The easiest way to improve sleep is to establish a routine. Go to sleep and wake up at the same time every day for several weeks. Even if you’re not sleeping the entire time, stay in bed, and even if you’re tired at the end of the scheduled time, get up. This can be frustrating for patients who have insomnia, but consistency will help your body reset and allow you to sleep soundly.
The most common sleep disorders are insomnia and obstructive sleep apnea. These disorders need to be diagnosed with a sleep test that will monitor your vitals during the night measuring the length of your sleep, incidents of apnea (the cessation of breathing), and other factors that impact the quality of sleep. Following a sleep study, a trusted sleep physician will review your results and provide a recommendation for ongoing treatment. You should let our team know right away, if you recognize any of the common warning signs of sleep disorders, including:
Once you receive a treatment plan from the Medico M.D. team, whether it’s an oral appliance, CPAP system, or sleep supplement, make sure to consistently follow your treatment plan. The effects of sleep deprivation are cumulative, and so are positive health affects you receive from deep sleep. In order to achieve the desired results, you need to accumulate the positive effects of sleep, so it’s important to continue following your sleep therapy each day. This will allow you to achieve more and better sleep, and rejuvenate your body, even if you don’t see results immediately.
At Medico M.D., we are happy to offer diagnosis and treatment for patients suffering from a variety of sleep disorders, including sleep apnea. If you need help sleeping better, cal our team to schedule a complimentary sleep consultation. At no obligation to you, we’ll evaluate your symptoms and help you determine whether or not you should move forward with sleep testing. To ensure your convenience, we have 18 dental office locations in the DFW Metroplex, Waco, and San Antonio. Our dentists and medical doctors look forward to helping you improve your quality and quantity of sleep.
Like it or not, flu season is here, and unfortunately, Texas is currently leading the nation in highest number of reported flu cases already this year!
Fever, chills, cough, and sore throat aside, for Texans, this has also been one of the most deadliest flu seasons we’ve seen. Since October, 2017, the flu has claimed more than a dozen lives.
So what is the best way to protect your family this flu season?
Intellectual and Developmental Disability (IDD) is a mental and adaptive functioning disorder, this means that the affected people face challenges in their everyday life skills. Despite what many people might think, intellectual disability is not a mental illness or any other kind of disease; it is a developmental disability that brings about both mental and physical challenges. Read More “IDD and Oral Health: Why Choose Medico M.D.”
Although it used to be a rare sight just a decade ago, now, it’s common to see people of ALL ages wearing braces. In fact, it has been estimated that over four million people in the United States alone wear braces – and a fourth of these people are actually adults!
If you need dental braces, we recommend visiting one of our orthodontists. An orthodontist is a dentist who, in addition to getting training in dentistry, has also obtained advanced orthodontic training. Orthodontics itself is the dental practice of inserting and removing various types of dental braces. Your orthodontist can help to straighten misaligned teeth and improve your bite by correcting the way your teeth come together.
Sleep apnea is a rather common but serious disorder when breathing is repeatedly interrupted as you sleep. A lot of people may have this disorder but are not aware, because these interruptions typically happen when they are asleep. The interruptions are short breathing pauses that can occur up to hundreds of times in a single night, jolting you out of your natural sleep each time.
Someone with this condition will either have a hypopnea (where their breathing is severely restricted) or apnea (where they completely stop breathing). Each hypopnea or apnea cycle limits the level of oxygen in the body and consequently increases the amount of carbon dioxide in the blood. This signals the brain to wake the body so that it can breathe again. These incidences can happen hundreds of times each night leaving you tired and vulnerable to various types of chronic diseases. Read More “Sleep Apnea and What You Need to Know”