Sleep Apnea Myths That Can Endanger Your Health

Sleep Apnea Myths That Can Endanger Your Health

Tired of being tired and feeling terrible? Living with sleep apnea, a condition where your breathing is interrupted during sleep, is painful, upsetting and overwhelming. It can be especially difficult to manage  due to the prevalence of sleep apnea myths, which can be confusing, prevent you from seeking proper treatment and are costly to your health — and your wallet. 

Getting trapped in a web of this disorienting information can cause you to feel frustrated, stressed  and hopeless. As sleep apnea treatment providers,  Meyer Dental Group believes that sleep apnea solutions should be straightforward, accessible and affordable. 

Don’t let the following sleep apnea myths lock you into the common sleep apnea cycle of physical torment, compromised cognitive function and depression — a cycle that could eventually lead to the loss of your life. 

5 Common Sleep Apnea Myths 

1. Sleep apnea is not a big deal

As subtly as they may occur,  brief interruptions in breathing can cause extreme tiredness, increase risk of obesity, high blood pressure, heart failure, hormonal damage and could lead to stroke among many other health implications. It is a BIG deal. 

2. Only people who snore have sleep apnea

While snoring is a common symptom of sleep apnea, some people who are diagnosed with the disorder do not snore. In fact, in severe cases, your airway can be blocked completely, preventing snoring. 

3. Sleep apnea is specific to seniors

Although sleep disorders are more likely to affect the elderly than younger individuals, sleep apnea can also impact children and young adults as well depending on the structure of their mouth’s airways.

4. Surgery is necessary to treat sleep apnea

You don’t need to go through grueling, nightmarish surgery to resolve your sleep apnea. It is treatable through non-invasive approaches that Dr. Tom Meyer offers. Surgery is often only recommended for very advanced cases.

5. Sleep apnea only affects overweight individuals

While sleep apnea can be a consequence of weight gain, it is often caused by the design of your mouth’s airways based on your genetics. Sleep apnea is often the cause of weight gain in the first place. 

Sleep Apnea Support

We understand that seeking clear sleep apnea solutions can be misleading, stunt your journey to better health and can be quite costly. To put a stop to your struggle, you deserve effective, affordable and proactive support from Mount Prospect dentist Dr. Tom Meyer at Meyer Dental Group. 

  • Dr. Meyer has 30+ years of robust dental experience, including sleep apnea treatment
  • He is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM)
  • Is certified by the AADSM to create custom-fitted oral appliances to treat sleep apnea

To get started is easy. Here’s the plan:

STEP 1: Come in for a diagnoses

STEP 2: Let’s create a personalized treatment plan 

STEP 3: Get your life back with better sleep

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Dangerous Consequences of Sleep Apnea 

Did you know sleep deprivation resulting from sleep apnea can cause death? By being led astray by sleep apnea myths and not seeking adequate  treatment, you could:

  • Sacrifice important relationships
  • Lose your job 
  • Fail to participate in the hobbies you love

At the same time, sleep apnea can cause you to endure the following  dangerous symptoms: 

External symptoms 

  • Extreme physical weakness
  • Headache
  • Poor concentration 
  • Memory loss
  • Breathing complications
  • Weight gain  
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure 
  • Abnormal cholesterol
  • Unhealthy liver

Internal symptoms 

  • Stress
  • Anxiety & depression
  • Irritability
  • Hopelessness 

Improve Your Life with Sleep Apnea Solutions

By seeking treatment and recovering, your life can be lush with:

  • Elevated social bonds
  • Enhanced career growth
  • Engagement in meaningful hobbies

Don’t fall for the sleep apnea myths that put your safety, health and wellness at severe risk. Summer is here for only a little while longer — get started as soon as you can to make it count! Mount Prospect dentist, Dr. Meyer can assist you with finding clear sleep apnea treatment options that can help change your life for the better.  

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Could Anxiety Be Causing Your TMJ Headache?

Could Anxiety Be Causing Your TMJ Headache?

There are many factors that can cause recurring headaches but it’s easy to overlook that your jaw could be the source and that you may be experiencing a temporomandibular joint (TMJ) headache. 

The TMJ is the hinge that connects your jaw to your skull. It makes it possible for you to chew, talk, yawn, and many other critical physiological functions. If your jaw joints shift from its proper position, it can cause debilitating complications known as TMJ disorder.

While there are many forces that can strain and shift your jaw joint, a major cause is stress. High levels of stress can cause you to grind your teeth and clench your jaw while you’re asleep or subconsciously throughout the day.

