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Weary Workers

Fifty percent of all employees are currently living with some type of sleep disorder that is causing them to feel fatigued at the workplace and in their personal lives. Ninety percent of employers report being negatively affected by employee fatigue.

Apr 15th, 2021
Work Fatigue: More of a Problem Than You May Think

According to the National Safety Council, fatigue is a growing problem affecting the workforce. Research estimates that 13% of workplace injuries can be attributed to fatigue, and 43% of Americans admit they may be too tired to function safely at work.

Apr 8th, 2021
DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: Here is Why "The Change" Can Be So Hard

It’s only an hour, but feels like so much more!  When we set clocks forward or back for Daylight Savings, it can feel like we got hit with an awful case of jet lag! Learn how the time change & other sleep disruptions can detrimentally affect your health.

Mar 11th, 2021
CPAP Vs. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT)

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) units are the most commonly prescribed solutions for sleep apnea/snoring. CPAP is a very effective treatment for people who can accommodate to it but, unfortunately, it does not work for nearly 50% of users.

Mar 4th, 2021
Sleep Disorders: How They Lead to Heart Attacks

Sleep apnea can lead to sleep deprivation from constant nightly interruptions and shallower overall sleep. Because of how it affects oxygen balance in the body, untreated sleep apnea raises dangers for high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

Feb 19th, 2021
Bruxism: Grinding and Clenching ~ Symptoms and Solutions

Bruxism may manifest as symptoms of a disorder of the jaw joints (TMJs), such as clicking or grinding sounds on opening or closing the jaw, jaw pain while at rest or while chewing or talking, locking of the jaw, or the inability to fully open the jaw.

Feb 11th, 2021
Simple Self-care That Can Benefit Your Heart

Devoting some time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting your heart. Taking time to de-stress, preparing a healthier meal, and getting plenty of quality sleep, all help.

Feb 4th, 2021
Sleep Apnea: Helpful Health Tips and More

Studies show people who act as their own health advocates are more likely to live healthier and longer lives. Finding the best doctors and treatment plans is what everyone wants! Here are tips to help you find answers for treating sleep apnea and snoring.

Jan 31st, 2021
The ONE New Year’s Resolution That You Should Know About

It’s a new year and a time when people decide to make a list of thing they want to change, goals to set, and plans to put in place to create a better self and a better outlook in life. Read how setting just ONE goal can start you on the right path!

Jan 8th, 2021
Smoking and Sleep Apnea - A Dangerous Combination

Smokers are THREE TIMES more likely to have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) than those who've never smoked.  It disrupts and alters your sleep cycles, can damage muscle function and inflame or increase mucus congestion in the upper airway. 

Dec 10th, 2020
Jaw Pain: Symptoms and Solutions

At Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine, treatment for TMJ disorders is a conservative, methodical, and non-surgical approach. The consultation and examination are designed to identify the source(s) causing the symptoms, followed by appropriate treatment.

Nov 11th, 2020
Stroke and Sleep Apnea...Know the Risk

Obstructive Sleep Apnea is a condition that causes periodic disruption in breathing while sleeping and is directly linked to the risk of having a stroke.  If you have sleep apnea or are at risk of having a stroke you will want to continue reading!

Nov 5th, 2020
National Truck Driver Appreciation

Every year, around the second week in September, is National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. It’s a time to honor all professional truck drivers for their hard work and dedication in one of the nation’s most demanding and vital jobs.

Sep 17th, 2020
Is Fatigue Causing You to Drive Drowsy?

Driving while drowsy can have the same consequences as driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol: drowsiness is similar to alcohol in how it compromises driving ability by reducing alertness and attentiveness, delaying reaction times.

Jul 24th, 2020
I Stop Breathing HOW MANY Times During the Night?

When your airway is blocked your breathing can be paused HUNDREDS of times during the night. That's right -- HUNDREDS! It jolts you awake and can take a serious toll on your emotional and physical health.

Jul 16th, 2020
Our Response to COVID-19

We at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine have been hard at work to develop a process to handle the COVID-19 virus. This article provides the details regarding our plan for pre-screening, infection control, and cleaning.

Apr 29th, 2020
Daylight Savings Has Begun

Do you feel like today is the most Monday-ist of Mondays? I know the feeling. Yea, it's great when we "fall" back and gain an hour of sleep but this whole "spring" ahead things messes with me. If it messes with you too, we are not alone...

Mar 8th, 2020
Sleeping Well Can Lead to a Happier Marriage

Happy Valentine's Day! Make sure to show your special someone that you love them by treating your sleep apnea and snoring. I know this probably sounds silly but sharing a bed with someone who snores can lead to bad sleep. 

Feb 14th, 2020
How does blood pressure impact your sleep?

