Drowsy Driving Prevention Week

The National Sleep Foundation (NSF) has designated the first full week in November (this year Nov 4-11 2018) as National Drowsy Driving Prevention Week. Most people are aware of the dangers of drunk driving and distracted driving. The dangers of drowsy driving are not as well known but are just as real. In fact, sleep-deprived drivers cause more than 6,400 deaths and 50,000 debilitating injuries on American roadways each year. 1 Drowsy driving is when a driver is fatigued due to lack of sleep. Drowsy drivers have diminished awareness, delayed braking and can even fall asleep at the wheel. Studies show …

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May is High Blood Pressure Education Month!

Did you know… 83% of drug resistant hypertension patients also have Obstructive Sleep Apnea! Half of Obstructive Sleep Apnea patients also have hypertension! The good news is treatment can help! For example evidence shows when you treat people with sleep apnea, their blood pressure is not only lower at night – it’s also lower during the day. Take time to have your (or your loved ones) sleep tested and treated. Our dentists have treatment solutions & alternatives to CPAP! Talk to your us or your medical professional about your sleep today! According to the National Sleep Foundation https://sleepfoundation.org/ask-the-expert/sleep-apnea-and-heart-disease The American Heart …

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#HeartMonth February

February is heart month. February is when we have our hearts checked and when we commit ourselves to heart-healthy living. According to the CDC, heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the US.  On thepositive side, there are many ways to reduce our risk of heart disease, and one of the easiest is to get tested and treated for sleep apnea. Evidence continues to show a close relationship between heart disease, including hypertension, and sleep apnea.  When oxygen levels decrease during sleep, blood pressure spikes. This high blood pressure can then carry into …

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OSA Therapy Choice and Compliance

The two most common therapies for Obstructive Sleep Apnea are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) and mandibular advancement splints (oral appliance). These two therapies have similar benefits to patients but differ in comfort, ease of use and compliance levels. Traditionally, CPAP has been the first choice of physicians for treatment of patients with OSA.  Low CPAP compliance rates and high efficacy results for the oral appliance have physicians reconsidering this choice. Studies show that 30 to 50% of CPAP users are noncompliant. In contrast, oral appliance users report nearly 100% compliance. Noncompliant patients are at risk of stroke, obesity, drowsy …

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A Case For The Patient Treatment Pathway For Oral Device Therapy

Featured in the March 2017 edition of Dental Sleep Medicine Insider Magazine is article A Case For The Patient Treatment Pathway For Oral Device Therapy  By Jagdeep Bijwadia: 40% of CPAP users are non-complant. That means that for close to half of all patients being treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea, CPAP simply is not a viable solution. The ideal metric for treatment should take into account both the AHI and… read more 

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Does skipping CPAP for one night really matter?

A recent study found that sleep apnea, even for one night, can affect blood pressure.  “After just six hours of fluctuating oxygen levels, similar to what happens with sleep apnea, the body’s ability to regulate blood pressure is impaired.”   There is an immediate impact on the body’s ability to maintain a normal blood pressure from sleep apnea the night before. A patient is considered “compliant” if he or she wears a CPAP for 70% of nights; however, every untreated night affects the next day’s health.  Maybe a treatment with a higher compliance rate should be considered.  Mandibular advancement devices (oral …

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Heart Disease and Sleep Apnea are a Dangerous Combination

Sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are common in patients with cardiovascular disease such as coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, and atrial fibrillation. A person suffering from cardiovascular disease is two-to-three times more likely to have sleep apnea, according to the Sleep Apnea and Cardiovascular Disease Study conducted by The American Heart Association. According to the study, sleep apnea can lead to or worsen heart disease. Apneas, or periods when breathing ceases during sleep, causes oxygen levels to drop and triggers a “fight or flight” response in your body which in turn causes your blood vessels to constrict and …

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