As a result, the muscles in your jaw tense up, causing pain to spread to other muscles in your face and throughout your head, inducing a painful headache.

Symptoms of a TMJ Headache

Headaches are caused by a variety of factors however there is a set of distinct symptoms that can  accompany a TMJ headache, such as:

1. Facial Pain

When you injure a muscle, it causes pain and swelling that can quickly spread to surrounding areas. TMJ disorder can cause the muscles supporting the temporomandibular joints to become inflamed,  spreading pain to your head, temples, cheeks, ears, which can also radiate down to the neck and into your shoulders.

2. Bite Misalignment

Does your bite feel off? The condition of your jaw joint will determine the structure of your bite. If your teeth don’t fit well when you rest them together, that’s a sign that your temporomandibular joints are not in optimal positioning.

3. Snoring

Snoring is often a sign of disturbed breathing during sleep. If your lower jaw has shifted back, it also means your tongue is no longer in its right position, causing it to vibrate against your soft palate. This closes up your airway, resulting in snoring.

4. Popping or Clicking Sounds

When your jaw makes clicking and popping sound when you move it, this is usually a sign that something is wrong. The noise that comes with jaw movements indicates that the lower part of the joint has shifted and is causing your jaw to overexert. Even if you don’t feel pain, you can see a Mount Prospect dentist like Dr. Meyer for support in finding a solution and preventing your jaw from deteriorating into a critical condition.

How to Manage TMJ Headache Pain

If you’ve noticed one or more symptoms of TMJ headache, here are ways to manage the pain:

  • Avoid hard or gummy food
  • Avoid moving your jaw too often to prevent worsening the situation
  • Place ice packs on your jaw to numb the pain (no longer than 15 minutes)
  • Practice jaw exercises to help relieve pain
  • You can also manage pain by using non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication (NSAIDs) like aspirin

Develop a Personalized Solution for TMJ Headache with Your Mount Prospect Dentist

While the techniques listed above can help remedy your pain, these are not often long-term solutions. To get to the root cause of your TMJ,  you can seek the support of Dr. Meyer and the Meyer Dental Group team. Dr. Meyer is highly skilled in treating TMJ and can help you develop a customized solution to end your pain. He takes a careful and compassionate approach to ensure the root cause of your ailments is addressed and corrected. You and Dr. Meyer will work together in your journey to achieving greater health. 

Do not suffer in silence. Take back control of your health with Dr. Meyer. Schedule an appointment online or call 847-827-6290 today.

How Stress & Anxiety can Cause TMJ Disorder

How Stress & Anxiety can Cause TMJ Disorder

Since COVID-19 was declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern, many people have experienced an increase in stress. Many are concerned about it’s socio-economic and emotional impact. 

Stress and anxiety is a normal part of life, especially amidst a pandemic. However, experiencing it chronically can unfortunately  increase your risk of developing other problems, such as your dental health.

Stress & Anxiety Can Lead to TMJ Disorder

Stress and anxiety are your body’s natural way of reacting to difficult situations, and when persistent, can be detrimental to your health. Common symptoms of stress can be an inability to sleep, headaches, teeth grinding, and muscle pain.

Because of the common link between stress and teeth grinding, it is easy to develop TMJ disorder as a result. Dr. Meyer explains that temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can develop over time. This is as a result of restless, stress-induced sleep where you are grinding your teeth and jaw clenching unconsciously. Constant wear and tear can misalign your jaw and cause chronic neck and muscle strain as well. When you’re in constant pain and lacking quality sleep, your body remains in a heightened state of stress. creating a vicious cycle.

TMJ disorder can be physically and emotionally hard on you and the people around you. However, TMJ treatment is possible and your suffering does not need to continue.

TMJ Pain Solutions

Recommended Treatments for Your TMJ Disorder

At Meyer Dental Group, we believe that TMJ disorder and its symptoms, such as night grinding, can be improved and treated non-invasively. While we can’t guarantee a complete cure, making positive lifestyle changes can aid TMJ treatment and your health in general.

1. Relax the Jaw Muscles

Headaches and jaw pain are often a sign of TMJ disorder and treatment often depends on how severe your case is. However, a TMJ disorder can be treated. Most often, this is with the relaxation of the jaw muscles and frequent use of a mouthguard. This can help in repositioning your jaw muscles into a more natural state with time and lessen the impact of grinding and clenching in your sleep.

2. Massage and Stretches

Gentle massage and stretching of the jaw and neck muscles can help ease the pain and also help relax your body that may be tense from stress. Your Mount Prospect dentist, Dr. Meyer can suggest effective stretching and massage techniques for you.

