Monday, April 25, 2011

Virtual Choir 2.0 Praises the Beauty of Sleep

Dr. Larry Barsh, founder of Snoring Isn’t Sexy, posted a fascinating video on his blog recently. The video spotlights Eric Whitacre’s Virtual Choir 2.0 ‘Sleep’ – an interesting twist on traditional music.

Sleep disorders affect 50-70 million Americans. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) alone causes breathing problems for more than 18 million Americans. While 80 to 90 percent of OSA patients are undiagnosed and untreated, there are numerous treatments available:

Oral appliance therapy: a custom-fit mouth guard may move the jaw and tongue forward to increase airflow.

Upper-airway surgery: jaw adjustments or the removal of the tonsils may improve airflow.

Positive airway pressure: a steady stream of airflow is provided via a nose and mouth mask to keep the airway open.

Behavior therapy: Side-sleeping and losing weight via diet and exercise can reduce sleep apnea in conjunction with the above three treatments.

Find a sleep center. Find a dentist qualified in dental sleep medicine.

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