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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Blindness?

April 9, 2022

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Middle-aged man with sleep apnea experiencing vision problems

Blindness or severe vision impairment afflicts millions of people in the U.S. For many of these individuals, diabetic retinopathy led to their disability. You may be able to help your diabetic patients retain their vision by encouraging them to make dietary changes. But did you know that there is more you can do? By offering sleep apnea treatment, you may be able to prevent changes in the eye that contribute to vision impairment. Let’s discuss the link between blindness and sleep apnea.

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Why Sleeping Pills Are Not the Solution to Sleep Apnea

February 28, 2022

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Woman mistakenly taking sleeping pills to help with sleep apnea

When you are chatting with patients, do you often come across ones who seem tired? Perhaps some of them are dealing with a rigorous schedule or heavy stressors. Others, though, might remark that they are always tired, and they use sleeping pills to help them rest. If that sounds like a red flag, you’re right — sleeping pills are not a solution to long-term sleep problems, including disorders like sleep apnea. Let’s talk about why that is the case and what you can do to help your patients get the high-quality shuteye they deserve.

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Support Your Patients’ Brain Health by Offering Sleep Apnea Therapy

January 10, 2022

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Illustration of person with poor brain health due to sleep apnea

The brain controls virtually every aspect of how humans work, from basic things like breathing to higher functions like feeling and thinking. It is one of the most complex and wonderful creations in the universe! Unfortunately, it is also somewhat delicate. Something as seemingly innocuous as a sleep disorder could compromise brain health. Let’s discuss how that that occurs and how you can support your patient’s mental well-being by offering sleep apnea therapy.

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Oral Appliance Therapy for Patients Affected by CPAP Recalls

December 4, 2021

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Oral appliance from sleep dentist against dark background

For many years, CPAP therapy has been the go-to treatment for sleep apnea. Yes, the machines are effective. However, they have some significant drawbacks — not the least of which is the fact that recently, millions of people were affected by a widespread recall on machines made by Philips Respironics. If any of your patients were affected by the recall, you may be able to help them by offering your services as a sleep dentist who provides oral appliance therapy. Below, you’ll find a basic introduction to oral appliances and a list of some of the ways in which they are better than CPAP machines.

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Can a TMJ Disorder Be Linked to Sleep Apnea?

November 26, 2021

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Man with sleep apnea nursing jaw pain in bed

Patients who have a TMJ disorder generally report chronic facial soreness or having problems opening or closing their mouths. There are several reasons why the jaw joint might have become injured, but in some cases the issue can be from an unexpected source: a sleep disorder. The fact is that TMJ and sleep apnea are often linked in some way, and understanding this link is crucial for any dentist that is aiming for effective solutions to both problems.

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Are Women With Sleep Apnea More Likely To Get Cancer?

October 19, 2021

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a woman snoring with sleep apnea

If you are offering sleep apnea treatment to patients in your area, it’s important to know the risks associated with different demographics. For example, researchers are now finding that women who struggle with this common disorder are much more likely to develop cancer. With this staggering new knowledge, it is now more important than ever to encourage your patients to seek proper treatment if they are exhibiting signs of sleep apnea. Read on to find out what you can do to help female patients get the help they need to avoid their risk for cancer.

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Essential Oils – An Amazing At-Home Sleep Apnea Remedy!

September 25, 2021

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Photo of various essential oils on a table

Sleep apnea patients are always looking for at-home remedies, which is why you need to be prepared with the right information! One of the ways that sleep apnea symptoms can be eased is with essential oils. But what oils should you recommend your patients, and how can they help with sleep apnea? Plus, should you recommend natural remedies at your dental office? Keep reading to get your answers so you can remain informed while helping your patients get better, more restful sleep.

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Is Sleep Apnea a Lifelong Condition?

August 2, 2021

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a middle-aged man asleep and snoring while his wife acts frustrated in the background

If you choose to incorporate sleep apnea therapy into your practice, there is a good chance that one day, a patient will ask if the problem ever goes away on its own. While this would be the ideal situation for everyone experiencing sleep-breathing issues, the reality is that it is a prognosis that lasts a lifetime. Learn valuable information as to how you can explain to your patients that although sleep apnea cannot be “cured,” its symptoms can significantly lessen, allowing them to enjoy a better quality of life.

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How to Help Your Patients Prepare for a Sleep Test

July 4, 2021

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a woman in bed for a sleep test

If you have a patient who expresses difficulty sleeping, it may be necessary to recommend a sleep test to determine if they might have a condition that inhibits their ability to achieve adequate rest. As a dentist who specializes in sleep apnea, it is your responsibility to provide your patients with guidance and information that will guarantee accurate results. To ensure they feel confident and ready the day of their test, read on to learn what tips you can provide that will help them better prepare for the big day.

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Does Secondhand Smoke Put Your Child at Risk for Sleep Apnea?

June 8, 2021

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a young girl holding her nose while an adult smokes in the car

As a sleep dentist, you are committed to providing exceptional care to both children and adults. With the number of sleep apnea cases rising in young people, it’s now more important than ever to spot early warning signs and recommend safe and reliable treatment options. When seeing a child who has been exposed to secondhand smoke, you’ll need to not only address the problem with the parent, but you’ll need to determine how best to care for the child, so they get the rest they need while being able to breathe freely. Read on to find out what you can do as a sleep dentist to ensure the child’s future health.

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