“Dentistry is going to fail if the greater root cause is not solved.”
– Dr. Tasha Ruiz
Dr. Tasha Ruiz on the Root of Dentistry
In her interview, Dr. Ruiz described a general feeling of unwellness when reflecting on patients and their common signs and symptoms of a sleep disorder. For many individuals, this subtle exhaustion, mental fog, and moodiness are a part of adulthood, and they pick up the slack with coffee, energy drinks, etc. However, this feeling of illness is not normal and should be discussed with your trusted healthcare provider. A lack of quality sleep may be to blame.
“They might report that they’re waking up in the morning tired even though they feel that they’ve had adequate sleep,” shared Dr. Ruiz. Other signs of a possible sleep disorder include confusion, morning headaches, jaw pain or bruxism, and more. In addition, there are several comorbid conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
“The most frequently seen comorbidity amongst my patients has been high blood pressure,” said Dr. Ruiz. “Everyone that I have screened for airway issues who have high blood pressure have come back with some type of OSA.”
“The reason I decided to integrate Vivos into my practice is because, before I became affiliated with Vivos, I was really just kind of looking at each tooth individually, but overall dentistry is going to fail if the greater root cause is not solved. And this is really not just helping patients with just one tooth here or there, but helping them with their overall wellness and making them feel better in their everyday lives.”
Many VIPs join to learn something new or expand their knowledge and help patients live better lives. Quality sleep and oxygenation are a massive part of that. It is therefore essential that we screen all patients for a sleep disorder, such as OSA.
“[With Vivos], you become a better dentist, but you also at the same time feel really, really great about treating your patients on a whole other level,” she shared with a smile.