Sleep is arguably the most important activity to allow our bodies to function at the highest ability, so it should be startling that 50 to 70 million adults in the U.S. are affected by a sleep disorder (American Sleep Association [ASA], 2021). Even more shocking, 25 million of those Americans are diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea, also known as OSA. Not receiving the proper amount of sleep is a nationwide issue.
Uncontrolled, there are a lot of health risks associated with Sleep Apnea including heart attacks, high blood pressure, and stroke, just to name a few. Aside from those, drowsiness during the day can affect your life in negative ways. When exhausted, you can’t work at your highest potential, you’re irritable around family and friends, and you put your physical health on the backburner. Shouldn’t there be a magic pill to make all of this go away?
Medication is generally used to treat issues that can change physiologically in your body like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and infection. Unfortunately, you can’t anatomically alter your existing body parts with medication. In the case of Sleep Apnea, your narrow airway is the problem, and only devices and surgery can assist with opening up this passageway.
We wish there was a magic pill for Sleep Apnea as much as everyone else. But until that happens (if ever!) we’re going to have to rely on the cutting edge techniques at Sleep Rehab. We offer a variety of products that we tailor to you to make sleeping as effortless as possible, without requiring invasive surgery or heavy machinery. Contact us today for a consultation and start sleeping better.
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The temporomandibular joints (TMJ) are defined by Johns Hopkins Medicine as “the 2 joints that connect your lower jaw to your skull. More specifically, they are the joints that slide and rotate in front of each ear, and consist of the mandible (the lower jaw) and the temporal bone (the side and base of the skull).”
As you can tell, these are complex joints that can cause complex issues, which we call Temporomandibular disorders (TMD). These disorders of the jaw and muscle can cause intense facial pain. And usually, this doesn’t just happen overnight. These issues can appear as a result of activities and changes over time, beginning as early as our teens.
Teens and TMJ
Any stressor on the jaw can contribute to TMD. This can be processed foods, high-impact sports like football or cheerleading, and chewing on pen caps or gum. These activities push our jaw backward, which puts stress on the joint, causing tension until our late teens or 20s when the jaw reaches adult size.
Adults and TMJ
Between demanding jobs and daily obligations, adult life can be stressful. For the people that didn’t begin to develop TMD as a teen, the start of TMD can happen from teeth grinding and clenching, causing the jaw to misalign. Car accidents, falls and facial trauma can all be causes of TMD development as well.
Another interesting consideration is that TMD is likely a cause of the industrial revolution. Our teeth and jaws have shifted and changed as a result of how our diets and accents have evolved over time.
Whether you started developing TMD in your early life or as an adult, there are solutions. Contact Sleep Rehab today to request an appointment to help relieve your facial pain!
In the last few decades, scientists have concluded that there is a relationship between having Sleep Apnea (with the most common being Obstructive Sleep Apnea or OSA) and having Hypertension. But before we get into what that is, let’s talk about what each disease is.
According to the definition from the Mayo Clinic, “Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts.”
The definition of hypertension, also from the Mayo Clinic, “High blood pressure (hypertension) is a common condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease.”
So how does a disorder that has to do with breathing affect high blood pressure? Research indicates that patients who have sleep apnea are more likely to develop high blood pressure at some point in the future.
Research done by Johns Hopkins Hospital School of Public Health studied more than 6,000 adult men and women age 40 or older. Sleep Apnea was confirmed in participants by using polysomnography, which records brain waves, heart waves, blood oxygen levels, and breathing rate while a person sleeps. Participants were connected to a sleep monitor, and the average number of breathing pauses per hour of sleep was used to measure the severity of Sleep Apnea.
The results of the study showed that people with more than 30 pauses per hour of sleep were more than twice as likely to suffer from high blood pressure than those with no breathing pauses. An increased risk of high blood pressure was found even at moderate levels of sleep apnea. Since sleep apnea is more common in overweight individuals–who are already at a higher risk of high blood pressure–additional statistical analyses were conducted to control for body weight and waist circumference. Even after controlling for these variables, however, sleep apnea was associated with an increased frequency of high blood pressure.
When you come to Sleep Rehab, we’ll give you a sleep test to determine whether or not you have Sleep Apnea through studying your breathing patterns. Once we determine your sleep issues, we can create a customized oral appliance for you, which will eliminate or reduce the effects of your sleep apnea and may help you avoid the life-threatening consequences of hypertension and other conditions. Book an appointment today!
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Feeling exhausted in the morning and throughout the day, despite getting an adequate amount of sleep, is a common side-effect of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (also known as OSA). There are a lot of modern solutions available, but it’s important to find the solution that best fits your needs.
