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Will sleep apnea go away with time?

Koos-Admin  -  May 20, 2014  -  Comments Off on Will sleep apnea go away with time?
Sleep problems can interfere with many aspects of a patient’s life, from job performance to mental health to physical fitness and well-being. Certain sleep problems may be temporary, such as insomnia caused by a particular short-term stressor. In other cases, however, the sleep disruption can persist if the underlying cause

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I think I might have sleep apnea – What steps should I take?

Koos-Admin  -  May 06, 2014  -  Comments Off on I think I might have sleep apnea – What steps should I take?
Patients are often aware that they show signs of sleep apnea even before they are officially diagnosed with the condition. Symptoms like frequent morning headaches, fatigue even after a full night’s sleep and daytime drowsiness all may indicate that a patient has sleep apnea. Sleeping partners may also alert the

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Is oral appliance therapy a good choice if I’m claustrophobic?

Koos-Admin  -  Apr 23, 2014  -  Comments Off on Is oral appliance therapy a good choice if I’m claustrophobic?
Patients who suffer from excessive snoring, often due to sleep apnea, along with claustrophobia face a double whammy. Some of the treatments that can ease the snoring, like a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) mask, can trigger or exacerbate a claustrophobic episode. Fortunately, these patients do have alternatives to reduce

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I’ve Postponed Dental Care: Am I still a candidate for oral appliance therapy?

Koos-Admin  -  Apr 08, 2014  -  Comments Off on I’ve Postponed Dental Care: Am I still a candidate for oral appliance therapy?
Oral appliance therapy is an effective sleep apnea treatment, but it requires the oral surgeon to custom-design the appliance to fit the specific structure of the patient’s teeth and jaws. This process allows the appliance to do its work of positioning the jaw or tongue in a fashion that limits

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Am I still a candidate for oral appliance therapy if I have a latex allergy?

Koos-Admin  -  Mar 21, 2014  -  Comments Off on Am I still a candidate for oral appliance therapy if I have a latex allergy?
Oral appliance therapy can help patients overcome a sleep disorder to get a much-needed good night’s rest. An oral surgeon designs such an appliance to position the jaw in a way that minimizes the possibility of apneic episodes in which the patient stops breathing periodically during sleep. Sleep apnea occurs

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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What is Somnoplasty?

Koos-Admin  -  Mar 07, 2014  -  Comments Off on Obstructive Sleep Apnea: What is Somnoplasty?
Obstructive sleep apnea, in which the soft tissues at the rear of the throat close off the airway opening repeatedly during sleep, can have serious consequences for a patient’s health and quality of life. Fortunately, effective treatment options are available. One minimally invasive intervention used to treat obstructive sleep apnea

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Will OAT help with my acid reflux disease?

Koos-Admin  -  Feb 24, 2014  -  Comments Off on Will OAT help with my acid reflux disease?
If you rely heavily on acid-reducing medications due to acid reflux disease, a healthy “diet” of OAT may reduce your need for medication. Sure mild foods can help to ease your stomach, but this OAT doesn’t have anything to do with oatmeal, though. It stands for oral appliance therapy, which

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Sleep Apnea Treatment: How often do I have to return for follow-up care?

Koos-Admin  -  Feb 10, 2014  -  Comments Off on Sleep Apnea Treatment: How often do I have to return for follow-up care?
Effective treatment for sleep apnea can help patients eliminate or reduce many of the troubling symptoms associated with sleep apnea, like daytime drowsiness or morning headaches. The treatment for this condition can range from a sleep apnea appliance worn at night to reposition the jaw to a surgical intervention that

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Sleep Apnea: What happens without treatment?

Koos-Admin  -  Jan 22, 2014  -  Comments Off on Sleep Apnea: What happens without treatment?
Surely, you have heard about the alleged dangers of sleep apnea, but the signs and symptoms seem as though they could easily apply to almost everyone on any given day. Who among us isn’t sleepy during the day? And, according to the news reports, everyone seems to be at risk

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Could my child have sleep apnea?

Koos-Admin  -  Jan 08, 2014  -  Comments Off on Could my child have sleep apnea?
If you suspect that your child might be suffering from sleep problems like sleep apnea, then it’s time to talk to your pediatrician and even an oral surgeon about your treatment options. Just as sleep apnea can threaten the health and safety of an adult, it can also present a

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