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Alaska Sleep Education Center

Diagnosing and Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Therapies & Surgeries

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Sep 25, 2019 9:32:00 AM

So you've done your research and discovered that you may have the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). You've even come to the conclusion that your snoring, nocturnal breathing cessations, daytime drowsiness, and restless sleep may be causes for concern, but you're still not quite sure if it's worthy of a visit to the doctor's office.

AtThe Alaska Sleep Clinic, we want to help you on your road to healthier sleeping habits. That's why we've created a guideline to help you through the steps from when to contact a doctor to methods of diagnosing OSA, and treatment options. 

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Topics: obstructive sleep apnea, children, CPAP, BPAP, therapies, treatment

5 Ways CBD Oil Will Help You Get a Good Night's Sleep

Posted by William Horton on Jun 29, 2019 9:00:00 AM

One in three American adults is not getting enough sleep. In fact, 70 million of us will struggle to get to sleep tonight due to restless legs syndrome, narcolepsy, sleep apnea, or Insomnia.

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Topics: sleep problems, therapies, oil

Dental Appliances for Sleep Apnea: Pros and Cons of Dental Devices

Posted by Jennifer Hines on Jun 26, 2018 2:09:00 PM

Although continuous positive airway (CPAP) pressure therapy is the most recommended treatment for patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), not all patients are able to remain compliant with this form of treatment. Some complain of claustrophobia, dry nasal passages, skin irritation from masks, difficulty tolerating pressurized air, and accidentally removing the mask while tossing at night.

For patients like these, an alternative to CPAP therapy may be recommended, and depending on the level of severity of their disorder, may benefit from a substitute treatment such as an oral dental appliance.

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Topics: OSA in children, therapies, dental, OSA

Awareness of the Five Senses at Bedtime

Posted by Stefanie Leiter on Feb 1, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Newsweek reports chronic insomnia effects nearly 30 percent of adults at some point during their life; chronic defined as a month or longer of disrupted sleep. With so many causes of insomnia from health ailments to psychological issues, it is important to think about how your five senses can improve your sleep. Even Harvard Medical School breaks down how the five senses change while you age. So discovering some answers along the way can help make a routine flexible to change over time. How can you make the five senses of touch, taste, smell, sight, and sound work together to create the ambiance needed in bedroom?

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Topics: therapies, music, sleep habits

Adaptive Servo-Ventilation (ASV) Therapy for Central Sleep Apnea

Posted by Kevin Phillips on Jun 10, 2015 3:12:00 PM

Central sleep apnea (CSA) differs from obstructive sleep apnea in that, instead of an obstruction causing breathing to become shallow or stop periodically throughout the night, the brain fails to send signals to the respiratory system to instruct it to continue breathing during sleep.

Whereas obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a physiological problem in which the upper respiratory system becomes blocked by muscles and tissues in the throat and mouth, central sleep apnea is a neurological problem that can have many different causes including other underlying medical conditions, diseases, and even from taking certain medications.

To help patients with central sleep apnea continue breathing freely and easily through the night, a different kind of positive airway pressure device is needed for CSA's unique symptoms: the adaptive servo-ventilation machine (ASV).

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Topics: therapies

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