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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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    "From the moment I walked into the door I felt as though I was the most important person in the room. I was waited on promptly. The dentist came in to greet me and to make sure he wasn’t needed. My dental hygienist was wonderful and caring. She did a great job on my cleaning and took the time to provide future dental advice. Great atmosphere!" -Deborah P.

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5 Causes of Sleep Apnea and How We Provide Relief

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Sleep apnea is a condition caused by an obstruction in your airway that makes it difficult or impossible to breathe during sleep. Estimates indicate that as many as 22 million Americans live with sleep apnea, and 80 percent of moderate to severe cases are undiagnosed.

While excessive snoring is an annoying symptom of sleep apnea, the bigger problem is the lack of sufficient oxygen that occurs because of an obstructed airway. Some patients with sleep apnea experience paused breathing that lasts ten seconds or longer that can happen hundreds of times a night.

Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea

You may be wondering what causes sleep apnea and what, if anything, you can do ...

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Is Sleep Apnea a Risk to Your Long-Term Health?

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Are you one of the millions of people who live with sleep apnea?

Apnea is defined as a cessation in breathing, and when it occurs during sleep, we refer to it as sleep apnea. Over 20 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with approximately 80 percent of moderate to severe cases going undiagnosed.

Why Sleep Apnea is a Serious Problem

As you fall asleep, the muscles and soft tissue in your throat relax. In sleep apnea patients, this completely obstructs the airway. Your body is deprived of oxygen and ...

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3 Ways Sleep Apnea Makes Life More Challenging

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Do you wake up feeling fatigued? Do you drag through your day with a lack of focus and inability to concentrate?

These symptoms can be a result of a few sleepless nights, but if it's a chronic problem for you, the culprit may be obstructive sleep apnea, also referred to as OSA.

What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

Apnea means a temporary cessation in breathing, and since these episodes happen while you sleep, we call it sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the tongue and soft tissues in your ...

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What Is Dental Sleep Medicine?

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common and dangerous condition if left untreated. OSA occurs during sleep as the tissues that support your airway collapse. This interrupts your breathing, and your body struggles to wake you up to restore the unobstructed flow of oxygen. For some patients, these pauses can occur hundreds of times a night.

Sleep apnea is characterized by snoring, and choking or gasping sounds during sleep, Patients with sleep apnea often experience morning headaches, fatigue during the day, difficulty concentrating, and irritability.

Dental Sleep Medicine

Researchers continually look for new ways to treat this life-threatening disorder, which has resulted in new technology in the field of Dental Sleep Medicine.

In the past, ...

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Does Your Partner Snore? It Might Be Sleep Apnea

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Living with someone who snores loudly throughout the night can take a toll on your sleep and your relationship. While there’s no doubt that it’s annoying to listen to the sound of a freight train running through your bedroom at night, chronic snoring may be an indication of a more serious problem.

How Snoring and Sleep Apnea Are Related

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder. It’ occurs during when the tissues that support your airway naturally relax during sleep collapse and block the flow of oxygen. This can make it difficult to breathe and is characterized by snoring, gasping or choking sounds during sleep, and long pauses in breathing ...

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OSA - What It Is and Why We Screen

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Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a sleep-related breathing disorder that affects as many as 52 million Americans. Men are more likely than women to get sleep apnea, and the likelihood of OSA increases with age.

The Problem with OSA

People with obstructive sleep apnea experience restricted air flow during sleep. This results in symptoms like loud snoring, gasping for breath, and long pauses between breaths. Many OSA patients suffer from fatigue, difficulty concentrating, or irritability. And since sleep apnea can deprive your body of much-needed oxygen, it may increase the risk for high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeats, and stroke.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea often goes untreated because patients are not aware that symptoms ...

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Sleep Apnea Treatment…From Your Dentist!

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Until recently, the first-line treatment for obstructive sleep apnea was a CPAP mask. Short for continuous positive airway pressure, CPAP has helped millions of patients avoid the risks of sleep apnea.

CPAP and Compliance

However, this potentially life-saving treatment comes with a price; patients complain that the mask is uncomfortable, which makes compliance a problem. Many people simply do not use the CPAP mask, putting their overall health at risk.

Untreated sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure, palpitations, heart attack, and stroke.

Updated Sleep Apnea Treatment

Recently the FDA approved a simple customized oral appliance for mild to moderate sleep apnea therapy that is available right here at our Metairie dental office.

During sleep, ...

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