3. TMJ Dental Orthotic

Dr. Meyer can help build an orthotic device that can ease your jaw  into a more comfortable and less straining position. At Meyer Dental Group, we use the K7 Sensing and mapping tool to diagnose the true position of your jaw. The outcome of the diagnosis will determine the needed shape of orthotics to be specifically designed to help heal your unique jaw misalignment.

 

How We Help Flatten the Curve

To play our part in flattening the curve, we are currently only able to treat emergency dental needs. At Meyer Dental Group, our patient’s health is always our number one priority. We will continue striving to care for you and our community the very best we can, even at a distance. We want to help you pursue the healthiest and happiest version of yourself by ceasing the poor quality of sleep accompanying teeth grinding — which can spiral into a non-stop cycle of stress and chronic pain. 

You Mount Prospect dentist, Dr. Meyer, is here to help!  Contact Dr. Meyer by phone at 847-827-6290 or online to address your dental concerns and TMJ treatment options.

Best Options for Missing Teeth: Why Choose Single-Visit Dental Crowns

Best Options for Missing Teeth: Why Choose Single-Visit Dental Crowns

Dental crowns can treat cracked teeth and prevent further damage. 

As we’ve seen time and time again at our Mount Prospect dental office, getting a crown isn’t like what it used to be. Family and cosmetic dentists like myself have more options for missing teeth. 

In the past, we would prepare the tooth and you’d be in a temporary crown for weeks, if not a month or longer, before you received the permanent crown. Now, you can get a crown in a day. 

Is a single-visit crown just as good as traditional crowns?

The Best Options for Missing Teeth: Single-Visit Crowns vs. Traditional Crowns

My team and I are proponents of CEREC single-visit crowns. With this system, you get a custom-fit, quality crown in just one visit. 

Here’s what you can expect with traditional crown services. 

  • Remove any decay
  • Prepare the tooth (reduce the height and circumference) 
  • Take an impression
  • Fabricate and place a temporary crown
  • Send the impression to a dental lab
  • Wait up to three weeks for the crown (depending on the lab used and their backlog)
  • Go back to your cosmetic dentist to try on the new crown
  • Receive anesthetic injection to be numb a second time
  • If the crown fits, cement it
  • If the crown doesn’t fit, send it back to the lab and replace the temporary crown
  • Try the crown again and cement

Here’s what you can expect from single-visit dental crown appointments from our dentist Mount Prospect office. 

  • We will take digital pictures of the tooth
  • Remove decay
  • Prepare the tooth
  • A CEREC scanner scans the prepared tooth 
  • The CEREC 3-D imaging software fabricates a 3-D model of your tooth
  • The CEREC milling machine uses the model to create a ceramic crown
  • We will have you try your crown on, adjust it if necessary, and cement it

The Benefits of CEREC Dental Crowns from a Cosmetic Dentist

The main benefit of single-visit crowns are that they save you time, therefore enhancing your comfort and overall experience with us.

You spend less time in the dental chair because impressions aren’t needed. less adjustments are needed, no temporary crowns are needed, and ONE visit to the dentist makes it a huge time-saver.

An in office CEREC crown is scheduled for about 1 1/2 hours appointment, but the milling phase can be spent in the massage chair, doing work, watching tv and relaxing.

We Believe Every Patient Deserves Exceptional Dental Crowns

Every single patient deserves the best dental care. Part of that includes utilizing the latest dental technology, tools, and techniques. I’m committed to investing in these products to provide you with the very best treatment. 

Options for Missing Teeth: Save Time and Money with Single-Visit Crowns

When it comes to options for missing teeth, we are always looking for innovative alternatives. The goal is to help patients save time and money while keeping you comfortable. 

My main purpose, though, is to keep your teeth and gums healthy. The healthier you are, the less money you’ll have to spend on dental treatments. You’ll also avoid painful dental conditions, like deep dental decay.  

At our Mount Prospect dentist office, we are constantly working toward high-quality treatment options to save you time and money, while keeping you healthy.

Would you like to know more about our one-day crown system? Contact us today to schedule a consultation.   

New Protocol at our Mt Prospect dental office: Panoramic Digital X-Rays being recommended for patients at the ages of 6, 12 and 18

New Protocol at our Mt Prospect dental office: Panoramic Digital X-Rays being recommended for patients at the ages of 6, 12 and 18

We believe… being proactive and preventative is best in all oral health care situations! We want to be aggressive in the early detection of dental concerns, jaw disorders, and airway issues. This is why we’re taking this approach to how family dentistry is done! 

