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Everyone snores, but if it happens often enough to affect the quality of your sleep, it may be a sign of a sleep disorder called sleep apnea.

Sleep Enterprises utilizes the latest advancements in At-Home Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) detection and diagnosis, then applies best practices and protocols for treatment and compliance management. Learn how Sleep Enterprises can help you and even your corporation.

Do You have a sleep disorder?

Do you spend most of the night tossing and turning?

Have you been told that you snore loudly and all night long?

Do you wake up feeling more tired than rested?

You may have a sleep disorder, and it is probably affecting your health. Sleep disorders are conditions that prevent a person from getting restful sleep and, as a result, can cause daytime sleepiness and dysfunction. High blood pressure and obesity can also result from long-term sleep problems that are left untreated.

Fortunately, there are ways to treat sleep disorders without surgery or drugs. If you think you need help, Sleep Enterprises can get you diagnosed and on your way to better sleep and better health!

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What is Sleep Apnea?

Ever wonder why you feel tired after getting what’s considered a full night’s rest?

Sleep apnea is a serious condition, defined by extended pauses between breaths while you sleep that can cause you to snore loudly and leave you feeling tired when you wake up.

There are 2 kinds. Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is more common and occurs when an airway collapses, causing shallow breaths or pauses in breathing that can last anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes. Central Sleep Apnea (CSA), on the other hand, causes pauses in breathing because your brain stops sending the right signals to the muscles that control breathing.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to severe health problems.

Sleep Apnea Statistics

Research indicates there are 67 billion to 165 billion in annual costs related to sleep apnea

Cost of untreated sleep apnea doubles medical expenses mainly due to cardiovascular morbidity.

Sleep Apnea and Your Health

Headaches. Daytime Drowsiness. Memory Loss. Sound like you every day?

Sleep apnea’s effects can range from daily disturbances to more severe and dangerous health conditions, like heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and obesity.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Snoring is annoying, but it can also point to significant health problems. If you snore and can relate to the following symptoms, it’s possible that you have sleep apnea

  • Your family has heard you gasping for air in your sleep;
  • Your snoring keeps your partner awake all night;
  • You wake up feeling not well rested;
  • You have high blood pressure;
  • You suffered a stroke or heart attack.

How Sleep Deprivation Affects Your Health

by Allen Blaivas, M.D. Health Pro June 02, 2008

Today let’s focus on other health effects of sleep deprivation on the body. It should be noted that much of the research in this area is evolving and we are constantly learning more about the bad effects of sleep loss.

High Blood Pressure (and possibly diabetes and heart disease?)

The body senses sleep loss as a “stress-inducing” state, which raises levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and other similar body transmitters. These hormones are what regulate the body’s blood pressure and when these levels are chronically high that may cause blood pressure to be harder to control. Of course, high blood pressure is a risk factor for heart disease. In addition, the ability to control sugar levels, which give our body its necessary fuel to function, seems impaired in people who are have chronic sleep loss. This can lead to diabetes, which also increases the risk of heart disease. We also recognize that a protein in the body called high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, which has been linked to increased risk of heart attack is elevated in patients who are not getting enough sleep. Collectively, it seems that chronic sleep deprivation will probably raise one’s risk of heart disease over the course of a lifetime.

Immune Function and the Ability to Fight Sickness

Ever notice that after going through a period of high stress and sleep loss, like when you have deadlines at the office or finals in school, that you tend to develop colds or other infections? This may not be a coincidence. It seems that the immune function, which allows our bodies to fight germs effectively, is weaker when you are not getting enough sleep.

Pain Tolerance

We all know that when we get a good nights sleep all those little aches and pains seem to improve. It may not only be that the extra sleep is giving the body extra time to repair itself. Research is revealing that when we don’t get enough sleep, our sensation of pain is more intense.

Sleep-related Motor Vehicle Accidents

At least 56,000 car accidents with 40,000 non-fatal injuries and 1,550 deaths occur every year in the US, caused by sleepiness behind the wheel. In fact, excessive sleepiness is the second leading cause of car accidents. Studies have shown that sleepy drivers are impaired at a level equal to that of drunk drivers! If that is not enough to convince you not to drive while sleepy, remember Maggie’s Law. This was a law passed in New Jersey in 2003, that states that a sleep-deprived driver qualifies as a reckless driver who can be convicted of vehicular homicide. It was passed after a driver who hadn't slept for 30 hours and had been using drugs crossed three lanes of traffic and struck 20 year old Maggie McDonnell’s car head-on in 1997. The driver was acquitted because his lawyer argued that since there was no law against falling asleep at the wheel, the driver didn’t do anything wrong.

All in all, my advice to you is, get a good nights sleep!

