what do we mean?
Good quality of life is composed of many things, which are different for everybody. However, we can probably all agree that we want to be pain-free, headache-free, and specifically we want to be able to chew and enjoy our food without pain or discomfort. Eating leafy, crunchy and fibrous foods is necessary for good nutrition and it adds pleasure to the eating experience, however poorly functioning joints and muscles can get in the way of that.
Living with chronic pain and/or headaches with no solution in sight can have a huge impact on ones quality of life and on relationships with family and friends. Pharmaceuticals such as pain medications can offer relief, but they often do not address the root problem.
We all require high quality sleep to feel rested and rejuvenated. Unfortunately, many of us rarely get the necessary amount of sleep we need. In addition to length of sleep, it is important that the time we sleep is of good quality. There are many sleep disorders that can impact one’s quality of sleep. We work together with family physicians and sleep specialists to establish a proper diagnosis and the best therapy for each situation. Having a well-developed airway is crucial to be able to oxygenate our bodies adequately while we sleep. If the body needs to overexert itself to take a breath, this will lead to frequent arousals during sleep and reduced oxygen intake. As dentists, we spend a lot of time working in people’s mouths. This gives us a unique perspective to understand how the anatomy and physiology of the mouth and surrounding structures can affect the airway.