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A 2-minute survey that could save your life

A 2-minute survey that could save your life

The survey below is called The Epworth Sleepiness Scale and was developed in 1990 by Dr. Murray Johns a physician at the Epworth Sleep Center in Epworth Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. He wanted a way to measure the daytime sleepiness and the impact of sleep apnea on his patient’s wakeful state. It is now recognized as a integral part of the diagnosis process and is just one of the assessment tools insurance company require to […]

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The Avoidable Tragedy of Carrie Fisher’s Death

The Avoidable Tragedy of Carrie Fisher’s Death

The recent death of actress Carrie Fisher, our Princess Leia, has shocked fans and admirers around the world. George Lucas said, “she was extremely smart; a talented actress, writer and comedienne with a very colorful personality that everyone loved.”

It is a tragedy that we will not benefit from her continuing contributions to the arts through her acting and writing. But what I am really upset about is hearing that, while the cause of death was […]

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What sleep doctors are saying about the success of sleep appliances

What sleep doctors are saying about the success of sleep appliances

 

Below is a summary of the most recent guidelines from the American Academy of Sleep
Medicine, the Academy that all sleep doctors belong to, showing that oral appliances should be the standard for use in treatment of sleep apnea. 

Clinical Practice Guideline for the Treatment of Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Snoring with Oral Appliance Therapy: An Update for 2015

Kannan Ramar, MBBS, MD1; Leslie C. Dort, DDS2; Sheri G. Katz, DDS3; Christopher J. Lettieri, MD4; Christopher G. Harrod, […]

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Alert! Sleep Apnea is a Pre-Existing Condition

Alert! Sleep Apnea is a Pre-Existing Condition

Both CNN and Kaiser are reporting that sleep apnea is on the list of
pre-existing conditions that will not be eligible for benefits under “Trumpcare.”

Like all of you, I am concerned about these proposed changes and how they may affect people who have untreated sleep apnea or are presently treating their sleep apnea and may need a replacement sleep retainer.

Please call my office at 408-910-8800 ASAP so I can help you while you still have insurance benefits.

Sincerely,

Dr. […]

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9 Tips and Tricks to Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep

9 Tips and Tricks to Help You Get A Better Night’s Sleep

William Dement, MD in his book, The Promise of Sleep, states that: “After all the research I’ve done on sleep problems over the last four decades, my most significant finding is that ignorance is the worst sleep disorder of them all.”

There is not much you can do to improve your sleep quality if you have an untreated sleep problem. If you have a sleep disorder, please get that treated first.

There is enough information on how […]

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