Have you ever caught yourself dozing while you were driving? It is scary, and very dangerous. I think we have all been driving tired at one time or another, and all the head shaking, blinking and singing out loud just doesn’t seem to help. Well the National Highway Traffic Safety administration is also concerned and have been keeping records on Sleepy Drivers.
When we think of a person with Obstructive Sleep apnea or OSA what usually comes to mind is an overweight adult male who snores and gasps in his sleep. Children, however are not immune to this condition. In fact we see young patients with symptoms of OSA fairly frequently. The consequences of undiagnosed or untreated Obstructive Sleep Apnea in children can be:
Hey College kids! Wake up!…Do you see what time it is? I just finished reading a report in the Journal of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) about college student’s sleep habits in relation to academic performance. Those of us who have been to college or are currently in college understand the demands that studying places on sleep habits. Cramming for exams, studying, or writing papers can lead to late bedtimes.
In an effort to better diagnose and treat our patients who have sleep apnea or snoring we have been attending sleep symposiums, seminars and workshops. I am always amazed how poor sleep, or lack of sleep, for whatever reason, can affect overall health.
It is common for patients to request (or usually for their wives to request) that we make them an oral appliance to eliminate or reduce their snoring. Sometimes the cure is as simple as having the patient wear an oral appliance at night time that holds their lower jaw slightly forward. Many times though, the issue is much more complex than just snoring. You could have a serious, and very common condition called “sleep apnea”.