Taylor Dental - October/November 2019

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October/November 2019

6601 N. Davis Hwy Suite 8, Pensacola, FL 32504 • (850) 478-8005 • www.AndrewTaylorDental.com

How’d You Sleep? A Closer Look at Health Issues and Oral Health

The longer I practice dentistry, the more I realize what we do isn’t limited to a patient’s oral health — the treatments we provide are connected to their overall health. In many instances, dentists are in the best position to notice oral issues that give clues to related health issues. Recently, the dental profession has become more aware of the health issues connected to sleep apnea. It’s definitely something we should all be thinking about and discussing because over 22 million people in the U.S. suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, according to the American Academy of Sleep. People who suffer from the disorder may experience symptoms like snoring, lapses in breathing while they sleep, daytime sleepiness or fatigue, morning headaches, depression, and acid reflux. The list goes on, and depending on the severity of the disorder, it can contribute to chronic disease. As dentists, we are in a prime position to address and help patients find solutions to their sleep apnea. Working closely with physicians, we find the best treatment for each patient so they don’t have to suffer from the poor quality of life that sleep apnea causes. Traditionally, there are three main ways to treat sleep apnea: a CPAP device, surgery, or an oral appliance. The least invasive and a more cost-effective choice, oral appliance therapy is a practical option for those who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. We make these appliances custom-fit for each person, so they’re more comfortable and easier to wear. Oral appliances are covered by most major medical insurances, and we work closely with our patients and the insurance company to obtain a predetermination of benefits to estimate any out-of-pocket expenses.

A custom-fit oral sleep appliance can improve your sleep, restore your alertness, and revitalize your health. If you’ve suffered from sleep apnea, as many people do for many years without knowing, this treatment can give you back your life. For those of you who snore and/or suspect you suffer from sleep apnea, the “stop-bang” questionnaire is a good place to start to find out more about your risk. If you answer yes to three or more of the questions, talk to us so we can help you improve your sleep, and, ultimately, your quality of life. Also, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, bringing awareness to something that affects thousands of people, both women and men, each year, including the families of loved ones who are diagnosed. Early detection is still the best way to improve your chances. While you can’t eliminate risks altogether, you can take steps to minimize your risk. Remind your loved ones to schedule regular breast exams and take care of their health. Some studies are showing a link between periodontal disease and the likelihood of developing breast cancer. One study in Sweden looked at 3,000 women and found that those with serious, chronic gum disease were 11 times more likely to have breast cancer. Gum disease is associated with chronic inflammation in the body, and it’s a connection we are trying to further awareness of so we can work as a team to prevent it. These types of connections bring home the message of how important it is to take care of your teeth. Schedule and keep your biannual appointments so we can help you maintain your smile. What you do every day also has a big impact on your health. Brush and floss every day and try to avoid sugary drinks and foods. Treat your teeth well, and your whole body will thank you.

STOP-BANG

YES

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Do you S NORE loudly (ie, louder than talking or loud enough to be heard through closed doors)? Do you often feel T IRED , fatigued, or sleepy during the day? Has anyone O BSERVED that you have stopped breathing while sleeping? Do you have or are you being treated for high blood P RESSURE ? B MI more than 35 kg/m² Are you more than 50 years of A GE ? Is your N ECK 17 inches or greater for men (16 inches for women)? Male G ENDER ? YES to 3 or more questions means you are at risk.

–Dr. Taylor

Office Holiday Schedule: Our office will be closed Nov. 27–Dec. 1. We will reopen on Monday, Dec. 2. Enjoy the time with your loved ones as we do the same!

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