What You Can Expect at a Sleep Study

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 and help take the guesswork out of coming up with effective, actionable solutions.

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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... read more

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.

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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... read more

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.

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Neural Circuits in Mice Point to Sleep Apnea Relief

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.

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Snoring: A Troublesome Problem

Although as many as half of all adults snore at least sometimes, snoring is not a normal habit. Sleep should be quiet with effortless breathing. Causes Snoring is frequently caused when a person’s airway is blocked. Tissues in the throat make the sound as air passes over them. This can lessen air flow and decrease oxygen. Dangers Often associated with snoring, sleep apnea is a health hazard that occurs when one a person breathing for a minimum of ten seconds at regular intervals while sleeping. Because sleep apnea causes a lack of oxygen and raised levels of carbon dioxide, it can lead to daytime drowsiness. Solutions For those who snore or have sleep apnea, there are solutions available to help them experience refreshing, beneficial sleep. Personalized treatment plans can help stop snoring or prevent sleep apnea, but before beginning, a person should first be evaluated for potential sleep... read more

Dental Sleep Medicine (DSM) Conference: Research Trends Emerge

The American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) hosted the Academy’s 26th Annual Meeting on June 2nd through June 4th, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. The gathering, attended by more 1,200 professionals including both sleep medicine professionals and dentists, honored the winners of the 2017 AADSM Research Award. Guest speakers gave a number of interesting presentations on advances in oral appliances.   Research Trend 1: Predicting Oral Appliance Therapy Outcomes The University of Sydney’s Dr. Kate Sutherland, Ph.D. presented her abstract as the Academy’s keynote speaker. Dr. Sutherland’s research focuses on obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. Her goal is to help the sleep medicine community recognize the heterogeneity of the condition with an eye toward better recognizing and treating OSA in patients.   In her research, Dr. Sutherland has looked at the expressions of OSA, in particular obesity and certain features of the skull, that are risk factors for OSA. She uses imaging tools as well as clinically applicable surrogates. Her goal is to be able to identify those clinical features which will predict the individual patient’s outcome in using therapies other than continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP), in particular oral appliances.   Other researchers have looked into sleep medicine’s ability to predict patient outcomes with oral appliance therapy. These researches include Maysaa Khojah, BDS, MS, who won an AADSM Clinical Research Award. Dr. Khojah’s results showed significant correlation between the patient’s facial anatomy and the patient’s outcome with regard to oral appliances.   Additional abstracts presented at the meeting looked at the correlations between oral appliance therapy outcomes and physical features that included the following:   Aerodynamics of the... read more

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... read more

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... read more

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