“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.
My name is Dr. Tasha Ruiz, and I have a practice in Fulshear, Texas. I am a general dentist, and I see patients of all ages, from one year to age 100 and above. So the most common issues that I see with my patients as it relates to sleep and airway is just a general feeling of feeling unwell. Um, they might report that they’re waking up in the morning just tired even though they feel like they’ve had adequate sleep. Uh, they report sleepiness throughout the day and just an overall tiredness, and they might not understand completely how it relates to their mouth, but those are the symptoms that they are reporting to us in our screening questionnaires. Uh, so, the most frequently seen comorbidity amongst my patients have been high blood pressure. So we, in general, for all patients screen blood pressure before their appointment, and every one that I have screened for airway issues or sleep test who have high blood pressure have come back with some type of OSA. The reason why I decided to integrate Vivos into my practice is because before I became affiliated with Vivos, I was really just looking at each tooth individually and, there’s a cavity here, or this tooth needs a crown. But overall, dentistry is going to fail if the greater root cause is not solved. Um, and this is really not just helping patients with one tooth here or there, but helping them with their overall wellness and making them feel better in their everyday lives. I would highly recommend any dentist who is thinking about Vivos to bring in the Vivos team and help them help your practice. You become a better dentist, but you also at the same time feel really, really great about patient, treating your patients on a whole ‘other level.