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Why Shaquille O’Neal Went to Harvard

In Sleep Apnea on May 24, 2011 at 4:30 AM

“Sleep apnea, actually, is a pretty common condition which is most likely under-diagnosed and under-evaluated because many people don’t realize that they have it.”

It’s become such a huge health problem in America and has been linked to the “obesity epidemic, high rates of stroke, diabetes, cardiovascular or heart disease, and even mortality.”

Check out this quick video to hear more frightening news, and see why Shaq is attacking Sleep Apnea!

“Sleep apnea is a condition where a person is unable to get air into their lungs when they fall asleep.”

So those bouts of non-breathing – from snoring out loud to what sounds like no breathing – can not only lead to a poor night’s sleep and all the health maladies associated, it can kill us.

Image courtesy of the American Sleep Apnea Association

Some common Sleep Apnea symptoms:

  • Snoring
  • Frequent waking up at night feeling breathless
  • Irritability (from not getting a good night sleep)
  • High blood pressure

Some possible treatments for Sleep Apnea:

  • CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure)
  • OSB® (Oral Systemic Balance Therapy)
  • Oral appliances
  • Weight Loss

To get more facts about sleep apnea from The American Sleep Apnea Association, click here. Be sure to check your snore score, or your significant others, while you’re there.

And don’t hesitate to talk to your dentist about any possible sleep apnea or snoring issues you may be experiencing – first-hand or not.


Division of Sleep Medicine | Harvard Medical School Sleep & Health Education Program

American Sleep Apnea Association

Can a Trip to the Dentist Really Improve Your Sleep?

In Sleep Apnea on October 25, 2010 at 4:00 AM

The jokes we hear while sitting in the dental chair getting our bi-annual mouth spelunking can get tiresome, but that’s not what we’re talking about here.  And we already know dental jokes are only funny to the doctor, but at least someone’s getting a kick out of it!

All jokes aside, millions of Americans suffer from sleep disorder or disruption. This can translate into many other health related problems including, heart attack, stroke, and worse. Even Fibromyalgia, Irritable Bowel, Chronic Fatigue, Restless Leg, and Migraines have been reported as symptoms of people suffering from sleep disorders.

New technology, along with recent advancements in research, diagnosis, and treatment have presented the neighborhood dental practice with the capabilities and information necessary to treat your common sleep disorder. One exciting, and somewhat unknown area of study is Oral Systemic Balance, a field pioneered by a renowned (in dentistry) TMJ specialist. TMJ deals with headaches, misaligned jaw problems, teeth grinding and so forth. The connection between sleep apnea, TMJ, and OSB is just now beginning to be communicated to the public.

But, you heard it here first! Ok, maybe not. But, if we ever have any questions about how we can improve our sleep, we only need to ask our dentists. One thing is for sure, if we don’t tell our dentist we’re are suffering from headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, sleep problems…or anything else, then they can’t learn more about combating or overcoming our chronic health issues.

Speak up, and take control of your health & wellness!


In Sleep Apnea on October 23, 2010 at 4:00 AM

How can our dentists help us get a better night’s sleep?

Lots of things can cause sleeplessness; stress, anxiety, and yes – even the alignment of our jaw, or what dentists refer to as our “bite.” And what may be more shocking, is that even the position of our tongue can have a negative effect on our sleeping habits. Yes, our tongue.

Here’s some additional info for you to check out on your own time, but be on the lookout for some more insights on Oral Systemic Balance Therapy (OSB). OSB is a technique developed by Dr. Farrand Robson, which supports breathing. While traditional oral appliance therapy supports breathing during a patient’s sleep cycle, Oral Systemic Balance supports breathing while awake, or asleep.

Stress and Magnesium Levels

The Important Role of Nutritional Magnesium and Calcium Balance in Humans Living with Stress

New therapy allows predictable resolution of TMJ, Fibromyalgia and other related conditions
by Farrand C. Robson;col1

American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Sleep Medicine at Harvard

Your Guide to Healthy Sleep