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Link Between Sleep Apnea and Weight

August 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 10:39 pm

Tape measure on scaleSleep apnea is a common disorder that results in frequent disruptions in breathing when sleeping. Although there are 3 types, most people have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The breathing interruptions are caused by a blockage in the upper airway from the soft tissues in the back of the mouth or tongue collapsing. Although anyone can have the disorder, there are known risk factors, like obesity. Not only can excess body fat increase your odds of having the disorder, but sleep apnea can also lead to weight gain. You don’t need to toss and turn at night worrying about your health. Here’s how a healthy weight and sleep apnea treatment can help you sleep soundly.

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Can Chewing Gum Make TMJ Disorders Worse?

August 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drwest @ 8:03 pm

Hands holding stick of gumFew people spend much time thinking about their temporomandibular joints (TMJ), but if you deal with persistent jaw pain, yawning, speaking, or chewing might make you pause. The joints connecting your lower jaw to your skull on either side of your face allow you to open and close your mouth and move it from side to side. Unfortunately, these simple movements can be painful and limited if you have a TMJ disorder. Various factors can worsen your symptoms, but is chewing gum on the list? Here’s what you need to know before reaching for another piece. 

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5 Habits to Stop If You Have TMD

August 7, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 3:01 am

Pen pointing to TMJYour temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of your face. It connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to speak, eat, and even yawn. Most people don’t spend much time thinking about their TMJ; however, if you have a disorder that affects the joint, it can influence your quality of life. Whether you have daily facial pain, difficulty opening your mouth, or headaches, here are 5 habits to break to reduce your TMJ disorder symptoms. 

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Does Sleep Apnea Ever Go Away?

July 28, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 8:48 pm

Man in bed unable to sleepIf you have sleep apnea, you’re not alone. About 30 million Americans have the disorder; however, only 6 million people have been diagnosed. It’s a common misconception that chronic snoring is the only concern, but sleep apnea can have potentially life-threatening complications. Disruptions in breathing can occur hundreds of times each night, depleting your body of oxygen. Unfortunately, sleep apnea won’t go away on its own, but you can take 3 steps at home to improve your symptoms when combined with the right treatment. 

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How Secondhand Smoke Increases Sleep Apnea in Children

June 25, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 2:44 am

Man’s hand holding cigarette Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a condition that primarily affects adults; however, children can suffer from the breathing disorder, too. Although only 4% of children have OSA, new research has found a connection between secondhand smoke and sleep apnea. If you smoke, you may be placing your child at risk of the condition, which causes frequent pauses in breathing throughout the night. Here’s why you may want to kick the habit to keep your child healthy. 

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6 Things to Avoid to Stop Jaw Pain

June 22, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 11:37 pm

Woman at dentist for jaw painYour temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is located on either side of your face, connecting your jaw to your skull. It allows you to perform necessary functions that are crucial to your health and everyday life, like speaking, biting, and chewing. Unfortunately, the joint can function incorrectly, resulting in facial pain, difficulty opening and closing the mouth, and various other symptoms. Don’t let the complications of a TMJ disorder affect your quality of life any longer. Here are 6 things you should stop doing right away to alleviate your pain. 

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Sleep Apnea and Cancer Risk in Women

May 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 11:57 pm

Sleepless woman sitting up in bed22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea; however, 80% of cases aren’t diagnosed. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type, which is caused by an obstruction in the upper airway from the soft tissues in the back of the mouth. Men are 2 to 3 times more likely to have it than women, but it can affect anyone, no matter their age or gender. Untreated sleep apnea is associated with several potentially life-threatening conditions, like heart disease, but now there’s another danger, especially for women. Researchers have found a connection between OSA and cancer in women. 

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Recalled CPAP? Give an Oral Appliance a Try

May 3, 2022

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CPAP mask on tablePhilips Respironics is a trusted manufacturer of CPAP machines; however, certain models have been recalled for safety concerns. Over 2 million people in the U.S. are affected by the recall, which stems from the potential risks of chemicals in the device. If you are impacted by the recall, your physician may have recommended continuing to use the machine because the benefits outweigh the risks, but you have another option. Oral appliance therapy can be just what you need until receiving your replacement CPAP.

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What’s the Link Between Sleep Apnea and Prediabetes?

April 12, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drwest @ 12:55 am

Did you know over 18 million Americans have sleep apnea? However, up to 80% of cases haven’t been diagnosed. Many people know they have some signs of the breathing disorder, like chronic snoring, but they don’t feel there’s any real danger of not seeking treatment. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Untreated sleep apnea is linked to several serious health issues, like heart disease, memory loss, and sleep deprivation, but those aren’t the only concerns. New research has found a connection between sleep apnea and prediabetes. 

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Can Sleep Apnea Cause Brain Damage?

April 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drwest @ 12:38 am

Finger pointing to brain scansObstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common condition that causes frequent pauses in breathing. An obstruction in the upper airway depletes oxygen levels, negatively affecting your general and mental health. Unfortunately, daily fatigue, headaches, and mood changes aren’t the only concerns of not seeking treatment. New research has found a connection between sleep apnea, memory loss, and brain damage. Here’s how sleep apnea therapy can keep your mind sharp and safeguard your health.

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