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A Few Unique Solutions to Everyday Complaints

It is becoming more and more common for a dentist in Sydney CBD to tackle complaints that were once thought to be taboo to speak of or simply unsolvable.

Sleeping complaints are common in Australia, with 33%-45% of adults suffering during the day due to inadequate sleep. This can be caused by many things, but in particular, sleep apnea is a big culprit.

However, many people wouldn’t consider talking to their dentist about these complaints. This however may be the perfect solution, provided a patient doesn’t suffer from the also common and sometimes unexplainable dental phobia.

These two common issues will be discussed in today’s article where it will be made clear to all that a modern-day dental clinic can provide answers and support for such a wide array of complaints; not just filling and drilling.

How can sleep apnea be an issue to discuss with a dentist and what can they do about it?

There are a variety of options in the form of dental mouthpieces and other oral devices that are specifically designed to provide people who snore or who have obstructive sleep apnea a solution to this problem.

The method behind these devices stems from the way the lower jaw sits when a person sleeps. If a person sleeps unhealthily, it is most likely that their lower jaw drops backwards and obstructs the breathing airways.

By repositioning the lower jaw so that it sits further forward and keeps the airways open, there is a less chance that the patient will snore.

The treatment essentially takes an impression of a patient’s teeth in order to make a custom-fitted mouth guard that is worn during sleep. It is a comfortable and durable plastic that holds the bottom jaw forward slightly.

By providing unobstructed breathing, the wearer will enjoy less disrupted sleep patterns, which will improve their health as well as the health of their partner’s.

But what if a person is too scared to go to the dentist?

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It isn’t only the fear of the drill that keeps people delaying their visits to a dentist. Some people simply cannot bring themselves to climb into a dental chair or even set foot into a practice.

With so many issues that a dental practice can provide solutions for, it is inevitable that caring dentists will do all they can to encourage people to find a solution to their fears in order to bring about good oral health as well as improving their general health as a result.

By providing as much supportive information as possible, dentists are able to alleviate some fears that patients have. Knowledge is power and a friendly and warm environment that does not focus on the scary stuff such as dental decay and bad breath, will allow a patient to come to terms with their fears at their own pace.

In order to feel welcomed and able to ask any questions an individual might have without fear of judgement or ridicule, they must first understand that their dentist only wants to align their hopes to reality.

Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.

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Blue-Light Blocking Glasses: Do They Actually Work?

employees using the computerAccording to a recent study, an average office worker spends approximately 1,700 hours a year in front of their computer screen. All of this time spent staring at a screen, plus the extensive use of smartphones, results in digital eyestrain.

This condition, while not serious, can be extremely uncomfortable. From sore and itching eyes to temporarily blurred vision and headaches, digital eyestrain makes it difficult for sufferers to concentrate. As such, blue-light glasses have emerged as a remedy to this condition. But do these glasses actually work?

What Is Blue-Light?

Blue-light is everywhere as it mainly comes from sunlight. It becomes harmful as it is used for digital devices. Some experts have asserted that this high-energy visible light is one of the causes of macular degeneration, otherwise known as blurred vision.

Fortunately, the amount of blue-light in digital devices is not enough to permanently damage eyesight; rather, it just affects your ability to rest well. Blue-light delays the body’s release of melatonin, a sleep-inducing hormone, which controls the body’s natural sleep cycle. This disruption puts a strain on your eyes as it keeps you awake and causes you to blink less. All these result in extremely uncomfortable eyestrain.

What Are Blue-Light Glasses?

Unlike safety glasses that serve a purpose based on scientific data and research, experts are still debating the effectiveness of blue-light glasses. Designed to look like regular glasses save for its filtered lenses, blue-light glasses are marketed as a device that blocks out or absorbs blue-light rays.

Nay-sayers argue that these glasses do little in terms of preventing digital eyestrain because the condition is not caused by exposure to blue light. Digital eyestrain is caused by not blinking for long periods, after all.

More optimistic views, however, see the blocking properties of blue-light glasses as a way to help you sleep  better even with extensive use of digital devices at night.

What Are Effective Remedies for Digital Eyestrain?

Since the effectiveness of blue-light glasses in the prevention of digital eyestrain is still debatable, how can office workers prevent this uncomfortable condition?

  • Follow the “20-20-20” Rule.

Digital eyestrain is mainly caused by fatigue. To limit eyestrain during work, follow the 20-20-20 rule. This entails looking away from your computer screen and other digital devices for at least 20 minutes. Focus your vision on an object that is 20 feet away (600cm) for 20 seconds.

  • Adjust the Lighting.

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Use ambient lighting when working in front of a computer. Additionally, adjust the display setting of your monitor to optimise it for your eyes. Make sure the brightness is equal with your surroundings and tweak the text size and contrast for your comfort.

  • Take Regular Breaks.

Take “mini” breaks in between working. For at least five minutes, stand up, stretch, and take a walk. If you don’t feel like moving away from your desk, consider turning off your monitor and closing your eyes. This will help reduce the strain put on them throughout the workday.

While some users might argue that blue-light glasses are effective at preventing digital eyestrain, these claims have yet to be backed by science. To lessen the amount of strain your eyes experience during work, consider adopting the abovementioned practices. They are supported by ophthalmologists around the world and they have been proven to be effective.