Hypertension and OSA There are many comorbid medical conditions associated with unmanaged obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) the most common of which is hypertension. The most recent research indicates that thirty to fifty percent of those who have...

Feb 6th, 2020
How much does it cost to treat sleep apnea?

What is the real cost of oral appliance therapy? One of the most common questions we get asked here at the office is how much it costs to be treated with an oral appliance. Unfortunately, there is no cut and dry answer...

Feb 4th, 2020
Does Winter Have you Feeling Tired?

Imagine this scenario: It's 5pm, you go to leave your office and head home. You step outside to a sky so pitchblack it must be 9 or 10pm. It's freezing cold and you just want to head home. You just want to head home, curl up under a warm blanket, and sleep

Feb 2nd, 2020
Are you ready for some football?

Are you planning to watch the big game this weekend? I personally like to start my day with the Puppy Bowl featuring the Kitty Cat Half Time Show and then watch the Super Bowl for the commercials. Whether you watch for commercials, the game, or because...

Jan 30th, 2020
Why do I have jaw pain and how do I fix it?

Temporomandibular Joint Disorders -commonly referred to as “TMJ” but clinically termed as “TMD” can be related to problems with jaw muscles, the jaw joints and often may involve a postural component. Patients presenting with TMD may have symptoms...

Jan 27th, 2020
Sleep problem associated with high blood pressure

Sleep apnea left untreated can lead to several health problems, including high blood pressure. What happens when someone has sleep apnea is, they experience pauses in their breathing many times per night. Some people have hundreds of episodes of apnea ...

Jan 22nd, 2020
The Sleep Apnea / Cardiovascular Connection

Sleep apnea is extremely common in patients with cardiovascular disease. It is well known that when sleep apnea is left untreated, medical comorbidities are likely including; cardiovascular complications such as hypertension, heart attack, stroke, A- ...

Jan 9th, 2020
Top Oral Appliances

Oral appliances are a treatment option for the sleep disordered breathing condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This option is ideal for patients who cannot tolerate Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP). Oftentimes, individuals ...

Apr 30th, 2019
Sleep Apnea, Depression and Life Memory Gaps

A common theme in the Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine blog is this: sleep (or lack thereof) really can affect all parts of an individual’s complete health. We’ve touched on how sleep and diseases like sleep apnea can tie into anxiety, depression, ...

Apr 30th, 2019
Social Jet Lag and Sleep Debt

Do you try to burn the candle at both ends? An interesting article in the New Jersey Monthly talks about how so many of us do try, and our health is what suffers. The experience is called social jet lag. Social Jet Lag An article written in January ...

Apr 30th, 2019
Adolescent Sleep Needs and Later School Start Times

“Adolescents today face a widespread chronic health problem: sleep deprivation. Although society often views sleep as a luxury that ambitious or active people cannot afford, research shows that getting enough sleep is a biological necessity, as ...

Apr 30th, 2019
Signs of Worse News to Come?

Because sleep is connected to almost every facet of the medical industry and our lives, we here at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine try to stay in the loop with trending health topics. Almost every other month, something new is published about how ...

Apr 30th, 2019
Pittsburgh Sleep Apnea Dentist

Are You Looking For a Sleep Apnea Treatment? If you’re located in or near the Pittsburgh area, you’re in luck! There just so happens to be an experienced and highly qualified team of sleep medicine dentists in four areas in and around the Pittsburgh ...

Apr 29th, 2019
Tonsillectomies and the Sleep Apnea Connection

The Mayo Clinic defines a tonsillectomy as “the surgical removal of the tonsils, two oval-shaped pads of tissue at the back of the throat – one tonsil on each side.” Historically, this procedure was used as a tool in fighting chronic streptococcal ...

Apr 29th, 2019
When Sleep Apnea Turns Deadly

If you have come to see us at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine, chances are good that you understand and recognize the severity of sleep apnea. Unfortunately, the dangers of sleep apnea have a history of going undetected in many professions – most ...

Apr 29th, 2019
What to Expect at Oral Appliance Consultation

Do You Know What to Expect at an Oral Appliance Consultation? Learn about how we listen to our patients and learn about their sleep concerns and issues, and then help them learn more about sleep apnea, and the options available to them at Pittsburgh ...

Apr 29th, 2019
Treating Sleep Apnea is Now As Easy As Using a Remote Control

Inspire Therapy is new technology that works inside the body to treat obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), rather than with a CPAP mask or outer body device. It is a small, implanted system that senses breathing patterns and delivers mild stimulation to ...

Apr 29th, 2019
The Rogers’ are Featured in Sleep Review Magazine!

We are excited to announce that we are currently featured in the May 2016 issue of Sleep Review Magazine! Learn the story of Rob Rogers, DMD, DABDSM, and Mary Beth Rogers, a ‘dream team’ in this well written article that reviews the couple’s major ...

Jan 10th, 2019