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May 31, 2016

Our New Sleep Website is Live!

sleep apnea Lutz, FlWe’ve been busy over the last couple of months, and you can probably guess why. We, the team at Nelson Dentistry, are so excited to unveil our new sleep website! For sufferers of sleep apnea in Lutz, FL, receiving the information you need about your condition (and finding the excellent care you require) just got easier than ever. Dr. Nelson and the team are still offering the same great care, but now with a focus on making things easier on everyone by incorporating our sleep apnea services with a focused, efficient website. Please read through this blog post to learn about what’s new around here, then contact us with any questions related to your sleep health today!

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August 24, 2015

Common Health Risks of Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea disturbing partnersA recent study conducted on a closed course revealed that people who drive while sleep deprived commit as many as 3 times more driving mistakes than drunk drivers. Of those driving errors, more of them were potentially fatal (running stop signs/lights, swerving off the road/into other lanes, etc.). Sleep deprivation has been linked to memory loss, lack of concentration, and other impaired cognitive functions, as well as being linked to numerous systemic and chronic illnesses. If that isn’t scary enough, sleep deprivation is only 1 symptom of sleep apnea. Patients who suffer from sleep apnea are at greater risk for numerous diseases, and sleep deprivation is merely the tip of the iceberg. To find out more about sleep apnea, associated health risks, and treatment options, call Dr. Jay A. Nelson and his team at Nelson Dentistry and Dental Sleep Medicine of Lutz, FL to schedule a sleep apnea consultation today.
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April 23, 2015

Receive Sleep Apnea Therapy in Lutz, FL

Sleep apnea can affect you and your partner's sleep routine.Sleep apnea is a disease that affects many people around this country – 20 million to be exact. It’s almost always associated with people who have excessively loud snoring. Though this is usually a precursor to sleep apnea, that’s not always true. A loud snorer may just be that, a loud snorer. To know whether or not a patient is suffering from sleep apnea will require us to review the entire system. It can bring your overall health into question and cause problems throughout your body. It’s true. Your oral health is closely linked to your overall health and when one or both are in trouble, it can have bad effects on the body as a whole. Our Office in Lutz, FL wants you to know that there is therapy for patients who suffer from sleepless nights caused by sleep apnea. If you’re one of these people, we invite you to visit our office and get the treatment you need.
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October 10, 2013

Get a Good Night’s Rest with Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment

faintSnoring is often seen as just one of those harmless common habits that some people just have to suffer through. In fact, many people don’t even realize that they snore until their tired spouse lets them know! Did you know, though, that chronic snoring can be an indicator of a much more serious problem? If you struggle with exhaustion despite getting plenty of sleep or have been told that you tend to stop breathing when sleeping, you may be experiencing sleep apnea, a potentially dangerous condition that often goes untreated. If you snore or have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, you can find the support and treatment you need here at the Lutz dental office of your local dentist Dr. Jay Nelson. Let our team help you get some sleep at last!

What is sleep apnea?

When experiencing sleep apnea, a person will constantly stop breathing for ten seconds or more at a time while sleeping. This is due to the soft tissues in the back of throat collapsing when relaxed, restricting the airflow. The lack of oxygen then causes your brain to send a signal for you to wake up, temporarily rousing you from deep sleep so that you can begin breathing again. While many people don’t even realize that they’re waking up at all, it can take a severe toll on the quality of your rest.

How can you help me?

While many patients rely on a CPAP machine to help relieve their sleep apnea, others find it too bulky and uncomfortable. That’s where our team comes in! We can fit you with a customized oral appliance instead. This revolutionary piece is designed to position the jaw forward, keeping your airway open and unobstructed during sleep.

We can also provide an ARES (Apnea Risk Evaluation System) screening, which can monitor a patient’s snoring levels, blood oxygen saturation, pulse, airflow, and much more! This helps your dentist determine if your oral appliance therapy is effective or even whether you’re experiencing sleep apnea in the first place.

Your local dentist Dr. Nelson has received advanced training in dental sleep medicine and is here to help you sleep better with snoring and sleep apnea treatment. Contact our Lutz office today to schedule an appointment. Our team also serves the areas of Land O’Lakes, Wesley Chapel, New Tampa, and beyond.

April 11, 2013

Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring with an Oral Appliance

Do you struggle with feelings of drowsiness during the day? Is it difficult to concentrate or remember things at work? Has your partner complained about your loud snoring at night? Combined, all of these are indications of sleep apnea.

Patients who struggle with sleep apnea experience regular cycles of breathing cessation every night. To combat the problem, the brain sends out a signal telling the patient to wake up and breathe. As a result of this ongoing tug-of-war, the patient can be left feeling exhausted and moody during the day. If left untreated, one’s risk for health issues like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke can go up dramatically.

The traditional treatment for sleep apnea has been a CPAP machine and it still remains the gold standard for severe sleep apnea. It works by pumping a continuous stream of air into the patient’s nose or mouth during the night. However, many people find this device uncomfortable and they stop wearing the mask.

Thankfully, treatment is also possible with oral appliance therapy from Dr. Jay Nelson. Through our hard work and commitment to treating sleep apnea, our office has been accredited by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. In fact, we were the first office accredited by the AADSM in the state of Florida.

Using a specially-made oral appliance, Dr. Nelson’s Lutz dental office can treat your sleep apnea, as well as your snoring. In many cases, the underlying cause for both is the same—obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. An oral appliance works by repositioning both, ensuring that airways stay open and clear. As a result, patients can sleep peacefully throughout the night without needing to wake up and breathe.

Do you struggle with interrupted sleep or snoring? Have you recently been diagnosed with sleep apnea? Are you intolerant or frustrated with your CPAP? Talk to Dr. Nelson and his team at Nelson Dentistry and Dental Sleep Medicine about treatment with an oral appliance. Through oral appliance therapy, reclaim the rest you and your partner deserve.

Our Lutz office serves patients from Tampa, Wesley Chapel, Land O’Lakes, and surrounding area.