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Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Do You Have It?

Obstructive sleep apnea can be a very serious condition where individuals have either partial or complete obstruction of their airway when sleeping. Most people who suffer from this are complaining about loud snoring, poor sleep and daytime sleepiness.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

If OSA is left untreated it can cause many other health problems such as high blood pressure, increased blood sugar levels, depression, weight gain and also heart disease.

Some of the symptoms of sleep apnea are as follows:

  • Morning headaches
  • Witnessed pauses in breathing or gasping for air
  • Daytime sleepiness
  • Falling asleep while driving or while inactive
  • Heartburn during sleep
  • and many more!

Are you struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea? If so, we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.

Sleep Apnea – Children and Why it is Important

Children need to start understanding the importance of sleep and we as parents need to help them understand. It is very critical that we avoid sleep apnea children need sleep for physical and psychological development and everyday functioning.

sleep apnea children

During the formative years sleep is important to children. However, in recent years, researchers have confirmed the importance of sleep in a child’s growth and development is very critical. Here are some of the most important things to happen to children who go without adequate sleep:

  • prone to accidents and injury
  • less motivated
  • argumentative
  • hyperactive
  • more inattentive
  • impulsive
  • less mentally alert
  • less resilient

Normally when sleep is compromised school performance, memory consolidation and the ability to learn all diminished. Children feel stress, have a really poor outlook, engage less and have less than normal physical activity when they don’t get enough sleep.

In a recent Sleep Health journal Dr. Max Hirshkowitz said “To improve sleep health, we must refocus our lens. Awareness and education are the key. Teaching sleep health in grade school, along with physical and dental health, is one step.” What this truly shows is the need for sleep education for our children. Here are but a few reasons why children need to be taught about proper sleep:

  • Sleeping less than 8 hours increases risk of accidental falls in children.
  • Sleep education can improve academic performance.
  • Sleep problems in children may lead to substance abuse.
  • Even minor sleep loss impacts a child’s brain processing.
  • Regular bedtimes during early childhood influences children’s behavior.
  • An adequate bedtime schedule could help prevent depression in children.
  • Sufficient sleep in childhood may help prevent obesity.
  • Screen time robs a child of the sleep they need for growth and development.

When we take care of our children and they learn about the importance of sleep, we can really help provide a generation of children who are not suffering from sleep illnesses. After all, no child’s  healthy sleeping habits are expendable.

Are kids or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea children? If you said yes, then we invite you to email or call: (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.  We also invite you to visit our Dental Assistant School in Temecula.

Sleeping on the Job – Is it Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and sleeping on the job really can have an impact on your job performance according to recent studies. In a recent study that had around 150 people in it, 83 of these people did have sleep apnea and what the results showed was that they suffered job performance issues. The study also showed that many people had excessive daytime sleepiness (EDS).

Sleeping on the Job

The study also showed that people were 14-times more likely to suffer job related performance issues within the past 4 weeks. Usually these problems would range from missing work due to being to tired to basically sleeping on the job. This studies results also shown that people with EDS and OSA had their job modified for example taking a pay cut or even missing a promotion.

In another recent study of people who had OSA, 957 people were compared to around almost 5,000 others. What these results showed was that 80% of women would miss work compared to that of 61% of men when they had sleep apnea. It can be seen that women have this risk about 5 years before even being diagnosed compared to that of men being seen one year before diagnosed.

You really can find out if you have sleep apnea with an overnight sleep study. All you need to do is contact your sleep center in the Temecula area.

Struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea? If so, we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.

Sleep Apnea Car Accidents – Prevention

Slееріnеѕѕ, lіkе excessive ѕрееd, alcohol, аggrеѕѕіvе drіvіng, аnd іnсlеmеnt wеаthеr, соntrіbutеѕ tо оr саuѕеѕ motorized vеhісlе crashes. Wіthіn thе раѕt fеw уеаrѕ, sleep apnea car accidents have bеgun tо bе investigated. However, with insufficient data, the subject соntіnuеѕ tо be misundеrѕtооd.

sleep apnea car accidents

 

