Predictor of Bad Health and Behavior

A study that was published in JAMA in 2013 showed that snoring is a health killer that is not so silent. The reason that people with sleep apnea snore so loudly is because they have a partially obstructed airway. Snoring can also have a negative effect on the heart. A study done by Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit showed that snoring can be one of the first indications of heart damage. Snoring can also have a number of negative effects on children. Children who snore may have behavioral issues in the future. Researchers have found that children who snore are more likely to develop hyperactivity disorder. They are also likely to develop anxiety, depression and other emotional problems. A report done by the Melbourne Monash Institute of Research stated that snoring affects behavior and learning in children by waking them...

A Dentist’s Role In Sleep Apnea

A good night’s sleep helps restore the mind and body. However, it is estimated that 18 million people in America do not get a good night’s rest due to the fact that they have sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that causes a person to stop breathing for 10 seconds or more at night. According to J. Micheal, DDS, FAGD, dentists are often the first ones to diagnose sleep apnea because patients typically see them more than their doctor. A dentist may refer the patient to a sleep medicine specialist. The patient may have to return to the dentist for further treatment. The treatment that is recommended is contingent upon the severity of the disorder. Losing weight, quitting smoking and altering the sleep position can help treat sleep apnea. A dental appliance can also be used to treat sleep apnea. Patients with severe sleep apnea may be required to use a continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP machine. This device keeps the airway open by distributing continuous air pressure. It is important for you to have an open and honest conversation with your dentist if you suspect that you have sleep apnea. Morning headaches, insomnia, dry mouth and excessive snoring are some of the symptoms of sleep apnea. To receive a complimentary dental sleep apnea training consultation, please call us at (818)...

The Afib/OSA Profile

It is estimated that 2.7 to 6.7 million people have Afib. There are 25 million people living with obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. One percent of the patients in my office have both conditions. The Afib/OSA Profile My typical patient is a middle-aged person. Both men and women can have Afib and OSA. Many patients complain that they have an irregular heartbeat, night sweats and cannot sleep. Some patients also show up exhibiting symptoms of sleep apnea, such as shortness of breath, extreme fatigue and lightheadedness. Additionally, it is common for women with sleep apnea to have a neck circumference of 16 inches and men to have a neck circumference of 17 inches. AFIB And The Heart AFIB is a type of arrhythmia that causes the top and bottom chambers of the heart to beat out of sync. People who have AFIB are four to five times more likely to have a stroke. It is estimated that 15 to 20 percent of ischemic strokes are caused by AFIB. What Do OSA And AFIB Have In Common? OSA often occurs during midlife and older age. It causes frequent interruptions in breathing. A person can stop breathing for 10 to 30 seconds. OSA can cause increased blood pressure and irregular heartbeat. These are the same symptoms that a person with Afib may experience. What Should I Do? Both OSA and AFIB are very treatable. You should see your primary care doctor if you notice palpitations and an irregular heartbeat. Make sure you tell your doctor if you snore or have morning headaches. Your primary care doctor may refer you to a...

Sleep Apnea Facts

Approximately 1 in 5 American adults have at least mild symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which amounts to nearly 18 million adults. About 1 in 15 people with OSA have severe symptoms, which causes considerable effects on their health and well-being. Only about 20 percent of people with OSA know they have it and are receiving any treatment for their conditions. Anyone can have OSA, including kids. Risk factors for OSA include being older than 50, smoking and going through menopause. Genetics are also important in the development of OSA, and up to 25 percent of people with OSA have a genetic predisposition to the condition. People with OSA are at risk for a broad array of health problems. The sleep deprivation caused by OSA often leads to obesity, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. OSA also contributes to depression, accidents, and mental errors at work. People with OSA have an increased risk of causing a motor vehicle...

Snoring – How It’s Diagnosed and Treated

The American Academy Of Dental Sleep has stated that your sleep affects every aspect of your life and health. It is essential for looking and feeling your best. Sleep problems can harm your health. Snoring is one of the most common sleeping issues. Snoring Snoring occurs when the tissue in the upper airway vibrates as one sleeps. Men are more likely to snore, but this problem can also occur in women. Pregnant and menopausal women are more likely to snore. Alcohol use, smoking and obesity can also cause snoring. People who snore are likely to disturb the person with whom they are sleeping. They may also wake themselves up. Snoring can be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. Diagnosing Snoring A sleep specialist can give you an evaluation in order to determine whether sleep apnea is the cause of your snoring. You may be given a sleep apnea home test or an overnight sleep test. The sleep specialist will make a diagnosis after interpreting the data. Treating Snoring Studies have shown that oral appliances are effective for treating snoring. They keep the airways open by supporting the jaw. Your doctor can prescribe you a custom-made oral appliance. Sleeping on your side, losing weight, quitting smoking and avoiding alcohol consumption are also helpful ways to avoid...

Why Add Dental Sleep Medicine to Your Practice

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a problem that affects approximately 30 million people in the United States, yet only a small percentage are receiving proper care for their condition. Dentists are a valuable resource for patients who seek treatment alternatives. Adding Dental Sleep Medicine to your practice is crucial in three ways. First, you have the opportunity to help fill a “treatment gap” for Obstructive Sleep Apnea therapy. Second, you and your team can deliver to your patients a higher standard of comprehensive care. Third, you can offer a service that is not only fiscally, but also morally rewarding. The benefits will resonate through every facet of your office. The “gold standard” of care is the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. By increasing the pressure inside the airway, CPAP serves to prevent airway collapse from the tongue, soft palate and excess weight around the neck. While there are no therapy options more effective than CPAP, because close to 50% of patients so prescribed are non compliant, the need for an alternative is acute. Where does this leave patients who are seeking better sleep and better health, but cannot tolerate the treatment they have been prescribed? Oral Appliances are a highly effective, non-invasive treatment modality for those patients who have failed to benefit from CPAP use, or who have been tested at levels too low to require this more aggressive therapy. When diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, many physicians only give the patient one option for care, independent of the severity of the condition. Choosing to incorporate Dental Sleep Medicine into your practice permits you to assess each case on...
 
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