What You Can Expect at a Sleep Study

What You Can Expect at a Sleep Study

Sleep is an integral part of everyone’s health, but many people experience difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Fortunately, Dr. Nicole Greenman and the DSM Solutions team can train you and your team on how to offer relief to your dental patients who are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. You win a patient for life if you’re able to support their oral health and resolve their sleep problems to achieve better rest. One of the first steps you may be recommending to your patients to help diagnose and treat sleep apnea is participation in a sleep study. Sleep Studies Sleep studies are designed to gather as much information as possible about how a person sleeps. These tests usually take place in a sleep lab where your patient’s sleep patterns can be monitored using a wide variety of different tools. These tests are important to help uncover both common and uncommon sleep problems such as sleep apnea, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, and REM behavior disorder. The tests also make it possible for your team to come up with effective solutions. Polysomnography This is a sleep test that measures brain waves and physiological activity. This test comprises 27 electrodes that are attached to your patient’s body to measure: Breathing Heart rate Leg Movements Eye movements Blood oxygen levels CPAP Titration As we sleep, it’s important that our airwaves remain open and unobstructed. Sleep Apnea is a disorder where this process is frequently hindered. A CPAP Titration test can be run to measure continuous positive airway pressure. If the patient’s airwaves become obstructed during sleep, one possible solution is the use of...
Meridian PM: A Modern Age Sleep Apnea Treatment

Meridian PM: A Modern Age Sleep Apnea Treatment

New Treatment for Sleep Apnea and Snoring The CFDSM has recently been backed with full clearance in its efforts to treat obstructive sleep apnea through its new device, the Meridian PM. Unlike traditional appliances, the Meridian PM does not alter the patient’s bite as much when they are asleep, keeping the lower jaw in place and positioning the tongue near the front of the mouth to open up the airways. Now, patients who have had numerous forms of obstructive sleep disorders can begin to find much better relief for this potentially harmful condition. Dr. Steven Greenman and his top-notch DSM Solutions team – Call Today! For more sleep apnea instruction to augment your practice, consult Dr. Steven Greenman. We at DSM Sleep Solutions provide effective sleep apnea dentistry consultation that you can count on to expand the breadth of your practice and allow you to provide the best treatment to your patients. Call our Westlake Village, CA location today to get...
Poor Air Quality Could Be Depriving You a Goodnight Sleep

Poor Air Quality Could Be Depriving You a Goodnight Sleep

A new scientific body of evidence reports that poor air quality could be robbing you a good night sleep. The study findings that were presented at Walter E. Washington Convention Center indicate that individuals who were exposed to high levels of air pollution were at a greater risk of reporting poor sleep quality as compared to individuals residing in areas free of air pollutants. Effect of Poor Sleep Quality On Health Previous studies on air quality have associated air pollution with both heart and breathing systems conditions. According to Dr. Martha E. Billings, the principal investigator of the study, lack of adequate sleep over a long period of time has the potential of degenerating into serious medical conditions. Where Does The New Finding Leave Us? Most sleep apnea researchers agree that more robust studies need to be conducted for causal-effect linkage to be established. The DSM Solutions team observe that a correlation study like the one conducted by Dr. Billings can’t zero down on the main mechanism interplays of poor air quality and sleep deprivation. Nevertheless, a number of plausible explanations exist. The lead investigator postulates air pollution irritates the airways and the brain centers that control sleep and breathing patterns. Given that mechanism, we may find air pollution to contribute to sleep apnea. DSM Solutions hope to remain on top of any further studies to continue to support your practice in being the best, most up-to-date sleep apnea dentistry...
Dentists the Best for Treating Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Dentists the Best for Treating Sleep-Related Breathing Disorders

Dr. Nicole Greenman of DSM Solutions defines sleep-related breathing disorders as a group of conditions that affect your breathing pattern while you sleep. It’s a wide spectrum of condition ranging from upper airway resistance syndrome to snoring to obstructive sleep apnea. American Dental Association Policy on Treating Breathing-Related Sleep Disorders The House of Delegates for the American Dental Association (ADA) formally acknowledged that dentists are the only qualified medical personnel to provide intervention therapies for sleep-related breathing conditions. In the policy statement, the role of dentists was clearly outlined in relation to managing sleep-related breathing disorders. Key among the services expected of sleep apnea dentists were: Patient assessments for the risk of developing sleep-related breathing problems Providing referral linkages of the affected patient to specialists Monitoring and evaluating the suitability of intervention devices such as continuous positive airway pressure and oral appliance therapy as prescribed by a physician. Health risk associated with Breathing-Related Sleep Disorders By adopting the policy statement, the House of Delegates reaffirmed the central role of dentistry in treating these breathing disorders. Other than affecting patient’s quality of life, unattended to sleep-related breathing disorders can result in serious medical complications, including cardiovascular and neurobehavioral injuries. Growth and development in infants and children might be hindered by these breathing disorders as well. Because of these reasons, the DSM sleep apnea dentistry team offers training to help your practice address this problematic variety of conditions for your...
Adenoids and Tonsils in Children

Adenoids and Tonsils in Children

Adenoids and tonsils are located right behind the nose. Together, they form part of the lymphatic system which is responsible for clearing away infections and maintaining body fluid balance. Dr. Nicole Greenman of DSM Solutions advises that if you notice inflamed tonsils coupled with swollen glands in young patients, they may be red flags that the child has an obstructive sleep disorder. Swollen or Enlarged Tonsils and Adenoids Enlarged tonsil and adenoids should be taken seriously, because they increase risks of breathing-related sleep disorders. Watch Out For the Symptoms Due to swollen adenoids, a child’s air pathways may be obstructed causing them to breathe through their mouth at night. Untreated breathing-related sleep disorders such as sleep apnea and snoring have the potential of negatively impacting a child’s health and development Other diseases and disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, poor growth and development, and risks of developing cardiovascular disease have been attributed to childhood sleep disorders, as documented in reputable medical journals. Prompt diagnosis by a well-trained sleep apnea dentist after recognizing red flags such as inflamed tonsils, swollen glands, and teeth grinding is vital for reversing and preventing long-term damage associated with airways obstruction in...
 
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