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...
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...
Neural Circuits in Mice Point to Sleep Apnea Relief

Neural Circuits in Mice Point to Sleep Apnea Relief

We at DSM Solutions are here to stay up to date on the latest medical findings related to sleep apnea so that you can be an informed an effective dentist at treating it and related disorders. New findings by medical researchers that have been able to pinpoint a particular style of neural circuitry that arouses mice brains simulating sleep apnea conditions. These findings could result in new methods and medicines that assist patients with obstructive sleep apnea in increasing the amount of sleep they can get at night. Because of the breathing cycle that takes place and the changes in the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in the blood, the brain provides an alert to the person sleeping right in time to re-establish their breathing. This cycle repeats itself multiple times during the night, so the person with sleep apnea is prevented from getting the necessary deep sleep that they need. They often have no memory this by the morning time. Saper, a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School stated that “If we could keep the brain from waking up during sleep apneas episodes and only activate that one part of the brain that open up the airways, those with sleep apnea would be able to get a good night’s sleep.” After additional experiments were made, Saper and colleagues concluded that there needs to be a drug that has the ability to reduce the wake-up responses while altering the opening of the airways during the process. The intent is to prevent people with sleep apnea from waking up during the night so that they will be...

Best Practices for Sleep Apnea Treatment Plans

Sleep apnea has plagued millions of people over the years, but there is hope. Sleep physicians and dentists are coming together to work collaboratively to create new practices for sleep apnea treatment plans. Skill, licensure, and knowledge are all taken into account about each professional in order to provide the best outcome possible for their patients. Sleep physicians that are board-certified in sleep medicine are the best profession to be able to diagnose OSA properly. The next step is for a dentist who has been trained in sleep medicine to provide oral appliance therapy to the patient. After this process is done, your dentist will provide a follow up to make sure that the desired effects of the oral treatment took place. The AADSM has over 3,000 members, dentists that have proven they have the knowledge to excel with dental sleep medicine. The only way that these plans work is by upholding the highest of standards when it comes to their patients’ care. It is imperative to make sure that the physician and dentist you work with have AADSM Dental Sleep Medicine Facility Accreditation to guarantee the best results out of the...

An Overview of Sleep Apnea And Its Symptoms

Central and obstructive sleep apnea may have the same symptoms, which it is why it can be difficult to determine which type one has. The symptoms of obstructive and central sleep apnea may include the following: • Loud snoring • Waking up with a sore throat or dry mouth • Irritability • Morning headache • Waking up with shortness of breath • Episodes of breathing cessation • Excessive daytime sleepiness • Morning headaches When to see a Physician • Your snoring wakes you or your partner up • You experience shortness of breath • You stop breathing frequently at night • You experience daytime drowsiness Many people do not think that snoring is indicative of anything serious. However, it is important to see your doctor if you experience snoring or breathing cessation at night. You should also talk to your doctor if you have any sleeping problems. Daytime drowsiness may be indicative of sleep apnea or...

Oral Appliance Therapy

More patients with obstructive sleep apnea are being treated with oral appliance therapy. Studies have shown that the oral appliance therapy is highly-effective. It also has a high rate of success. Oral appliance therapy is ideal for patients with obstructive sleep disorder or snoring. It is also great for people who are looking for an alternative treatment. People who want to get oral appliance therapy should have at least 10 well-supported, healthy and well-distributed teeth. They must also have a tempo-mandibular joint system that is stable without restriction and pain during protrusive or lateral excursions. Dentists have to receive extra training in dental sleep medicine because this is not taught in residency programs or dental school. There are several oral appliances available. Patient physiology, anatomy, preferences and sleep behavior are things that determine the type of oral appliance that is recommended. Patients who use oral appliance therapy will need to follow-up regularly with their physicians and...
 
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