Hоwеvеr, sleepiness саuѕеs and соntrіbutеs tо motorized vеhісlе сrаѕhеѕ; in fact, a higher proportion оf ѕlеер-related crashes еnd іn fаtаlіtіеѕ thаn thоѕе attributed to dіffеrеnt саuѕеѕ. In 2013, оf thе 100,000 automobile ассіdеntѕ thаt wеrе саuѕеd bу drowsy drіvіng and apnea, 40,000 resulted іn injury. It’ѕ important to note that every one оf thоѕе ассіdеntѕ wеrеn’t caused bу ѕоmеbоdу fаllіng аѕlеер аt thе whееl. A majority of sleep apnea car accidents оссur frоm аn absence of аttеntіоn to the rоаd. Wіth a delayed reactions and ѕlеер dерrіvаtіоn, accidents are guaranteed tо hарреn.

Untreated apnea will саuѕе medical іѕѕuеѕ like cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. When clinically significant, sleep apnea should be treated regardless of driving status. People who are excessively sleepy due to untreated sleep disorders should not drive; they are a risk to themselves and others.  In fact, recent analysis іndісаtеѕ thаt trеаtmеnt of арnеа rеduсеѕ thе danger of a fаll-аѕlеер car сrаѕhes than fоund wіthіn thе gеnеrаl рорulаtіоn.

Sleep арnеа is treatable. There is a treatment for sleep apnea that can help you lose the CPAP mask and avoid surgery. Thіѕ іѕ a custom-fit oral appliance for thе treatment of dеlісаtе to mоdеrаtе obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The аррlіаnсе іѕ wоrn thrоughоut sleep to supply Continuous Oреn Aіrwау mеdісаl care (COAT) by moving the jаwbоnе slightly fоrwаrd. This mоvеmеnt tіghtеnѕ the ѕоft tissue аnd muscles оf the upper airway, that рrеvеntѕ obstructіvе apneas whеrеаѕ уоu ѕlеер.

Car crashes are scary, but treating sleep apnea doesn’t have to be. If yourself or a loved one has or might have sleep apnea, then there is no better time to get help. We offer options to help improve your quality of life. Contact us or call us to schedule a free consultation right away so that you can sleep easy.

Are you or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea? If you said yes, then we invite you to email or call: (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.  We also invite you to visit our Dental Assistant School in Temecula.

Insomnia – Do I Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a very common sleep disorder characterized by breathing pauses or low breaths during sleep at night. These breathing pauses last for a couple of seconds up to sixty seconds. The frequency can be about thirty pauses per hour or even more times a night. Under normal circumstances regular breathing follows this episode, but is usually accompanied by snorting or choking noises.  It is a prolonged disorder that disturbs the victim’s deep sleep. The breathing pauses or breathing difficulty causes the person to sleep lightly. The sleep wake cycle is adversely affected which culminates into insomnia and exhaustion during the daytime due to not enough sleep at night. For this reason, a major cause of frequent daytime sleeping are due to this disorder.

Unfortunately, the sleep apnea disease goes mostly unnoticed. Without timely diagnosis, apnea can reduce a person’s life expectancy by many years. Moreover, there is a strong association between sleep apnea and cardiac disease or CVA better known as stroke. Loud snoring is pathognomic to this sleep disorder. In addition, other hallmark signs are insomnia and excessive day time sleeping. Measures should be taken to understand the signs and symptoms of the disease and manage it head on. Otherwise serious repercussions may follow.

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Signs and Symptoms.

The signs and symptoms associated with sleep apnea are: Headaches at morning time, snoring, exhaustion following night’s sleep, hypertension, insomnia, mood swings, loss of memory, gasping during some late hour at night for getting in air, and thus a largely disturbed every day routine.

How do we fix sleep apnea?

The easiest and simplest way to manage sleep apnea in a patient is through use of a dental device properly designed to manage this sleep disorder. This treatment is commonly called “oral appliance therapy”. In this therapy, a device is fixed in the mouth in a way that it averts the blockage of the airway. No snorting or airway obstruction occurs and the person can breathe smoothly without breaks. The device enables the patient to no longer suffer from insomnia and enjoy a sound sleep.

