Nine Need-to-Know Facts About the CPAP Device

Nine Need-to-Know Facts About the CPAP Device

So, you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea and a machine called CPAP has been recommended as a course of treatment. CPAP machines might look and sound pretty terrifying at the beginning, but understanding how it works can help put your mind at ease. After a brief period of discomfort to adjust to this treatment, you’ll be able to begin enjoying a better night’s rest. At Bogrow and Associates, your Southfield dentist wants to make sure that you are educated about your CPAP and its benefits to help alleviate any concerns. What is CPAP? CPAP, or continuous positive airway pressure, uses a ventilator to apply positive air pressure to your airway using a nose mask, helping keep your airway open so you can breathe better. The mask might take some getting used to, but it’s made so you can sleep without having to worry about disruptions in your breathing pattern. Facts To Know About CPAP Becoming educated on what and how your CPAP is going to work as well as how it will benefit your health is important to help you adjust to the machine. Some facts that will help you feel more comfortable with your machine include: There are different types of masks to fit your face. Your sleep apnea treatment team will help make sure you find the perfect mask and machine for you. Animals use CPAP– Certain types of and breeds of animals such as bulldogs, which frequently experience difficulty breathing, can use CPAP. It was invented in 1980 by an Australian physician named Colin Sullivan. They’re extremely quiet–The machine won’t disrupt your partner, as CPAP machines...

Effective Sleep Apnea Mouthpiece Treatment Options

It’s been suggested by recent research that oral appliance therapy is a viable treatment to correct everyday snoring and disruptive sleep disorders, like apnea. Worn only overnight, the mouthpiece fits similarly to a sports mouth guard. The mouthpiece keeps your bottom jaw pulled slightly outward which helps to keep your airway unobstructed and open. These oral mouthpieces are silent, easy to maintain and in some cases covered by your health insurance. Review all the options with your physician. If both of you agree that this therapy is the way to go, then you’ll receive a sleep apnea mouthpiece prescription and referral to a specialized dental professional. The dental professional will fit your mouthpiece specifically to your mouth. While there are many government approved oral aids, your doctor or dentist will suggest a mouthpiece that best suits your...
Is Your Snoring a Sign of a Serious Health Problem? [Update]

Is Your Snoring a Sign of a Serious Health Problem? [Update]

Snoring is one of the most common sleep problems in the United States. People snore when the soft tissues of the upper airway vibrate as you breathe during sleep. According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 90 million adults in the United States snore. There are many factors that can contribute to snoring and this can be a warning sign for serious sleep disorders including obstructive sleep apnea. We’ve put together a list of some of the top contributors that lead to snoring and ways to reduce its effects. An estimated 50% of those that snore also suffer from obstructive sleep apnea. These tips can help to reduce snoring. That said, they are not a replacement for sleep apnea treatment. If you think you may have obstructive sleep apnea, schedule a visit with Dr. Bogrow to find the treatment that will help you to reclaim your sleep. Sleep Position One major factor that can contribute to snoring is your sleep position. If you tend to sleep on your back, it may be one of the reasons you snore. When you sleep on your back, your tongue can collapse to the back of your throat, interfering with your breathing and causing you to snore. Some may find relief from snoring by sleeping on their side. Others may snore in any position. Heavy snoring, regardless of your sleeping position, is a sign that you should get tested for obstructive sleep apnea. Weight Your weight is another factor that may be contributing to your snoring. Obesity can cause extra tissue to develop around your neck which can then constrict your throat...

Oral Appliance Therapy Guideline Released

The Guideline, jointly issued by the AADSM and AASM, is great news for both patients who are CPAP intolerant, and dentists who deliver Dental Sleep Medicine. This Guideline is great news for patients suffering from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) as it endorses a more collaborative approach between the dental and medical communities. The Guideline specifically supports a qualified dentist fabricating a custom, titrate-able device, once a sleep physician prescribes an oral appliance for the treatment of OSA. AADSM President Kathleen Bennett, DDS. states “Communication and teamwork between sleep physicians and dentists are essential in delivering exceptional patient care. The new Guideline paves the way for a more collaborative relationship, which underscores the indispensable role a dentist plays in the treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea.” Earl K Bogrow DDS is a Diplomate of the prestigious American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine, and now dedicates his practice exclusively to Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA &...

Six Tricks to Help You Stop Snoring

Help may be available for the 37 million Americans who snore (and their partners), thanks to a new therapy. The treatment is called oral myofunctional therapy. The treatment employs a series of exercises to strengthen the tongue and soft palate. Exercises are particularly beneficial for individuals with mild to moderate snoring who do not have sleep apnea. Studies show these exercises may reduce snoring by as much as 36 percent. To perform oral myofunctional therapy, repeat the following exercises 20 times: Press your tongue against the top of your mouth and slide it backward. Suck your entire tongue upward so that it is flush with the roof of your mouth. Push the bottom of your tongue against the floor of your mouth. Make sure the tip of your tongue continues to touch the bottom of your lower teeth. Say “ahh” while you lift the roof of your mouth and uvula. With clean hands, press your right index finger against the inside of your left cheek. Use your cheek muscles to press against your finger. Repeat the exercise on the other cheek. When chewing, make sure you alternate using each side of your mouth so that you chew...