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Dangerous CPAP Alternatives on the Internet

Trolling  the internet recently I discovered dozens of  websites, forums and user groups that discuss the ongoing battles that patients seem to have with the CPAP machines. While CPAP is the gold standard of treatment for obstructive sleep apnea most patients can’t stick with the machines over the long term. The traffic on these sites… Read More »

Atrial Fibrillation Linked to Sleep Apnea

The risk of heart arrhythmias like atrial fibrillation (afib) are dramatically increased in patients who have sleep disordered breathing such as sleep apnea. A study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology showed that the risk of having an abnormal heartbeat was 18 times higher immediately after an apnea episode compared to… Read More »

Candy and Cavities

Your little Trick or Treaters brought home a pile of candy which has been dutifully  sorted and checked for safety (and taste) by Mom and Dad. The question now is –  What is the best way to allow your children to enjoy their booty and avoid new cavities? Cavity formation depends upon the pH balance… Read More »

High Blood Pressure Affected By Sleep Quality

When sleeping, humans shift in and out of several phases of sleep. The most restorative type of sleep is deep or slow-wave sleep and a study reported in Hypertension found that older men with the lowest levels of deep sleep were at increased risk of high blood pressure. Most previous studies of sleep and hypertension… Read More »

Your Dental Abscess Questions Answered

What is a dental abscess and how did I get one? An abscess is an accumulation of pus that can form in the gum but generally forms in the bone and drains either through the gums or through a tooth.  These events are painful and usually start with a bacterial infection either inside the pulp… Read More »

Tinnitus Can Caused By Cell Phones or TMJ Disorders

Is the ringing in your ears cellphone induced tinnitus or TMJ problem? Tinnitus is a persistent ringing or buzzing sound in the ears and has many causes including TMJ (jaw joint) disorders.  Studies are now showing that people who have been using cellphones for at least four years for 10 minutes a day are hearing… Read More »

Chipped Tooth No Reason To Panic

Chipped teeth are extremely common so there is no need to panic unless the tooth is causing pain. There is usually an entertaining story that goes along with a chipped tooth which we would love to have you share! How we repair the damage depends on factors such as the size and location of the… Read More »

Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)  is a disorder that causes the stoppage of breathing during sleep.Experts estimate that 80 to 90 percent of obstructive sleep apnea sufferers are undiagnosed and this dangerous disorder is left untreated. Because most people visit their dentist more often than they see their doctor screening for obstructive sleep apnea is something… Read More »

Diabetics Need Healthy Gums

The importance of healthy gums and teeth for diabetes patients has been well documented but a new report in the British Dental Journal has confirmed that most diabetes patients do not understand the link. Researchers surveyed adults visiting a diabetes clinic and discovered that only 13% of participants knew that swollen or tender gums could… Read More »