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Office Hours:
Mon: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tue: 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Wed: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Thur: 7:30 AM - 3:00 PM
Fri: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

 
 

Nutrition & Sleep

Our human body works like a fine-tuned machine.

To work properly at all ages, the human body needs proper fuel with a good oxygen source to burn and create both long and short energy supplies for its use. It needs the right amounts of pH balanced liquids for the daily transportation of  its materials in and out of its systems for building and stability, with an effective electrical system of nerves and ganglion to run its muscles, brain, and heart correctly, and a constantly available battery system which need to be recharged nocturnally when at rest to be rested and ready to start up again the next day. And with all these, the body needs an effective waste system which break down parts of the body and then build them back again properly, quickly, and perfectly so nothing can get slowed down or polluted from a septic or acidic environment.

These are fundamental facts of  the body which slowed aging, which depend on a proper hormone system, immune system, cellular function and metabolism and a healthy social and clean environment to work effectively in.  When any these systems are impacted negatively or independently, then all body systems are engaged and work inter-dependently  back to health state. If not, then the aging process is accelerated and some of the the most obvious symptoms which become viable are obesity, chronic pain, sleep apnea, slowed response times, with anxiety or depression.

Our office likes to promote the healthy lifestyles by advocating for increased daily exercise along with proper food, education, and nutrition to help patients understand their own personal role in in maintaining a healthy life and sharing that life of happiness with the ones they love.

Research has shown us that families who will restrict their refined sugar and sugar substitutes intake, along with removing artificial flavors and  preservatives whenever possible will lead healthier, less stressed, and happier lives.

Nutrition for Pain Management

Nutrition is a very big part of good health care delivery and sometimes pain management.

Muscle pain in the TM joints and head and neck area (that is not due to impact injury or micro trauma) is often associated with cellular inflammation which can begin somewhere else in the body. The overall digestion and airway system is closely tied to most all proper cellular function throughout the body along with the transport blood system which carries the nutrition in and cellular waste out of the body. When considering good health of the body from any type of chronic disease causing pain, often nutrient counseling is overlooked in obtaining good long term health.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that often occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea can stop breathing repeatedly during their slumber. This causes lack of oxygen for the brain and body to use which could pose quite a great threat to the individual.

Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms

Often times, males appear to be more prone to sleep apnea. A person may also be prone to sleep apnea if they are overweight, have a larger neck, tonsils, or tongue, have a nasal obstruction due to a deviated septum or sinus problems, or have a family history of sleep apnea. Signs and symptoms of sleep apnea can include:

    • Waking up with a sore or dry throat
    • Loud snoring
    • Waking up with a choking or gasping sensation
    • Sleepiness or lack of energy during the day
    • Sleepiness while driving
    • Restless sleep
    • Forgetfulness, mood changes, and a decreased interest in sex
    • Recurrent awakenings or insomnia

    Sleep Apnea & Snoring

    Recent studies show that Sleep Apnea today afflicts at least 25 million adults in the U.S. This is according to the National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project. Several new studies have highlighted the destructive nature of obstructive sleep apnea, a chronic disease that increases the risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, Type 2 diabetes, stroke and depression.

    Sleep Apnea is most often a form of obstructive sleep disordered breathing and is often associated with loud and frequent snoring. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a fast growing disease within both the U.S. male and female aging population.

    Some of the other symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea are:

    • Insomnia
    • Silent pauses in breathing
    • Choking or gasping sounds
    • Difficulty concentrating
    • Daytime sleepiness or fatigue
    • Morning headaches
    • Nocturia (waking during the night to go to the bathroom)
    • Memory loss
    • Decreased sexual desire
    • Irritability

    If you or your sleeping partner have one or more of these symptoms, then you should seek out advice of a medical professional and attention for OSA testing, most often done with a sleep test known as a polysomnogram. A though examination of the airway is also beneficial, including minimum airway space and sinus and airway inflammation.
    In the state of Texas, sleep apnea must be diagnosed by a physician, not a dentist. In many cases the doctor and dentist can work together to relieve some or all of the symptoms.

    The problem of sleep disordered breathing can be treated by one or more modalities depending on the severity and type of cause. Several diagnosis are possible including the more common Obstructive or less common, Central Sleep Apnea, which is a neurological problem treated by a neurologist. Possible treatments for OSA include but are not limited to: CPAP for night time wear, Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT/dental oral appliance) also for night time wear, diet & exercise, and/or a combination of the these.

    Because long term use of any oral dental appliance may effect the bite or change tooth position, it is recommended that occlusal analysis be done before any sleep appliance is placed along with a complete evaluation of the TM joint by a dentist.

    Children may have obstuctive sleep apnea at an early age due to possibly enlarged tonsils or adenoids and this can be sometimes related bed wetting or leaning problems in school.