connection between lack of sleep and diabetes

connection between lack of sleep and diabetesMiami and Coral Gables, FL 

Sleep apnea is becoming more prevalent among adults and has been linked to other health-related issues such as diabetes. Sleep apnea is when a person momentarily stops breathing due to lack of adequate airflow while sleeping, which often results in loud snoring or gasping for air.

When this disruption of deep sleep occurs, it causes the person’s health to suffer. A proper amount of sleep is important for our bodies. Deep sleep allows the body and mind to rest and rejuvenate for the day ahead. When inadequate sleep occurs, it robs the body of the rest it needs, and overall health begins to decline. Studies have directly linked sleep apnea suffers to having a higher risk of developing diabetes.

If you or someone you know suffers from diabetes, a sleep apnea screening is recommended. The opposite is also true in that if you suffer from sleep apnea, you should have a diabetes screening.

The most common type of sleep apnea is referred to as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), meaning the actual airway is obstructed and restricts airflow. According to The American Diabetes Federation, 40% of people who suffer from OSA will develop diabetes. OSA has also been linked to having a negative effective on the glycemic index for people who have type 2 diabetes. A common risk factor of diabetes and OSA is obesity. Being overweight increases one’s chance of developing both sleep apnea and diabetes. However, obesity is not the only risk factor of OSA.

Symptoms of a sleep apnea disorder include, but are not limited to, snoring while sleeping, sluggishness or fatigue during the day, changes in mood, low libido levels, weight gain, or headaches. Some sufferers have marked symptoms of dry or sore mouth from heavy mouth breathing when they sleep.

Even if you have not begun experiencing noticeable symptoms, your partner may be able to help detect early signs of your sleep apnea disorder, especially if you snore while sleeping. Ask your sleep partner if you snore at night or make sounds in your sleep as if you are gasping for air.

If you experience any symptoms associated with sleep apnea or if you suffer from diabetes, consider a consultation with Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sanchez-Garcia of Miami Designer Smiles. The dentists at Miami Designer Smiles can not only diagnose sleep apnea disorders but also provide treatment for sleep apnea.

If left untreated, sleep apnea can be detrimental to your health so do not ignore your symptoms. Gone are the days of treating sleep apnea with a CPAP (continuous positive airflow pressure) machine. Dr. Garcia and Dr. Sancehez-Garcia can treat your sleep apnea by designing a custom-made sleep apnea appliance to relieve you of your symptoms. A repositioning device will align your jaw to allow for proper airflow. This treatment will help you be on your way to a restful night’s sleep.

Call Miami Designer Smiles today at (305) 595-4616 to schedule your consultation. We gladly serve the Miami and Coral Gables, Florida areas.

stages of migraine headaches

stages of migraine headachesMiami and Coral Gables, FL

If you suffer from migraine headaches, then you know just how debilitating they can be. It is estimated that nearly 38 million Americans suffer from migraines, and many of these people are only masking their pain with medication. Unfortunately, many primary care physicians misdiagnose these chronic headaches as something else, which is why the frequency of the pain reoccurs. If this sounds like you, the problem could be something more severe such as temporomandibular joint disorder or TMD.

Here are the four stages of migraine headaches and how you can stop the pain. If you experience any of these symptoms or have unrelenting migraines with no relief, contact your Miami dentist today for a TMD consultation.

The four steps are prodrome, aura, headache, and postdrome. For many sufferers, their migraine symptoms begin a couple of days before they realize a migraine is starting. Since migraines are often linked to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), you can seek treatment by wearing a custom-made oral appliance to relieve tension in the jaw joint. The oral appliance helps to position the lower jaw into proper alignment. In turn, this relieves stress on the jaw joints, and surrounding muscles and nerves, which are to blame for causing headaches of migraine-like intensity.

