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A Link Between Sleep Apnea and Weight

We understand there are numerous influencers in the development of sleep apnea. While we might not understand each connection, one thing that is clear is that weight loss can significantly improve the symptoms of sleep apnea. Because obesity is a leading cause of sleep apnea, it is important to exercise and lose weight to protect your overall health.

Weight Loss and Improved Sleep Apnea

Weight loss can significantly improve, and potentially eliminate, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) symptoms in people that are obese. Researchers continue to study the area of sleep apnea, which is how we have learned that people with severe OSA who lost the recommended amount of weight were three times more likely to experience remission of sleep apnea symptoms compared to those who did not lose any weight.

Most patients with sleep apnea are overweight, but that doesn’t mean everyone is obese—only some. By losing weight, you can eliminate fat that blocks the windpipe, and it will not only fix your sleep complications, but can also help with:

  • Cholesterol
  • Knee pain
  • Fit of your clothes
  • Overall feeling of yourself

It has even been found that moderate to severe sleep apnea can be completely corrected by losing excess weight. And, for others, even a small amount of weight loss can open up the throat and improve sleep apnea symptoms.

Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you have lost weight, but are still experiencing symptoms of sleep apnea, it is important to seek further care. While the weight loss might not have eliminated all of your symptoms, it still helped. Contact Dr. Bonnie Foster at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Virginia to learn more about why your sleep apnea symptoms might still be present, and what treatment options are available. Through oral appliance therapy, you may finally find relief from your symptoms.

When was the last time you slept through the night, waking up feeling refreshed? Remember, sleep apnea should never be ignored. Dr. Foster at Craniofacial Pain & Dental Sleep Center of Virginia can help provide relief from sleep apnea in Warrenton for many patients.

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A Sleep Apnea History Lesson

I love history—don’t you? While we can read books upon books on the history of the world, government, music, art, and so many other topics, what about the history of sleep apnea? We know the basis of sleep apnea, but let’s take a look at the history and how it became to be an issue we watch out for at Warrenton Dental Care.

Beginnings of Sleep Apnea

Since the ancient times, sleep apnea has been observed. Even if a treatment or cause was not clear, it was still known what sleep apnea was. In the late 19th century, the term “Pickwickian Syndrome” was created to describe symptoms of sleep apnea. Research, though, focused on the patients’ obesity rather than the disordered breathing they were experiencing during sleep.

In 1965, the first polysomnograph recorded apneas during sleep, which were the frequent occurrences of stoppage in breathing throughout the night. Further research continued to show that obesity was not essential for sleep apnea, as there were many other comorbidities associated with this condition.

Continued Sleep Apnea Research

As sleep apnea continued, William Dement established the first sleep clinic at Stanford University in California in 1970. Two years later, Christian Guilleminault joined the clinic and concentrated on respiratory disorders during sleep. The research on sleep apnea continues to grow each year with more interest than ever before.

Between 1975 and 1980, there were 319 articles on sleep apnea in medical literature alone. This increase in awareness continues to help pave the way for advanced treatment options to successfully help you get a better night’s sleep. With history of sleep apnea continuing to expand to this day, dentists continue to provide advanced treatment options as an alternative to CPAP therapy.

To learn more about sleep apnea and how our dentist in Warrenton can help you find relief, visit Warrenton Dental Center. As a team, we are available to educate our patients in Warrenton, VA on sleep apnea and the available treatment options. Let us help you get a better night’s sleep.

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Lifestyle Changes Can Help Relieve Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea treatments are key to getting a better night’s sleep. However, there are some lifestyle changes you can make, too, that will significantly improve your symptoms. Through lifestyle changes, you can improve your sleep while eliminating sleep apnea symptoms. You can enjoy an improvement for your health and sleep. Continue reading to learn more about lifestyle changes you should make.

Quit Smoking

Yes, we all know that smoking is harmful to your health, but what about your sleep? Smoking has a significant negative impact on your overall health and sleep apnea. So toss that cigarette out and quit smoking today! If you quit smoking, you will notice the differences in not only your overall health, but sleep apnea symptoms as well. While quitting might be difficult, the end result is well worth the initial struggle. Protect your health and improve your sleep by quitting that bad habit today!

Exercise to Lose Weight

One of the leading causes of sleep apnea is obesity, which means one major change in your life should be exercise and weight loss. If you are overweight, your airway can become blocked. By losing weight you can improve your sleep and eliminate your symptoms, while also improving your overall heath. Remember to get regular exercise, even if that means only 30 minutes a day—every bit helps. By adding a little bit of exercise in your life, you can improve your health while getting a better night’s sleep.

Stop Drinking Alcohol

A glass of wine or beer after a long day might be enjoyable, but excessive drinking can be detrimental to your health and sleep. Minimize your alcohol intake or stop completely to further improve your health and sleep. It’s a compromise you will need to make to feel better.

To learn more about sleep apnea in Warrenton and lifestyle changes to make, contact Dr. Bonnie Foster. By properly treating sleep apnea, and making lifestyle changes, you can improve your overall health while getting a better night’s sleep. What are you waiting for?

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Sleep Apnea Signs and Symptoms

The most common sign of sleep apnea tends to be loud, chronic snoring, but it does not always mean you suffer from this condition. If you have heard someone snore before, or even if you were told you snore, it is important to seek further information about sleep apnea now.

