Jenny's Jots

October 2017

Does the lack of sleep you are getting affect your health and daily life? Most would agree that a lack of sleep can be harmful to your health and well-being. One of the most common sleep problems is obstructive sleep apnea.

About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Nearly 30 million adults in the United States have obstructive sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a chronic condition that occurs when your muscles relax during sleeping, allowing soft tissue to collapse andblock the airway. This results in repeated breathing pauses which reduces oxygen levels. Common signs of sleep apnea include snoring and gasping or choking sounds while asleep.

How important is it to treat Obstructive Sleep Apea?
Very! If left untreated, sleep apnea can cause excessive tiredness or fatigue, morning headaches and memory loss. Untreated sleep apnea raises your risk for serious health problem including:
-High blood pressure
-Heart Disease
-Chronic acid reflux

Diagnosis is deteremined by a sleep specialist who provides you with a complete sleep evaluation either over night at a sleep center or a home sleep apnea test. The doctor will then interpret the date from your sleep study to make a diagnosis.

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Treatment
Treatment options for sleep apnea include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy, oral appliance therapy, and surgery.

-CPAP therapy is often used for patients with a severe sleep apnea. This therapy treatment does involve wearing a face mask attached to a running machine.
-Oral appliance therapy uses a mouth guard design device which is worn during sleep to help maintain an open, unobstructed airway.
-Surgical option include a variety of procedures that all have varying side effects and success rates

Benefits of Oral Appliances:
-Significant reduction in apnea particularily if patients sleep either on their stomachs or backs.
-Improvement in sleep for many patients. 
-Reduces snoring and the loudness of snoring in most patients.
-Many consider an oral appliance to be more comfortable to wear than a CPAP mask.
-Oral appliances are portable, quiet, and east to take care of.

Get Help!
Talk to your doctor about treatment options for sleep apnea. Ask if oral appliance therapy would be a solution for you. in the state of Minnesota you need to have a sleep study completed in order to have an oral appliance made. Dr. Jenny is trained in making the appliance for you! It is likely you will sleep better, regain your energy, and feel sharper throughout your day. Don't go another night of interrupted sleep!

July 2017

A teething toddler is challenging not only for them but for parents as well. Eruption of the upper and lower front teeth start as babies but molar development doesn't start until your child is in the toddler stage reaching up to age 30 months. As your child gets older and more aware of discomforts, this may be a painful experience. Your toddler may be a lucky one that does not experience the turmoil of teething but if he's not, here are some symptoms to be aware of along with helpful tips to get you and your family through the teething tantrums. 

Symptoms of teething
*A low-grade fever, typically around 99 degrees F
*Difficulty sleeping through the night
*Excess saliva-- this can cause drooling and diarrhea if swallowed
*Sore, swollen gums
*Refusal to eat
*Ear pulling
*Irritability or crankiness

The stomach bug may have similar symptoms to teething so keep an eye out on your child's gums to help distinguish the difference. if your toddler's fever runs high or other symptoms last longer than 3 days, make an appointment to see your doctor to rule out any other conditions.

Teething Tips, Tools, and Remedies
Teething tools are a great aid to help with your toddler's discomfort. Make sure your teething tools are large enough to reach the back of the mouth. Search online for fun shapes and colors to keep your toddler's interest.
Great Tools and Remedies to help with your toddler's teething:
*Chilled Foods- try apple sauce or frozen yogurt
*Rubber Teethers
*Cold Fruits- like apples slices or bananas
*Chilled Teethers- pop in the fridge for 15-20 minutes
*Over-the-counter Pain Reliever- but be sure to ask your pediatrician for 
*Wet Washcloth- let in the fridge to chill

Fortunately, teething pain doesn't last forever so hold on tight, it may be a bumpy ride but do not forget to take advantage of the many tools and remedies to ease your toddler's discomfort.

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