Blog Archive

Helpful Hints About Open Enrollment Oct 15th, 2021

It is that time of year again. Open enrollment is coming soon! That leaves a lot of people, though, with many questions including what is open enrollment and how does it impact you? We’ve put together some helpful TIPS and To-Dos to help with commonly asked questions about open enrollment...

States Saying 'Good-bye' to Daylight Saving Time Oct 7th, 2021

Daylight Saving Time (DST) in the U.S. begins each year on the second Sunday in March when clocks are set forward by one hour during summer months so that sunrise and sunset are later each day according to the clock. They are turned back again to Standard Time on the...

ANNOUNCING! Innovative Treatment for Migraine Sep 23rd, 2021

What are Migraine and Cluster Headaches? Migraines are a recurring type of headache. They cause moderate to severe pain that is throbbing or pulsing. The pain is often on one side of the head. Other associated symptoms may include nausea, weakness, and sensitivity to light and sound. Migraine is a highly...

Orthotic Appliances and Adjunctive Treatments for TMD/TMJ Aug 20th, 2021

Problems with your jaw joint and the muscles in your head, face, and neck that can affect it are known as Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD). It is often referred to as TMJ, which is actually the jaw joint itself, or the “hinge” that connects your lower jaw to the temporal...

Vacation Traveling? Check the Tires AND the Driver! Jul 23rd, 2021

"It's summertime summertime sum sum summertime, Summertime summertime sum sum summertime!! "  Now that pandemic restrictions have been lifted in most states and travel is safer again, families are packing up the car and heading on the road to much-needed, relaxing and fun vacation destinations. According to the online travel guidance...

Erectile Dysfunction Jun 15th, 2021

The purpose of Men’s Health Month in June is to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems among men and encourage early detection and treatment of disease.  It gives healthcare providers the opportunity to highlight how they are able to help men seek advice and preventative treatment for a variety...

May: Stroke Awareness Month May 20th, 2021

May is National Stroke Awareness Month.  It is a time when we highlight awareness and provide information and education about the risk factors that make Stroke the fifth most common killer and leading cause of disability in America. Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within...

Insomnia and Sleep Apnea: Partners in Crime May 7th, 2021

The importance of quality sleep, defined as deep, restful, and restorative for our bodies, is gaining more and more recognition in the medical community.  There is a direct correlation to overall health, well-being, and longevity. We all challenge our mental and physical capacities in our wake time and rely on achieving...

Weight Gain Woes Apr 22nd, 2021

Spring is in the air, birds are chirping, and bathing suits are on the racks in the clothing stores.  All of these signs and sounds lead to one very important question on a lot of people's minds:   Am I going to fit into my summer clothes?? For some people, maintaining...

Weary Workers Apr 15th, 2021

Worker performance and productivity are both factors that most employers and managers think about as they try to improve profitability while containing costs.  The amount of work completed and the quality of work completed to a certain standard are imperative for meeting company goals and objectives.A component that many employers...

Work Fatigue: More of a Problem Than You May Think Apr 8th, 2021

You already know the routine.  Every morning it seems impossible for you to get out of bed for work.  Even though you may have slept the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep, you still feel tired. Coffee, tea, or other caffeine products may help for a while, but you...

Alcohol and Sleep Apnea: Not a Good Cocktail for Your Health Mar 18th, 2021

It's the day after St. Patrick’s Day…. Even though the COVID pandemic has put an enormous damper on social gatherings and celebrations, if you still found a way to pay homage to St Patrick, one of Ireland's patron saints, in the traditional fashion with a wee bit ‘O Guinness or...

DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME: Here is Why "The Change" Can Be So Hard Mar 11th, 2021

It’s just an hour, but it feels like so much more!  Why, when we set the clocks backward or forward for Daylight Saving Time, does it feel like we got hit with a serious case of jetlag?The concept of daylight saving time was instituted in the U.S. during World War...

CPAP Vs. Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT) Mar 4th, 2021

C(ontinuous)P(ositive)A(irway)P(ressure) units are the most commonly prescribed solutions for those who are diagnosed with sleep apnea/snoring. CPAP is a very effective treatment for people who can accommodate to its nightly use but, unfortunately, it does not work for everyone. When someone reports the inability to use CPAP, their physician or dentist...

