We have been hard at work training and preparing our office to start seeing our patients again and we look forward to welcoming you back starting June 1. We’ve missed you!! And by the response we have received this past week, you have missed us also. We hope this message finds you and your family in good health and we are working diligently to get many of you caught up on your oral health.
Your safety is of the upmost importance to us. Our office follows the infection control guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), American Dental Association (ADA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Our affiliation with these organizations ensures that we are up to date with the latest recommendations and guidelines.
As you know, infection control has always been a top priority in our office and you will notice some additional measures that we have implemented based on current guidelines.
Here is what you can expect:
Prior to your appointment:
You will receive an email or text to fill out any necessary forms online. This will make it more convenient for you and eliminate any paperwork in the office. One of these forms will be a COVID-19 screening questionnaire.
Upon arrival to our office:
We ask that you please call us when you arrive and to wait in your car until we either call you or wave you in. Please wear a face mask. We will provide one for you if you don’t have one. Your temperature will be taken in the foyer. Only the patient should come in for the appointment if possible. One caregiver or family member may come in with the patient and they must wear a face mask and will be screened.
At your appointment:
You will be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and then use a mouth rinse prior to your dental care. During your appointment you may notice some different devices that we will be using to help reduce any aerosol that may be produced.
We are excited to see you again and know that even though you may not see our entire face, know that we are smiling and happy to be back providing your dental care.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
At the offices of James R. Stewart, Jr., DDS, PC, we look forward to providing you with comprehensive dental services for optimal oral health. We look forward to creating lasting, caring relationships with each of our patients for pleasant visits and lifelong satisfaction. Please contact us at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with Dr. Stewart at our Livonia office located on Middlebelt Road. We proudly serve patients of all ages from Livonia, Farmington Hills, Farmington, Plymouth, Northville, Novi, Dearborn Heights, Dearborn, Garden City, Westland, Redford, and surrounding communities.
We are working through rescheduling patients who had appointments canceled while our office was closed. Fill out the form below to join our appointment waitlist.
15873 Middlebelt Rd. Suite 100 • Livonia, MI 48154
If you don’t sleep well, quality of life suffers. That’s just a fact. Studies show a startling link between overall health, state of mind, and quality of sleep. Health Ambition published an article this week that shares some of the negative results poor sleep.
A sleep disorder or not getting enough sleep increases the risk for heart attack, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, low-weight birth, diabetes complications, and other serious health problems. In addition, your body’s immune system will weaken without good sleep. You’ll be more prone to catch colds, the flu, and other communicable diseases.
Getting good rest can help relieve pain, whether chronic or injury related. In the Health Ambition article, one doctor was quoted as saying that a sleeping medication can be more effective than a painkiller.
When your mind and body are well rested, you’re at less risk for accidents. Some of the biggest disasters in history, like the Exxon Valdez and the Challenger, are directly linked to a person who did not get proper sleep. In fact, one million car crashes a year in our nation occur when the driver is tired.
You’ll have a better state of mind—you’ll feel good—when you sleep well. Tired people often feel irritable, stressed, emotional, and they also have a higher suicide risk. Now, good sleep won’t guarantee a life of happiness, but it will help promote a positive mental outlook.
People who don’t get enough sleep may be prone to gaining weight or having a weight problem. Leptin is a hormone that controls hunger. Inadequate sleep allows leptin levels to drop, so you’re more likely to feel hungry… which mean you’ll eat! In addition, if you’re tired, do you really have the energy to exercise? Probably not.
When we’re tired, accidents can happen—at work, at home, and on the road. I’m Dr. Stewart, a sleep disorder dentist in Livonia, Michigan. If you feel tired, forgetful, or irritable during the day because you aren’t getting proper rest at night, I want to help you. We’ll get to the root of the problem, then correct it.
In some cases, sleep deprivation is self-imposed. Because of a desire to accomplish more during the day, some people neglect sleep.
Many times, though, a sleep disorder is to blame for restless nights. Even if you try to sleep for a solid eight hours, you may not reach the deep, refreshing REM sleep required to refuel and refresh your body. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common problem in patients of all ages. With OSA, soft tissues block airflow while you sleep. You actually stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, repeatedly during the night. (more…)
The American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) recently reported that approximately 3 out of 4 Americans suffer from gum (periodontal) disease. That’s an astounding statistic and one that Dr. Stewart wants to change! He offers personalized periodontal treatments to keep gum disease at bay and eliminate damage to oral and overall health.
