Jan 26

There is a perception amongst the general population that snoring is a harmless annoyance, and nothing else. However, this is the furthest thing from the truth. Everyone should know that Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea are very common medical problems that should not be overlooked. Snoring is usually a tell tale sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, a potentially deadly condition. One of the most common symptoms is feeling very sleepy during the day. If you or your loved one snores or is sleepy during the day, they should see a sleep physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment. You can also speak to your dentist about snoring and sleep apnea. Your dentist can help with your snoring and or sleep apnea by making an oral appliance for you. The oral appliances are very effective for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea; it is also effective for those patients that cannot wear their CPAP.

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Jan 17

In April 2006, the Institute of Medicine released a 461 page report entitled “Sleep Disorders and Sleep Deprivation: An Unmet Public Health Problem” (http://nap.edu). According to the paper, an estimated 50-70 million Americans suffer from chronic sleep disorders, with the estimated prevalence of OSAS being 4 to 7% of the U.S. The term used to describe excessive sleepiness is hypersomnolence. The statistics regarding the damage caused by this problem are astounding. $150 Billion annually is lost in decreased productivity and accidents. The medical costs from daytime hypersomnolence alone cost another $48 billion. The most shocking of all the statistics listed within the paper is that 20% of all serious car accidents involve daytime hypersomnolence. This statistic is independent of those accidents involving alcohol.

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) established “Dentists Against Drowsy Driving” in November 2008. It’s goal is to increase awareness throughout the health professions and the public about the dangers associated with undiagnosed and untreated sleep-related breathing disorders. Dr Zach Hodgins, a dentist practicing in Winter Park, FL, is an expert in treating patients that have been diagnosed by their physicians with OSA. “The problem with sleep-related breathing disorders is that it is a problem that is rarely screened for by most physicians and dentists”, says Dr. Hodgins. Dr. Hodgins recommends that any patient with any signs of sleep apnea see their physician for a proper diagnosis and treatment as soon as possible.

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Jan 15

The American Trucking Associations (ATA) is holding their first ever national conference on sleep apnea and it’s effects on commercial truck drivers, on May 12 in Baltimore, MD.
Undiagnosed and untreated sleep apnea is extremely dangerous. When you couple sleep apnea with the exhaustion that often accompanies driving a commericial truck, the results can be deadly. As a result of this, experts say that impending regulation that would require mandatory sleep apnea screening and treatment for truck drivers, much like drug testing, is in the works.

The American Sleep Apnea Association (ASAA) will host the conference in Baltimore this May. There will be presentations and discussions designed to assist the trucking industry with the problem at hand

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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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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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