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Sleep

01. How do I know if I have insomnia?

Understanding Insomnia and Its Indications

Insomnia, a common sleep disorder, manifests in various forms, affecting the quality and duration of sleep. If you often struggle to fall asleep, stay asleep, or wake up too early and find it challenging to resume sleep, you might be experiencing insomnia.
 

Key Indicators of Insomnia:

  • Difficulty Falling Asleep: Spending more than 30 minutes to fall asleep regularly.

  • Frequent Awakenings: Waking up multiple times during the night and struggling to go back to sleep.

  • Early Morning Awakening: Waking up earlier than intended and being unable to resume sleep.

  • Daytime Fatigue: Feeling excessively tired during the day, leading to impaired performance or concentration.

  • Irritability and Mood Changes: Persistent irritability, mood swings, or experiencing difficulty in managing emotions.

  • Anxiety and Worry About Sleep: Persistent concern or anxiety about sleep, leading to added stress.

  • Physical Discomfort: Experiencing bodily discomfort, pain, or other physical issues that prevent restful sleep.

If you've been encountering these symptoms consistently for over a month and it's affecting your daily life, it's advisable to seek professional help.

At , we specialize in diagnosing and treating sleep disorders like insomnia. Our comprehensive evaluations and personalized treatments aim to help you achieve restful, rejuvenating sleep. Contact us today for a thorough assessment and effective solutions to improve your sleep quality.

02. Obstructive Sleep Apnoea (OSA) - the global pandemic

Unraveling the Mysteries of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA)

"Good night dear!" - a familiar phrase that signals the end of the day and the anticipation of a refreshing start. But what if your nights are fraught with disturbances? Imagine dealing with loud snoring, restless legs, and cramps, making sleep a dreaded experience. If this sounds familiar, you might be grappling with Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).

OSA isn't just a scary lifestyle ailment; it's an urban legend backed by global prevalence. As an enthusiastic traveler who has explored 89 countries (would have been more without Covid-19), I've dedicated myself to raising awareness about OSA, especially among dentists. Sadly, many dental professionals overlook the tremendous impact they can have beyond fixing tooth troubles due to gaps in their curriculum post-dental schooling.

In my journey as a Sleep Dentistry practitioner, I've witnessed a remarkable shift in awareness. However, there's still ground to cover, especially in developing countries where health-related research and awareness are lagging. OSA, though complex, can be comprehended by all. Its grave consequences, like Oxygen Desaturations leading to Hypoxia, are increasingly recognized, particularly post the Covid-19 pandemic.

When I initiated Sleep Dentistry in India 15 years ago, sleep labs were scarce. Today, owning six labs running at full capacity is a testament to the rising awareness. But we need more dentists to step forward and grasp their role in demystifying this silent killer.

The Logic Behind OSA and the Dentist's Role

The science is clear: during sleep, the tongue's unconscious backward movement due to gravity obstructs the airway, leading to apnea events. Factors like age, gender, BMI, and tongue size contribute, but a narrower oral airway (determined by jaw size) exacerbates the issue. This is where dentists play a pivotal role!

Wearing a specially designed appliance that gently holds the lower jaw forward prevents the tongue from falling back, ensuring better sleep quality. These devices are compact, patient-friendly, and require no power source.

However, it all boils down to accurate diagnosis and precise appliance fitment within the bite. Embracing better sleep paves the way for a better life!

We at  are committed to educating and assisting patients suffering from sleep disorders like OSA. Reach out to us to understand how our specialized treatments and personalized care can help you sleep better and live a fuller, healthier life.

03. What are some of the warning signs of sleep deprivation?

Understanding Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a critical sleep disorder characterized by repetitive pauses in breathing during sleep. Among various types of sleep apnea, OSA stands out as the most prevalent, primarily affecting individuals whose throat muscles relax excessively, obstructing the airway during sleep.

Identifying Symptoms and Causes of OSA

Symptoms of OSA include loud snoring, abrupt awakenings with choking or gasping, high blood pressure, witnessed pauses in breathing during sleep, daytime sleepiness, morning headaches, dry mouth, mood changes, and decreased sex drive. Experiencing multiple symptoms warrants prompt medical consultation.

OSA occurs when the muscles supporting the tongue, tonsils, uvula, and the roof of the mouth relax excessively, causing the throat to constrict and disrupt breathing for periods lasting 10 seconds or more. This can lead to decreased oxygen levels and an accumulation of carbon dioxide, prompting the brain to awaken and restore normal breathing.

Factors contributing to OSA include obesity, hypertension, narrow airways, persistent nasal congestion, smoking habits, asthma, diabetes, and a family history of the disorder.

Available Treatments for OSA

Several treatments are available to manage OSA:

  • Oral Devices/Mouthpieces: Customized appliances like DNA and Orthotic devices are designed to keep the airway open during sleep and should only be used after medical consultation.

  • Positive Airway Pressure: This involves using an external machine that continuously delivers air through the mouth and nose during sleep to maintain open airways. While effective, some find it uncomfortable.

  • Surgery Options: Procedures like Maxillary Skeletal Expansion (MSE) may be considered in specific cases.

  • Tracheostomy: In severe cases, a surgical opening is made in the throat, and a tube is inserted to maintain an open airway.

  • Benefiting from OSA Treatment with Oxygen Saturation

OSA poses serious health risks like sleepiness, cardiovascular issues, hypertension, stroke, and even fatality due to oxygen deprivation during sleep. Treatments like Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) and Neuromuscular Sleep Orthotic, DNA appliances, or MSE therapy increase blood oxygen levels, refreshing the body and energizing the mind.

While CPAP offers immediate benefits, its long-term use can be challenging due to inconvenience. Neuromuscular Sleep Orthotics, DNA appliances, and MSE therapy have shown long-term improvement in OSA patients' quality of life.

The choice of treatment depends on each patient's specific needs and condition. Consultation with our specialists will help determine the most suitable approach for effective OSA management and improved well-being.

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