Oral appliance therapy includes evaluation of the patients sleep pattern. This is followed by evaluation of sleep monitoring device alternatives, and an appropriately designed appliance for managing apnea.  Not only is this method convenient to use but also the best substitute for CPAP air machines traditionally in use.

Struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea? If so, we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.

Sleep Disorder – Are You Sleeping?

Have you ever wondered whether your snoring could be related to a medical condition? If not, you should. Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder which is identified by pauses in breathing while a person is asleep. A person suffering from this disorder, will have breathing that abruptly stops and then after a pause, starts again. The pause in the breathing cycle is called an apnea, hence the name of the sleep disorder. These pauses are variable in length ranging mildly to a few seconds and, more dangerously to minutes. The condition is an ongoing one and depending on the pauses of his breathing cycle a person may continuously move in and out of deep sleep, thus yielding poor quality of sleep causing tiredness in the day time.

Sleep Disorder

People suffering from this condition will be loud snorers. They will tend to feel extremely tired even though, in theory they got a good night’s sleep. The lack of sound sleep will cause the person to suffer from fatigue, leading to drowsiness and a drop in overall alertness. The condition may take its toll over the period of time, as every pause is essentially a stop in the flow of oxygen to the body. When left untreated sleep apnea has proven links to diabetes, heart problems and depression.

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed, as people with the condition may not realize that they suffer from this when awake, much like snoring. Only an observing person who can see the patterns and the breaks in breathing can alert the person towards his condition. There are three main types of sleep apnea all of which have similar effects but their method of action is different. The most rampant variant is called Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), in this there is a physical impediment to the air flow despite a working respiratory system, resulting in snoring. The throat muscles due to the effect of gravity and the relaxed muscle tone during sleep collapse and act like an impediment. The snoring sound is caused by the breath of air trying to make its way around the impediment.

The second type of sleep apnea is known as Central sleep apnea (CSA), the lapse in normal breathing is because of impairments which prevent the brain from sending the correct signals to sustain the process of normal respiration. This form of sleep disorder is fairly rare and very dangerous. The third type of sleep apnea is called, Complex sleep apnea syndrome (CSAS). This condition has features of both OSA and CSA and comprises almost fifteen percent of all sleep apnea cases.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed by a test called the polysomnogram, this test electronically records the physical activities that take place during sleep. The patterns associated with sleep apnea can then be corroborated. Meanwhile the doctor may suggest methods to manage the condition by making changes in lifestyle. Obesity is one of the contributors of sleep apnea acquired later in life, losing weight can therefore do wonders. Lying on the side can also contribute to clear airways which can prevent obstruction.

Are you or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea? If you said yes, then we invite you to email or call: (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.  We also invite you to visit our Dental Assistant School in Temecula.

Sleep Apnea – Are You at Risk?

“I really had to push myself in the morning as I was so tired” says Connie, a retired nurse. After waking up with chest discomfort and elevated heart rate, Connie visited the hospital emergency, where she was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. The cardiologist suggested that Connie should get a sleep study to check is a sleeping disorder has led to her atrial fibrillation. “I had wondered in the past if the morning headaches and fatigue I had was from sleep apnea, but did not realize that atrial fibrillation could also take place from sleep apnea,” she states.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

When an individual with OSA, also called as Obstructive Sleep Apnea falls asleep, the back of their throat as well as the tongue relaxes. The relaxed tissues pulsate as the air passes, making more of a snoring sound. If allowed to continue, the repetitive vibration will cause the airway to swell, further obstructing an already narrow opening. Generally, breathing stops for few seconds, causing the blood pressure to rise, and eventually interrupting sleep.

It is Just Snoring or Something Serious?

It has been stated by the American Heart Association that sleep apnea is not just snoring. If left untreated, the condition can lead to serious cardiovascular issues.

Best Solutions To Consider

The best solution to Obstructive Sleep Apnea and the health issues that accompany it can be just in most cases. A small oral appliance, fitted by a professional dentist, is a convenient and painless solution to OSA. The device is very much like a sports mouth guard, and is largely non-invasive. It works by stabilizing and repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to prevent the soft tissues from relaxing down into the airway.

