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FEELING A BIT TIRED at times during the day is completely normal, even with a good night’s sleep. Some people, however, struggle every night for a restful sleep, especially those with sleep apnea.

Did you know that one in five adults has obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with 80 percent of cases going undiagnosed? This condition can disrupt your sleep and increase your risk of severe health problems.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your muscles relax during sleep, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This can cause a person to stop breathing hundreds of times per night, immensely disrupting their sleep. Here are some indications of a problem:

  1. Morning headaches
  2. Excessive daytime drowsiness
  3. Irritability
  4. Impaired mental or emotional functioning
  5. Insomnia
  6. Excessive snoring, choking or gasping during sleep
  7. Waking with a dry mouth or a sore throat

We Can Help

Dentists are often the first professionals to become aware of a potential case of OSA and many are specially trained for the treatment of sleep apnea. We are just such a practice!

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While the most common treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy that dentists provide is the increasingly preferred form of treatment. This is due to the high rejection rate of CPAP therapy and the fact that oral appliances are much more convenient, portable, and easy to care for.

Oral Appliance Therapy

Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard-like device to maintain an open, unobstructed airway while you sleep. They are typically as easy to wear as most retainers. There are two ways the oral appliance works to open up your airway:

By repositioning your lower jaw, it keeps your throat muscles engaged as you sleep, preventing them from collapsing.
Oral appliances can also move your tongue forward, keeping it from falling back and blocking the throat.

At Lane & Associates, Oral Appliance Therapy is covered by your medical insurance, Medicare, and Medicaid! Call us to see if an oral appliance might be right for you or for more information about sleep apnea.

Don’t Ignore Sleep Apnea

Never underestimate the power of a good night’s rest! The quality of your sleep is extremely important to your overall health and well-being. Ask us today how you can better your life by treating sleep apnea through oral appliance therapy!

IN HONOR OF NATIONAL CHILDREN’S DENTAL HEALTH MONTH, we’re holding a special coloring contest and you (whether you are a patient or not) are invited to participate. The contest runs until February 29th, 2016. On March 3rd a winner will be chosen through a random drawing at each one of our locations.

It’s Easy To Participate

Simply click on one of the links at the bottom of this post to download and print your coloring page. Parents, just snap a picture of your child holding their unique masterpiece and post the photo on your local “Lane & Associates Family Dentistry” Facebook page to be registered to win. Remember, your picture must be uploaded to our Facebook page to register! Each office will select one winner. Only one entry per child aged 17 and under.

The Winner Will Receive…

A $100.00 GIFT CARD FROM MARBLES: THE BRAIN STORE!

Every Child Should Understand The Importance Of Dental Health

Dental decay is the single most common chronic childhood illness. Far too many children suffer from unnecessary tooth pain and deterioration. Take this opportunity to talk to the kids in your life about their dental health!

Print one of these coloring sheets and post to our Facebook Page to enter the contest!

 

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MANY PARENTS mention how difficult it can be to get their teenagers to practice good oral hygiene. The teenage years are rife with junk food, soda consumption, and in some cases, an indifference to daily brushing and flossing.

Although it may be challenging, motivating teens toward better oral health care is extremely important. For the teenagers of this generation, a parent’s best bet of making oral hygiene more fun may be technology!

Oral Health Tech Can Pique Your Teen’s Interest

Motivate your teenagers to engage in good oral hygiene by showing them these gadgets for their morning and nightly routine!

  • Oral Irrigator: Flossing the old-fashioned way can seem tedious. Using a water flosser is quicker and more fun! Even teenagers seem to love the idea of power washing their teeth.
  • Shower Flosser: A spin on oral irrigation, the shower flosser makes it even more convenient to floss your teeth. Simply attach an oral irrigation unit to your shower head for mess-free flossing!
  • Power Flosser: With a flexible nylon tip that slips easily in between teeth, a power flosser will floss your teeth with up to 10,000 gentle tip strokes per minute. It’s fast and fun!
  • Air Flosser: Another alternative to conventional flossing, the air flosser cleans out debris and plaque by shooting quick bursts of air and water in between teeth.
  • Natural Sweeteners: Many trendy new snacks and candies contain non-sugar sweeteners. Xylitol, for example, is effective in fighting off plaque and cavities. Research shows that xylitol protects teeth from tooth decay by preventing bacteria from sticking to teeth and keeping a neutral pH level in the mouth. Buy your kids some sugar-free, xylitol-sweetened gum or mints and encourage them to use them after eating.

Start Good Habits When They’re Young

Dental decay is the most common chronic disease in young people between the ages of five and 17, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Good oral health habits should be taught early so that when your children do become teenagers, they have already established an oral hygiene routine and have a sound understanding of why it is important.

After all, if they keep up good dental habits, they could end up like this hip grandma who still has all of her teeth!

Partners In Promoting Oral Health

As your trusted dental professionals, we are your partners in promoting the oral health of your whole family. We are here to help motivate children and teenagers toward better oral care so that your family can remain happy and healthy!