Sleep Disorders: How They Lead to Heart Attacks Feb 19th, 2021

In honor of February being designated as American Heart Month, we are focusing our weekly blogs to provide our readers with information on heart health and ways to prevent or reduce heart disease.   According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Heart Disease is a leading cause of death for...

Bruxism: Grinding and Clenching ~ Symptoms and Solutions Feb 11th, 2021

Dental Mouthguards and Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Bruxism is the habit of consciously or unconsciously gritting or grinding the teeth especially in situations of stress or during sleep. It is most commonly described as teeth grinding or clenching the teeth.  It can occur during sleep and /or wake times. The precipitating...

Simple Self-care That Can Benefit Your Heart Feb 4th, 2021

Make Heart Health Part of Your Self-Care Routine Devoting a little time every day to care for yourself can go a long way toward protecting the health of your heart. Simple self-care, such as taking a moment to de-stress, giving yourself time to move more, preparing healthier meals, and getting...

Sleep Apnea: Helpful Health Tips and More Jan 31st, 2021

People who act as their own health advocates are more likely to live healthier and longer lives, according to a report by the Australian Health Policy Collaboration. Ultimately, it’s your body so you are most suitable to be the best steward for your own health.  That being said, sometimes it can...

The ONE New Year’s Resolution That You Should Know About Jan 8th, 2021

It’s a new year and a time when people decide to write a list of things they would like to change, goals they want to set, and plans they want to put in place to create a better self and a better outlook in life.  If the goal is to...

Smoking and Sleep Apnea - A Dangerous Combination Dec 10th, 2020

It’s not new ‘news’ that smoking is bad for your health.  Smoking causes cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung diseases, diabetes, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Smoking also increases risk for tuberculosis, certain eye diseases, and problems of the immune system, including rheumatoid arthritis. But did you...

Jaw Pain: Symptoms and Solutions Nov 11th, 2020

WHAT IS TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDER (TMD)? Problems with your jaw and the muscles in your face that control it are known as Temporomandibular Disorders (TMD). You may hear it wrongly called TMJ -- which is the term for the joint itself.  Your temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a hinge that connects your...

Stroke and Sleep Apnea...Know the Risk Nov 5th, 2020

Stroke is a disease that affects the arteries leading to and within the brain. It is the number 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in the United States.   A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked...

Daylight Savings Comes to an End and Sleep Disruption Starts Again! Oct 29th, 2020

Daylight Saving Time always begins on the second Sunday in March and officially ends each year at 2:00 A.M. on the first Sunday in November. So we lose an hour of sleep in the spring when we set the clocks ahead, and gain an hour of sleep in the spring...

The Sleep Apnea Side Effect that No One Wants to Talk About Sep 27th, 2020

  If you are someone who is affected by Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), you probably know that there are numerous comorbidities associated with it that, if left untreated, can be quite dangerous. Among the most serious are stroke, diabetes, heart disease, and even potentially cancer. But there is another negative health...

National Truck Driver Appreciation Sep 17th, 2020

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.  Truck drivers are responsible for hauling almost everything that can be bought...

The Diabetes Dilemma Attributed to Obstructive Sleep Apnea Aug 1st, 2020

You’ve probably heard that sleeping less than seven hours each night can have serious consequences on your physical health.  Did you know that lack of sleep can make you prone to serious medical conditions, such as cardiovascular disease, high blood pressure, chronic heart failure, stroke, depression, and is associated with type...

Droswy Drive is Like Drunk Driving Jul 24th, 2020

Driving while drowsy is a serious public health issue, causing an average of 328,000 motor vehicle accidents resulting in 6,400 fatalities, according to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Fatigued driving can have the same consequences as driving while under the influence of drugs and alcohol: drowsiness is similar to...

I Stop Breathing HOW MANY Times During the Night? Jul 16th, 2020

Loud snoring is often treated as a joke, but it may be a sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), a common but serious disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts as you sleep. When your airway is blocked your breathing can be paused HUNDREDS of times during the night....

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...

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...

Primary Care Physicians: Recognizing and Addressing Obstructive Sleep Apnea to Benefit Your Patient Jan 9th, 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•...

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...

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...

Pittsburgh Sleep Apnea Dentist Apr 29th, 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 29th, 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...

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...