Nov 10

A group of physicians from the Baylor College of Medicine are using video technology to get a closer view of a patient’s airway. In the past, surgery of the soft palate was used quite often to treat obstructive sleep apnea. This was not always a successful treatment. Unfortunately there are many other factors within the airway that can cause an obstruction. By using a video camera that is inserted into the patients nose while the patient is sleeping, a more definitive diagnosis of the cause of a patient’s apnea can be determined.

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Nov 10

This is a very interesting article about how sleep apnea can cause your golf game to suffer. When you are ready to improve your game you should talk to a Sleep Physician and Dentist that treats sleep apnea with an oral appliance!

http://www.dentiststudio.com/blog/science-says-a-dentist-can-improve-your-golf-game

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Nov 09

The final item in our “5 Ways to Treat Your Sleep Apnea at home” is to use a nasal decongestant. This is a great tool to use to treat acute nasal congestion, as it usually provides an immediate improvement in one’s ability to breathe.

Chronic nasal congestion is often associated with sleep apnea and can be part of the symptom complex of sleep apnea. It can also be a direct result of the Obstructive Sleep Apnea treatment. When treated properly with one of the wide variety of products currently on the market, it can greatly increase the effectiveness of a CPAP therapy and or Oral Appliance Therapy. Care should be used when taking these medications and it is always best to consult with your physician before taking such medication.

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Nov 06

For people that suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea, something as simple as changing your body position while sleeping can affect the severity of the airway obstruction. The worst position to sleep in is on your back. In this position, the soft tissue, tongue and musculature that surrounds the airway tends to collapse around the airway, making it difficult to breathe. Sleeping on your side or stomach rather than on your back will allow you to breathe much easier. To help you to maintain good body position while sleeping, you can try one of the many products that are on the market that make it uncomfortable to sleep on your back.lady_sleeping_C2

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Nov 05

Having a drink to relax before going to bed has been a nightly ritual for many for years, and nowadays the business of taking a pill to help you sleep has been booming. However, drinking alcohol and taking a sedative before going to bed can have deleterious effects on people that have obstructive sleep apnea. Alcohol and sedatives both relax the muscles of the airway, and can cause a decrease in the amount of air that is reaching the lungs. Therefore, if you have obstructive sleep apnea, you can improve your ability to breathe by abstaining from these activities.

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Nov 04

People that smoke are putting themselves at risk for a wide variety health problems. Lung cancer, emphysema, and oral cancer are just some of the problems that they can encounter. In addition to those problems, they are three times more likely to suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea than non-smokers. Smoking can increase the amount of inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. The good news is that the risk will most likely drop shortly after the person quits smoking.smoker at risk for sleep apnea

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