As the cardiologist advised Connie, she looked into several treatment options related to OSA. ‘I read about the oral appliance and also heard stories about people who were too claustrophobic to wear the CPAP, and then decided to eventually opt for the oral appliance. After I got my sleep apnea treated, I noticed an immediate difference in my energy levels, and then it became a lot easier for me to shed excessive weight.’

Professional Assistance Can Help!

Dr. Pat Brown, a professional dentist who administers oral appliances for sleep apnea, works closely with medical experts who identify sleep disordered breathing. The dental device treatment is reversible and works in conjunction with the other OSA therapies, if required be. Dr. Pat Brown along with his staff is committed to effective treatment. Progress is carefully monitored as each patient has a different airway, and requires minor modifications to fit the teeth and bone structure.

Connie states that treating her sleep apnea has completely changed her life! People often live with discomfort, weight gain, snoring, and tiredness as they have no idea that treating their sleep apnea can actually change their life! The oral appliance therapy is covered by most of the medical insurance services as well.

Struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea? If so, we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.

Sleep Deprivation and Driving

I used to get very concerned about sleep deprivation and driving when at night, Sam would fight to breathe, Sam’s wife states. “He even used to fall asleep as he drove, which truly frightened me.”

Sleep Deprivation and Driving

An Australian researcher corroborates her concerns. “It varies from feeling intoxicated while driving, when your responses might be sluggish, states Dr. Ashleigh (Fitness of the Monash University Accident Research Centre). “If you have really dozed off while driving… you will not brake at all.”

Diagnosing the Problem

Sam ailed from sleep apnea; this state deprives the body of oxygen for a lengthy span of time in the course of sleeping. When an individual with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) dozes off, the back of the throat and tongue relax.

With the passing of air, the relaxed tissues vibrate and this leads to the sound of snoring, which is greatly recognizable. If it not stopped, the continuous shaking will lead to inflammation of the airway, causing a further barrier to the already thin opening.

Many times, breathing is going to discontinue for some seconds leading to elevation of blood pressure and disruption of sleep.

Effects of OSA

Among OSA symptoms are possible dilapidating decline in everyday operations and a raised danger of stroke, high blood pressure and death. This may be caused by either accidents or occur in the course of sleeping.

Being drowsy in the course of the day makes individuals afflicted with apnea at high danger of dozing off while driving. Individuals suffering from sleep apnea have a five times higher possibility of being involved in road accidents.

Effective Treatments for OSA

In a lot of instances, the answer to OSA and the issues regarding security and health related to it can be easy. A tiny oral piece of equipment fixed by a skilled dentist is an answer to OSA which is devoid of pain and is suitable. The piece of equipment is the same as a mouth guard (sports) and is mainly non-invasive.

It operates by relocating the lower jaw as well as tongue and making it steady. In many circumstances, it avoids the soft tissue from resting inside the airway.

Treatment Offered by Dr Brown

Dr Brown, who is a dentist, is skilled in making a diagnosis and applying oral pieces of equipment. In addition, he works in collaboration with medical experts who make a diagnosis of breathing which is interrupted by sleep.

This treatment can be discontinued and operates in combination with other treatments for OSA if necessary. Advancement is meticulously observed as every patient’s airway varies and needs small adjustments to fit the arrangement of the teeth and bone.

Positive Outcome for Sam!

“In the course of the initial month of making use of the dental equipment, I noted a big improvement in my level of energy and life quality!” he states. “My wife is ecstatic as I no longer doze off soon after dinner.” he goes on. ‘Now we are able to actually enjoy being together.”

Many medical insurances and Medicare cover Oral Appliance therapy.

Are you or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea? If you said yes, then we invite you to call: (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.  We also invite you to visit our Dental Assistant School in Temecula.

CPAP Alternatives for your Sleep Apnea Relief

The cause of the typical snore is the partial blocking of the airway found at the back of one’s throat. Sharing a bedroom with a snorer is a nightmare. When a person who regularly snores momentarily stops breathing then gasps for breath, this is a sign of the condition called ‘Sleep Apnea’. The condition is not just irritating to roommates, and even the snorer himself; it is also dangerous, posing a possible serious threat to a person’s life. This article discusses options for treating sleep apnea and CPAP Alternatives.

