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Sleep Habits Worldwide: Culture vs Biological Needs

Posted by Kevin Asp on Jun 25, 2017 9:00:00 AM

There are distinct differences in sleep patterns all over the world. Cultural values, traditions, biological needs, and environments all play a role in sleep habits and practices.

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Topics: sleep habits, sleep culture

Why Am I So Tired All the Time? (Reasons and Causes)

Posted by Kevin Asp on Jan 19, 2017 3:06:23 AM

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that among the adults in the U.S., more than a third of the population is not getting enough regular sleep.  So, what does it mean when you ask yourself "why am I so tired all the time?" It means that you could be suffering from fragmented sleep caused by a sleep disorder.   

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Topics: tired all the time

Different types of sleep apnea test: Home vs Hospital

Posted by Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on May 24, 2016 3:30:00 AM

You probably already know that in order to find out if you have a sleep disorder, you need to take a sleep test. 

A sleep test is actually the umbrella term for a handful of different kinds of tests used to identify and diagnose sleep disorders.

The most common sleep tests (or sleep studies) are given to patients who potentially suffer from sleep-breathing disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

There are two versions of sleep apnea tests: one is done in the convenience and privacy of your own home, and the other is administered at a sleep center where there's a lab on site.

 

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Topics: Home Sleep Test, sleep apnea, sleep study

CPAP and Atrial Fibrillation

Posted by Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on May 17, 2016 11:30:00 PM

Do you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? If so, have you ever noticed strange patterns of heartbeats, like butterflies in your chest? 

Or, do you have atrial fibrillation? If so, have you ever noticed how much trouble you have staying asleep at night? Do you need to get up and use the bathroom several times?

OSA, meet AFib. And AFib, meet OSA. It turns out, these two conditions often come hand in hand.

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Topics: cpap

BiPAP Machines vs CPAP Machines: Differences, Settings, Pros and Cons

Posted by Kevin Asp on May 9, 2016 11:30:00 PM

It's likely you know at least a little something about continuous positive airway pressure, more widely known as CPAP.

It involves wearing a mask which delivers air to you as you sleep so that you don't have dangerous pauses (called apneas) in your breathing.

CPAP is only one of several kinds of therapeutic devices using positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy to treat sleep apneaA second kind of therapy known as Bilevel PAP (BiPAP) also exists which helps people with severe sleep breathing disorders. 

Which is the right therapy for you? You'll know that answer once you understand the differences between the two: how they work, what problems they address, and who they're intended for. 

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Topics: cpap, bipap

What is a Mini CPAP Machine? (Benefits and Limitations)

Posted by Kevin Asp on May 3, 2016 11:30:00 PM

One of the ways in which CPAP has improved tremendously over the last few years is with regard to its size. Machines are getting smaller and more sophisticated all the time.

While regular nightstand machines are more compact than ever, and are often marketed as "travel CPAP," there's even more exciting news regarding the more recent compact CPAP machines being built specifically for portability. In example, the Z1™ by HDM (pictured above) weighs only 10 ounces and fits inside the palm of the hand.

This new class of PAP delivery systems is referred to as "mini CPAP."

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Topics: cpap

What is the best CPAP machine for me? (Tips and Considerations)

Posted by Kevin Asp on Apr 28, 2016 9:00:00 PM

If you're in the market for a new CPAP machine, it's important to know your options. The development of noninvasive ventilation equipment has exploded in the last few years in response to user demands.

Whether you are a seasoned PAP veteran or a first-time user with a new diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you'll want to consider all the latest innovations before investing in your next machine.

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Topics: cpap therapy

What is Dental Sleep Medicine? Roles & Therapies

Posted by Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on Feb 4, 2016 12:00:00 PM

Only until recently have people considered the value of working with a dentist to manage their sleep-breathing problems, even though dental sleep medicine has been around for over three decades.

It was first pursued in conjunction with other treatments (namely continuous positive airway pressure, or CPAP) for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

Because dental technology has advanced in effectiveness and comfort for snoring mouthpieces and oral devices, dentists now find themselves at the forefront of sleep medicine, especially in support of alternatives, like oral appliance therapy (OAT), for patients with OSA who are unhappy with CPAP. 

Despite this, many patients (and even dentists and physicians) still don't recognize the relationship between oral health and sleep-breathing disorders. This recent mainstream emergence of dental sleep medicine stands to change that.

What is dental sleep medicine?

First: it is not sleep dentistry. Sleep dentistry refers to the use of sedation in order to perform dental work.

Dental sleep medicine is a branch of specialty dentistry which focuses on the craniofacial and physiological connection with sleep breathing disorders. Snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome (UARS), bruxism, and OSA are chief concerns for dentists, who are poised at chairside to quickly identify risk factors for these specific sleep disorders. 

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Topics: snoring, osa, dental appliance, oral appliance, oral device, snoring mouthpiece, dental sleep medicine

Combination Therapy for OSA: CPAP plus Snoring Mouthpiece

Posted by Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on Feb 2, 2016 2:00:00 PM

So you tried continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy to treat your recent diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

However, you found the therapy uncomfortable and difficult to adjust to, and even after a three-month trial, you weren't able to use it at the minimum rate.

You may have then switched to a snoring mouthpiece or oral device as part of an attempt to use oral appliance therapy (OAT), but your OSA is too severe for this option to be effective. 

Now what do you do?

Why not try using both... at the same time?

What is Combination Therapy?

Combination Therapy for treating OSA works just like it sounds: it combines the benefits of higher pressures from CPAP for severe OSA with the benefits of oral repositioning that are the signature of OAT.

Who would benefit from Combination Therapy?

Generally speaking, anyone with severe OSA who has struggled to control it can benefit from Combination Therapy. It may not be a first-line approach, but it constitutes an option for those who have tried both alternatives and weren't able to make progress with either of them separately.

The chief benefit of using both therapies in tandem relates to your ability to tolerate the higher pressure sometimes necessary to treat severe OSA. Wearing the mask with a mouthpiece can shift enough of the space of the upper airway enough so that you can effectively reduce your pressure settings. If, by doing this, you find it comfortable enough to go from using your CPAP alone three hours a night to using CPAP with a mouthpiece six or more hours a night, then Combination Therapy could be the perfect solution for your OSA challenges.

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Topics: cpap, snoring, osa, oral appliance, oral device, snoring mouthpiece

CPAP vs Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece: Comparisons and Considerations

Posted by Tamara Kaye Sellman, RPSGT, CCSH on Jan 27, 2016 2:38:42 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) and the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine has agreed that for the treatment of mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), both continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or oral appliance therapy (OAT) can be prescribed as first-line therapies. In addition, the snoring mouthpiece, while not a first-line therapy for OSA, has become an important option for treating primary snoring when OSA is not also present. So how do these therapies compare against each other? And which might be your best option? We address the CPAP vs Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece issues here.

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Topics: cpap, oral appliance, oral device, sleep apnea mouthpiece, snoring mouthpiece

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