Sleep Rehab prides itself on providing non-invasive and non-surgical solutions for sufferers of OSA. Dr. Fedosky and his team of highly skilled medical professionals provide top-of-the-line products to get you back to a more comfortable life. This month, we’re highlighting an oral appliance, the Whole You™ Respire Blue.
This product is an alternative solution for something more robust like a CPAP machine. As a customized, personalized mouthpiece, it features a dual block design with interlocking wings. It works by keeping the airway open in any sleep position and allows for a wide range of mouth movements.
The Respire Blue has mesh support that is welded and placed inside the acrylic mouthpiece. This improvement offers one of the strongest dorsal fin designs on the market, it’s easily adjustable, and it has more room in the anterior area which allows the patient to open and close as they please. It is also open in the front to add comfort by increasing the tongue space allowing the patient to inhale and exhale more air per breath.
4-Wing dorsal fin appliance
Dual-block design with more freedom for vertical mouth movement
Additional support for lateral movement
1-year manufacturer’s warranty
It should be noted that the Whole You™ Respire Blue is not available for purchase on its own. A sleep test and diagnosis are required, which can be done at Sleep Rehab! Please fill out an appointment form here and we look forward to helping you soon.
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You may have heard by now, in your research regarding sleep apnea, that weight plays a role in why you are experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea. In fact, being overweight or obese is considered one of the primary risk factors of sleep apnea.
So, can your sleep apnea be cured by simply losing weight? The short answer is that it’s possible, but not guaranteed.
Weight loss is a known treatment for a variety of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. Improving your lifestyle habits like eating healthier or increasing the amount of exercise helps your body regulate chemical levels and takes the pressure off of major organs.
In the case of sleep apnea, excess weight creates fat deposits in a person’s neck called pharyngeal fat. Pharyngeal fat can block a person’s upper airway during sleep when the airway is already relaxed. (Source: The Sleep Foundation)
In a study about how weight loss affects obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) patients (OSA), the sleep quality of 72 overweight patients with mild OSA was monitored. The patients switched to a reduced-calorie diet and received counseling about their lifestyles, which resulted in a significant decrease in their BMIs. After losing weight, the subjects’ mean number of apnea events per hour decreased significantly. Post weight-loss, the number of patients with sleep apnea decreased by 75%.
While that is a significant decrease, it’s important to remember that carrying around extra weight isn’t the only cause of sleep apnea. People that have a large neck (over 16-17 inches), are over 40, have a nasal obstruction, or have large tonsils are more at risk of suffering from sleep apnea.
If weight loss doesn’t completely help your suffering of sleep apnea, contact Sleep Rehab today for a consultation for a non-invasive, non-surgical solution.
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It’s been a little over a year since the outbreak of the entirely too familiar COVID-19. We sincerely hope you and your loved ones have remained safe during this time, but the reality is that the disease impacted all kinds of people in different ways, and we sometimes don’t know why. However, with time and knowing what we know now, studies have come out that people diagnosed with Sleep Apnea are at a higher risk for hospitalization for COVID-19.
Why does having Sleep Apnea increase your risk of COVID-19 hospitalization?
Sleep Apnea is associated with higher body mass index (BMI), diabetes, older age and male gender, which are all risk factors for severe COVID-19. Researchers identified 445 individuals with COVID-19, and 38 (8.5%) of them with OSA of whom 19 out of 91 (20.9%) were hospitalized.
Of the patients requiring hospitalization for severe COVID-19, more than 1 in 5 had OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea), which was shown to be associated with COVID-19 hospitalization independent from age, sex, BMI, and comorbidities.
The researchers in the study concluded, “We believe that our finding may help in identifying high-risk individuals for severe forms of COVID-19 infection, and therefore screening for previous indications of OSA could be beneficial among individuals testing positive for the virus.”
Vaccines are rolling out and life is getting a little bit back to normal, but that doesn’t mean you should let your guard down. If you suspect you may have undiagnosed Sleep Apnea, make an appointment to get a sleep test today so you can identify your risk factors early on and avoid hospitalization for COVID-19.
We won’t beat around the bush here, because coronary artery disease (a common cause of heart attacks) is a serious, and sometimes deadly, condition. So the short answer is yes, suffering from sleep apnea puts you at a greater risk of experiencing a heart attack.
You may think it’s just a little snoring at night, but actually, being woken up multiple times throughout the night is not good for your heart. This is because when you stop breathing while you sleep, the sudden decrease in your oxygen levels causes strain on your cardiovascular system. Your blood pressure increases because your involuntary reflexes ultimately cause a micro-arousal, which elicits an accelerated heartbeat, resulting in high blood pressure.