CPAP alternatives

People suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea are more prone to life-threatening illnesses like cardiac arrest, hypertension and even diabetes. Also, sleep apnea patients’ life expectancy tend to be significantly lower by decades. Sleep apnea sufferers may have the tendency to grind their teeth while sleeping, and a lot of people may suffer from this condition, even children. The condition tends to become even worse with age.

Individuals suffering from sleep apnea often feel drowsy, tired, and lethargic throughout the day, and may also experience migraines, heaviness in the head, and depression. Sleep apnea also leads to adverse results to a person’s cognitive ability, causing it to gradually deteriorate.

However, sleep apnea can be controlled through the use of pressurized breathing machines commonly known as CPAP a.k.a. bi-PAP. CPAP or bi-PAP machines do not let the person’s airway collapse, and it uses the technology of a compressor with humidifier plus hose and mask to assist airflow even with the presence of pressure. CPAP or bi-PAP has been proven to be effective in controlling obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, however many patients report several reasons why they do not prefer using this method. For many, it feels quite uncomfortable and sounds too noisy, and at times, it even causes feelings of claustrophobia. A lot of people then do not use it for its inconvenience, while some because of their worries of social mockery.

On the other hand,  there are better CPAP alternatives which equally produces positive results including – custom oral airway dilators from a highly experienced dentist. This kind of device works by fitting into one’s mouth while sleeping, closely resembling orthodontic retainers that fit snugly into one’s teeth by simply moving the lower jaw a little forward or putting a slight pressure on the tongue so as to properly position it.

The dental oral airway dilator therapy is ideal for use for people who do not feel particularly comfortable using CPAP, and in fact the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) supports its concept and recommends it for people suffering from  severe obstructive sleep apnea.

Medical insurance also covers this type of therapy thus, if you are a snorer and patient of sleep apnea, consider consulting with a dentist now to evaluate the condition of your jaw’s joints as well as to examine your mouth and airway for a perfect fit. This is an important first step to ensure the CPAP alternatives affectivity.

You deserve to have a good night’s sleep and a healthier rest with no threats whatsoever to your life. Schedule an appointment now with your dentist or feel free to recommend this method to others. It is surprising how uncomplicated the procedure is.

Are you or someone you know struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea, then we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.

 

How to Detect Sleep Apnea by Symptoms

Sleep apnea is a problem that many people face. Most of these people really don’t even know that they suffer from this problem. Generally it is someone else who has trouble sleeping that confronts the person who has sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is caused by a build up of carbon dioxide in the body and this can be very dangerous.

How to Detect Sleep Apnea

Understanding Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea can be treated by the use of appliances. People who have sleep apnea usually suffer from other symptoms like snoring.During sleep muscles tend to relax and this can cause choking of the throat and blocks breathing. Carbon dioxide then can build up and then the brain wakes up telling the person to breathe. People with sleep apnea can have morning headaches, tiredness and even lack of concentration as symptoms.

Treating Sleep Apnea

The sleep apnea and insomnia treatment center helps with how to detect Sleep Apnea and in the treatment of these types of sleep related disorders by using unique and highly effective methods. Sleep evaluation, sleep monitoring devices are used followed by custom appliance fabrication and selection for treating sleep apnea. Moreover these therapies are also very much affordable and comfortable as well.

Sleep apnea can be accompanied by a number of health problems including high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack. This is because the heart pumps faster when there is less oxygen which puts pressure on the heart resulting in a number of cardiovascular disorders. The main problem with sleep apnea is that it cannot be detected easily. The person suffering from sleep apnea also do not realize that they are having difficulty in snoring.

There are different types of sleep apnea, obstructive sleep apnea, central sleep apnea and complex sleep apnea. Of these three types of sleep apnea the obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type. When the soft tissue at the back of the throat becomes relaxed during sleep it collapses on the throat blocking the air passage and this result in loud snores. Thus the otherwise ignorable symptoms of sleep apnea should never be ignored and must be treated at an early stage before it gives way to other health problems.

Are you or someone you know struggling with restless sleep, snoring problems or potential sleep apnea?  We invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or call us at (951) 695-6269 for a consultation.