Dental Sleep Blog

Sleep Apnea and Online Screeners: Pros and Cons

Posted November 14, 2018 by inboundMed in sleep apnea screener, drowzle app

With the number of convenient health tracking tools available today, it’s no surprise that you can now keep track of and analyze your sleep using digital tools available for your smartphone, computer, and tablet. Many different online screeners and sleep tracking apps now exist to help you keep track of your sleep: you can manually log or automatically sync up data about your bedtime, your wake time, your sleep fragmentation, and even, potentially, signs and symptoms of sleep disorders, including snoring and sleep apnea.

 

Some researchers refer to this category of tracking and recording health data at home to later share with a doctor as “telemedicine.” 

 

But how good are these consumer digital health tools, really? Is it possible for an average person to gather accurate enough sleep data on your own to make a preliminary diagnosis of a problem as serious as obstructive sleep apnea?

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Oral Appliance Therapy as a First Line Therapy for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Posted November 13, 2018 by Premier Sleep Associates in oral appliance therapy

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the medical term used when referring to a sleep disorder that is characterized by an intermittent failure to breathe during sleep due to some type of physical obstruction that repeatedly blocks the airway. The body struggles to breathe but cannot – the effort can go on for 10, 20, 30 seconds or more. When the blockage is finally cleared, gasps for air, snorts and/or choking sounds occur as the body resumes normal breathing.  Until the block happens again.

For years, individuals with OSA have been treated with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP); however, oral appliances as a first line therapy for sleep apnea may be able to address a patient’s obstructive sleep apnea without the need for expensive, bulky and uncomfortable equipment.

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Restless Legs Syndrome in Children: Signs, Symptoms and Treatment Options

Posted October 23, 2018 by Premier Sleep Associates in restless legs syndrome in children

Is your child restless in bed and tired during the daytime? When you go into their bedroom, do you see the sheets twisted up and the covers undone? Maybe they come into your room to complain of not being able to fall asleep or go back to sleep. They may say their legs are itchy or tickly. If so, it could be that your child is one of the approximate 2%-4% of children who may have Restless Leg Syndrome, according to The National Sleep Foundation. 

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Why Do I Need a Sleep Study Prior to an Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea?

Posted October 12, 2018 by Premier Sleep Associates in sleep study, Home Sleep Test, oral appliance therapy

Do you think you have obstructive sleep apnea? Perhaps you’ve taken a sleep apnea quiz online and realize you have several of the symptoms or indicators, like snoring, morning headaches, or excessive daytime sleepiness.

Maybe your physician has noted your likelihood for apnea based on factors like your BMI, neck circumference, cardiovascular health, or family history. It’s even possible your doctor or sleep medicine dentist has asked you to pre-screen for apnea using the STOP BANG questionnaire—a diagnostic tool that helps physicians screen patients for the probability of moderate to severe sleep apnea.

If you think you have sleep apnea, you may be correct. After all, about 22 million Americans are living with this health condition, according to current figures, and an estimated 80% of these cases are thought to be undiagnosed. You could be one of those undiagnosed cases. 

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Untreated Sleep Apnea in Mothers and Preterm (Premature) Births

Posted October 10, 2018 by Premier Sleep Associates in pregnancy and sleep apnea

Did you know that if a pregnant woman has untreated sleep apnea, the risk of her delivering her baby prematurely increases?

A 2017 study conducted at the University of California San Francisco showed that women diagnosed with insomnia or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) had nearly double the risk of early premature delivery—that is, birth before 34 weeks—as compared to women without sleep disorders.  A 2016 Thai study published in the journal Sleep Breath showed similar increased risk of preterm birth. 

Early preterm births come with their own sets of health risks for mother and child. But what many people don’t realize is that “preemie” infants also have a higher likelihood of  developing sleep apnea and sleep disordered breathing as children and adults.

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New MATRx Plus™ Device Can Identify Patients with OSA Who Can Benefit from Oral Appliance Therapy

Posted September 18, 2018 by Premier Sleep Associates in MATRx Plus, Home Sleep Test

We at Premiere Sleep Associates are proud to share that our colleagues at Zephyr Sleep Technologies Inc. have been approved by the FDA to sell their new medical device in the United States. The MATRx Plus™ is “the first ever ‘at-home’ class II medical device to identify obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients suitable for oral appliance therapy.” (Link to press release.) Zephyr has partnered with Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies, to bring MATRx plus™ to the United States market.

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Alternatives to CPAP...Oral Appliance for Sleep Apnea may be the Answer

Posted July 26, 2018 by inboundMed in oral appliance therapy, cpap alternative

 If you have obstructive sleep apnea like 22 million other Americans, you are likely using CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy to manage your sleep disorder. . . Unless, of course, you’re struggling to wear the mask or nasal pillows every night.

If you’re uncomfortable or claustrophobic, you may actually end up sleeping without the CPAP gear more often than you’d like to admit to your doctor. Or maybe you have good intentions and start out wearing your sleep mask, only to wake up and find you’ve pulled it off your face in the night.

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Oral Appliance Therapy as a Travel Alternative to CPAP

Posted July 17, 2018 by inboundMed in oral appliance therapy, sleep apnea mouthpiece, cpap alternative

If you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you probably know that traveling with a CPAP can be a hassle, especially if you’re flying. The bulky machine, mask, tubing and humidifier chamber take up about half the space in a standard airline carry-on bag, leaving you with precious little room for your clothes and other items.

 

Leave the humidifier behind and you gain a little extra wiggle room—but then you’re committing to sleeping with dry air coming into your nose and mouth for the duration of your trip.

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Oral Health in Children with Sleep Apnea

Posted June 21, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, childhood gum disease

According to The American Sleep Apnea Association, as many as 4% of children between the ages of 2 and 8 have sleep apnea.

 

You probably are aware that sleep apnea exists for adults and even for kids, and you may know its primary signs, symptoms and dangers: snoring, gasping, and pausing breathing during the night (apneas), events which disrupt normal sleep and lead to low blood oxygen. These apneas, in turn, can eventually lead to a number of cognitive and cardiovascular health risks.

 

Childhood apnea comes with all these risks, but there’s another area of pediatric health parents and caregivers shouldn’t overlook: pediatric oral health.

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CPAP Therapy for the Child: Indications and Uses

Posted June 13, 2018 by inboundMed in children with OSA, cpap therapy for children

Sleep apnea in children is very rare. Only 1%-4% percent of all children between the ages of 2 and 8 years of age suffer from this condition, according to the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. In contrast, less than 1 in 10 adult women and 1 in 4 adult men show the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea.

 

Children diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are far more vulnerable to its consequences. Much of a child’s metabolism is devoted to physical growth, and much of that is accomplished during the four-stage sleep cycle (specifically, Stage 3 Deep Sleep).

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Sleep Apnea and Sleep Disordered Breathing Signs, Symptoms, and Consequences