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Questions About Sleep Apnea

To help you get a better understanding of sleep apnea, and understand what questions we might ask, we have put together a simple questionnaire for you. In this survey, you will see a series of questions about how likely you are to doze off during the day. Take a look:

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Our Dental Team

We’ve got exciting news! At Warrenton Dental, we are now offering services in dental sleep medicine (Don’t worry, we’ll tell you more). By providing advanced services, we can provide our patients with the best care possible for both oral and overall health. Through the completion of continuing education courses, our entire dental team has been able to prepare for these advanced services. Let’s take a look at the role of a few members of our dental team.

The Dentist

Leading the team is of course our dentist. In order to properly provide services in dental sleep medicine, such as sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Bonnie Foster had to attend seminars, lectures and other continuing education courses. Through these courses, Dr. Foster can now provide you with proper care for sleep apnea. From knowing the right questions to the signs, Dr. Foster maintains the ability to properly treat sleep apnea, so you can get a better night’s sleep. 

The Hygienist

As a partner in your health at every visit, our hygienist will be there every step of the way. Just like Dr. Bonnie Foster, our hygienist has completed continuing education to remain up-to-date with the latest advancements in dental sleep medicine. Our hygienists will ask you questions and will often notice the first signs of sleep apnea, even if you might not be aware of it yet. Seek the guidance of our hygienists to help guide you in your treatment journey.

The Office Manager

Our front desk staff and office manager will be your go-to for important information. From scheduling your appointment to asking for further information on sleep apnea, and other services, our team will work with you. Let us help you in your journey to finding a solution for your symptoms.

Contact our office today to learn more about sleep apnea and how our dental team can help you remain healthy and happy.

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Why Dental Care is Important for Sleep

It is important to get a good night’s sleep every night. In doing so, your body is restored and your mind is enlivened. And, when it comes to sleep, there is one area you might have overlooked: Dental health care. More than 18 million Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which means they need a good night’s sleep in order to save their lives. By visiting your dentist, you can find proper treatment options to help relieve your symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at dental care and why it is important for sleep.

The Dentist’s Role

Dentists are often the first line of defense against sleep apnea, and are the first to notice symptoms because they are in contact with their patients more frequently than the family doctor. Dr. Bonnie Foster can notice and detect the less evident symptoms of sleep apnea through asking questions and talking with you, along with an exam.

She might suspect you suffer from sleep apnea if you have complaints of lethargy, morning headaches, or dry mouth. When signs and symptoms are first noticed, dentists will send patients to sleep medicine specialists who can properly diagnose sleep apnea. If diagnosed with a sleep breathing disorder, the specialist might then refer you back to our office for treatment with oral appliance therapy.

Treatment Options

Treatment options for sleep apnea will vary depending on the severity of the disorder. If you are suffering from mild sleep apnea, simple behavioral changes such as losing weight might make all the difference. Those suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea can also be treated with oral appliance therapy. Similar to a mouth guard, an oral appliance helps to reposition the jaw and tongue to improve airflow. As with any appliance, they will require some adjusting and commitment but are easy to wear and use.

To learn more about how Dr. Bonnie Foster can help with treatment of sleep apnea, please contact our office today!

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Now Offering Sleep Apnea Services

We are excited to announce new services at our office! To continue to provide you with the care we are known to provide, we have completed continuing education in order to offer sleep apnea services.

From snoring to pauses in breathing, sleep apnea is not a disorder we should ignore. In fact, proper treatment is needed immediately. As with other diseases and conditions, there are different types of sleep apnea you might be suffering from. To help you understand sleep apnea, let’s look at the different types and stages.

The Types of Sleep Apnea

If you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea, you might already know the side effects of not breathing while sleeping. So, let’s take a brief look at Obstructive, Central and Complex Sleep Apnea:

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) – Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It occurs when the soft tissue in the back of the throat relaxes during sleep and blocks the airway. This often causes you to snore loudly, which can be very disruptive for your bed partner.
  • Central Sleep Apnea (CSA) – Central sleep apnea is not a common type of sleep apnea. It involves the central nervous system, and occurs when the brain fails to signal the muscles that control breathing. If you suffer from central sleep apnea it is likely that you seldom snore.
  • Complex Sleep Apnea – Complex sleep apnea is a combination of obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. It is a form of sleep apnea in which central apneas persist or emerge during attempts to treat obstructive events with a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) or bi-level device.

By understanding the types of sleep apnea, we can tailor appropriate treatment for you.

The Stages of Sleep Apnea

In addition to the types of sleep apnea, there are also three stages that occur as well:

  • Mild is the first stage in which patients stop breathing 5-15 times per hour.
  • Moderate involves a stoppage of breathing 16-30 times per hour.
  • Severe, which means patients’ breathing stops more than 30 times per hour.

To learn more about sleep apnea, please contact our office and we can work with you to find the right treatment option available.

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Red Nose Day

Warrenton Dental Center is proud supporter of Red Nose Day. Red Nose Day is helping to eliminate childhood poverty. Come in to see us and get your Red Nose.

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Save your teeth

It is important to plan for your children’s future. You spend money on education, extracurricular activities, and clothing. Why not invest in a healthy future for your children by banking their dental stem cells? Being prepared for your family’s future is important. Taking steps to ensure you are ready for health issues down the road can give you peace of mind. Dental Stem Cell Banking is a secure way to store your child’s baby teeth, wisdom teeth, or healthy extracted teeth. Bless your children with the best possibility for a healthy future

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