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Invisalign Helping Sleep Apnea Patients

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One of the problem with sleep apnea is that to treat the underlying problem, which is often an obstruction or blockage in the normal air passageway, patients need to use CPAP therapy.  CPAP is great and very effective for treating OSA, but most patients simply do not like it and are not willing to comply with using it every night.

Some great news for sleep apnea patients is that dentists are starting to get their hands wet with treating sleep apnea, and there has been a surprising report of a patient fixing their snoring and sleep apnea simply by getting Invisalign.  The patient was able to fix the blockage of the airway by re-arranging the placement of the teeth with the Invisalign product, and this helped prevent him from needing any further sleep apnea treatment.  What a miracle of modern day medicine, and with a combination of dental work as well.  What would have been great for this particular case since it is the first reported improvement of sleep apnea through the use of dental work other than an oral appliance, is if the patient had completed a pre and post Invisalign sleep study.  There is always a chance that some other factors are the reason for the patients improvement in sleep apnea symptoms.  One possible change might even be as simple as a different body position most of the night while sleeping.  For example, if the patient has now decided to sleep on the right side or left compared to supine, that often can reduce sleep apnea symptoms and severity.

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Sleep Apnea May Give You a Bad Memory

Have you ever wondered what is happening in your brain when you are asleep?  Have you ever wanted to find out why you are often forgetting things that other people have no difficulty in recalling? There very well may be a direct correlation to what is going on here if you suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA.

Neurologists have in recent years been able to monitor the inner workings of the brain, and it has become clear that sleeping and dreaming is a very important part in the overall success of memory.  For example, while being monitored, healthy individuals without sleep apnea were examined while asleep.  It was determined that the brains of these individuals were constantly reviewing and replaying the daily events of that previous day, often hundreds of times per hour.  It is believed that this process is what is responsible for stamping memories into certain parts of our brains.  Without this, we may have a much harder time remembering things, names, events, dates etc…

Now, if you are an individual who suffers from snoring and sleep apnea, you are dealing with an entirely different set of physical disabilities while you are asleep.  The main problem is the constant arousal which is taking place when your oxygen levels decrease and your brain is aroused.  This sets off a change in the brain waves as well which disrupts the replaying of events and makes it much harder for you to remember events from the past which other people can do with ease.

What this means is that not only are blood vessels and the heart and cardiac system affected by sleep apnea, but also your brain can be damaged and your lifestyle affected too.

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Not Having Enough Dreams is a Major Problem

Too many people are feeling tired during the daytime.  Too many people are waking up in the middle of the night and having a hard time falling back to sleep.  Way too many people are snoring so loud that their bed partners will not under any circumstances sleep with them anymore.  This seems to be the problem that is all too familiar to millions of people these days.  When is it all going to stop.

The whole issue of having dreams is one which is difficult at best to understand and wrap our hands around.  There are just too many people who are waking up in the moring and drinking extra cups of coffee or drinking ten cans of coke or pepsi all day long just to stay awake.  This is not good.  This is most definitely not normal or natural.  This can most certainly be one major thing: living with a sleeping disorder.

Dreams happen during REM(Random Eye Movement) sleep.  This sleep stage happens in most people for about 20-35% of the night.  Although scientists do not understand it completely, it is a known fact that when patients eliminate or reduce their REM sleep either voluntarily or due to physical or mental reasons, the rest of their life is impacted negatively.

There have been several studies comleted by Dr. William Dement who is considered the “Father of Sleep Medicine” from Stanford University, and he has been able to conclude that a lack of REM sleep will negatively impact someone’s life.  By that he has been able to record more irritations, much more sleepiness during the daytime, among other things.

If you are feeling tired during the day each and everyday, it is time for you to get tested during a sleep study to find out if you also suffer from a sleeping disorder.

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Snoring Surgery

Obstructive sleep apnea

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What Is Snoring Surgery?

There are several different forms of treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Continuous Positive Airway Pressure(CPAP) is by far the most common and most effective treatment.  That is something that is not disputed by nearly anyone in the medical community.
There is also a new treatment that is gaining momentum and it is known as a minimally invasive procedure.  Please notice how the term surgery is not part of that description.  This is usually performed however by an Ear Nose and Throat(ENT) doctor.  Most of the time, this type of treatment is something that takes place in a medical office and patients always are able to walk out after under their own power.

What happens during this type of procedure is there are lasers and radio frequencies which can help to reduce tissue within a persons airway.  This reduction in tissue opens up the airway so snoring can be avoided during the night.  Sometimes, patients who receive this type of treatment will need to have a follow up procedure to remove some more parts of the airway, but again, this is a very pain-free type of treatment.

If anybody is interested in this simple procedure to get rid of snoring without having to wear a CPAP machine, you should first consult with your primary care doctor.  Your medical provider might be able to refer you to someone who is an expert in this type of treatment.  Be very wary of a general surgeon who claims to be an expert in this type of thing.  You are dealing with your airway after all and you definitely don’t want someone to be working on you who is not qualified.

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