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Sleep Apnea – Is There A Solution?

Sleeping in the same room as a person who snores is no easy task. Snoring is caused by partially blocked airway in the back of your throat. When a person regularly stops breathing and then starts back up again with a gasp of breath, that is an indication of apnea.

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Many people suffer from sleep apnea and even kids can have this condition. This is troubling for older people because it can make you prone to cardiac arrest, diabetes, and even hypertension. Patients also tend to grind their teeth. It also has an adverse effect on their cognitive ability which begins to deteriorate and hence this is a very serious issue.

There are ways to help control night time breathing. One of the ways is to use a CPAP or a Bi-PAP machine. The machine has helped many people who snore but at the same time there is reasons why not to use a machine at all. Usually people find the machine uncomfortable for long period of time and its noisy.

There happens to be alternative therapy to using the CPAP machine. A custom oral airway device which you use while you sleep as had positive results like the CPAP. People have found though that this device is easier to use and feels  better than the uncomfortable CPAP.

Never take a risk with your life. You are entitled to a sound sleep and lead a healthier and fitter life. In case you or your near and dear ones suffer from this disorder then you should simply call up and schedule an appointment. You will be surprised at how uncomplicated this procedure is.

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

A great night of sleep could be just around the corner!

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Tossing and Turning?

guy-face-pillow-scruffyPeople have really been dissatisfied with their sleep patterns over the years. A lot of people think that they do not get enough sleep at night and when they get up in the morning they don’t feel refreshed.  Sleep specialists say that you really need about 8 hours of sleep is really ideal for adults. American between 13 – 64 say that they really never get enough sleep during the week and 60% of those individuals state they have sleep deprivation. The most common reason why they are not sleeping is snoring, waking up in middle of night, and being very tired in the mornings. So, the question is – How does sleep deprivation affect the human body? The following are symptoms of not getting enough sleep during the night:

  • Nodding off during the day, which accounts for 100,000 car accidents annually.
  • Lowered cognitive functioning, which affects memory retention and increases the occurrence of heart disease, diabetes, and strokes.
  • Diminished sex drive, which is caused by lack of sleep that lowers the testosterone levels in males.
  • Premature aging of the skin, which is caused by the flooding of cortisol (stress hormone) in the body. As a result, cortisol breaks down collagen in the skin.
  • Weight gain, which increases the risk of becoming obese by 30%.
  • Increased rate of depression. A study in 2007 showed that people who experienced insomnia were five times more likely to develop depression.

Are you or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea? If you said yes, then  we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a  consultation.

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Snoring and Always Tired?

As many as 12 million to 18 million American adults have untreated sleep apnea.  Diagnosis and management can greatly enhance overall mood, health, disposition and productivity. Despite common misconceptions, anyone – regardless of gender, weight or fitness level – can develop obstructive sleep apnea, which is a a serious medical problem distinguished by cases of total or limited airway sleep impediment.

couch-guy-blog-2Be aware of the risk factors:

  • Other diseases: Many people don’t realize that they’re in greater danger of developing sleep apnea if they already suffer from other common diseases. Seven in 10 Type 2 diabetics and 30 to 40 percent of adults with hypertension also have obstructive sleep apnea.
  • Age and weight: Risk of sleep apnea increases between middle and older age and with the amount of excess body weight you carry.
  • Habits: Smoking is another significant risk factor, as well as being a detriment to your overall health.
  • Gender: Men have a greater likelihood of developing sleep apnea. However, menopause is a risk factor for sleep apnea in women.
  • Family history: Risk of sleep apnea is also higher if family members have been diagnosed with sleep apnea.

Watch for symptoms:

“Not everyone who snores has the disease,” said Dr. Brown. “However, when snoring is paired with choking, gasping or pauses in breathing during sleep, it’s a more likely indicator of sleep apnea.”

There are also several daytime warning signs. Morning headaches, excessive sleepiness, trouble concentrating, memory or learning problems, and general moodiness, irritability or depression can all signal sleep apnea.

Get evaluated and treated:

It’s critical that those exhibiting risk factors or symptoms of sleep apnea be evaluated by a board-certified sleep medicine physician right away.

“Once diagnosed, the recommended treatment for sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which provides a steady stream of air through a mask to gently keep your airway open – making it easier to breathe,” said Dr. Brown. “It’s estimated that CPAP therapy reduces the 10-year risk of heart attack by 49 percent and stroke by 31 percent.”

