Way To Go, Dr. Gettings!
We love mentioning our team members when they are recognized with an exciting honor. Dr. Gettings is now a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, or AADSM. You may be wondering what this membership means and how it relates to your care. Continue reading to learn more about this membership and how it can improve your oral health needs.
How Does This Membership Relate to My Care?
We could not be more thrilled for Dr. Gettings and her recent admission into the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine. You may be wondering how this achievement will translate to the care we provide for you, our patients. The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, also known as AADSM, is the leading national organization for dentists who use oral appliances to treat sleep disordered breathing issues. Members of this organization are able to participate in various continuing education opportunities where they learn the latest techniques and methods to improve patient care.
What is Sleep Apnea?
With Dr. Gettings’ membership in the AADSM, she will be able to provide enhanced care to patients who suffer from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a serious condition in which individuals stop breathing multiple times throughout the night. It occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat relax during sleep blocking the airway creating restricted breathing. Many patients who experience sleep apnea remain undiagnosed. Untreated sleep apnea can lead to serious health complications.
Signs of Sleep Apnea
Diagnosis is key in receiving the help you need to get proper sleep each night. One of the leading signals you may be suffering from sleep apnea is excessive snoring. If loved ones have commented on your snoring habits you should be evaluated. Other symptoms can include:
- Excessive sleepiness
- Waking with a dry mouth or sore throat
- Mood changes and irritability
- Waking many times throughout the night
- Waking gasping and choking
- Morning headaches
If you feel you or a loved one may be suffering from excessive snoring or sleep apnea, we recommend calling our office located in West Chester, OH to schedule an appointment. Untreated sleep apnea can be dangerous for your overall health, so we suggest being proactive with your care. We look forward to seeing you soon!