All Posts in Category: Sleep Apnea

Waking the Dead (and grumpy): Teenagers and Sleep

Why is it that getting our teenagers up and going is sometimes such a battle? We nag them to get up, they want to sleep longer We’re in a hurry- they can’t seem to get out of bed They stay up too late… Actually, it’s not totally their fault.  As kids enter teenage years their […]

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Why is High Blood Pressure a symptom and side effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Every time you have an apnea (a total block of air for 10 seconds) or hypopnea (partial breathing block) the “fight or flight” reflex is triggered. With each event, the heart rate and blood pressure increase.  It’s the same feeling you get when you’re scared suddenly; a little sweating, hard to catch your breath, and […]

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A Good Night’s Sleep

Walking through the airport I saw a cover of Consumer Reports regarding how to sleep better. It reviewed all types of mattresses, pillows, sleep positions, etc. suggesting that this is the primary cause of poor sleep. Not most likely. While discomfort in your neck, back, or hips can disturb your sleep, the PRIMARY cause of […]

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Sleep Disorder Categories and AHI

There are 7 categories sleep disorders as outlined by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. One of those categories involves all the Sleep Breathing Disorders that Dentists treat under the prescription of a Physician. Sleep Apnea and UARS (Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome – considered a variant or pre-cursor to sleep apnea) are what we will […]

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Treat Sleep Apnea With CPAP or Oral Appliance?

There is mounting evidence that regardless of the way you decide to treat sleep apnea may not be as important as treating it all night and every night. Some patients are even using both CPAP and an oral appliance in order to get a full night of treatment.sunrise-795299_1280

CPAP VS Oral Appliance to treat Sleep Apnea: What’s in it for me? A longer, healthier life!

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Treat Sleep Apnea for Better Health

The interconnected relationship between Sleep Apnea, heart disease, stroke and gum disease is being cited more and more often. Treatment for Sleep Apnea and regular care of your teeth, mouth and gums are critical for overall health.

Scientific evidence and increasing peer-reviewed literature are piecing together the common links between periodontal disease (bleeding gums) and diseases of the heart and blood vessels. Bacteria found in gum disease are also routinely found in the plaques that narrow our arteries and thrombi ­– the clots causing strokes. The inflammation triggered by gum disease found throughout the body is one of the critical factors that start a cascade of conditions that can lead to these problems.

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Un-Silent Nights Due to Sleep Apnea

Are not so silent nights driving you nuts?night-913046_640

The annoyance factor of trying to sleep with a loud snorer pales in comparison to the potential health consequences of the person living with untreated Sleep Apnea; which include depression, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and an increased risk of stroke and heart attack.

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Is Sleep Apnea Causing Weight Gain?

We really can’t live without sleep. Lack of quality sleep is scientifically proven to cause weight gain, play havoc with your immune system and contribute to a list of potentially deadly diseases. Sleep Apnea could be the reason you are not getting quality sleep.

“I can get by on 4 hours of sleep,” some business travelers say, but really can they? Or are they in a state of chronic stupor from weeks of sleep deprivation?

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Sleep Breathing Problems Can Lead to Misdiagnosis as ADHD

Chronically sleep deprived children often exhibit the same behavior as a children with ADHD. As a result, children and teens can be diagnosed with ADHD or ADD when the real problem stems from a sleep disorder. Get a sleep evaluation and a dental evaluation by a someone trained in sleep apnea and TMJ disorder if your child exhibits the symptoms listed below.

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