breathing excercisesYoga Breathing

According to Dr. Paulose, a plastic and laser surgeon, yoga does not cure sleep apnea, but it can help reduce symptoms. He suggests the ujjayi pranayama, or hissing breath, to increase lung capacity and remove throat blockages. Sit in a lotus position, breathe deeply through your nostrils until calm, then inhale forcefully through the nostrils while contracting your neck muscles to produce a low, throbbing sound. Hold this inhaled breath as long as possible, then close one nostril with your fingers and slowly exhale through the other nostril. Repeat with the other nostril and perform three to five times each day. Read the rest of this entry

Home Sleep Apnea Testing At Kendallville

home sleep apnea testingSleep apnea is a deadly disorder that occurs when a person’s breathing is interrupted during sleep. People with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times.

The home sleep apnea testing started in the month of January. Till the availability of home based sleep apnea testing only the sleep centers at Cameron Hospital in Angola, DeKalb Health in Auburn, Parkview Noble Hospital in Kendallville and Parkview LaGrange Hospital in LaGrange used to offer such tests. Sleep testing at a sleep center involved spending the night in the hospital and wearing wires connected to monitors.

Weldon Cline, the Parkview Noble polysomonographer technologist says that some people may be eligible to have these tests done in the comfort of their own homes.  Read the rest of this entry

man-snoringSleepApneaDisorder/[Press Release] /WASHINGTON, DC/December 22, 2012 / The most common symptom of sleep apnea is loud snoring. Sleep apnea is caused by an obstruction of your airways. When you are in a prone position, your airways naturally constrict to some degree. If you have sleep apnea, this constriction will be more exaggerated, resulting in loud, labored breathing.

Other symptoms of sleep apnea include: Daytime sleepiness, Frequent headaches, Waking up and not feeling refreshed, Night sweats

Some symptoms of sleep apnea may only be noticed by a loved one or roommate. These include: Nighttime choking, Gasping for air during sleep, Frequent periods of breathlessness during sleep, Restlessness or tossing and turning in your sleep.If your loved one brings any of these symptoms to your attention, it is important to see a dentist for a sleep apnea evaluation. Read the rest of this entry

Obesity is a strong indicator in the development of sleep apnea, a serious sleep disorder. About 85 % of those with sleep apnea are obese, and it is more common in men over age 40. Sleep apnea is associated with health consequences such as an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Treatment for sleep apnea can effectively improve concentration, energy, and overall quality of life and put an end to snoring.

 Weight loss surgery at LAP-BAND VIP can effectively prevent, treat, or resolve sleep apnea and cause remission in up to 85 percent of patients.

Excess weight and sleep apnea are strongly correlated because obese people tend to have thicker tissue around the throat. This leads to tissue collapse in the airway, and sleep apnea is marked by disruptions in breathing which can last up to 60 seconds called apneas. During these apneas, a person will wake up to resume breathing, sometimes hundreds of times a night.  Read the rest of this entry

According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Strokes Sleep Apnea remains a growing health concern with an estimated 18 million  Americans suffering.  Sleep Group Solutions offers dental continuing education  courses, with an emphasis in Dental Sleep Medicine.  With a growing demand for  treatment, SGS is now offering an Advanced course to the dental community,  taught by Dr.  Daniel Tache, Diplomat of the Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine, the current  president of the Wisconsin Sleep Society and an instructor for Sleep Group  Solutions.

Now more than ever, dentists are seeking higher education to learn new skills  and protocols on proper treatment methods for snoring and sleep apnea.  Sleep  Group Solutions is currently the leader in dental continuing education for  Dental Sleep Medicine, offering over 60 courses in 2012.

Dentists such as Dr. Larry  Grillo in Aventura, Fl attended a course from SGS and currently is one of  the few dentists in the area screening and treating sleep apnea.  “Treating  obstructive sleep apnea impacts the systemic health of our patients more  significantly than almost any other service we provide. Read the rest of this entry

The Snoring Center Opens Up in Chicago

In the latest step of their national expansion campaign, The Snoring Center is pleased to announce the opening of a Chicago location on January 9. The company is the nation’s leading provider of minimally invasive, office-based treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, including the Pillar Procedure from Medtronic.

Dr. Victoria Brkovich, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with years of clinical experience, has been appointed Medical Director of the Chicago office, located at Water Tower Place.

“I couldn’t be more honored to join The Snoring Center team,” said Dr. Brkovich. “The Snoring Center’s innovative approach and progressive treatment options have helped people from around the world to find healthy, restorative sleep, which is essential to physical and emotional well-being. The opening of our center gives more people access to convenient, effective snoring and sleep apnea treatment options.” Read the rest of this entry

Sleep Apnea Makes Insurance Extremely Expensive

Sleep apnea is a dangerous problem that can lead to heart attacks, strokes, excessive daytime sleepiness, short-term memory loss and increases in motor vehicle accidents. It is essential to diagnose and treat sleep apnea. One study showed a 36% decrease in 8 year survival comparing treated and untreated sleep apnea.

A problem frequently experienced is that the cost of health, life and disability insurance policies can increase exponentially following diagnosis of sleep apnea. This is problematic for owners of small businesses and wealthy individuals who utilize life insurance to protect their estates. Read the rest of this entry

People with obstructive sleep apnea are more likely to stick to prescribed treatment when a partner or parent is involved with their treatment, according to a team of sleep researchers.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the upper airway collapses during sleep. It is the most common type of sleep-disordered breathing, and chances of it occurring become more elevated in obese people.

The first line of treatment for sleep apnea is a non-invasive in-home treatment called CPAP, continuous positive airway pressure therapy. However, if patients do not use the equipment properly, or at all, it cannot help. Read the rest of this entry

The Snoring Centera”, the nation’s leading provider of minimally invasive, office-based treatment for snoring and sleep apnea, including the Pillar Procedure from Medtronic, has opened an office in Los Angeles.

Dr. Marc Kayem, a Board Certified Otolaryngologist with years of experience treating snoring and sleep apnea, will serve as Medical Director of the Snoring Center’s Beverly Hills location.

“I am honored to join The Snoring Center. Their progressive and innovative approach to treating sleep disordered breathing has improved the lives of thousands of patients from around the world,” said Dr. Kayem. “In the past, patients would have to travel to Texas to visit The Snoring Center. It is exciting to watch our team expand into new markets in order to provide minimally invasive, office-based snoring and sleep apnea treatment to more men and women in need.” Read the rest of this entry

Reggie White, Percy Harvin and now Shaquille O’Neal directly affected by  sleep apnea.  With over 18 Million Americans affected by Obstructive Seep  Apnea (OSA), it remains one of the most potentially dangerous sleep  disorders.  Large neck sizes and high body mass put athletes at a higher  risk of having the disorder.  Sleep Group Solutions, a dental continuing education and technology  company offers free screening and testing to all professional athletes,  including the NFL.

“The NFL Program was created to raise awareness of OSA by offering  complementary screening and treatment to professional athletes.  Our  affiliated doctors such as SGS Medical Advisor Dr. Atul Malhotra from Harvard  Medical School has already diagnosed a handful of athletes, and recommended either Oral  Appliance Therapy, or the CPAP.”  says Rani Ben-David, President of Sleep  Group Solutions. Read the rest of this entry

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