Blog Archive

Children with Sleep Apnea – Part 2 Aug 13th, 2019

Possible Causes of Sleep Apnea in Infants  It’s possible that there are different causes for infant sleep apnea.  The infant only needs to stop breathing once an hour during sleep to be diagnosed with sleep apnea.  Medical reasons could be responsible for the sleep apnea. Early diagnosis is therefore very...

Sleep Apnea Blamed for 2 Train Crashes Aug 13th, 2019

The National Transportation Safety Board’s investigators attribute the train accident at the Hoboken Terminal in New Jersey and the train accident at the Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn, New York to untreated, undiagnosed sleep apnea.  The engineers fell asleep at the wheel; the crashes killed one person, injured over 200, and...

Cancer has been linked to sleep apnea Aug 13th, 2019

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue, daytime tiredness and dangerous pauses in breathing at night.  It has been linked to cancer. About 28 million Americans have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea; and about 90 percent of these people are not even aware that...

Silent Strokes & Small Brain Lesions Aug 13th, 2019

A study done at Germany’s Dresden University Stroke Center showed that patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) may experience an increased risk for silent stroke and small white matter lesions in the brain.  Severe OSA patients experience pauses in breathing more that 30 times per hour on average and...

Can A Baby Have Sleep Apnea? Aug 13th, 2019

Can A Baby Have Sleep Apnea?If you watch a baby sleep, you will see that its breathing is very regular at about 20-30 times a minute.  But be aware that babies can have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). And babies that have sleep apnea do not have reflexes as well developed...

Is It ADHD or Sleep Apnea? Aug 13th, 2019

One of the most commonly diagnosed disorders in children is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which is a condition that varies widely in kids. Over 6 million children in the US have been diagnosed with ADHD. There are three types of ADHD: inattentive, hyperactive-impulsive, and combined. The condition can also...

Metabolic Syndrome and Sleep Duration Study Aug 13th, 2019

Short sleep time or long sleep time has been linked to metabolic syndrome.  This condition predisposes development of several things including diabetes, stroke and heart disease. These findings are found in a new study entitled, “Association between sleep duration and metabolic syndrome: a cross-sectional study,” which was recently published in BMC...

Obstructive Sleep Apnea linked to Dementia Aug 13th, 2019

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and structural changes in the brain are found to be linked.  These changes are seen in early dementia.  This information is found in a study published in the European Respiratory Journal.  In OSA, the airway narrows during sleep, obstructing breathing.  It reduces oxygen levels in the blood...

Obstructive Sleep Apnea linked to Cancer Aug 13th, 2019

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), a common disorder that causes snoring, fatigue, daytime tiredness and dangerous pauses in breathing at night, has been linked to cancer. About 28 million Americans have moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea; and about 90 percent of these people are not even aware that they have...

Sleep Problems and Your Sex Life Aug 13th, 2019

Sleeping — the most important part of your 24-hour day. It helps restore and maintain our body’s immune, musculoskeletal, and nervous systems. It also helps to maintain mental health including performance at our daily tasks, our mood, our memory, and our sexual health. If you live to be 90 years old,...

Sleep Apnea Linked to Gout Aug 13th, 2019

Patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been found to have an increased risk of gout, according to research results published in an official journal of the American College of Rheumatology.  The researchers were led by E. Roddy, DM, and M. Blagojevic-Bucknall, PhD, at Keele University in the UK An...

Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment Aug 13th, 2019

The Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) has been considered the "gold standard" to treat people that have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and is usually the first choice prescribed by medical doctors. But is it the “best” treatment for you?? The patient has to wear a specially designed...

HATE YOUR CPAP?? Aug 13th, 2019

Of the ten problems listed by Mayo Clinic that people who use CPAP for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) commonly have with their CPAP, none address the power source problem!  Where do you plug the machine in?  Camping, backpacking, hunting, etc. — a small custom-made oral device may be your answer....

ALZHEIMER’S BRAIN PLAQUES Aug 9th, 2019

Does the brain clean Alzheimer’s plaques out while you sleep??  Does sleep deprivation prevent the brain from cleaning these plaques out? Sleep may be called the “clean cycle” for the brain to clean out sticky proteins called amyloid-beta protein fragments that can stick together in the brain.  These plaques are present...

Your Nose Aug 9th, 2019

Impact of the Nose on Treatment for Sleep Apnea The slightest increase in resistance in the nose can cause big problems for those people who are being treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with either CPAP or a dental device.  This increase can be caused by a lot of different...

