Fabey Dental Studios December 2018

A Fun Trend You Can Easily Follow!

UGLY SWEATER PARTIES

WHAT EXACTLY IS AN UGLY SWEATER PARTY?

It’s speculated that the first ugly sweater party took place in Vancouver, Canada, back in 2001. Since then, the trend has become one of the most popular holiday party themes. Come Thanksgiving, you’ll start to see racks in all types of clothing stores lined with hideous sweaters. If you’re ready to jump on the ugly-sweater-party bandwagon this Christmas season, here are a few things to keep in mind. YOUR VERY OWN UGLY SWEATER Ugly sweaters come in all shapes, sizes, and prices. You can head to H&M or a local thrift store to pick one up. However, if you have a sweater that’s been cozied up for years in the back of your closet or a drawer, now’s your chance to give it new life. Arm yourself with a hot glue gun, thread, and needle, and patch Santa, Rudolph, or Frosty on it. And let it be known that an ugly sweater isn’t complete without sparkles, beads, and sequins galore.

It’s rather simple — slip on your favorite Christmas sweater, gather all your friends and family members, make sure there are plenty of refreshments and games, and you’re guaranteed to have a top-tier party. A few ugly-sweater-themed games that should be on the agenda include an ugly gift exchange, which is similar to the white elephant exchange, except with the gaudiest gifts you can find; an ugly photo booth, complete with terrible, tacky props; and, of course, an ugly sweater contest. This is the only time of year when slipping into a lurid red sweater with a stuffed Santa sewn on the front is considered trendy. So adorn yourself in the frumpiest, tackiest sweater you can find, and have some fun this December!

Is Poor Sleep Hurting Your Health? Find Out With Sleep Apnea Screening

the most comfortable treatment option. An oral appliance is a device you wear while sleeping that adjusts the position of your lower jaw and tongue to minimize airway obstruction. It looks very similar to the mouthguards you find on athletes, except that it’s designed for the express purpose of giving you the best sleep possible. People who suffer from more severe sleep apnea may need to sleep with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine. No matter your situation, we’ll work with you and present you with all of the effective options. An added bonus of being screened and treated for sleep apnea is that it can result in the elimination of snoring. We’ve even had couples return to the same bed after years apart as the result of treat- ment. If you’re curious if your airway is obstructed and hampering the quality of your sleep, give us a call today to schedule a screening.

Getting a good night’s sleep doesn’t just give you more energy to tackle the day. It affects every aspect of your health and quality of life. Study after study shows that how well we sleep, not just how long we sleep, is a major indicator of overall wellness. To make matters worse, many people don’t know that their quality of sleep is suffering. That’s why we’re so proud to offer snoring and ob- structive sleep apnea screening and treatment as part of our suite of services at Fabey Dental Studios. Obstructive sleep apnea is an ongoing condition that disrupts your normal sleeping patterns. Those with sleep apnea suffer major interruptions in their deep sleep. Due to airway obstructions, their breathing pauses or becomes shallow, moving them into light sleep and adversely affecting the quality of their rest. We use the Eccovision Acoustic Pharyngometer and Rhinometer to screen for sleep apnea. These high-tech devices use acoustic reflection technology to accurately map out the size, structure, and collapsibility of the oral and nasal airway. Both tests are minimally invasive and can be completed in minutes.

After screening, there are a variety of different treatment options depending on the severity of the condition. Many patients find oral appliance therapy (OAT)

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