Category: snoring and apnea

“Airway” Knowledge Has Changed My Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 0

“Airway” Knowledge Has Changed My Diagnosis and Treatment Planning

An orthodontist shifts his paradigm from being tooth-centered to airway-centered, reports Orthodontic Products.

The most commonly recommended therapies for sleep apnea are CPAP or an oral appliance (most of which position the mandible forward). Neither of these solves the underlying anatomical problem and both require long-term compliance for efficacy. Our task force found that properly planned orthodontic treatment alters the anatomy of the face and mouth in ways that can have a profound positive effect on the airway, and eliminate or reduce the severity of OSA. So, when I treatment plan, every decision is designed to be “Airway Friendly.”

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Snoring Poses Greater Cardiac Risk to Women 0

Snoring Poses Greater Cardiac Risk to Women

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and snoring may lead to earlier impairment of cardiac function in women than in men, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA). Moreover, the findings suggested that OSA may be vastly underdiagnosed among snorers.

A common but dangerous sleep disorder, OSA causes an increased risk for left ventricular and, more rarely, right ventricular dysfunction in the heart.

Researchers investigated cardiac function in relation to diagnosed OSA and self-reported snoring from data available through UK Biobank. A national and international health resource, UK Biobank is open to researchers and follows the health and well-being of 500,000 volunteer participants. Its aim is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of serious and life-threatening illnesses.

For this study, data from 4,877 UK Biobank participants who had received a cardiac MRI were analyzed. The patients were allocated to three study groups: those with OSA (118 patients), those with self-reported snoring (1,886 patients), and those who are unaffected—without OSA or snoring (2,477 patients). There were 396

Utah Sleep Study Program Receives Accreditation 0

Utah Sleep Study Program Receives Accreditation

Sevier Valley Hospital in Richfield has received accreditation from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for the hospital’s sleep studies program. 

This program helps diagnose a variety of sleep disorders for local patients including narcolepsy, circadian rhythm disorder, restless legs syndrome, sleep deprivation, as well as the most common sleep disorder — sleep apnea.

“The American Academy of Sleep Medicine congratulates Sevier Valley Hospital on meeting the high standards required to earn accreditation as a sleep disorder center,” said Dr. Douglas Kirsch, AASM president. “Sevier Valley Hospital’s sleep studies program is an important resource to the local community and will provide academic and scientific value in addition to the highest quality care for patients suffering from sleep disorders.”


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My CPAP Machine And Me 0

My CPAP Machine And Me

A writer for Forbes was initially skeptical when told by a doctor he had sleep apnea. But a test proved it and his new CPAP machine helped control it.

My dentist discovered it. As we chatted, instead of looking me in the eye, she was focused on my mouth. “Your front teeth,” said Dr. Cynthia Brattesani. “You’ve got that pirate look again.”

Telling her it was just a chipped tooth, she reminded me that it was two teeth, one of which she’d repaired three times. She looked down my throat and asked me if I have trouble sleeping, if I fall asleep during the day or feel depressed. No.

Then she asked if I snored, and she had me there.

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In the Restless Sleep Apnea Market, a Wilkins Township Company Hopes Patents Will Protect Its Products 0

In the Restless Sleep Apnea Market, a Wilkins Township Company Hopes Patents Will Protect Its Products

The cloth of Circadiance’s SleepWeaver masks let the moisture naturally evaporate off the skin, reports the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

The competitive market makes patents imperative, Mr. Groll said. Circadiance now has nine U.S. and international patents, all on variations of the all-cloth SleepWeaver masks.

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Nyxoah Raises €15 Million in New Financing, Completes BLAST OSA Clinical Study 0

Nyxoah Raises €15 Million in New Financing, Completes BLAST OSA Clinical Study

Nyxoah SA, a medical device company focused on the development and commercialization of a hypoglossal nerve stimulation (HGNS) therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), has raised an additional €15 million ($17.1 million USD) in its most recent round of equity financing.

