Sleep apnea is a serious, medical disorder that affects around 10% of American men over the age of 40, and 6% of American women of the same age. Sleep apnea sufferers completely stop breathing during sleep, sometimes hundreds of times in a single night. Normal breathing ceases because the airway becomes obstructed, causing a serious reduction of airflow to the lungs.
Dr. Adame has a solution for many sleep apnea cases through the use of oral appliances.
Dr. Adame has a high regard for being physically fit and eating well. As a result, he has a very high appreciation for the well being of his patients, which goes beyond oral health. He understands that proper oral health is part of optimal total wellness and he encourages his patients to have a healthy diet and to exercise 3 or more times per week. What he also understands is that in addition to these fundamental aspects of health, a good night’s sleep is vital to our daily good health. His routine medical questionnaire asks about sleep quality and it is alarming how many patients relate that they do not sleep well. In some cases, these patients relate about their snoring and how tired they feel and Dr. Adame begins further assessments. If the examination reveals the possibility of sleep disturbance due to airway obstructions, he recommends to broaden the health team to include the patient’s physician and others who can offer expertise to this area. Through the proper team approach, his patients sleep quality issues can be resolved and properly managed. Some cases require a CPAP machine, others a specific custom fitting oral appliance and others a combination of these. Surgery may be indicated as well. Helping patient’s resolve their sleep issues, which can change their lives and others around them, has been one of the most rewarding experiences of his practice. Dr. Adame is a diplomate of the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine.
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