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Some Headache Sufferers Get Relief with Sleep Apnea Treatment

December 12, 2018

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Everyone experiences a headache occasionally, but for some, waking up with a headache is a chronic problem. Some people believe they have migraines, but they could, in fact, have sleep apnea. If you wake up with a headache often, you should see a sleep specialist to rule out sleep apnea as a cause. A common symptom of sleep apnea is waking up with headaches. In fact, it is estimated that as many as at least 50% of people who wake up with headaches might have sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea may include daytime fatigue, insomnia, snoring, waking up with a gasp or startling yourself awake, waking with dry mouth, redness and other signs of irritation in your mouth and throat.


What is Sleep Apnea, Anyway?

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Many conditions are being linked to the sleep disorder called sleep apnea. But what is sleep apnea anyway? It is a general term that describes a condition where a person stops and starts breathing during sleep. Episodes of apnea can last just a few seconds and can happen once or twice up to 20 or even 30 times a night. It’s estimated that 22 million Americans have sleep apnea and most cases are undiagnosed.


Why Should I See My Dentist About Sleep Apnea?

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On a daily basis, dentists handle everything from routine exams to delicate root canals and oral surgery. Did you know that more and more dentists also evaluate and treat sleep apnea? Many patients might be surprised to hear their dentist ask about their sleep patterns, but in fact, your dentist and his or her team are one of the best resources for sleep apnea management.


The Sleep Test: What’s a Polysomnogram?

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If you suspect you have sleep apnea, your dentist or doctor may suggest a polysomnogram or sleep study. General symptoms of sleep apnea may include daytime fatigue, insomnia, snoring, waking up with a gasp or startling yourself awake, waking with dry mouth, redness and other signs of irritation in your mouth and throat, and headache. If you regularly experience these symptoms, Click here to take our sleep survey, and tell your dentist or healthcare provider.


Nighttime Teeth Grinding May Be Measure of Survival

December 11, 2018

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Nighttime bruxism occurs when you clench or grind your teeth during sleep. Some studies estimated that almost 8% of adults grind their teeth at night. Occasional grinding may not be harmful but when it happens nightly, may be associated with moderate to severe dental damage, facial pain, and disturbed sleep. If you wake up with a sore jaw, head and neck pain or a morning headache, there is a chance you’re grinding your teeth during the night. In some patients, enlarged jaw muscles develop on the sides of the face from this nighttime grinding.


CPAPs Aren’t the Only Treatment for Sleep Apnea

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Some people don’t like wearing a CPAP mask for treatment of their sleep apnea. Even though it is considered the gold standard for treatment, many forgo treatment because they don’t care for the way the mask fits or feel claustrophobic wearing something over their nose and mouth during sleep. For patients that are prescribed CPAP machines, up to 86% don’t comply with treatment. But not treating sleep apnea can have significant side effects including diabetes, high blood pressure, hypertension, congestive heart failure, atrial fibrillation, coronary artery disease, daytime sleepiness, and even sudden cardiac death. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which a person stops breathing periodically during sleep.


A Caregiver’s Guide to Keeping Your Loved One’s Mouth Healthy

November 19, 2018

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There comes a time when the tides change, and we become a caregiver to those that raised us, drove us to soccer practice, dance recitals, and music lessons. They helped us brush our hair and taught us to brush our teeth. Now we are the ones helping with shopping, shuttling loved ones to doctor’s appointments, assisting with errands, and balancing checkbooks. One often overlooked (but just as important) task is helping your loved one maintain their oral health.

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