We are recommending digital panoramic dental x-ray on children at three important stages of their developmental lives. This will allow me to identify any potential concerns and needs for your child and be able to make informed and educated decisions to help them before any issues become potentially serious.

At the early stage of your child’s life, around age 6, we will be able to learn whether there are any complications with their new emerging teeth, those still yet to erupt, or possibly any teeth that may be missing altogether.

When done again at age 12, we will be able to evaluate and determine any potential orthodontic and/or airway issues, like crowding of teeth, missing teeth, bad/misaligned bite, over/underbites, and narrow jaw causing restricted airways.

By age 18, we can then advise what is happening with their wisdom teeth, and identify any potential concerns.

The panoramic digital x-ray is done in conjunction with the recommended yearly bitewing films we take on all patients to detect cavities in between the teeth.

Panoramic and bitewing digital x-rays are proven to be safe, and we take extra precautions to ensure safety to all our patients with any exposure. 

By introducing this protocol of taking panoramic dental x-rays for kids, teens, and adolescents at these three important stages of their growing lives, it’s our hope that we can quickly address and best correct any oral health issues that may develop.



Questions? Send them our way! info@meyerdentalgroup.net or call us.

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Eating with Traditional Dentures – Common Problems We Hear At Our Mount Prospect Dental Office

Eating with Traditional Dentures – Common Problems We Hear At Our Mount Prospect Dental Office

Are you struggling with eating while wearing dentures? You’re not alone. Many people have problems eating with traditional dentures.

It’s my goal to help you find a denture solution that can help you chew, drink, talk, and look better.

We believe… that dentures should enhance life.

Denture technology has changed a lot in the last few decades. There are options outside of traditional dentures.

In fact, you can get the smile you never had with Fountain of Youth® dentures – a denture option that can give you a non-surgical facelift and can help you eat better.

 

eating with dentures

3 common problems when eating with traditional dentures

Adjusting to eating with dentures may take some time. While they are a good replacement to your natural teeth, they may not feel the same as natural teeth would.

1. Foods may not taste the same

When you first start wearing your dentures, you may notice that some foods don’t taste the same as you remember. Apart from the fact that your sense of taste changes as you age, your denture can affect the overall taste of food too.

Dentures cover your upper palate, which is essential for proper taste and smell. You may find yourself reaching for the salt if foods don’t seem as flavorful as they once did.

Also, not cleaning dentures thoroughly can cause a bad taste to linger in your mouth. Dirty dentures may make food taste odd or different than what you are used to.

It’s useful being aware of this change of taste because it can contribute to a change in appetite. Alternatively, you could end up indulging in overly sweet or salty foods to satisfy your cravings.

Overeating sweet or salty foods may cause sickness and can lead to various other health issues, like heart problems or diabetes.

Keeping your dentures clean and minimizing the use of denture cream may help to reduce taste changes. You could also look into implant supported dentures.

2. Having a hard time chewing

Having a hard time chewing when you’re new to dentures is not surprising. You can’t feel them as well as your natural teeth.

To get used to them quicker, it may be beneficial to:

  • Avoid sticky food
  • Chew slower
  • Take smaller bites of food
  • Chew with both sides of your mouth.

3. Food stuck in your dentures

Food can get stuck in your dentures, causing pain and irritation. If food gets stuck in your palate, it will uncomfortably rub against the roof of your mouth and gums.

Using a soft-bristled toothbrush instead of toothpicks may be useful in getting rid of food particles. Toothpicks can cause damage to your denture, so it’s best to avoid them.

An overnight denture-cleaning liquid treatment may be helpful to further eliminate bacteria. It’s important to continue flossing and to take proper care of your oral health in order to keep food particles and dirt at bay.

 

eating with dentures

Fountain of Youth® dentures – a new denture solution

Investing in Fountain of Youth® dentures may be a great solution to these problems as they are more comfortable than traditional dentures and easier to use daily. They fit better, making it easier to smile, chew, and talk.

FOY® Dentures can even make you look younger by reducing:

  1. Jowls (drooping cheeks)
  2. Turkey neck (wrinkled, sagging skin on the neck)
  3. Signs of aging. 

You can’t ignore these problems

While these problems may seem like minor nuisances, they can lead to severe consequences and reduced self-confidence. Being unable to comfortably eat or drink may make you more vulnerable to illnesses. Proper nutrition is the key to feeling healthy. Not worrying about dentures all the time can help lead to a better quality of life.  

eating with dentures

FOY® Dentures


Questions about dentures? Contact our office at (847) 827-6290 or set up a free informational appointment. We’re here to help!

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