June 2018

Is Your Snoring a Bigger Issue?

Does your loud snoring keep your partner awake at night? While snoring is not always a cause for alarm, it can be a warning sign of a more serious sleep issue. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can compromise your quality of sleep as well as threaten your overall health. Sleep apnea is characterized by brief pauses in breathing thought the night. These episodes can occur multiple times throughout your sleep cycle and are usually marked by loud snoring or a choking sound in which a patient wakes up gasping for air.

Signs and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Only a trained physician can diagnose whether your snoring is an indication of sleep apnea. However, here are some common symptoms associated with sleep apnea so that you can have some insight as to whether you need to be evaluated for this sleep condition:

  • Short awakenings that occur when there is a shortness of breath
  • Dry mouth or sore throat
  • Insomnia
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Irritability or moodiness
  • Morning headaches

How A Dentist Can Treat Sleep Apnea

Believe it or not, your dentist can protect you from dangerous sleep apnea episodes. While more severe cases require a CPAP machine, most sleep apnea sufferers can benefit from oral appliance therapy. An FDA approved oral appliance can keep the jaw in an open position, which prevents the airway from collapsing. In turn, consistent breathing is restored and snoring is eliminated.

Dr. Wayne Suway is an experienced sleep apnea dentist. We are happy to work with your physician to ensure your sleep condition can be effectively and safely treated with oral appliance therapy. We offer snoring appliances that are comfortable to use and highly convenient for those who travel. Call for a consult in Marietta today – don’t ignore your snoring habit!

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The Truth About Sugar and Your Dental Health

Oral Health Atlanta GAWhen it comes to sugar consumption, the risks are well known. You’ve probably been warned about how excessive sugar intake can lead to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and other overall health conditions. It is also no surprise that sugar is bad for your teeth! But is the sugar itself causing cavities? And what about artificial sweeteners? Here’s some clear insight on sugar and the health of your smile.

Natural Sugar

While sugar is commonly perceived as the worst food for your dental health, carbohydrates like bread and crackers are actually worse. Furthermore, it is not the sugar itself that eats away at your tooth enamel and causes a cavity. When you consume natural sugars, the bacteria in your mouth feed on it and produce an acid in response. This can go on for up to 20 minutes after you’ve consumed a sugary treat. It is the acid that damages the tooth enamel, yet sugar certainly plays an instigating role. If you consume sugar, it is best to do it in one sitting instead of snacking throughout the day. If you can’t brush after your indulgence, try to at least rinse your mouth with water to neutralize the acids.

Artificial Sweeteners

Artificial sweeteners have gained recent recognition and favor for their ability to provide a sweet taste without the calories of natural sugars. When it comes to your teeth, artificial sweeteners are better than natural sugars but they don’t escape total risk when it comes to your overall health. Splenda, Sweet’n Low and other sugar substitutes don’t produce the same decay causing acids when combined with oral bacteria. Therefore, there is less dental risk in choosing artificial sweeteners over natural sugars. Xylitol is your best choice for your smile, as it is an artificial sweetener that is known for destroying bad bacteria in your mouth. Look for it in a sugar-free gum variety!

Still have questions about sugar and your smile? Contact Dr. Wayne Suway in Marietta. We know you can’t always ignore your “sweet tooth,” so we encourage patients to use moderation and smart follow-up habits when it comes to sugar.

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