Emerald Coast Dental Offers New Study of Sleep Disorders

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The American Academy of Sleep Medicine considers sleep disorders an illness reaching epidemic proportions.

Sleep apnea is serious. One out of five people have a sleep disorder. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine considers sleep disorders an illness reaching epidemic proportions. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) affects breathing when asleep. Breathing is interrupted, causing cessation of airflow or shallow breaths. This sleep interruption is preventing oxygen from entering airways, and the lack of oxygen is the root cause of the health problems. A good night’s sleep is needed to repair and restore cells, as well as to feel energetic and productive the following day.

“Sleep is the new fountain of youth”, says Dr. Tara Griffin, who practices dental sleep medicine, using the latest in oral appliance therapy at Emerald Coast Dental Sleep Medicine in Panama City Beach, FL. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, Dental Sleep Medicine offers Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), which is a custom-made mouth guard worn during sleep to maintain an open, unobstructed airway. OAT devices prevent the airway from collapsing by either holding the tongue or supporting the jaw in a forward position. The oral appliances are comfortable and pain free.

Patients who are showing signs of sleep apnea, which include snoring, daytime fatigue, bruxism, anxiety, and/or memory loss, can contact Dr. Tara Griffin to begin the process for treatment of sleep apnea. For mild to moderate sleep apnea, the oral appliance therapy can benefit patients.Emerald Coast Dental Sleep Medicine can help patients finally get a good night’s sleep.

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Emerald Coast Dental Sleep Medicine's mission is to exceed their patients’ expectations in providing exceptional care and service. Tara Griffin DMD, PA wants her patients to know that in their office, they can expect to be treated with respect at all times. They strive to deliver the best diagnosis and treatment that dentistry has to offer. They believe that these goals can be met through a continuous and open dialogue between the patient and the entire team. For more information, please visit their website at http://www.ecdsm.com.

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