Snoring and Sleep Apnea Aug 8th, 2019

   

Sleep Cleans Trash From Your Brain Jun 10th, 2019

Scientists have found a system in the brain that flushes out waste products from the brain.  And they further found that this system is mostly active when you are sleeping.  This information is found in a study published in the journal, Science. Maiken Nedergaard, M.D., D.M.Sc., co-director of the University of...

HURT YOUR RELATIONSHIP—SNORE!! Apr 16th, 2019

Want to attract a Valentine’s Day sweetheart?  Don’t snore!  Over 25% in the USA said that they are annoyed or angry at a bed partner that snores.  This is from a survey done by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine.  The study showed that 20% said that a partner...

Heart Risk for Women and Snoring Apr 16th, 2019

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) which is characterized by pauses in breathing while sleeping and snoring, may cause heart function problems sooner in females that in males. women than in men, according to a study (which included almost 5,000 participants) at a Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) meeting.  And what...

Nose Breathing May Benefit the Brain Apr 16th, 2019

Lately more experiments have looked at how breathing influences our cognition, especially memory.  The Journal of Neuroscience published a study in October, 2018 that looked at the relationship between our memory and our method of breathing—through the nose or through the mouth. Many studies show that as rodents sniff anything...

Low REM Sleep Time--Higher AFib Risk Apr 16th, 2019

Sleep apnea may have a link to atrial fibrillation (AFib), which increases stroke risk, dementia risk, heart attack rick, and even death. A University of California - San Francisco study showed decreased REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep-stage 5 of sleep-is linked to higher chances of development of AFib.  A person...

Always Tired?? Apr 16th, 2019

You don’t want to live this way.  You really want to thrive and this tiredness just gets in the way! Is it the busy schedule, the job, the kids, the weather, etc.?   And you don’t feel any better if go to bed early or take naps?  And you’re still overly...

Impact of the Nose on Treatment for Sleep Apnea Apr 16th, 2019

The slightest increase in resistance in the nose can cause big problems for those people who are being treated for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) with either CPAP or a dental device.  This increase can be caused by a lot of different things.  A deviated septum, polyps, large turbinates, broken nose,...

DNA And Lack of Sleep Apr 16th, 2019

You desperately want to be healthy and thrive.  Lack of sleep can cause your DNA to be altered and this may lead to disease. The University of Helsinki, the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health, and the National Institute for Health and Welfare got together in a study to compare those...

Is Removal of Tonsils and/or Adenoids Right for Children? Apr 16th, 2019

Tonsils are located in the back of the throat and adenoids are located behind the nose. The are a filter for bugs (bacteria and viruses) to help protect against infections.  In many people, they shrink by the age of 6 or 7 but not in all people.  I am one...

DO YOU HAVE NIGHT SWEATS? Apr 16th, 2019

About 80% of middle-aged women have hot flashes and night sweats, which researchers have discovered may is some way be associated with increased risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This information is found in a study published in the journal Menopause. Women with high blood pressure and obesity (BMI over...

One Patient’s Story—SNORING—Part 1 Feb 3rd, 2019

The doctor said I could die after he found out that I snored.   It was just another routine physical, but it was the first time a doctor had asked me about my snoring.  He said I might not make it to my next birthday if I didn’t get it treated....

One Patient’s Story—SNORING—Part 2 Aug 13th, 2018

This week we will see what Dr. Joe had to say— After the patient told the doctor about all his failed attempts to stop the “chainsaw” snoring.  He suggested that I see a qualified dentist and have an oral device made.  They move your lower jaw forward and pull your...

STOP SNORING OR DIE Aug 13th, 2018

Snoring is more than just loud noise—it is a warning sign of a bigger problem that has serious consequences.  Pain is more than just something to get rid of; it is a warning sign of something more serious.  Pain may be from a cut that may become infected—it may be...

DRUGS & SLEEP DISORDERS Aug 12th, 2018

Drugs can cause obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and can make patients who already have OSA get worse.  An obstructive sleep apnea event is caused when the tongue blocks the throat repeatedly during sleep completely for at least 10 seconds.  If the number of those events is 5 or more per...

LOW ENERGY LEVEL?? Aug 13th, 2017

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) means your breathing stops during sleep. It may be for a shot time or for a minute of more.  And this may happen every few minutes or even every minute during sleep.  If it is a chronic problem, your brain and body will be oxygen-starved during...

What is TMJ/TMD? Aug 12th, 2017

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is the joint connecting the lower jaw (mandible) to the skull (temporal bone). The lower jaw and the skull are connected by a number of muscles and ligaments, which function in harmony with each other if the lower jaw is in the correct position. The head...