“Treating sleep apnea provides all the benefits of improved sleep, including improved memory and cognitive function,” said Dr. Brown. “Clinical evidence also shows that sleep apnea treatment lowers blood pressure – decreasing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Left untreated, sleep apnea may have a serious impact on overall health, even increasing risk of death.”

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.

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Diabetes and Sleep Apnea – Should I Get Tested?

People who are suffering from Type 2 diabetes and hypertension are being highly advised to be evaluated for sleep apnea, as sleep apnea can greatly further affect the health of people who have these two types of medical conditions. The Sleep Apnea Temecula Center is advising people who fall into these two health issue categories to be evaluated by a sleep medicine dentist for sleep apnea.

dissorderThe doctors at Sleep Apnea Temecula advise people with Type 2 diabetes and hypertension to be evaluated for sleep apnea because people with these health issues are more prone to have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which is when the person actually stops breathing in their sleep due to obstructive air flow, which in severe cases can result in death. There is overwhelming evidence that Type 2 diabetes sufferers and people with hypertension, or high blood pressure, or more inclined to suffer from sleep apnea, which in turn can worsen their initial health issues. This makes seeking professional help to evaluate and treat sleep apnea more imperative.

Studies show that seeking the help of a board-certified sleep medicine physician will not only aid in managing sleep apnea symptoms, but will also improve the symptoms of hypertension. With over 67 million Americans suffering from high blood pressure, between 30-40 percent of these Americans also suffer from sleep apnea (and over 80 percent of hypertension patients who do not respond to hypertensive medications becoming prone to developing sleep apnea), which is a staggering number that can be greatly controlled with the proper therapy. The patients with resistant hypertension seem to be at the greatest risk for also having sleep apnea, which studies have shown, can be greatly reduced with the help of sleep apnea treatments.

Managing sleep apnea symptoms has shown been proven to greatly help manage Type 2 diabetes symptoms. Type 2 diabetes accounts for over 90 percent of all diabetes cases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there are over 25 million adults in America with diabetes, with over 70 percent of those with Type 2 diabetes having OSA. The CDC also shows that the severity of obstructive sleep apnea with type 2 diabetes patients seems to directly impact their diabetes symptoms, with patients with severe sleep apnea having less ability to control their glucose levels. Studies done on Type 2 diabetes patients with sleep apnea not only are better able to control their overall glucose levels and insulin sensitivity, but they are also able to better control nighttime glucose levels, which are more prone to be unstable due to the long stretch of time without food.

The University of Chicago recently conducted a study on type 2 diabetics with sleep apnea and found that using continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) at night to help manage sleep apnea symptoms also helped to manage diabetic symptoms, often times with as much as an effect as certain diabetic medications taken by mouth. The study showed that by using CPAP for one week helped lower 24-hour glucose levels in patients with Type 2 diabetes and OSA. Esra Tasali, MD, lead author of the study and assistant professor of medicine, pulmonary and critical care medicine at the University Of Chicago Department Of Medicine, also said that early morning glucose spikes were lowered by over 40 percent with the help of CPAP therapy. Not only does the treatment of sleep apnea help with diabetes symptoms, but it also improves alertness, memory, and cognitive function.

Are you or someone you know having issues with sleeping or potential sleep apnea? If you said yes, then  we invite you to visit Sleep Apnea Temecula or Call us at (951) 695-6269 for a  consultation.

 

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Insomnia – Can I get a Good Nights Sleep?

When was the last time you had a truly serene nights sleep? One of the most common interruptions to a restful nights sleep in nearly 50% of the population is snoring. Over time, this can progress to total airway obstruction which is called, Sleep Apnea. This disorder is associated with many side effects, some dangerous and life-threatening.

couple-bed-ethnic-opAt Sleep Apnea Temecula, we are aware that sleep distress takes its toll on your mental, physical, and emotional health.“Sleep is a quiescent period where the cells are doing a lot of repairing. Your hormones act differently when you’re asleep, and your immune systems as well.” says Lisa Sheves,MD, DABSM founder of Northshore Sleep Medicine in Chicago.

The director of the Kettering Sleep Disorder Center in Dayton Ohio, Dr. Donna Arand, has reviewed five key health problems that are associated with a lack of effective sleep. Sleep deprivation and insufficient oxygen has been shown to have a link to:

1. Increased lack of attention and mental health

2. Increased weight gain

3. Increased frequency of colds and flu

4. Increased heart disease and strokes

5. Increased risk of diabetes

For mild to moderate cases of obstructive sleep apnea, a removable dental oral appliance is used as a form of medical therapy. This device holds the lower jaw in a slightly forward position to open the posterior airway. By preventing the position of the tongue from blocking airflow, not only is snoring reduced but a deeper, more restful sleep is enjoyed.

