The gadgets are good at letting you know something isn’t right about your sleep, but that’s it! The gadgets are saying “go to the Sleep Doctor” to get the answers!
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Almost half of all patients with diabetes also have obstructive sleep apnea!
So the next question would be the age old “Chicken or the Egg” question.
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Family members of a majority of my patients expressed their concerns about their loved ones snoring, holding their breath and gasping for air. If patients could only hear the noises they make when trying to sleep, they would be scared as well. Too bad it took a stroke for this woman to start listening to her loved ones and see a sleep medicine specialist!
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Close to 80% of patients complaining of insomnia have been found to be suffering from undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea. So….it all makes sense when you realize heart attack & stroke are also co morbid conditions of untreated obstructive sleep apnea.
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One of the many benefits of using oral appliances to manage obstructive sleep apnea is that oral appliances DO NOT require electricity. California regularly experiences “rolling blackouts”, due to the numerous fires throughout the state during fire season and in the hot summers, when the grid can’t handle the load of all the air conditioners running at once. Oral appliances don’t require electricity!
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If you’re hitting that snooze button a lot, you’re not getting good sleep. Could it be undiagnosed sleep apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea has become so widespread that your eye doctor is being trained to look for symptoms in their patients in an effort to save lives.
50%-80% of patients given CPAP to manage sleep disordered breathing, refuse to wear the device as instructed. This has resulted in electronic compliance monitors being placed in the machines to determine if you really are following “doctor’s orders”! Armed with this compliance data, your insurer may deny coverage.
Oral appliances don’t snitch……yet!
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has developed a website devoted to sleep education, appropriately named SleepEducation.com Included are their recommendations on Oral Appliance Therapy for CPAP intolerant patients and those with Mild or Moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Be sure to take advantage of this resource when you, your friends or family have questions.
Until recently, women were not considered equal to men….at least when it comes to obstructive sleep apnea. In a recent study, among women aged 20-44, 25% had sleep apnea, compared to 56 % of women aged 45-54 and 75 % of women aged 55-70. Among women with hypertension or who were obese – two risk […]