Dr. Jerry Strauss of Aesthetic Dental Care discusses dental solutions that can improve sleep quality and protect an individual’s long-term health.
Totowa, NJ – Recent studies have uncovered a link between poor sleep quality and the risk of developing neurological diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. Dr. Jerry Strauss, a dentist in New Jersey, believes this link is an important finding that can help people better protect their long-term brain health. As a professional who regularly treats sleep apnea and snoring, Dr. Strauss stresses that any sleep disruptions should not be taken lightly, as they can significantly and negatively impact a patient’s overall health. By looking at the research, he says it is clear that people should put a higher value on their quality of sleep.
When a person sleeps, their brain flushes out toxic beta-amyloid proteins. If the deep sleep cycle is interrupted, this waste cannot be disposed of properly, causing a buildup. When this occurs, an individual experiences even more difficulty sleeping as well as trouble with learning and focusing. As the sleep cycle is routinely disrupted, a person’s long-term memory and brain health can be affected. Research has shown this connection between poor sleep quality and memory loss is associated with an increased risk of Alzheimer’s.
For patients at Aesthetic Dental Care who report feeling constantly tired and sluggish, Dr. Strauss recommends a number of tips for improving their sleep, including:
- Establish a regular sleep schedule that allows for 6-8 hours every night.
- Sleep in a lateral (side) position to ensure efficient brain waste removal.
- Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and exercise too close to bedtime.
- Relax before bed and turn off bright screens.
- Avoid addictive sleeping pills.
Additionally, Dr. Strauss emphasizes the need to undergo a sleep study to determine if the patient has sleep apnea. If they receive a diagnosis, the dentist offers effective solutions, such as a custom-made mouth guard, to improve their ability to sleep soundly while breathing properly.
In the end, Dr. Strauss reveals it is up to the patient to protect their health. If they have any concern of whether they may be experiencing the chronic sleep disruptions associated with sleep apnea, he encourages them to seek help and undergo a sleep study to determine their potential health problems and correlating risks.
About Jerry Strauss, DMD
Upon graduating from Syracuse University with his undergraduate degree, Dr. Strauss continued to Boston University’s School of Graduate Dentistry. Following graduation, Dr. Strauss was awarded the Academy of General Dentistry Award by Boston University. He then completed a general practice residency at SUNY Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse, where he later worked as a clinical instructor for many years. Dr. Strauss has trained with some of the most world’s most well-known dental specialists and has achieved Mastership Status in the Academy of General Dentistry through his dedication to continuing education. He is also a member of several organizations, including the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, and the New Jersey Dental Society. Dr. Strauss is available for interview upon request.
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Aesthetic Dental Care of New Jersey
336 Union Blvd.
Totowa, NJ 07512