Dentists Help Treat Sleep Apnea

It is estimated that 18 million people in America suffer from sleep apnea, a condition where a person has their breathing interrupted during sleep. It is a potentially life-threatening condition. Fortunately, a trip to the dentist can let you rest (and sleep) easier. View this video testimonial from a patient who received a successful dental sleep apnea treatment from Dr. Greenman, a dentist in Westlake Village, CA –...

Disaster relief for Nepal earthquake victims

The April 25th earthquake in Nepal shook the world and instantly put the victims of the tragedy in the sights of numerous charitable organizations. It was a gigantic 7.8 magnitude quake that most critically hit an area around 50 miles northwest of the city of Kathmandu. One major group that wanted to help was the American Dental Association and other upstanding members of the dental industry, such as Ivoclar Vivadent and Henry Schein. The ADA foundation is working to gather donations that can help dentists provide their much needed care in the areas of Nepal affected by the quake. Henry Schein has guaranteed half a million dollars in health donations, which includes thousands of much needed bandages, millions of gloves, and around two million surgical masks. They are also donating thousands of dental hygiene products, mainly toothbrushes and toothpaste, to the area as well. Ivoclar Vivadent has given $100,000 to the Red Cross and is in continual contact with the Nepal Dental Association to provide sustained...

CPAP is Not the Only Option for Sleep Apnea Sufferers

Some 30 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a sleep disorder that causes them to stop breathing many times during the night while they sleep. OSA causes the sufferer to wake up and quickly fall asleep again every time they stop breathing. Someone with OSA does not realize that they are waking up like this during the night, but they get up in the morning feeling tired and suffer from fatigue during the day. The most noticeable symptom of OSA is snoring. Sleep apnea sufferers who seek medical treatment are usually prescribed a forced airway machine called a CPAP. This treatment is so common that other treatment options are often overlooked. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure; the sleeper wears a mask that is attached to the machine and forces air through the throat to keep it from collapsing. This keeps the airway open and allows free breathing all night. CPAP is a proven treatment and it works; the problem is that many people cannot tolerate the use of the mask. Some people develop throat irritation from the constant forcing of air, while others simply find the mask to be uncomfortable and cannot sleep with it on. For these OSA patients, there are alternatives to CPAP. Doctors often recommend surgery to cure OSA. The most common OSA surgery, uvulopalatopharyngoplasty, removes the flap of skin (the uvula) at the back of the throat, and in some extreme cases, part of the tongue. Surgery is painful and always has risks, and surgery for sleep apnea does not always entirely solve the problem. Another alternative is an oral appliance....
 
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