Aug 29, 2017 in Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders | Comments Off on Sleepy All the Time? You Could Need Sleep Apnea Treatment

Are you feeling tired all the time, no matter how much sleep you actually get? If so, it could be due to an undiagnosed sleeping disorder, such as sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a particularly dangerous sleeping disorder, because it involves lapses in breathing, which can result in a whole host of medical issues, including death. While doctors frequently recommend Continuous Positive airway Pressure machines, for coping with sleep apnea, dentists can often give patients a less invasive yet still effective alternative in the form of sleep devices. Enjoy Better Rest with a Simple Treatment from Your Dentist Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed because patients are often unaware of the issue, or don’t make the connection that many of their symptoms could all be related to the OSA. Sufferers of OSA often note: Excessive fatigue or sleepiness, which could also cause problems concentrating or remembering things Loud snoring or breathing, in general, is common at night, as well as episodes of no breathing or shortness of breath; a person might also wake up while gasping for air Irritability and depression can be caused by sleep apnea How Can a Dentist Help? In many cases, patients diagnosed with OSA can find relief from symptoms through the use of a customized sleep device, similar to a mouthguard. This device works by prohibiting one’s soft tissue from being able to shift during the night and thus prohibiting proper air flow. This device is minimally invasive, and so many find it favorable to CPAP machines, which require sleeping in a mask. Ready to Get Sleep Apnea Treatment? Need help addressing sleep apnea symptoms? Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Wishing You Could Sleep Better? Your Dentist Might Be Able to Help

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017 in Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders | Comments Off on Wishing You Could Sleep Better? Your Dentist Might Be Able to Help

Wishing You Could Sleep Better? Your Dentist Might Be Able to Help

If you are tired of waking up feeling exhausted, foggy, or even irritated, no matter how much sleep you got, it could be time to speak with your dentist. You could be suffering from a dangerous medical condition known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a condition thought to affect millions of Americans, many unknowingly. Without treatment, OSA can lead to a host of worsening medical issues. Fortunately, many dentists are able to offer simple yet effective treatment for OSA, often in the form of an oral appliance known as a sleep solution. Don’t Ignore the Symptoms of Dangerous Sleep Apnea Though the symptoms of OSA can be incredibly varied person-to-person, some of the most common warning signs of OSA include loud snoring and gasping for air during the night, which you or a loved one nearby might have noticed. You could also be suffering from difficulty concentrating, general fatigue, irritability or even depression, as a result of OSA. Over time, OSA also heightens risk of increased blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. Start Resting Better with Treatment from Your Dentist If you want to get to the root of your problems, and more importantly to find a solution that could help you sleep better, a dental visit could be in order. If you are diagnosed with OSA, your dentist might be able to help you rest more soundly through a sleep device, similar to a mouthguard. Sleep solutions are designed to keep soft tissue from closing one’s airway as he or she sleeps. In doing so, they help to provide minimally invasive yet effective treatment for OSA. Ready to Get Sleep Apnea Treatment? Need help addressing sleep apnea symptoms? Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Does Your Significant Other Snore Loudly?

Posted by on Jun 13, 2017 in Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders | Comments Off on Does Your Significant Other Snore Loudly?

Does Your Significant Other Snore Loudly?

When was the last time you got a truly great night’s sleep, and what is to blame for your lack of rest? Is it your significant other’s incredibly loud snoring? While you might be annoyed or even frustrated by the snoring, itself, in many cases, snoring is actually a cause for concern, as well. That is because snoring can be a symptom of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a health condition that is estimated to impact millions of Americans. Fortunately, if OSA is to blame for your loved one’s snoring, the dentist might be able to offer a minimally invasive yet effective form of treatment in the form of a sleep appliance, designed to help protect one’s ability to breathe during the night. Potential Symptoms of Sleep Apnea Should Not Be Ignored Though snoring is perhaps the most noticeable symptom of OSA, it is not the only potential warning sign that your loved one could be suffering from sleep apnea. Waking up feeling exhausted, having difficulty concentrating during the day, a general sense of fatigue or drowsiness, and even irritability and depression can be symptoms of OSA. That said, OSA can also increase one’s risk of high blood pressure and related medical conditions, including heart attack and stroke. Enjoy Better Sleep and Protect Your Health To ensure both your loved one and you sleep better, and more silently, a sleep appliance could help. Sleep devices are similar to the mouthguards you might have worn or seen during athletic events or even during ongoing orthodontic treatment, yet their purpose is wholly unique. They serve to keep one’s soft tissues from shifting and blocking the airway during sleep. Does Your Loved One Need Sleep Apnea Treatment? If you think your significant other could suffer from sleep apnea, schedule an appointment for him or her today. Schedule a sleep apnea consultation with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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The Lurking Health Risks Of Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Sleep and Health, Sleep Apnea | Comments Off on The Lurking Health Risks Of Sleep Apnea

