Blog Archive

Our Response to COVID-19 Apr 29th, 2020

Hello everyone, We here at Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine have been hard at work to understand and implement new protective measures for our patients and staff. In our current health climate, there is a lot of fear so I wanted to make sure that everyone was aware of the precautionary measure...

Daylight Savings Has Begun Mar 8th, 2020

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.   Research done...

Sleeping Well Can Lead to a Happier Marriage Feb 14th, 2020

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.  No, really! A recent study done by the National...

How does blood pressure impact your sleep? Feb 6th, 2020

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 essential hypertension have OSA. Individuals with drug-resistant hypertension are even more likely...

How much does it cost to treat sleep apnea? Feb 4th, 2020

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, but most major insurances will cover it the same was they do with CPAP. If you have...

Does Winter Have you Feeling Tired? Feb 2nd, 2020

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,...

Celebrate American Heart Month Together: Join the #OurHearts Movement Jan 31st, 2020

February is American Heart Month! Did you know that people who have close relationships at home, work, or in their community tend to be healthier and live longer? One reason, according to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI), is that we’re more successful at meeting our health goals...

Are you ready for some football? Jan 30th, 2020

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 you are socially obligated...

Why do I have jaw pain and how do I fix it? Jan 27th, 2020

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 that range from sore or tight muscles in the face, scalp and...

Sleep problem associated with high blood pressure Jan 22nd, 2020

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 over the course of the night. The pauses in breathing...

Primary Care Physicians: Recognizing and Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea will Benefit Your Patien Jan 10th, 2020

As you know, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to serious comorbidity. When OSA goes untreated, your patients are at increased risk for:• Cardiovascular disease (hypertension, heart attack, stroke, A-Fib, endothelial dysfunction…)• Diabetes• Depression• Decreased libido• Neurocognitive deficit (daytime hypersomnolence, irritability, memory decrement, decreased productivity at work…)• Socially unacceptable snoring•...

The Sleep Apnea / Cardiovascular Connection Jan 9th, 2020

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-Fib, and endothelial dysfunction. Understanding the relationship between these two serious maladies and how to impact...

For Endocrinologists: Recognizing and Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea will Benefit Your Patients Apr 30th, 2019

The last thing your diabetic patients need is another complication that increases their risk for comorbidity or further complications. Untreated obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can lead to serious consequences and further complications for your diabetic patients. OSA makes controlling blood sugar more difficult. In patients with obstructive sleep apnea repeated airway closure...

Pittsburgh Sleep Apnea Dentist Apr 30th, 2019

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 region. Pittsburgh Dental Sleep Medicine (PDSM) was...

Tonsillectomies and the Sleep Apnea Connection Apr 30th, 2019

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 infections.  Recent research is suggesting that the prevention...

Top Oral Appliances Apr 30th, 2019

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 suffering from sleep apnea try CPAP as a treatment for their sleep apnea, and then cease...

What Sleep Apnea Treatment to Try When CPAP Just Doesn’t Work For You Apr 30th, 2019

When it comes to treatment options for sleep apnea, Continuous Positive Airway Pressure, or CPAP, is often times the first option presented to patients. CPAP functions by use of a mask connected to tubes that send pressurized air through the nasal passages and/or mouth to the patient. This treatment creates...

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

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, Alzheimer’s, ADHD – to name a few. The most...

Social Jet Lag and Sleep Debt Apr 30th, 2019

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 references a...

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

“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 important to good health as eating well or exercising.”–National Sleep Foundation Why Is This...

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

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 smartphones are changing our lives in many ways,...

Inspire Therapy, the New Treatment for Sleep Apnea in Pittsburgh Apr 29th, 2019

Inspire Therapy is the first implanted sleep apnea treatment of its kind. Read the introductory Inspire Therapy blog post that introduces and explains how the treatment option works in the previous blog post, Treating Sleep Apnea is Now As Easy As Using a Remote Control. Inspire Therapy is an implanted device...

When Sleep Apnea Turns Deadly Apr 29th, 2019

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 notably, in the mass transit industry. Recent train...

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

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 Dental Sleep Medicine. Here’s a sneak...

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

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 maintain an open airway during sleep. The inspire system...

The Rogers’ are Featured in Sleep Review Magazine! Jan 10th, 2019

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 contribution to the world of sleep medicine...