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The professional blog of Doctors Dan Bruce, Steve Bruce, Rosa Pothier and Rob Ririe

Sleep apnea symtoms

Sleep apnea symtoms

It appears that football player Percy Harvin, who has been unable to play due to migraines, has sleep apnea.  This is just one of the many symptoms of sleep apnea, which occurs when a person stops breathing at night.  Although the most common symtoms are snoring and daytime sleepiness or...

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How snoring and sleep apnea affects bed partners

How snoring and sleep apnea affects bed partners

A recent article in Sleep and Breathing studied "the hypothesis that obstructive sleep apnea/hyponea syndrome and snoring affect not only the patients but also their bed partners."  The study used 3 tests to determine depression, anxiety and sleepiness in bedpartners of patients with snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  The tests...

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Snoring associated with carotid artery atherosclerosis

Snoring associated with carotid artery atherosclerosis

Apparently snoring can be more than a nuisance, it can also be a health risk!  A new study has found that snorers are at a significantly higher risk for developing carotid artery atherosclerosis.  This can lead to an increased risk for stroke.  The study also shows an increase in the...

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Sleep Apnea in Children

Sleep Apnea in Children

After coming home from the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine annual meeting in Seattle I learned some new facts about sleep apnea in children.  Sleep apnea in children occurs in 1-3% of children.  Enlarged tonsils and adenoids are most commonly the reason for obstruction of the airway.  There are...

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Sleep Apnea Resources

Sleep Apnea Resources

I just finished reading an informative article from the Academy of General Dentistry regarding sleep apnea and the general dentist.  Here are some links for more information about sleep apnea and treatment options:

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM): www.aadsm.org
American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM): aasmnet.org and...

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a topic of much discussion in medicine and dentistry recently.  Sleep apnea occurs when a person stops breathing while sleeping, causing oxygen to not get into the blood.  The gold standard for sleep apnea treatment is a Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device.  CPAP stops sleep apnea...

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