Over time, having spiked blood pressure, low oxygen levels and increased CO2 leads to increased lifetime exposure to adrenaline. This causes stress on the heart and can lead to a heart attack, or even heart failure because too much exposure to adrenaline increases and damages your blood vessels over time.
The good news? There are effective treatments that can stop or even reverse these damages.
If your spouse or partner has let you know that you are gasping and waking up suddenly at night, it is time to seek treatment. The good news is, at Sleep Rehab, we have the tests and tools to successfully and non-invasively treat your sleep apnea. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.
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Are you suffering from Temporomandibular joint (commonly known as TMJ) disorder (TMD)? You may have found yourself here looking for solutions, which Sleep Rehab offers. However, if you’re on the fence about seeking TMJ treatment, it is definitely worth knowing just how detrimental TMJ can be in your life.
Eating is painful, which causes withdrawal from normal, social activities.
One of the most common side effects of TMJ is intense pain in your face and jaw. This can make something as simple as eating become a huge burden to endure. Because eating is such a painful activity, it may cause you to decline invitations to family dinners, lunch with friends, etc. Mealtime and eating is a large part of American social culture, and TMJ could cause you to become withdrawn socially, which then could lead to depression.
TMJ causes disruption in your sleep.
Even the tiniest bit of pain anywhere is enough to cause a bad night’s sleep. With sufferers of TMJ, an evening yawn can cause intense pain in the jaw, making it difficult to fall asleep. Clenching and grinding of the teeth at night make it near impossible to sleep through the night. And overall, not getting enough sleep at night affects productivity, happiness and so much more.
TMJ affects your ability to concentrate.
Another side effect of TMJ is headaches, because of the constant grinding or clenching of the jaw. We all know that headaches of any kind are imperative to everyday activities, especially when it concerns focusing on work. Although headaches can be subsided with over-the-counter medication, it may require more long-term solutions.
With modern medicine and the technology we have today, there’s no reason that your TMJ should negatively affect your life as much as it does. Reach out to Sleep Rehab today to see your options for simple solutions to aiding with TMJ.
Did you know that one-third to 50% of adults who patients with a CPAP machine stop using it? There are also reports of patients that say they feel just as tired as they were before the CPAP therapy. What are some main complaints and issues with the CPAP and is there a way to avoid the CPAP all together?
Not feeling comfortable with the mask on
Difficult time adjusting to air pressure on the throat
Difficult to carry around
Causes nasal problems
Solutions to a problem are only as effective as the amount of use they are receiving, so if half of the patients aren’t even using it, it’s not working.
Luckily, Sleep Apnea has alternatives to CPAP Machines that are more comfortable, less expensive and users report a longer use.
An Effective Alternative to CPAP:
Similar to a mouthguard
Holds the lower jaw forward instead of pressurized air inside of your lungs
Highly customized by the experts at Sleep Rehab to ensure comfortability
If you’ve been experiencing difficulty sleeping, been waking up more exhausted than usual and experiencing increased snoring, it may be time to come in for a consultation at Sleep Rehab. We have a team of highly-trained professionals that will help you get to sleep comfortably by using non-invasive or machine-oriented techniques, like an oral appliance. Contact us today!
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When you turn in for the day, you probably don’t think much about what position you end up falling asleep. Maybe you move the pillow around to get comfortable, but you may not realize how you are sleeping is a subtle aid in your overall restfulness for the night. If you find yourself waking up feeling more tired than when you went to bed, it may be time to find a new sleeping position.
Snoring? Try side-sleeping
If you snore, there is a chance you may be suffering from sleep apnea, which is the condition in which your airway gets blocked at night, ultimately restricting your breathing. In order to create better airflow, the best sleeping position to reduce snoring is side-sleeping. Curling up reducing you breathing too deeply, too. If this isn’t natural for you, don’t worry, you’re not alone. The good news is that you can teach yourself to become a side-sleeper.
How do you change your sleeping position?
First, make sure you have a good mattress. If you can fall asleep without interruption of feeling uncomfortable, there is less of a chance to retreating to your old habits. Next, make sure you have pillows that can essentially contour your new sleeping position. For instance, hugging a body pillow can reinforce sleeping on your side and prevent you from turning over on your stomach. But most importantly, as with changing any habit, practice makes perfect. Constantly remind yourself to get back on your side if you wake up in the middle of the night in a different position. Have a spouse help keep you in the right direction, too!
Changing your sleeping position is just one way to try and reduce your snoring due to sleep apnea. If you have tried everything and still waking up listless and exhausted, contact Sleep Rehab today for a consultation. We’re here to help!
We all want to sleep well, but for patients with sleep apnea, getting a full night of rest is difficult. Thankfully, treatment is possible. At Sleep Rehab in Garland, TX, a better night of sleep is only three steps away