What is Sleep Apnea?

Posted by on Aug 11, 2017

  What is it? Every year, 7 million Americans are diagnosed with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a sleep disordered breathing condition where your airway closes and your body cannot breathe. “Apnea” is clinically defined as a 10 second period without airflow. There are two types of sleep apnea: obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea.   In simple terms, obstructive sleep apnea is when your body cannot breathe normally due to a blocked airway and central sleep apnea is when your brain does not send proper signals for your body to breathe. Current estimates show 20% of people suffer...

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Stages of Sleep

Posted by on Jul 7, 2017

The earth revolves around the sun creating a period of sun light and darkness.  This cyclic pattern separates our days into daytime and nighttime.    Our bodies developed a daily rhythm that functions within the earthy cycle, known as the circadian rhythm.  The circadian rhythm relies on the sunlight and lack of sunlight in order to regulate our sleep and wake periods.  When the sun sets, our brain begins to release chemicals that prepare your body for sleep.  Once asleep, your bodies will undergo various stages and cycles.   REM Sleep Sleep is divided into two distinct periods referred...

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4 Things You Need to Know About Vitamin D

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

Vitamin D, aka “the sunshine vitamin,” is one of the most essential of vitamins.This super vitamin is responsible for healthy bones. It facilitates the absorption of calcium into bone tissue. Therefore, vitamin D deficiency is often responsible for weak bones. In children, it can lead to a condition known as rickets, where bones become fragile and malformed due to it’s poor mineralization. In adults, poor calcium absorption leads to osteoporosis. Research also shows that vitamin D deficiency puts you at higher risk for developing chronic illnesses including autoimmune diseases,...

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Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Posted by on Jun 26, 2017

Snoring… just hearing the word alone is enough to make you cringe with annoyance. But what is snoring? To put it simply, snoring is noisy breathing during sleep. It’s prevalent among people of all ages and it affects both genders. The National Sleep Foundation states that snoring affects approximately 37 million American adults on a regular basis. Therefore, it’s very likely that either you snore or sleep close to someone who does. At any rate, snoring could be a warning signal that something is wrong with your breathing at night. Let’s take a look at what causes snoring.   What...

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Sleep Apnea in Children

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017

Does your child make whistling or breathing sounds during sleep? Does your child experience long pauses in breathing, tossing and turning in bed, mouth breathing during sleep, night sweats, or even bed-wetting? All these and more are possible signs of sleep apnea, which is more common in children than is generally recognized. It’s estimated that sleep apnea affects up to 10% of children int the US, many of them between the ages 2 and 8 years old(1).   Sleep Apnea Symptoms in Children vs. Adults Children with sleep apnea don’t necessarily vibrate the walls of the house when they...

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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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