There are several medical treatments that can reduce these risks and increase the quality and benefits of your sleep. The staff at Sleep Apnea Temecula will review your medical history to see if you are a candidate for a sleep study to identify the presence of sleep apnea and your sleep quality.

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

A great night of sleep could be just around the corner!

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Sleep Apnea: The Ultimate Sleeping Buzz Kill

You are in a nice deep, peaceful sleep, dreaming that you are overlooking the mountains from a cabin in the woods… when all of a sudden, it sounds like someone is unmercifully cutting down the logs from your cabin in your ear! You wake up with a jolt ready to hit the ground running for safety, when you realize that your loved one is cutting the logs in their sleep! These loud, gaping snores are enough to make you move into the next bedroom to get some sound shut eye before you shove your pillow in your loved one’s face! But, before you do that, let’s take a look at what causes snoring and how you can help remedy this annoying, yet serious health issue.

snoring-01That wonderful sound of chainsaws going off, aka snoring, is caused by a partial obstruction of the airway in the back of the throat. If you hear a snoring person suddenly stop breathing for several seconds and gasp for air before continuing to snore, then you have witnessed ‘apnea.’ Now the problem is no longer just annoying; it is potentially life threatening, as this kind of snoring can lead to the person to stop breathing in their sleep.

Sleep apnea is a very common health issue that affects a large segment of our population, including children. Sleep apnea can get worse with age as well as with extra weight gain, as extra weight compresses the diaphragm when a person lies down, so tackling this issue early on will save lots of sleepless nights for everyone in the household and can save a life!

Obstructive sleep apnea has been shown to increase the risk of heart attack and stroke by a whopping 300-400%! Sleep apnea also increases blood sugar and complicates diabetes control, increases blood pressure, and has been shown to decrease life expectancy by 10-20 years! Sleep apnea can lead to a feeling of excessive daytime sleepiness, fatigue, and a general lack of energy, which nobody has time for these days! It is also highly correlated with morning headaches, migraine headaches, depression, acid reflux disease, and tooth grinding. Sleep apnea and lack of quality sleep has even been shown to decrease cognitive thinking ability over time. Who knew that getting sound sleep at night could affect our overall health so much!

Historically, sleep apnea has been managed by the use of a pressurized breathing machine called CPAP, bi-PAP, or other names. They typically involve the use of a compressor, a humidifier, a hose, and a mask, which delivers air under pressure to help keep the airway from collapsing. It has been shown to be very effective at controlling obstructive sleep apnea and snoring, and if you have severe apnea and can tolerate it, you should absolutely use it. However, the list of reasons why many people don’t use the machine is quite long and includes, but is not limited to,  inconvenience, discomfort, noise, claustrophobia, and lifestyle.

Now, before you start thinking that the current treatments and machines available for sleep apnea are not for you, I have great news! There is now an alternative therapy that has been shown to be nearly as effective at managing sleep apnea and snoring as pressure machines, but without the inconveniences of machines, wires, and masks! A specially trained dentist can provide you with a custom oral airway dilator for use at night. Similar in appearance to orthodontic retainers (just don’t drop this down the drain!), they fit over your teeth and work by either moving your lower jaw forward slightly or by placing gentle pressure on the tongue to keep it from falling back. The American Academy of Sleep Medicine recommends this concept as first line therapy for anyone diagnosed with mild or moderate obstructive sleep apnea or even for people with severe cases of sleep apnea who are not tolerant of CPAP.

Proper evaluation and examination of your mouth and airway, as well as the condition of your TMJs (the jaw joints), and selection of the appropriate device along with custom fabrication will all help ensure the best fit and effectiveness possible. Your new nighttime mouth jewelry may even be covered by medical insurance!

Don’t risk your quality of sleep, your health, and your life any longer! Sleep better! Feel better! Live longer! If you think you or someone you know may have this condition, then please pick up the phone to find out more about how this simple nighttime adjustment and treatment can change your life and the life of the people you live with, aka, no more nighttime log cutting!

Call us at (951) 695-6269  for a consultation.  With the coupon on this website the $50 consultation is free!