Treating snoring and sleep apnea in your dental practice offers a valuable service to your patients and provides an additional revenue stream for your business. Rondeau Seminars, based in London, ON, holds snoring courses and other dental training classes at conventions and conferences in the United States and Canada.
How a snoring course can help your practice
Snoring is a habit that can be a sign of sleep apnea. The condition affects millions of people in the U.S. and Canada and can is linked to several serious health issues, including strokes, diabetes, high blood pressure and an increased risk of heart disease and heart attack.
Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machines, a popular treatment option offered by medical doctors, isn't the right option for everyone. Some people don't like the sound the machine produces, while others can't find a comfortable mask. Unfortunately, many of these people will give up on treating sleep apnea without considering other options.
Dental appliances designed to hold the jaw forward and prevent the tongue from falling against the airway offer an effective solution, yet are often overlooked. When you take Rondeau Seminars' Snoring and Sleep Apnea course, you'll receive important information about sleep apnea and learn how to prescribe the appropriate oral device.
The Snoring and Sleep Apnea course includes a summary of sleep disorders and discussion of sleep studies and examinations. It will also explore common treatments, including CPAP machines and surgical solutions. At the conclusion of the two-day course, you'll understand how to use a rhinometer to evaluate nasal airways and a pharyngometer to evaluate pharyngeal airways.
Detailed information regarding the Silent Night, Dorsal and TAP appliance will be provided to ensure that you understand the nuances of these oral appliances. You'll also receive information that will help you write reports to sleep specialists, medical doctors, other dentists and ear, nose and throat doctors and learn how to bill insurance companies for the treatment you provide.
It's difficult to help patients if they don't know that you treat sleep apnea. Luckily, the course also covers the basics of marketing your sleep practice.
Snoring courses can help you differentiate your practice from your competitors and safeguard your patients' health. For information on courses, dates, and registration, call London, ON-based Rondeau Seminars at 1 (877) 372-7625 to schedule an appointment.
You feel sleepy during the day--at your desk, watching TV in the evening. Yet, you keep a regular bedtime and awaken each morning with the alarm clock. Your spouse says you snore. Are these circumstances connected? Dr. Brock Rondeau has helped scores of people in the London, ON, area and across North America with their snoring and a condition called sleep apnea. Learn here about this common, and unhealthy, sleep disorder.
What is sleep apnea?
In simplest terms, sleep apnea happens when a person stops breathing as he or she sleeps. Caused by a variety of lifestyle factors (like alcohol and tobacco usage), age, weight, and even neck circumference, this sleep disorder affects the personal relationships and health of 90 million Americans, says the National Sleep Foundation.
Dr. Rondeau is an expert in uncovering and treating sleep apnea. A member of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, he pinpoints sleep apnea through in-home sleep monitoring or refers patients to medical specialists to determine if you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Why is sleep apnea a problem?
For the 60 percent of sleep apnea sufferers who are male and the 40 percent of sufferers who are women, sleep apnea causes:
- Excessively loud and disruptive snoring in London
- Daytime sleepiness
- Problems with anxiety, concentration, memory, and depression
- Sexual dysfunction
- Cardiovascular issues such as heart attack and stroke
All these issues and more result from the relaxation of the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat. When the airway is obstructed, people snore and startle awake multiple times an hour because they simply cannot breathe properly.
Treating sleep apnea in London
Most sleep apnea is obstructive, or OSA, as sleep physicians and dentists call it. Other people suffer from a more serious form of the disorder. Central Sleep Apnea, or CSA, happens when the brain and respiratory system do not communicate properly. Mixed Sleep Apnea combines elements of both OSA and CSA.
Depending on the findings from a physical examination, a primary care physician may refer someone to Dr. Rondeau for an in-home sleep study and CPAP and/or oral appliance therapy. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure. The sleep apnea patient uses a bedside CPAP apparatus to deliver a constant stream of air via a nasal mask. This keeps the airway open and functioning.
Oral appliance therapy involves wearing a customized acrylic mouthpiece which places the jaw in a more forward position. Through the night, the jaw remains in this position and prevents the tongue from covering the airway. Many sleep apnea patients benefit from a combination of CPAP and oral appliance therapy.
Rest more and feel better
If you're concerned about your snoring and how well you're feeling and functioning day to day, don't worry. There's something you can do. We're confident that Dr. Brock Rpndeau & Associates can uncover the causes of those symptoms and give you the right treatment for your sleep apnea. For a consultation, call the London, ON, office at (519) 455-4110.
Can your jaw stop functioning properly? Sure, it can, and in fact, many people suffer from a painful jaw problem called TMJ, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. This sometimes debilitating problem requires expert analysis and treatment from a dentist who knows about properly balanced bites. If you're suffering with uncomfortable jaw symptoms, seek help from Dr. Brock Rondeau & Associates in London, ON.
Just what the temporomandibular joint?
It's the hinge-like joint that controls the opening and closing of your mouth. Made up of the upper and lower mandibles, muscles, connective tissue and a disc-like cushion, this joint helps you open and close your mouth, chew your food, and speak. It can move up and down, forward and backward and side to side; in short, its movements are more complex than you may have realized.
When something goes wrong with this joint, the effects can be minor or life-changing. Many children, teens, and adults suffer from TMJ in London, but it seems to occur most in younger women between 20 and 40, says the American Dental Association (ADA). Fortunately, its difficult symptoms can be managed, usually with conservative interventions.
