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I Have Sleep Apnea What is the Safest Dosage of Trazodone for Insomnia?

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I am concerned when sleep apnea and sleeping meds are used in the same sentence. You don’t mention if your apnea is being treated. Do you routinely use a cpap? Why the insomnia? Things to consider include caffeine intake, regular exercise, bedroom darkness, temperature. Consult with the sleep specialist who diagnosed your apnea for advice with the insomnia. They know the severity of your apnea.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

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Is It Snoring or Sleep Apnea?

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Millions Suffer From Sleep Apnea

About 80 million people in North America snore, and approximately 12 million Americans have sleep apnea. So what’s the difference, and why does it matter?

Snoring is caused by the vibration of the soft palate and uvula, occurring when the airway becomes obstructed during sleep. Several things can obstruct the airway and cause you to snore, including allergies drinking before bed, being overweight and having large tonsils or a deviated septum.

If you snore now and then, you probably have nothing to worry about. But chronic snoring can be a sign of sleep apnea, a more serious sleep disorder. People with sleep apnea stop breathing in their sleep – sometimes up to 100 hundred times an hour – for one minute or longer. Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your chances of serious health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease. At a minimum, you may feel groggy in the morning or unable to concentrate during the day.

Sleep Apnea Can Be Treated

The good news is sleep apnea is treatable. The two most common ways to treat sleep apnea are continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, which is administered by a physician, and oral appliance therapy, which is administered by a dentist. CPAP therapy can be very effective for people with sleep apnea, but some find it difficult to sleep with a mask. More people are increasingly turning to the oral appliances administered by dentists. Oral appliances are small, flexible devices that look like mouthguards. They increase the airway space and reduce air velocity and soft tissue vibration (snoring) by moving the lower jaw into a forward position. Patients who have tried both say that oral appliances are more comfortable to wear, easier to care for and very cost-effective.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Dealing with Headaches Every Day and Snoring at Night?

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You could Have Airway Obstruction

You should be checked for an airway obstruction. Your snoring can be associated with sleep apnea. Your tongue may be restricting air flow and a morning headache is common when this happens.

 What Is Sleep Apnea?

Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) are similar respiratory sleep disorders. Snoring noise is produced when the air you breathe vibrates the tissues of the airway due to a blockage or narrowing of the airways (nose, mouth or throat). Snoring is often an indicator of something more serious called sleep apnea. Obstructive Sleep Apnea occurs when your breathing regularly stops or is slowed for 10 seconds or longer due to blocked or narrowed airways. Airway blockage may be caused by excess tissue in the throat or nasal passages, large tonsils, a large tongue and sometimes the structure of the jaw itself.

See the video on snoring and your airways:

Sleep Apnea Questionnaire

If you have concerns about sleep apnea please complete the questionnaire by clicking here, and bring to your next appointment.

Contact me now to make an appointment to discuss possible sleep apnea and treatment services.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

My 4month old Snores and wakes herself up choking, what are the chances of her having sleep apnea like I do? She also has reflux too.

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Sounds like her airway needs to be checked. Babies should not snore. While apnea is possible, there are many other things that need to b checked SOON. Consult with a pediatric otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat.). Make the appointment now..please.

What Types of Treatments Do Pediatric Otolaryngologists Provide?

Pediatric otolaryngologists are primarily concerned with medical and surgical treatment of ear, nose, and throat diseases in children. Pediatric otolaryngologists generally provide the following services:

  • Diagnosis and treatment of ear, nose, and throat disorders, and head and neck diseases
  • Surgery of the head and neck, including before and after-surgery care
  • Consultation with other doctors when ear, nose, or throat diseases are detected
  • Assistance in the identification of communication disorders in children

For more information about pediatric otolaryngologist  visit healthychildren.org.

Stumpf Dental
(262) 970-0111 | www.bestcareinthechair.com
N28 W23000 Roundy Drive
Pewaukee, WI 53072

Snoring & Sleep Apnea Training Course

I recently took a course in Chicago to learn more about snoring and sleep apnea. The course was for the Moses appliance and given by Dr. Allen Moses himself. Three intense days packed with great information on sleep apnea, snoring, and sleep quality.

All participants did two home, or in my case hotel, sleep studies. One without an appliance and a follow up after receiving the Moses appliance. Amazing results, first hand experience using the device, and fitting it as well as interpretation of the home sleep study. The extra tongue room really enhances the comfort!

The Moses appliance is FDA approved and can be used to treat obstructive sleep apnea, hypopnea, and snoring. Learn more about it here.

Dr. Stumpf wearing the Moses appliance with Dr. Allen Moses

 

 

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Snoring is annoying. But can it actually be deadly?

Snoring – It Can Kill You!

Sure – snoring is annoying. But can it actually be deadly?

No – this does not mean being strangled in the middle of the night by a severely annoyed spouse or partner, as tempting as that may be! But the fact is, snoring is often related to sleep apnea, a condition where the body is deprived of oxygen during a night of heavy zzzzz’s.

One obvious problem this causes is being tired during the day, contributing to automobile and workplace accidents. But even worse, sleep apnea, which is experienced by 30 million Americans, has been scientifically linked to obesity, high blood pressure, strokes, heart attacks and diabetes. So if that low rumbling sound that keeps the entire neighborhood awake isn’t enough, now there is much more reason for concern.

But wait – it actually gets worse. A study performed at The University of Wisconsin School Of Medicine has just shown a significant link between sleep apnea and cancer, showing this condition increases the risk of cancer death by almost a factor of five!

“This is really big news,” said Dr. Joseph Golish, a professor of sleep medicine with the MetroHealth System in Cleveland. “It’s the first time this has been shown, and it looks like a very solid association,” he said.

There is no doubt that snoring can be much more serious than just a nighttime disturbance. So what can you do if you or a loved one may suffer from sleep apnea?

Fortunately, there are many ways to have this condition treated, all the way from simple dental appliances, to surgery, to wearing nighttime contraptions that make you look (and sound) like Darth Vader! Your dentist and physician can recommend the appropriate treatment for you.

At Stumpf Dental, we would be glad to take a look and discuss your snoring issues or any other dental questions you may have. Just give us a call at 262-970-0111 and we will get you in right away! Let’s make tonight a quiet one!!