The CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine is often prescribed to patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) to help keep their upper airway open while they sleep so they can get a good night’s sleep and prevent the symptoms of snoring, waking constantly through the night and daytime fatigue.
An article in Sleep, a publication that is put out by the Sleep Research Society, discussed a sleep study that had some interesting findings on how lack of sleep affects behaviors in some profound ways. I’d like to share this with you not only to shed light on the importance of sleep therapy, but also to help you understand your symptoms better. Read on to find out more.
What makes your head hurt? There are many causes for headaches, and it’s important to understand what they are in order to treat patients properly. One type of headache we often see in our patients is of vascular origin. There are nerve endings around the blood vessels that cushion and protect the brain from injury. When the blood vessels swell, they push against the brain causing a vascular headache. A migraine would be one example of this, where the nerve endings are hyper sensitized by a stimulus such as jaw joint inflammation or inflammation of the nose and sinuses.
When you visit our office, you may meet with some of our team members, but you may not know just how awesome they are! Our team is integral in helping patients like you get the TMD and sleep apnea therapy they need in order to lead healthier lives. I count on them every day to bring their A game, and they never disappoint. This month, I’d like to highlight Mackenzie Jakola, our New Patient Coordinator and Marketing Manager. You’ve probably seen her around the office, but I’d love for you to get to know her a little better. Read on to learn more.
One of the most challenging aspects of stopping the spread of COVID-19 is that many people who have the virus are asymptomatic and don’t realize they have it. This is especially important for CPAP users to realize. Why? It’s well known that the CPAP can increase the spread of an infectious disease by aerosolizing the virus. That means that an individual using the device to help with their sleep apnea symptoms could be spreading COVID-19 to their sleep partner even if they don’t know they have the virus.
While things are starting to open back up, you or your loved one might still be hesitant to go out in public and that’s ok! We still want to answer your questions and address any concerns you have. That’s why we offer Telemedicine Visits. Read more to find out about our virtual visits.
Do you get sick easily and more frequently than others? It turns out that lack of quality sleep has a profound effect on our immune system. Poor sleep doesn’t just make you groggy or fatigued the next day, it can actually make you sick.
We hope you have been able to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather we are having. While COVID has put restrictions on our lives, we are fortunate to live in an area where we can exercise outdoors. Exercise is important for keeping our bodies in shape and elevating our mood. It can also reduce the risk of some diseases and illness. In fact, it can protect against lung damage and lessen the effects of COVID-19. Read more to find out how exercise plays an important role in keeping us safe and healthy.
Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), a condition affecting the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), often goes undiagnosed because people who suffer from it might not know the cause of their pain, and therefore, don’t know where to go for treatment. That’s why it’s important to separate fact from fiction when it comes to this common problem, which affects as many as 10 million Americans.
We are happy to let you know that we will be accepting patients back in the office starting Monday, May 18. Our staff and patient’s safety is our primary concern and we are working hard to set in place new protocols and requirements. There might be some changes next time you see us, but we will deliver the same great care you’ve come to expect from our team.