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Thursday, February 09, 2012

Read About Reasons You're Tired

Here's a link to the Today Show segment about reasons why you're tired during the daytime and having trouble sleeping at night. A good overview of the topic and health risks of not paying attention to what you're body's trying to tell you.

http://todayhealth.today.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/02/07/10333963-surprising-reasons-youre-tired-all-the-time

We screen our patients for sleep breathing disorders and offer dental sleep medicine options in conjunction with board certified sleep physicians and local sleep labs.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Wall Street Journal on Stopping Sleepiness

Oh my goodness! Here's an article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal. The media is all over the sleep issues that are plagueing our culture. People are becoming more and more aware of not sleeping well, waking up during the night, and not feeling rested all day long.

In addition to discussing the health risks and dangers of even a few nights of poor sleep, this article talks about ongoing research (including looking into an enzyme that's present in saliva) to find markers that alert people to sleepiness even before they realize there is a problem.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970204369404577206952841644944.html#

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The Quest for a Good Night's Sleep

Wow! Every day there's something popping up in the media about the struggle of America to get a good night's sleep.

Yesterday, The Today Show did a segment about various things that rob people of a restful night. Glad they included the long-term adverse effects of letting this go untreated--cardiovascular problems, diabetes, stroke. It's more than just annoying; it can be life threatening.

Today, on my Facebook page, a friend posted the question, "When was the last time you went to bed and slept through the night?" As of this writing, there are 32 comments.

In our office, we offer a no charge consult for sleep-breathing issues. We work with board certified sleep physicians and local sleep labs to determine causes of sleep disruption and determine what's the proper course of treatment.

For snoring and mild-to-moderate sleep apnea, we can make an oral appliance that's FDA-approved and usually covered by medical insurance. Even in severe cases, when a patient is CPAP intolerant, an oral appliance may be better than leaving apnea untreated.

Here's a link to the Today Show segment:

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Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I Hate My CPAP

I hate my CPAP. That's what we hear from a lot of OSA (obstructive sleep apnea) patients in our dental practice.

Yesterday's post was more broad on the topic of sleep disorders, but I wanted to make sure to stress the CPAP thing. I've heard numbers that suggest that about 20% of the population suffers from sleep breathing disorders and/or apnea. Of that number, somewhere between 50-80% of patients hate the CPAP and quit wearing it.

What next? Do nothing and let your body and your vital organs take the hit of decreased oxygen compromising their function? Not a wise choice if you want to live a long and full life. Go back to your CPAP provider and ask for adjustments to the mask, force of the air, etc.? A logical choice, but good luck with that. If you've given up on the CPAP and are allowing your OSA to go untreated, then you should definitely consider an oral appliance like the ones we can provide in our dental office.

Oral sleep appliances open the airway by holding the jaw in a forward position. An overwhelming majority of patients who use this device are satisfied with it, use it regularly, and say they intend to continue using it.

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