Oct 29

For some people that are overweight and suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, losing weight can help. If a person is overweight, the added fat deposits around the neck can cause the airway to narrow, therefore causing an obstruction in some cases. Losing weight can be a step in the right direction in reducing the severity of the apnea, but it is not a substitute for medically supervised treatment. Also note that people that are skinny can have sleep apnea as well. weightlosspic

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Oct 21

Obstructive Sleep Apnea can be treated on different levels. If you have been diagnosed by a medical doctor with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you should follow his/her recommendation for professional treatment, which usually will consist of wearing a CPAP or an oral appliance. The oral appliance can be delivered by a dentist trained in sleep dentistry.

In addition to following the medical treatment recommendations, there are 5 things that you can do at home to treat OSA. I will cover each of the 5 things in subsequent blog posts. The five things are:

1) Lose Weight
2) Stop smoking
3) Abstain from drinking Alcohol or taking sedatives before bedtime
4) Sleep on your side
5) Treat nasal congestion before sleeping

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Oct 15

man laying down wearing cpapI have recently joined the I HATE CPAP campaign. It is designed to spread the word about the effectiveness of oral appliances in treating mild to moderate sleep apnea, and for those patients that cannot tolerate their CPAP. In other words, they HATE CPAP…. Don’t get me wrong. CPAP is the GOLD STANDARD for the treatment of sleep apnea. However, if the patient is not wearing their CPAP at all, they are putting themselves at great risk for a major health event. So, a great alternative is an oral appliance that can be made by an experienced dentist that has the proper training for treating these patients. Check out my new website for more info. Also, if you know of someone that is having a problem wearing their CPAP, please share this information with them. It could save their life!!!

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