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I assess breathing. Everyday. Every hygiene patient—adult and child. I call it an “airway exam.” So, when I ask parents of young children how they breathe—through their nose or mouth–most of the time they give me a funny look. I’m sure they are thinking, “What does breathing have to do with my kids teeth?” Breathing …

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The normal “mode of breathing” is through the nose. However, many people breathe through their mouth. The primary reason is because of nasal congestion. This could be due to allergies, chronic sinusitis, inflammation or some kind of physical obstruction (polyps, deviated septum, or trauma). Another explanation could be from a “habit” often stemming from early …

The post Mouth Breathing and Obstructive Sleep Apnea appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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Sleep dentistry has long been a service that we knew was being unmet in our very busy general dentistry office. On average, we see over 50 patients a day in hygiene alone, with likely over half of those patients in need of oral airway evaluation and screening for snoring and sleep apnea. It has been …

The post Why West Richland Dental joined the Sleep Better Northwest team: appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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Sleep Better Northwest by Dr. Erin Elliott - 5M ago

  Dear Bri and Dr. Elliott, I want to say “THANK YOU SO MUCH” for saving my life!  I truly believe that if I had continued to experience the affects of sleep apnea, I probably would have had a heart attack or worse, a short life.  Since I started wearing my appliance at night, sleep …

The post Another believer! appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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Dentists are oral health care providers who stare in mouths and at airways all day long. Why should dentists care about sleep? It is well regarded the patients see their dentists more often than they see their physicians. Often our patients aren’t even seeing their physicians until something hurts or isn’t feeling right. I’d like …

The post Why dentists should screen for sleep apnea appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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  In 1900, 60% of all deaths were from communicable sources such as pneumonia, influenza, tuberculosis and enteritis. Life expectancy was about 49 years of age.  Today, we are living longer and better, an average of 77.8 years old.  Because of the industrial revolution and advances in science, medicine and technology, our lifestyle is much …

The post Orofacial Myofunctional Therapy for Sleep Apnea appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) was once thought of to be a disease of older overweight men. However, what is often overlooked is the fact that many middle aged women also have sleep apnea like symptoms (snoring, daytime tiredness, morning headaches, poor sleep) but have another Sleep Breathing Disorder called Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome or UARS. …

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Sleep Better Northwest by Dr. Erin Elliott - 5M ago

We’re so excited to share this testimonial from our patient who was told she didn’t have a problem until we got a chance to test her and treat her: “I have struggled with snoring, being light headed in the morning and driving very tired into work every morning for the last several years. I even …

The post Don’t Drive Drowsy!! appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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A recent testimonial from a mom regarding her son that she wanted us to share: I wish that someone would have suggested Connor get his tonsils out 3 yrs ago. He has grown an inch in a month (prior 4 months he had only grown 1/4 inch). He eats 3x the amount he ate before. …

The post Another Child’s Life Improved! appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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When did you initially hear about SomnoMed? Well of course, it was with Kent Smith’s course – the attendees got to send in their impressions ahead of time and get a device.  Whenever I go and do talks, I always tell story about changed my patients life.  I was at a convention and when they …

The post Dr. Elliott Featured On SomnoMed’s Blog appeared first on Sleep Better Northwest.

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