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Allergies and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017

In my dental practice, I often screen patients for sleep breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea. If I suspect a problem after my oral examination, I often start the conversation by asking, “are you aware that you snore whenever you sleep? or “do you often feel unrefreshed in the mornings when you wake up?” Often, my patients respond by saying, “yes, but only when I have bad allergies.” How do seasonal allergies affect your sleep? In general, seasonal allergies are thought to disrupt normal, healthy sleep. Allergies usually cause nasal congestion and...

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Circadian Rhythm & Sleep

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017

Did you know that our bodies come fully equipped with an internal clock? Just below the brain, there is a cluster of about 20,000 nerve cells known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The SCN is connected to various parts of the brain and it acts as a control center for certain bodily functions. It helps regulate sleep and wakefulness, body temperature, and various hormonal changes during a 24-hour cycle. Let’s take a closer look to understand how this works! How Does The SCN Work? The SCN is responsible for determining the beginning and the end of each 24-hour cycle. From the first moment...

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CPAP Intolerance & Oral Appliance Alternative

Posted by on May 23, 2017

Do you struggle using CPAP to treat your obstructive sleep apnea? If so, you’re not alone. Research shows that 50% of patients will abandon treatment because they can’t tolerate using it. While Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) still remains the most popular option for sleep apnea, using the machine can be a daunting task. The following are some of the most common objections that we hear from patients seeking other alternatives.    Anything but CPAP While CPAP therapy is considered the “gold standard,” it may not be the right solution for you. The use of a mask or...

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TMJ and Sleep Apnea

Posted by on May 16, 2017

If you suffer from a temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD), chances are then you likely suffer from sleep apnea as well.  There is a strong relationship between those who suffer from TMD and those who also suffer from sleep apnea.  A 2013 study conducted in the Journal of Dental Research discovered that those who were more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), were also three times more likely to suffer from chronic TMD.  The same study showed that those who showed two or more signs of obstructive sleep apnea had a 73% greater incidence of TMD independent of their age,...

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5 Simple Do’s and Don’ts Before Bedtime

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017

For some people, bedtime is a breeze. While laying in bed, they close their eyes, and before you know it, they are fully asleep! For others, it’s not that simple. Nearly one-third of Americans say they often lie awake in bed struggling to turn off the mind, get warm or comfy, etc. Many of us are light sleepers and in the mornings, it just doesn’t feel like we get enough rest to get through the day. If this describes your situation, then consider the following do’s and don’ts before going to bed. Keep in mind, depending on how awful you feel, you may need to consult a sleep physician. There’s...

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