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Posted on November 23, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Have an ADHD Child or Patient? Make Sure They Get a Sleep Eval

How do you feel when you don’t get a good night's sleep?  Maybe the kids were sick, or a neighbor had a loud party, and now you’re running on four to six hours instead of ...

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Posted on November 23, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Truckers Hit by CPAP Recall and Shortage Turn to Oral Appliances

There’s been a wave of interest in oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea after the big recall of CPAP machines last summer.  One group particularly interested...

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Posted on November 23, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Don’t Blind Yourself to This Complication of OSA!

Several recent studies have shown that, when it comes to OSA, diabetics are at high risk for complications – especially in their eyes. Untreated sleep apnea increases the risks...

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Posted on November 23, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Children with Extreme OSA Need Extra Care After Surgery

A recent study published in the journal Sleep Medicine examined how tonsillectomy and adenectomy surgery affects children with extreme sleep apnea.  This surgery is often ...

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Posted on July 30, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Back-to-School Pediatric Sleep News Round-Up

We’re fast approaching back-to-school time. Over the summer kids tend to get more rest even though days are longer. Mornings move more slowly, there is space for a nap, and the...

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Posted on July 30, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Dry Eyes Cause CPAP Users Much Sorrow

A new study from Italian researchers suggests that Dry Eye Disease (DED) may be an overlooked complication of PAP machine use. According to the American Optometric Association,...

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Posted on July 30, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

A Drug Cocktail May Improve Sleep Apnea Symptoms, But Not in the USA

A team of Australian researchers has discovered that a two-drug cocktail can improve Obstructive Sleep Apnea symptoms. The researchers used two already-approved drugs together,...

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Posted on July 28, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Does Tonsillectomy and Adenectomy Surgery Really Help?

If you practice pediatric sleep dentistry, you’ve probably wondered: Does T&A surgery really help children have better outcomes, or do we refer too many children to surgery...

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Posted on March 26, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Need to Get More Exercise? Treat the Sleep Issue First.

When you have obstructive sleep apnea, you get used to everyone telling you to exercise.  Reducing body fat can improve OSA.  OSA causes cardiovascular problems – so ...

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Posted on March 26, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Treating Obstructive Sleep Apnea Improves Mental Health

Yet another study has shown a clear link between getting screened and treated for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) and better mental health.  Scientists at the University of ...

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Posted on March 26, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

FDA Approves New CPAP-Alternatives for People with OSA

As more Americans get screened, diagnosed, and treated for OSA, more alternatives to CPAP therapy are coming on the market.  This is a huge benefit since many people find ...

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Posted on March 26, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Not Sleeping Well? You Could Be Setting Yourself Up for Cognitive Impairment in Old Age

Sleep is so important to our brains.  A good night’s sleep helps us build new memories, frees us up to learn new things and process new information, and gives us the focus...

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Posted on March 01, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

How Does Epiglottic Collapse Affect OSA Severity?

A new study in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine examined how different structural issues affect the severity and treatability of Obstructive Sleep Apnea in adults.  ...

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Posted on March 01, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Why Can’t My Kid Fall Asleep? 3 Reasons Falling Asleep Might Be Hard For Your Child.

Before you can get a good night’s sleep, you have to fall asleep.  And for some kids, falling asleep is a hard thing to do. When we fall asleep, we enter Stage 1 Non-RE...

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Posted on March 01, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Do Migraines and Sleep Problems Go Together for Kids and Teens?

A study recently published in Pediatric Neurology recently explored connections between migraines and sleep disturbances in children and teens.   In an article at Neurolog...

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Posted on March 01, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Sleep Apnea Treatment Could Improve Flu Outcomes

The American Journal of Managed Care recently reported on a new study that links sleep apnea treatments to improved Flu outcomes.  The study, published in the Journal of ...

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Posted on January 05, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Teens Can’t Get to Sleep? VR Could Help!

Does your teenager wake up tired?  Do they complain that they have trouble falling asleep because they can’t stop thinking? Have you tried every home remedy you can find, ...

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Posted on January 05, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Who is a Good Candidate for Oral Appliance Therapy for OSA?

Many people try CPAP therapy when they’re first diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  If they have trouble using the CPAP, then they become candidates for oral ap...

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Posted on January 05, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

Can My Child Do Telemedicine for Sleep Problems?

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, many parents have learned to love telemedicine.  Telemedicine keeps kids out of offices where they might catch a virus, it sa...

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Posted on January 05, 2021

Meghna Dassani DMD

New Study Shows Link between OSA Treatments and Healthy Hearts

A new study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association has shown how obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) treatment can prevent or reverse cardiovascular disease in pr...

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Posted on November 11, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Do Children Tolerate CPAP and BiPAP therapies for OSA?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can cause big problems for kids.  When kids aren't breathing well during sleep, they lose energy. They fall behind academically. Their behavi...

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Posted on November 11, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

OSA Could Worsen COVID-19 Pneumonia

A recent article published in Pulmonology Advisor addressed recent studies that suggest untreated OSA may contribute to worse outcomes for patients with COVID-19.  The stu...

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Posted on November 11, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

How Has Covid-19 affected American Sleep, and What Can Dentists Do to Help?

The last few months of shutdowns and virtual work have been hard for most Americans, but there has to be a silver lining, right? Shouldn’t people at least be getting more sleep...

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Posted on November 11, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

Are There Alternatives to a Tonsillectomy for Pediatric OSA?

For many pediatricians, a Tonsillectomy and Adenectomy is the first line of treatment for a child with obstructive sleep apnea. But is it always a necessary treatment?  A ...

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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 ...

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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, la...

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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 b...

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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 apne...

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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 pa...

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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.  Wi...

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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 Academy of Sleep Medicine , teens are at an especiall...

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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 questionnai...

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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 ...

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Posted on March 02, 2020

Meghna Dassani DMD

My Child has Symptoms of Sleep Apnea, but Her Tonsils and Adenoids Look Fine. Now What?

The current first line of treatment for pediatric sleep apnea is the removal of tonsils and adenoids. But what happens when your dentist and your ENT fail to find an issue with...

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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, th...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 Languag...

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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 t...

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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 deterior...

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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 pa...

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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 to the problem of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).  Long-distance truckers are elev...

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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 the disorder. There was ...

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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 ...

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