Symptoms and causes of TMJ in London
Dr. Rondeau and his staff have the training and experience to uncover the cause of your TMJ. Dr. Rondeau completes an oral examination, looking carefully at how your jaw functions, and he will take X-rays and other imaging to understand your bone structure.
Also, he'll listen carefully to your symptoms. Common symptoms of TMJ in London include:
- Tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing sound in one or both ears)
- Ear, neck, shoulder and facial paiin
- Jaw stiffness
- Difficulty opening and closing the mouth
- Problems with swallowing
- Odd clicking or popping sounds emanating from the jaw or mouth
While the causes of TMJ can be difficult to pinpoint, stress does factors in, as does:
- Oral trauma
- Uneven bite
- Osteoarthritis in the joint
- Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
- Misalignment of the lower jaw (too far forward or displaced to one side)
Founder of the renowned Rondeau dental seminars, Dr. Brock Rondeau has extensive education and experience in treating numerous dental issues. Focusing on TMJ, sleep apnea, orthodontics, orthopedics and general dentistry, he brings dysfunctional jaw joints back into harmonious function.
As such, he may recommend the following conservative treatments for your TMJ:
- Hot packs, ibuprofen, muscle relaxants or cortisone injections
- Stretching exercises
- Stress reduction therapy
- Orthodontics and dental crowns to correct bite
- Oral appliance therapy to place the lower jaw in a more functional position
- Bite guards to relieve bruxism
Find out more
Conquer your jaw pain. Start with a consultation with Dr. Brock Rondeau & Associates in London, ON. Call for an appointment: (519) 455-4110.
Though some patients wait well into adulthood to have their orthodontic issues corrected, it’s best to get this dental work done earlier in life. Orthodontics is important for cosmetic reasons and to ensure that your teeth are in the ideal position for eating, biting, and smiling. Find out exactly when it is best to get braces and the benefits of early orthodontic treatment at Dr. Brock Rondeau & Associates in London, ON.
What Is Orthodontic Treatment?
Orthodontic treatment is the process of adjusting the position of the teeth using specialized oral appliances called braces. Patients want braces because they improve the look of the smile and help make the teeth more functional. Some patients have bite or jaw problems while others have issues with gaps between the teeth. Many young people have issues with tooth crowding, eye teeth, and teeth that protrude forward. These tooth concerns are best addressed at a young age.
Why Early Orthodontic Treatment?
Dentists recommend that children visit the dentist for orthodontics when they are between the ages of eight and 14. This is because their teeth and smiles are still developing and are most receptive to treatment. Here are some of the most notable benefits of early treatment from your London, ON dentist:
- Sometimes orthodontic issues can correct breathing problems and thumb sucking in children.
- Fixing the teeth will help improve the child’s self-esteem.
- The younger the child is when treated, the longer he or she will be able to enjoy a better-looking smile during his or her formidable years.
Tips for Getting Through Life with Braces
Young people rarely look forward to getting braces, but when the treatment is complete they will be thankful for many years. Here are some tips for successfully getting through a braces treatment:
- Use an orthodontic flosser and an electric tooth brush to clean between the teeth and around brackets.
- Avoid eating tough foods like steak or corn as much as possible.
Start Orthodontics Early
Dr. Rondeau & Associates in London, ON believes in early orthodontic treatment for children. Schedule a consultation appointment today by calling (519) 455-4110 today so that you can discuss every step. The sooner you start the process, the sooner your child’s new smile will be revealed to the world.
Are you an older teen or adult who hates their smile but thinks it’s a little too late to get braces? While we know that many people as they get older may not like the idea of wearing brackets and wires on their teeth for a year or two, what if our London, ON, dentists at Dr. Rondeau & Associates told you that you could straighten your smile more discreetly without metal braces? It's now possible with the help of Invisalign.
No doubt you’ve already heard about Invisalign, a revolutionary system that uses a set of clear aligners that fit over your teeth to shift them into the proper place over time. Each aligner is tailor-made to fit your teeth, so it will provide the perfect fit each time.
Not only that but also these aligners are made from clear, flexible medical-grade plastic, so they are completely transparent. This makes the treatment a lot more discreet, so people won’t initially be able to tell that you have braces.
Here are some facts you should know about living with Invisalign:
- Aligners are removable so you won’t have to brush and floss around metal brackets and wires. Your oral routine remains entirely the same as it did before you got braces. Also, you can enjoy eating all of your favorite foods without restriction, since aligners can be removed prior to eating or drinking.
- Even though aligners are removable, you’ll still want to wear them for about 20 to 22 hours every day to ensure that you get the results you want.
- In order to keep your aligners stain-free and transparent, this means that you’ll also want to maintain and clean them every day. There are Invisalign cleaning kits out there that you can use to make sure your aligners remain transparent and free of bacteria.
- You’ll change out your aligners every two weeks. Over time, you’ll begin to notice subtle changes in the shape and alignment of your smile.
- You’ll also need to visit our London, ON, office for checkups about every six weeks to make sure that you are getting the results you want, that your teeth and gums are still healthy, and that your treatment is on track.
Do you want to get Invisalign in London, ON? Are you ready to take the next step to find out if you are an ideal candidate for treatment? Then it’s time you called Dr. Rondeau & Associates today at (519) 455-4110 to schedule your consultation.
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