December 19, 2005
In this issue: New Years Resolution, Office Expansion, Spotlight on Dovie
New Years Resolution - Stop Snoring!
Do you know anyone that participates in this nightly activity? If it's you, why not give your spouse a Christmas present by telling them you will do something about it?
Snoring occurs when the airway or passage through which you breathe becomes partially blocked. This can happen when your tongue falls back as you drift off into deeper sleep. As the diameter of the airway passage shrinks, throat vibrations begin, and snoring ensues.
In many scenarios, this compromise is minor and your body continues to get adequate amounts of oxygen, causing little or no harm, although discord with your bed partner is something different altogether. However, this is a red flag as it could be one of the early signs or a component of “ obstructive sleep apnea” (OSA). In fact, 40% of snorers have been shown to have OSA. Most all sleep apnea sufferers snore in between bouts of apnea, or oxygen interruption. Click here to read more!
Many of you have noticed (or at least heard evidence of) the expansion to the west in our office. We mention this to our patient family for these reasons.
- We are creating a more relaxed and quiet section for your cleaning visits.
- We will have a special room designed to accommodate our snoring and sleep apnea patients as we diagnose and treat these unhealthy conditions.
- We will be more capable of handling same-day emergencies.
Most changes in our office are a direct result of input from our wonderful patients, so please keep sending us your suggestions!
Our spotlighted employee this month is our Financial Coordinator, Dovie Williams...not Debbie, not Dobie, but Dovie (dove-ee) :-) We all have fun with Dovie and the many overheard pronunciations of her name. Dovie has a work ethic, discipline, and commitment to her job and team that is second to none. Wearing many hats at the front desk, she is consistently