  • Prodrome – During this phase, you may exhibit symptoms associated with an upcoming migraine, but not feel any headache pain for a couple of days. Symptoms include irritability, depression, constipation, neck stiffness, food cravings, and uncontrollable yawning.
  • Aura – This phase may occur one to two hours before or during a migraine. It is the aura phase in which sufferers experience vision loss and sensitivity to light. Sometimes, bright shapes, spots, or flashing lights can be seen.
  • Headache – This phase can last up to 72 hours, if not treated in a timely and effective manner. Pain may be specific to one side of the head, or both. Sufferers will often experience vomiting, blurred vision, light and smell sensitivity, and light-headedness during this phase.
  • Postdrome – This phase signals the end of migraine suffering. However, it is during this phase that migraine sufferers feel drained or worn out.

Migraine pain can interfere with your life and become debilitating to some sufferers. For some, their frequent pain can even affect their family and social life, as well as their work. Understand that there is a relief for your pain. Oral appliance therapy has been proven to relieve migraine headaches that were associated with TMD.

By using state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment paired with our experience with treating complicated TMD cases, we can find the perfect balance for your bite, which will relieve your headaches and any other symptoms associated with your TMJ disorder.

If you or someone you know suffers from migraines, consider a consultation with Miami Designer Smiles. Contact our office today at (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment.

Miami Designer Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

long term tmj treatment

long term tmj treatmentMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ for short, is one of the most complex problems for any patient to face. Diagnosing and treating the disorder falls under the classification of a specialization of the dental field, known as neuromuscular dentistry. At Miami Designer Smiles, we employ state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment that aids us in the treatment of TMJ.

TMJ occurs when the temporomandibular joint enters a state of dysfunction, most commonly due to a problem with the alignment of your bite or jaw. Once the bite becomes negatively altered, only a neuromuscular dentist can bring it back into alignment. Neuromuscular dentists are becoming more and more in favor of oral appliances as a long-term treatment option for TMJ.

An oral appliance uses the principles of neuromuscular dentistry to position your jaw in a more comfortable and favorable resting position. Wearing this appliance, over time, allows the muscles of your jaw to rest and alleviates the amount of stress on your jaw joints. Many patients feel immediate relief upon the first instances of wearing their oral appliance.

In general, the oral appliance is to be worn at night, but some patients may seek relief by wearing it during the day, also. 

The custom-made oral appliances from Miami Designer Smiles are adjustable to suite your changing needs for TMJ treatment. The current school of thought recommends wearing an oral appliance for a certain amount of time as a diagnostic tool to determine the ideal position of your bite. This diagnostic period could last a few weeks or several months. During this time, a neuromuscular dentist should take objective measurements of your TMJ—particularly jaw position, muscle tension, and any jaw sounds.

The dentist should also determine if you are suffering from any of the symptoms of TMJ such as jaw pain, neck pain or headaches of migraine-like intensity. The frequency and intensity of these symptoms will be considered when treating your specific case of TMJ.

If this diagnostic period reveals no profound issues, then we are likely to suggest a patient continues to use the oral appliance. Periodically, you will visit the dentists at Miami Designer Smiles to have your oral appliance evaluated for its effectiveness.

Any changes in your TMJ symptoms should be discussed with your dentist as soon as possible to maximize treatment benefits.

An oral appliance might not be the right TMJ treatment for everyone, but one thing is certain; if you suffer from TMJ, this disorder and the problems it causes will not just go away on its own. In fact, my sufferers find that their untreated TMJ eventually manifest into more severe, long-term pain or discomfort. Proper diagnosis and treatment of this disorder are necessary to provide you with relief.

Miami Designer Smiles has the experience and training in neuromuscular dentistry to provide care for TMJ patients. This is a higher level of care than you will receive for TMJ from a general dentist. If you have been diagnosed with TMJ by another medical professional, call our office at (305) 595-4616 to schedule a consultation today.

