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Posted on July 29, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Does Sleep Apnea Change How You Dream?

When you sleep, what do you dream about?   Could the content and quality of your dreams be a symptom of sleep apnea?  In recent years researchers have been exploring the connection between dreams and the Apnea-Hy...

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Posted on July 19, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Is There Such a Thing As Too Much Sleep? An expert from the Cleveland Clinic says yes!

Most people are aware that there's a problem when teens get little sleep.  They do worse at school, their mood suffers, and they can't enjoy life.  Until recently, lack of sleep was a primary concern for the pare...

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Posted on July 14, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Which Comes First, the Apnea or the Obesity? New research suggests a complicated link.

Obese patients with sleep apnea are often told that their weight gain caused the apnea. This can often send them into a shame spiral, where they reject treatment because they blame themselves for their condition. However, ...

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Posted on July 05, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Could Oral Exercises Improve Obstructive Sleep Apnea in Adults?

When your patients receive sleep apnea diagnoses, their primary care physicians will often urge them to exercise more.  After all, since obesity correlates with sleep apnea, and exercise is good for obese patients, it...

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Posted on June 22, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Pediatric Obstructive Sleep Apnea Screening is Especially Important for Patients with Sickle Cell Disease

While all patients should receive regular screenings for obstructive sleep apnea, these screenings are especially important for your patients with Sickle Cell Disease. ...

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Posted on June 22, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Israeli Researchers Develop New OSA Screening Tool

Researchers in Israel have developed a new screening tool that combines pulse oximetry with an AI app to provide medical professionals with a low-cost method for identifying patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).

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Posted on June 15, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Pandemic Parenting: How Much are Your Kids Sleeping?

If you’re like most families in North America, the last few months have been chaotic.  Kids have gone from rigid bedtimes and wakeups to a more freeform schedule.  Without out-of-the-house activities, days seemed...

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Posted on March 23, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Screening for Sleep Apnea Can Save Teen Lives

We all know about the dangers of drunk drivers, but what about the dangers of exhausted drivers? According to the American Ac...

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Posted on March 16, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

A New App to Help Your Patients Get OSA Help

Even if you're dedicated to screening your patients for symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), some will fall through the cracks. Too many patients rush through questionnaires or don't take their symptoms seriously. Th...

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Posted on March 09, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Is Untreated OSA Increasing Your Vulnerability to Viruses?

The 2020 Flu and RSV seasons have been terrible, and now Americans face the added threat of the Novel Coronavirus (CoVid-19).  Could your untreated sleep apnea be putting you at greater risk for complications from sea...

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Posted on March 02, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD


Posted on February 25, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Sinus of the Times: How Seasonal Allergies Can Contribute to Sleep Disordered Breathing

Allergies are tough.  Environmental allergies affect 30% of US adults and 40% of US children. When people are exposed to allergens in the air, they break out in rashes, their eyes itch and water, and their sinuses and...

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Posted on February 18, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Why is the Shape of the Palate Important?

When you begin to learn about sleep apnea, you may notice that many dentists and sleep doctors talk a lot about the palate.  Why is the palate so important to doctors and dentists who treat obstructive sleep apnea? Th...

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Posted on February 11, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Sleep Apnea and Standardized Testing

It’s nearly spring, and for many American students, that means that we’re approaching the season of standardized testing.  Standardized testing is a big stressor for many families. State-level tests can sometimes dete...

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Posted on February 04, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Why Do Specialists Disagree on Tongue Tie Revisions?

Your baby has a tongue tie.  Should you have it revised?  The answer to your question may depend on who you ask.  Pediatricians, Dentists, and Speech and Language Pathologists all have different perspectives...

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Posted on January 21, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Could Secondhand Smoke Make Your Child’s Sleep Apnea Worse?

Is your child exposed to second-hand smoke at home or in the homes of other caregivers?  If your child is already suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), exposure to second-hand smoke can result in a higher rat...

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Posted on January 14, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Good Sleep Hygiene Could Protect Your Child’s Long-term Mental Health

There’s a reason that sleep deprivation is used as a form of torture.  If you deprive an adults of sufficient sleep, their mental and emotion states will quickly deteriorate.  But what happens when an otherwise ...

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Posted on January 10, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Bed wetting: will they just outgrow it?

Nocturia (nighttime urination) is so prevalent in sleep apnea patients that it has become a screening tool as significant as snoring. A research study showed that over 84% of patients with sleep apnea reported fr...

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Posted on January 10, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

The Department of Transportation Recognizes the Danger of OSA… Do You?

A recent issue of the transportation industry publication, Freightwaves , drew attention ...

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Posted on January 06, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Researchers Find Link Between Sleep Apnea and Cancer for Adult Women

A recent study by researchers in Europe found that women with obstructive sleep apnea(OSA ) have an increased risk of cancer compared to women without t...

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Posted on May 08, 2019

Meghna Dassani DMD

Sleep apnea and athletes: Is there a link?

Did you know that in addition to training and physical conditioning and conscious eating, sleep plays a major role in athletic performance and competitive results? Obstructive sleep apnea affects as many as 22 million Amer...

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