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North Shore Sleep Apnea Treatment: Oral Appliances are The Comfortable CPAP Alternative!

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Chicago Sleep Apnea Treatment:  Patient Testimonials Praise Oral Appliance Therapy   Sleep Apnea is Dangerous with a host of serious medical problems associated .   Live a longer healthier life by treating your sleep disordered breathing. Sleep Apnea treatment is life changing when it is successful.  only one in four patients wear CPAP as recommended and 60% abandon it completely.  The Most common complaint is I Hate CPAP due to: Mask. Hose Noise, Claustrophobia, Bronchitis, Acne, Dry eyes and the list is almost endless. 95% OF PATIENTS PREFER ORAL APPLIANCES OVER CPAP IF OFFERED A CHOICE!  It has been reported that Colin Sullivan the Australian who invented CPAP utilizes an oral… Read Full Post

Sleep Problems and Chronic Migraines. New Study At Rush Medical School Looking For Participants

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

I received this message from a researcher at Rush,where I did research at Rush Sleep Center under Dr Cartwright as a Visiting Assistant Professor starting in 1985-1991 on jaw position and sleep apnea and found that Female TMJ (migraine/headache) patients had similar neuromuscular bite relations as male sleep apnea patients. "Dr Shapira,  My name is Megan Crawford and I am a researcher at the sleep center at Rush University Medical Center. It is with great enthusiasm that I read about your practice, and how you emphasize the importance of good sleep. We here in the Rush Sleep Center have become interested in understanding the relationship between sleep and migraine, and whether treating… Read Full Post

Chicago Sleep Apnea Treatment: Oral Appliances, A Better Alternative. Patient Testimonials Tell All!!!

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Sleep Apnea treatment is life changing when it is successful.  only one in four patients wear CPAP as recommended and 60% abandon it completely.  The Most common complaint is I Hate CPAP due to: Mask. Hose Noise, Claustrophobia, Bronchitis, Acne, Dry eyes and the list is almost endless. 95% OF PATIENTS PREFER ORAL APPLIANCES OVER CPAP IF OFFERED A CHOICE!   Treatment of sleep apnea is essential. CPAP was once considered the Gold Standard of Care but today Oral Appliances are considered a First Line Approach equal to CPAP for mild to moderate Sleep Apnea and an alternative for severe apnea when the patient does not tolerate or prefers oral appliance therapy. Outcome studies for cardiac,… Read Full Post

Sleep Apnea Treatment Lake Forest: Comfortale Alternatives to CPAP

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Sleep Apnea is a serious problem that literally destroy your quality of life! There are many  excellent comfortable treatments for sleep apnea. CPAP is considered the Gold Standard of Treatment but it doesn't work for the majority of patients. Studies have shown that 60% of patients abandon CPAP and only 25% use it all night on a regular basis. There a better alternative for patients who do not want or cannot tolerate CPAP. Oral Appliances are now considered a first line treatment for treating sleep apnea and snoring. Dr Ira Shapira Is a Diplomat, or the American Board of Dental Sleep Medicine and the American Academy of Pain Management.  He has been treating patients with Sleep Apnea… Read Full Post

WHAT ALL HEADACHES HAVE IN COMMON: MIGRAINES, CLUSTER, NEW DAILY PERSISTENT, AUTONOMIC CEPHALGIAS, TENSION, TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT HEADACHES: Question from Kasey in Pennsylvania: I always seem to have a headache that never 100% goes away, and it usually varies day to day. It can get worse by mid to the end of the day. I don't have bad jaw pain but could that be a culprit, can foods cause tension headaches? Dr Shapira Reply: Dear Kasey, I am sorry to hear you are spending your entire life in pain. I hope I can help ease your burden. Most (almost 100%) of headaches are from Trigeminal Nervous System. The Trigeminal Nerve is also called the dentists nerve because it goes to the teeth, jaw muscles, jaw joints, sinuses, gums, and periodontal ligaments. The Trigeminal nerve also controls blood… Read Full Post

How Sleep Apnea and Orthodontics are related. Contraction vs Expansion Orthodontics

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

I frequently discuss Dental Sleep Medicine in terms of treatment, this letter is more concerned with preventing procedures that cause snoring, sleep apnea, headaches, migraines and TMJ disorders IT IS A Reply to Real Self Letter: Expansion vs Contraction Orthodontics Orthodontics vs Orthopedics I am putting on my blog a letter to a patient from the Real Self Website The link has photos. http://www.realself.com/question/palmdale-ca-i-braces-weeks-orthodontist-needed-bicuspids-removed?utm_source=subscription&utm_medium=dremail&utm_content=Question&utm_campaign=TopicSubscription#answer-form I got braces about 5 weeks ago and the orthodontist said I needed my 4 bicuspids removed… Read Full Post

Getting Used to Your Sleep Apnea Appliance

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

One of the best solutions for sleep apnea is an oral appliance. Oral appliances allow patients to sleep soundly, reducing the dangers of sleep apnea like snoring and insomnia.    For many patients who suffer with sleep apnea, an oral appliance can help them avoid surgery or a CPAP machine. Oral appliances may take some getting used to, but the advantages are clear.   There are many options on the market for sleep apnea appliances, so getting the right one to reposition the jaw, tongue, soft palate and hyoid bone to keep your airway optimal is key. You may need to try more than one appliance to find the one that is right for you.   Even with the right appliance, you will need a… Read Full Post

Summer Allergens to Keep Out of Your Bedroom

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

Most people look forward to summer all year, but for millions of Americans, it also means allergy season. Allergies can cause congestion that makes breathing difficult and can make sleep apnea and snoring worse than ever. Treating allergies can offer a snoring solution and reduce sleep apnea symptoms Steps you can take to reduce allergens in the bedroom include: Remove unnecessary items: Things like stuffed animals, magazine racks, unused furniture and even rugs can collect dust and allergens. A minimalist approach to your bedroom décor can provide a serene feeling while reducing allergies. Keep it Clean: Thorough and regular cleaning is the best thing you can do to rid your bedroom of… Read Full Post

How to Change Your Sleep Position

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

The unfortunate symptoms of your sleep apnea may leave you desperate for a snoring remedy. One of the things you can do to both treat your sleep apnea and prevent snoring is to adjust your sleeping position. Changing your sleep position may seem like an impossible feat, but with practice and relaxation it can be done. For most people it only takes about two weeks, and the benefits are worth the effort. Some sleep positions may provide a snoring remedy and improve your sleep apnea, while others can make it worse: Side: Side sleeping is the best position for increasing blood flow and oxygen flow caused by sleep apnea. Adding a pillow between your legs can alleviate tension on your spine that… Read Full Post

How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Blood Pressure?

Authored By:- Dr. Ira Shapira

May has been recognized as National High Blood Pressure Education Month by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute since 1974. Today, the education campaign involves over 100 national organizations and many more community health organizations across the country. Sudden drops in blood oxygen (hypoxia) which take place duringsleep apnea cause increased blood pressure (hypertension) that puts a strain on the cardiovascular system. Individuals with obstructive sleep apnea have an increased risk of high blood pressure. The more severe the sleep apnea, the higher that risk. There are many health risks associated with sleep apnea. For example, sleep apnea increases the risk of stroke, even… Read Full Post