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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