Miami Designer Smiles serves patients in Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.

tips for sleeping better

tips for sleeping betterMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Sleep is a necessary part of life as it allows our minds and bodies to rest and rejuvenate. If only there were more hours in the day, maybe we would not feel the need to sacrifice sleep to accomplish everything on our to-do lists. How much sleep are you getting each night? Wish you could get more? Here are some tips for a healthier nights’ sleep.

Power hours

Studies have shown that children need at least 9 to 12 hours, teenagers 8 to 10 hours, and adults 7 to 9 hours of restorative sleep each night. Be sure that you are not skimping on those hours, although too much sleep may actually not be a good thing either.

Put electronic devices aside

We know, lying in bed before drifting off to sleep seems like a good time to use your phone or tablet for browsing the Internet, but resist the urge by keeping electronic devices out of the bedroom. The blue light emitted from electronic devices can actually disrupt your body’s circadian rhythm, which is what is responsible for allowing your body to drift off into a deep state of sleep.

Side sleeping

Believe it or not, but sleeping on your side may actually help the brain clear waste better than sleeping on your back or stomach. If sleeping on your side does not feel comfortable to your back, consider placing a pillow between your knees to relieve the pressure off your low back.

Breathe deep

When you breathe deep, it helps trigger the body’s relaxation response by driving the cerebrospinal fluid flow in the brain, which helps clear the brain and oxygenate it.

Keep it cool

Keep the bedroom temperature on the cool side. Studies have shown that sleeping in cooler temperatures helps the body rest better as opposed to sleeping in hot conditions. You could also just sleep uncovered to allow your body temperature to lower.

Exercise

Experts agree that regular exercise helps protect the brain against sleep-depravation. Your body will feel more tired when it is time to go to bed, and you will likely sleep better. Aim for at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise daily.

Try these tips to help get a more restful sleep. If you or a loved one still suffers from sleep loss or snores while asleep, consider a sleep apnea consultation with the dentists at Miami Designer Smiles.

migraine relief from dentist

migraine relief from dentistMiami and Coral Gables, FL

Migraine sufferers know all too well the pain that these headaches, as well as the disruption to daily life, can cause when a migraine headache occurs.

What causes migraine headaches? They can be triggered by a variety of factors. One of the most overlooked migraine causes is a cranial-dental imbalance.

If the cranial bones and sutures become distorted, then pressure changes lead to migraine pain, as well as other symptoms such as nausea or vomiting. These pressure changes can occur from an arriving weather front or when ascending or descending in an airplane. 

A qualified neuromuscular dentist can diagnose dental cranial distortions by examining four indicators, to palpate the skull, and evaluate whether teeth contact worsens cranial strain. If contact does increase the distortion, then there is a high likelihood that this cranial distortion is causing migraine headaches. 

Crooked teeth or misalignment of the jaw also can cause cranial distortion. This misalignment creates an abnormal amount of tension within the dural membranes in the skull.

Issues with the bite or jaw also can affect the temporomandibular joint and create headaches of migraine-like intensity. This phenomenon occurs because of the proximity of the temporomandibular joint and the trigeminal nerve, which is one of the most active neural pathways in the body.

For patients with cranial distortion who suffer from migraines, the headaches will not go away until the tension within the dural membrane system is removed. 

Typical treatment involves the use of an oral appliance such as an ALF (Advanced Lightwire Functional) appliance, which can correct the strain patterns in the skull by addressing issues such as a lack of arch length, tooth crowding or a misaligned bite or jaw. Not only does oral appliance therapy typically resolve migraine headaches caused by cranial distortion, but these results are achieved through a non-invasive procedure.

At Miami Designer Smiles, our dentists have the neuromuscular expertise to diagnose migraine headaches caused by cranial distortion or alignment issues with the bite and jaw. If you are suffering from migraines and have yet to find relief, call our office at (305) 595-4616 to schedule an appointment.

Miami Designer Smiles is here to serve patients in the areas of Miami and Coral Gables, Florida.