What is gum disease? Gum disease is a bacterial infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth. The early stage of the disease, called gingivitis, causes few or no symptoms. Red swollen gums and bleeding when brushing may be the only indicators that something is amiss. As the disease progresses, sufferers may experience chronic bad breath, receding gums, and pockets of infection between teeth and gums. The most severe form of the disease, periodontitis, can result in the loss of teeth, gum tissue, and bone. In fact, gum disease is the leading cause of adult tooth loss. (more…)
It has been several weeks now since I have returned from the Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine and as I review my material and all that I learned from that meeting my enthusiasm for providing this wonderful service for my patients grows.
For example, the latest in appliance therapy was on display from the top companies in the industry. We now have options to treat patients with few to no teeth with sleep appliances as well as those that grind their teeth at night and have muscle pain and need oral appliance therapy. Probably the most exciting advance is in combination therapy which is the combination of a CPAP mask and an oral appliance. These masks can now be custom made to fit your face and are attached to an oral appliance which makes them easier to wear, allows the air pressure to be decreased and is a possible solution for those patients who have failed CPAP therapy. I will be taking some advanced training in combination therapy later this month and will share more with you soon. (more…)
Are you concerned about your teen’s sleep habits? Teenagers should get about 9 hours of sleep a night. Drinking energy colas, sodas, and coffee—and even excessive cell phone use—can negatively affect sleep in teens. Other interesting sleep facts about kids and teens:
Furthermore, teens who are “morning people” tend to get better grades.
Teens who get more sleep seem to perform better in athletics.
Kids who suffer with migraines are more likely to have sleep disorders.
Kids with sleep-related breathing disorders can have blood pressure problems during sleep.
Snoring in kids affects cardiovascular function.
Kids who sleep well listen better.
Children who have sleep apnea are at increased risk for brain damage or lower IQ. (more…)
You’ve heard about getting a solid eight hours, meaning a complete eight hours of sleep at night. The truth is, 6.5 to 7.5 hours of sleep is ideal. Studies show that people who get more or less statistically do not live as long as those who regularly sleep 6.5 to 7.5 hours a night. You should know, though, that the “best” amount of sleep varies over different demographics.
Children require more sleep; women in their third trimester of pregnancy require more sleep; some people require less sleep. For instance, Leonardo da Vinci slept 1.5 to 2 hours per day and took 15 minute naps every 4 hours. He died at age 67. Thomas Jefferson had a very erratic sleep schedule, but for the most part, he slept about 2 hours a day. He died at age 83. Thomas Edison slept less than 5 hours a night and died at age 83. While these great historical figures have some admirable traits we should emulate, their sleep habits aren’t one of them. (more…)
If you awake at night and have trouble getting back to sleep, the first thing you need to do is stay in bed for at least 15 minutes, keep your eyes closed, and try to clear your mind. This will tell your body that you are still in relaxation mode. After at least 15 minutes of lying still with no results, keep the lighting low, and prepare a glass of herbal, decaffeinated tea or warm milk for yourself. You might try a low-stimulation activity like light reading.
DO NOT turn on bright lights
DO NOT eat sugar, drink alcohol or caffeine, or smoke
Whether or not you are diagnosed with a sleep disorder like sleep apnea, you can improve your ability to fall asleep with a few simple lifestyle changes. Many reputable sources, including the Mayo Clinic, recommend similar tips:
Do not drink caffeine in the evening (coffee, sodas, tea, chocolate, etc.)
Avoid nicotine and alcohol before bed
Don’t eat or drink too much before bed
Drink a cup of warm milk or decaffeinated tea before bed
Try to go to bed and get up at the same time each day
Avoid the news and loud television shows before bed
Create a dark, quiet, and cool environment in your bedroom
Don’t take naps during the day
Go to the restroom, let the dogs out, and lock the doors before you get into bed
Turn off the lights when you go to bed
Use a comfortable mattress and bedding
Before bed, begin to wind down and limit stimulation
When you get into bed, practice deep breathing, picture a warm, comforting scene, and purposefully relax your body, starting with your toes and working up to your head. Some people like to listen to soft, relaxing instrumental music or enjoy some light reading to help them become tired.
I’m Dr. James Stewart, and I treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea in my Livonia dental office. If you try these tips and continue to have trouble sleeping soundly, give me a call.
If you’re not getting good sleep, you may be at risk for serious health problems. We know that proper sleep allows the body to repair and the mind to renew. We also know that heart attack, stroke, and depression occur frequently in people with sleep disorders. But there’s more!
Research shows that sleep disorders might contribute to the frequency of epileptic seizures, low immunity, growth and development problems, mental disorders like depression and schizophrenia, and Alzheimer’s disease.
There may also be a link between sleep problems and asthma attacks, which, like strokes, often occur in the early morning or during the night.
Another interesting fact—patients with sleep disorders tend to complain of more pain and request a higher level of pain medication. (more…)