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Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Your bed partner notices that you snore and/or gasp for air regularly during sleep. (Not everyone who snores has apnea, but nearly everyone with apnea snores, and snorers are more at risk for developing apnea if they gain weight.)
  • You're not rested by sleep and/or need frequent naps
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  • You have hard-to-treat high blood pressure.• You are obese, often with a large belly. (Having a neck collar size bigger than 16 inches for women and 17 inches for men.)
  • The signs can be different in children, who tend to get hyperactive or have learning problems when tired, so they are often misdiagnosed.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment

Oral Appliances look like the mouth guards worn by football players. The oral appliances for treating sleep apnea and snoring are specially designed for that purpose.The appliance is worn in the mouth during sleep. Most appliances work by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward of its usual rest position. This small change is, in many people, enough to keep the airway open during sleep.
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine has endorsed oral appliance therapy for selected patients with sleep apnea.
Many authorities recommend routine assessment for sleep apnea after oral appliance therapy has been applied.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Diagnosis

Doctors diagnose sleep apnea based on medical and family histories, a physical exam, and sleep study results. Your primary care doctor may evaluate your symptoms first. He or she will then decide whether you need to see a sleep specialist.Sleep specialists are doctors who diagnose and treat people who have sleep problems. Examples of such doctors include lung and nerve specialists and ear, nose, and throat specialists. Other types of doctors also can be sleep specialists.
The in-home Sleep Apnea Test is FDA approved, preferred by both patients and physicians, and covered by most major insurance companies. Testing for Sleep Apnea in the comfort of your home is convenient, easy-to-use, and available at little or no cost..

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Sleep Apnea Treatment

If you’d rather feel tired all the time than go through surgery to sleep better, we can help! There are easy, non-surgical ways (such as an oral appliance and posture correction) to treat a sleep disorder so that exhaustion isn’t just a part of life.

At Sleep Enterprises, we offer a free, in-home sleep screening to determine the best sleep apnea treatment for you. Treatment is usually handled within 1-2 visits to our office.

Candidates for sleep apnea treatment typically suffer from any of the following issues:

Snoring

Loud snoring can often occur when your airways are obstructed and your body fights for air. If your snoring becomes so loud that you and/or your loved ones can’t sleep, or you experience it in combination with daytime fatigue, weight gain, or headaches, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Not feeling well rested

If you’re struggling to breathe throughout the night, it can disturb your deep, restful sleep cycles, and you may wake up feeling even more tired than before.

CPAP intolerance

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) device provides regulated air to those with sleep apnea. It does, however, involve wearing a mask-like object that can sometimes make sleep uncomfortable. If you’ve been fitted with a CPAP but find that it’s not helping you, you may benefit more from an oral appliance.

Oral Appliance

The oral appliance we supply is a fitted, retainer-like product that you wear in your sleep to help with breathing. There are several different types, and our evaluation will determine which best suits your needs. Unlike the CPAP, an oral appliance becomes comfortable quickly and is non-invasive. It is usually covered by insurance and Medicare, and requires very little out-of-pocket expense.

Our Oral Appliance’s are indicated for the treatment of Mild to Moderate Snoring and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). Our devices are not indicated for treatment of Central Sleep Apnea. Oral sleep appliances are intended to be worn during the night to help place the patient’s jaw in an optimal position so they can inhale/exhale more airper breath, thus reducing the patient’s snoring and sleep apnea.

Oral Appliances

Blue Series #1

Blue Series 1 - Hard/Soft Device - Dual laminate layer that provides a soft layer on the tooth surface.

INSERTION
It is recommended to insert the upper component first then the lower. To remove, take out the lower component then the upper. Some devices may have different paths of insertion, so some may be best inserted anterior first (left side) thenposterior (right side).

TITRATION
To titrate the screw, place screw driver at the bottom of the arrow. Turn in thedirection of the arrow. One (1 /4) turn is equal to 0.2 millimeter.

Oral Appliances

Pink Series – Herbst #1

Pink Series - HERBST 1 - Hard/Soft Device - Dual laminate layer that provides a soft layer on the toothsurface.

INSERTION
It is recommended that you hold the upper and lower components together. Place the upper component over the teeth, have patient press over the lower teeth. Donot bite into place. Some devices may have different paths of insertion, so somemay be best inserted anterior first (left side) then posterior (right side).

TITRATION
To titrate the device, place wrench into hole. Turn in the direction of the plus (+ ) sign. One (1) turn is equal to 0.2 millimeter. Eight (8) turns is equivalent to 1 mm(maximum protrusion - 6mm). An Allen key is provided to keep screws tight.

Oral Appliances

Blue Series #2

Blue Series 2 - Hard Device - All acrylic and retained with ball clasps; allows device to betightened if it becomes loose.

Oral Appliances

Pink Series – Herbst #2

Pink Series - HERBST 2 - Hard Device - All acrylic and retained with ball clasps; allows device to betightened if it becomes loose.

Oral Appliances

Green Series

Green Series - Hard Device - All acrylic and retained with ball clasps; allows device to betightened if it becomes loose.

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