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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Each year in the United States, nearly three million cases of sleepwalking are reported. In the vast majority of cases, the sleepwalker is a child under the age of twelve. Sleepwalking children may actually walk around the house, perform unusual repetitive motions, or even have conversations—all while actually being fast asleep.
Certainly this can be alarming for other family members who are aware of the telltale signs of sleepwalking. But is sleepwalking actually dangerous? What causes sleepwalking? Is there any sleepwalking treatment? And how can you prevent sleepwalking from happening?
Has your doctor or sleep specialist advised you to consult a sleep medicine dentist about snoring, apnea, or sleep-disordered breathing? If so, be sure you’re consulting with a dentist in possession of a credential from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) or American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine (ABDSM), which is the credentialing part of the organization.
Many adults are familiar with sleep apnea, a condition that causes people to stop breathing momentarily during sleep, often multiple times per hour and hundreds (if not thousands) of times per night.
You may not have apnea yourself, but you probably know someone who does; about 22 million American adults are estimated to have this condition. Sleep apnea is dangerous over the long term, contributing to heart disease and stroke risk, cognitive problems, and daytime fatigue. Exhaustion from untreated apnea can cause workplace and vehicular accidents and can trigger or worsen the severity of depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders and mental illness.
Sleep apnea is less prevalent in children than adults, but still a pressing concern. According to studies cited by the American Sleep Apnea Association, up to 4% of children ages 8 and under may have sleep apnea. Cases of pediatric apnea are important to detect and treat because children are susceptible to all the same health problems as adults with apnea—as well as additional dangers, such as growth and developmental problems and symptoms of ADHD.