The financing was led by Cochlear Ltd, an Australian medical device and implantable hearing solutions company. Cochlear invested €13 million and the round was completed by several existing Nyxoah shareholders. A representative of Cochlear has joined the Nyxoah Board.

Robert Taub, chairman of the Nyxoah board, says in a release, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Cochlear as a new investor. Their board-level participation will accelerate Nyxoah’s vision of becoming a leader in OSA therapy.”

Jan Janssen, chief technology officer of Cochlear, says, “Cochlear actively monitors the market for novel technologies and implantable devices that over the long term may leverage its core business. Nyxoah’s minimally invasive solution presents an attractive alternative for patients with compliance or intolerance issues in respect of existing therapies. We look forward to working with Nyxoah.”

Nyxoah recently completed the BLAST-OSA

Collaborative Summit Explores Models to Improve Patient Care for Sleep Apnea 0

Collaborative Summit Explores Models to Improve Patient Care for Sleep Apnea

In Chicago on Saturday, Nov 10, the American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM) hosted 35 representatives from 14 medical associations and patient advocacy groups for a one-day Sleep-Disordered Breathing Collaboration Summit to discuss strategies to improve the diagnosis and treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.

Participants explored new and innovative clinical approaches to address the problem of undiagnosed sleep apnea. A report previously commissioned by the AASM estimates that 29.4 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea, with 23.5 million of them currently undiagnosed.

“The purpose of this summit was to bring together a multi-disciplinary group of stakeholders to encourage innovation and promote improved access to care for the millions of adults and children who have undiagnosed sleep apnea,” says AASM president Douglas B. Kirsch, MD, in a release. “It is my hope that this summit will be a springboard for ongoing collaboration that will promote the expansion of high quality, patient-centered care for sleep apnea.”

Currently there are about 6,400 board-certified sleep medicine physicians in the United States, according to the AASM. The goal of the summit

Rush Opens Center for Airway Diseases 0

Rush Opens Center for Airway Diseases

Rush University Medical Center has opened a center for airway diseases, a comprehensive program to treat people with interrelated chronic conditions such as sinusitis, allergies, asthma, and sleep apnea.

“People with one or more of these conditions often find themselves visiting one medical specialist after another in the quest for the correct relief and treatment they need,” says Pete Batra, MD, professor and chairperson of the department of otorhinolaryngology, head and neck surgery at Rush, in a release.

The Rush Center for Airway Diseases brings together specialists in the following areas:

  • Allergy/immunology
  • Laryngology
  • Pulmonology
  • Rhinology
  • Sleep medicine and sleep surgery

Physicians from several specialties use their expertise collectively to diagnose and address all coexisting airway conditions using a comprehensive and coordinated approach at the center, and each patient is assessed to determine which specialists are needed. The patient’s personal care team plans and coordinates all treatments. The team partners with the patient’s existing primary care doctor, referring physician or outside specialists, as needed.

“Complex conditions require a team of experts who can apply their extensive training and knowledge to benefit

Can’t Live Without These Anti-Snoring Products 0

Can’t Live Without These Anti-Snoring Products

Snoring is not just a nasty habit but it is also the main symptom of a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. This condition is characterized by a constricted air flow because of thickened carotid wall arteries from the throat and the nasal tract leading to loud vibrations commonly known as snoring as air passes through the narrowed airway in your sleep. It can cause relationship problems not to mention the many health dangers it poses. A person literally stops breathing for a few seconds and it happens many times throughout their sleep.

There is insufficient oxygen reaching the brain and all the cells in the body making you predisposed to life-threatening conditions like cardiac diseases and heart attack that are some of the main causes of human mortality. Fortunately, technology has afforded us with innovations that may not yet cure sleep apnea but at least curb its loud snoring and other symptoms. If you sleep better, your body will be in a better shape and you’ll be able to live longer by getting enough quality sleep at night without … Relocates Headquarters 0 Relocates Headquarters

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