The Lurking Health Risks Of Sleep Apnea

If you’re someone who thinks you may be suffering from sleep apnea or if you have already received a diagnosis, you may or may not feel the urgency of receiving treatment. While it might sound like something you should get around to doing sooner or later, it’s important to recognize that the longer you procrastinate, the more likely you are to experience run-ins with serious health problems. Didn’t realize a sleep disorder could have such an impact on your wellbeing? Let’s explore. Why You Should Treat It You should not ignore your sleep apnea for a variety of reasons. The more immediate concerns include your daily comfort. The longer you miss out on sleep, the more likely you are to feel fatigued, to have trouble concentrating at work, to fall asleep at the wheel of your car, and to feel moody. In the long run, however, you’re looking at some very serious health risks that can come from nightly bouts with obstructed breathing. These may include: Heart Problems Stroke Liver Problems High Blood Pressure How To Get Started Before you panic, recognize that associated symptoms and health problems will occur as the result of a sleep apnea problem that you choose to completely neglect. All you need to do to protect yourself is to get started by scheduling a consultation with us. This will ensure we can see you, examine you, ask questions, and diagnose you. If you are, in fact, suffering from this sleep issue, we will move forward with effective treatment, so you can stop worrying about health problems and simply get some sleep. Protect Your Health By Treating Sleep Apnea If you think you may require sleep apnea treatment, it’s best to come in for a consultation as soon as possible, so you can begin addressing the issue. Schedule the care you need with us in Des Moines, IA by contacting Gateway Dental Group today at (515)...

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Feeling Sleepy? It Could Be Time for Sleep Apnea Treatment

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Sleep, Sleep Apnea | Comments Off on Feeling Sleepy? It Could Be Time for Sleep Apnea Treatment

Feeling Sleepy? It Could Be Time for Sleep Apnea Treatment

Do you ever find yourself sitting at your desk yawning, or worse, feeling irritated at your coworkers not because of anything they have done, but simply because of your own drowsiness? Fatigue, difficulty concentrating, frequent headaches, even irritability and depression are all potential side effects of sleep apnea, a condition that can impact far more than just one’s ability to sleep. Fortunately, many dentists are now offering minimally invasive treatment options for sleep apnea. Could one of them help you sleep more soundly and start feeling better? Don’t Ignore Symptoms of OSA The symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea are not all as obviously sleep-related as loud snoring, though snoring is one of the most recognizable symptoms. OSA can affect many aspects of one’s life, from heightening risk of heart-related problems, to causing irritability and depression. If you are diagnosed with OSA, the two most common treatment options are Continuous Positive Airway Pressure machines, which many find cumbersome and loud, and a sleep appliance that is less invasive yet still highly effective for many patients. OSA Treatment Could Help Improve Your Health Sleep appliances are often effective, and yet less difficult to adjust to than the CPAP machines often recommend by physicians. A sleep appliance is similar to a mouthguard worn during orthodontic treatment, but its purpose is entirely different. Sleep appliances are designed to help keep one’s soft tissue from moving and blocking the passageway as one sleeps. To determine if a custom sleep appliance could work for you, schedule a consultation with your general...

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FAQs: What Habits Can Help You Sleep Better?

Posted by on Jan 18, 2017 in Sleep and Health | Comments Off on FAQs: What Habits Can Help You Sleep Better?

Do you often feel exhausted during the day? If you have trouble sleeping, this could be due to obstructive sleep apnea, a disorder that impacts millions of Americans. Fortunately, there are habits that can help you sleep better. If your issues persist, then your dentist can talk about sleep apnea treatment to help you rest better. Frequently Asked Questions About Better Sleep Habits Question: Does it matter what position I sleep in? Answer: That can actually impact your sleep more than you would think. Sleeping on your back can increase the likelihood of soft tissue collapsing and blocking airflow. However, sleeping on your side can help you avoid sleep apnea symptoms. Question: Does the foods and drinks I consume before bed impact sleep? Answer: Yes. If you eat a large meal before bed, this can lead to poor rest. In addition, drinking alcohol can hurt sleep as well. While alcoholic drinks may make you feel sleepy, you will trouble entering the REM stage of rest. Finally, drinks containing caffeine, such as soda, caffeinated tea, or coffee can make going to sleep difficult. Question: When should I go to bed and wake up? Answer: Instead of suggesting a time, we suggest maintaining a regular sleep schedule. This means going to bed and waking up at the same times every day and night, regardless of the weekends or holidays. Doing so helps train your body and allows you to obtain better rest. Question: When should I see a dentist? Answer: If you continue to notice sleep apnea symptoms or feel exhausted during the day, then consider seeing the dentist for a diagnosis. For a Good Night’s Sleep, Call Us Today If loud snoring and chronic daytime sleepiness are taking a toll on your health and your relationships, you owe it to yourself to learn more about treating obstructive sleep apnea. Dr. Stephen J. Burds is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and has extensive experience helping his patients find restful sleep through oral appliance therapy. For a better night’s sleep, contact our Des Moines dentist’s office at 515-244-0329 or email us at [email protected]

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