For years snoring has prompted humorous cartoon depictions of bed partners sorting out their different views of the problem and hilarious videos revealing what the non-snoring bed partner will resort to in order to get a good night’s sleep. The problem with snoring, however, is that both parties - the snorer and snoree (what I call the person who is forced to listen to the … [Read more...] about Snoring Is Not Funny
Snoring and obstructive sleep apnea are not only disruptive to your bed partner; they may also be the cause of many other illnesses. And as we have seen in the news recently, can result in deadly vehicle accidents. If you have opted to wear an oral appliance at night for snoring and/or sleep apnea (as opposed to using a CPAP machine) you may have noticed that it’s not … [Read more...] about Is Your Sleep Apnea Appliance Working?
There has been a lot in the news lately about implants as a way to treat sleep apnea. As a dentist involved in helping patients with their snoring and obstructive sleep apnea, my biggest challenge has been figuring out strategies to keep the tongue from falling back into the oropharyngeal region. Once this happens, airflow is compromised, leading to diminished levels of oxygen … [Read more...] about An Implant for Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Based on the number of emails I weekly receive advertising courses for dentists to learn how to make and provide oral appliances for snoring and sleep apnea I can only assume that an increasing number of adults are receiving these devices. Though these devices can provide great benefit socially (allowing bed partners to sleep in the same room) and medically by reducing the risk … [Read more...] about Who is Monitoring Your Snoring or Sleep Apnea Appliance?
Snoring, long considered to be no more than a social nuisance, is now seen by the medical community as a possible sign of more serious health conditions. In order, however, to determine whether a patient’s snoring indicates a more serious disorder, like obstructive sleep apnea, overnight sleep studies are critical to obtain. The problem of course is that many patients are … [Read more...] about Snorers! Now A Sleep Study Can Be Done in Your Own Home