Is Oral Appliance Therapy for Severe Sleep Apnea as Good as CPAP?

Question of the Week – “Is Oral Appliance Therapy for severe sleep apnea as good as CPAP?”

This week Dr. Lydia Sosenko answers this week’s question with a “yes.” If you have severe sleep apnea and cannot tolerate CPAP, Oral Appliance Therapy is a very viable option. If you are not tolerating CPAP therapy, call Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois at (630) 369-5508. Let’s discuss whether or not Oral Appliance Therapy is right for you. For more information on Oral Appliance Therapy and CPAP therapy and their differences, visit http://www.tiredofsnoring.com.

 

Trouble Sleeping?  Try One of These 7 Yummy Drinks

Do you have trouble sleeping?  Are you tired of being tired?

Trouble sleeping?

Trouble sleeping? One of these 7 yummy drinks may help you sleep better!

We all know that caffeinated drinks can prevent sweet slumber and that all caffeinated drinks should be avoided before bedtime if we have trouble sleeping. But these 7 yummy drinks naturally benefit you and encourage quality sleep! No need to avoid them before going to bed. In fact, we suggest you give at least one of the following 7 drinks a try before retiring for the day:

  1. Peppermint tea
  2. Chamomile tea
  3. Raw honey
  4. Carob powder
  5. Almond milk
  6. Tart cherry juice
  7. Chai seed drink

If you happen to be a tea lover, reach for peppermint tea to promote stress relief, weight loss, better skin and relief of bloating.

Chamomile tea is a nerve relaxant that relieves anxiety, depression and stress. Enjoy a good night’s sleep after sipping a cup of this floral tea. For an added benefit, inhale its wonderful fragrance while it steeps.

Raw honey is especially beneficial when added to a hot drink such as tea.  Honey settles coughs and also stabilizes blood sugar levels which promotes sleep.

Is hot chocolate your “cup of tea”? Try replacing the cocoa in your hot chocolate with carob powder.  It has great benefits and is more healthful than cocoa.  It contains serotonin which promotes a good night’s sleep.

Almond milk is high in tryptophan and magnesium. Both of these ingredients are beneficial to quality sleep if you have trouble sleeping.

Tart cherry juice contains melatonin which increases relaxation and sleepiness.

Finally, chai seed is a “super food” containing omega fatty acids which promote quality sleep.

Click on the link below, and enjoy the entire article.  Drink a healthful cup of yummy before you go to bed, kick your trouble sleeping to the curb and enjoy that needed good night’s sleep!

http://dailyhealthpost.com/7-drinks-that-help-you-sleep-better/

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com, or call us at (630) 369-5508.

If I Have TMJ, Can I Still Get Oral Appliance Therapy?

Question of the Week – “If I have TMJ, can I still get Oral Appliance Therapy?”

In this Dental Sleep Medicine video Dr. Lydia Sosenko discusses the varying degrees of TMJ and whether or not Oral Appliance Therapy can be prescribed. The answer to this week’s question is “yes,” but it does depend on the severity of your TMJ.

Call Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois at (630) 369-5508 today. We will determine the severity of your TMJ and whether or not Oral Appliance Therapy can relieve your symptoms while helping to alleviate snoring for you. Visit http://www.tiredofsnoring.com to schedule an appointment with us.

Middle-Aged? Not Enough Sleep? Suffer Cognitive Decline?

Middle-aged people who sleep 6-9 hours each night have better cognitive thinking and memory.

Avoid cognitive decline

Avoid cognitive decline with 6-9 hours of sleep each night

As we age, dementia and cognitive decline become important matters to think about.  It is very important to get plenty of sleep.

Studies show that it does not matter what country you live in, or what cultural or economic or environmental differences there are between them, similar patterns emerge.

In several countries, the following data was reported from 50-year-olds.

  1. Men had higher quality of sleep than women.
  2. Women experienced longer sleep.
  3. Men and women that had too much sleep/or not enough sleep had significantly low cognitive scores.

Sleep is so important in our lives! Unfortunately, it is so under valued, too.

Please read more on how sleep and health are closely related.

http://psychcentral.com/news/2014/06/17/good-sleep-in-middle-age-can-improve-cognition/71317.html

Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois, a premiere snoring and apnea treatment center in Naperville, has been providing the CPAP alternative treatment of oral appliance therapy successfully for over 15 years. For more information on this physician-recommended treatment option, visit www.TiredOfSnoring.com, or call us at (630) 369-5508.

Dangers of Purchasing Anti-Snoring Devices From the Internet

Question of the Week – “What about anti-snoring devices that you can get from the internet, and what are the dangers of using those TV type devices?”

Good question! Yes, there are dangers in purchasing anti-snoring devices from the internet! In this video Dr. Lydia Sosenko discusses the dangers associated with over-the-counter and internet purchases of anti-snoring devices.  The number one danger is not talking with your physician about your snoring to find out if you have obstructive sleep apnea.

Save the money you might spend on TV type devices. They can create problems over providing solutions.

If you are looking for help with better sleep and no more snoring, call Dental Sleep and TMD Center of Illinois at (630) 369-5508 today. We will determine whether or not you are struggling with sleep apnea and whether or not Oral Appliance Therapy is right for you. Visit http://www.tiredofsnoring.com for more information on the important and treatable condition called obstructive sleep apnea.

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