Smoking with Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea and Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) can effect anyone, and when it comes to its victims, no one is immune. This condition causes symptoms such as snoring, interrupted sleep, and daytime drowsiness in a never-ending cycle. Unfortunately, sleep apnea is becoming an increasing problem for a certain percentage of the population: smokers.

When compared to non-smokers, those who smoke are at a higher risk of suffering from sleep apnea. Studies have shown that smokers are three times more likely to develop OSA than those who avoid cigarettes. When you smoke, it can cause irritation to the tissues in the nose and throat, as well as cause inflammation and fluid retention in the upper airway. This inflammation creates blockages that interfere with airflow.

Individually, sleep apnea and smoking can produce a variety of cardiovascular and respiratory health problems. OSA has the ability to lead to strokes and heart disease, and smoking can escalate the chances of developing mouth, throat, and lung cancer. When combined, the deadly conditions will impair your quality of life and severely reduce your life span.

In order to effectively treat sleep apnea in patients, it is crucial that they cease all smoking habits as soon as possible. Unfortunately, like sleep apnea treatment, quitting smoking is a process. Because of nicotine’s addictive properties, many sleep apnea victims have delayed effective treatment due to their smoking habits. However, the sooner a patient stops smoking, the sooner they will be able to experience quality sleep.

With the use of one of Dr. Drake’s multiple sleep devices, successful treatment is possible. If a victim of sleep apnea who smokes is genuinely striving to find relief, quitting smoking is an important first step. While ending the habit will not rid the patient of sleep apnea’s symptoms, it will make the treatments much more effective and worthwhile.

Start the path to a healthier life today. If you or someone you know is smoking and suffering from sleep apnea, contact Dr. Drake immediately to discuss treatment options for the rest you deserve.

How to Titrate Your Narval Device

How to Titrate Your Narval Device

To titrate your Narval Device, you first need to remove your current titration. To do so, adjust the bars of the titration so that they are in line with the hole in the bottom mouth piece, and proceed to pop it out. You will repeat this process of aligning the titration and popping it out of the mouth piece hole for the top half. Once the old titration is completely removed, you will begin adding the new titration by popping it into the top mouth piece. Next, you will connect the top piece to the bottom piece by putting the titration through the bottom half’s hole. Upon locking the titration into place, close the mouth piece until the top and bottom rows are touching. The titration should automatically rotate to an unaligned position to the holes, and the Narval Device will be in a rested state. This final step will ensure that you have properly replaced the titration in your Narval Device.

For further instruction or more information about our sleep devices, contact Dr. Drake today.

How to Recapture Your Bite

When attempting to recapture your bite, there are two exercise options available:

  1. Massage your cheeks and jaw muscles
    Begin by applying pressure to the cheeks near the jawline with the pads of your fingers. Move your fingers in a circular motion and gradually work your fingers across the cheek’s surface. It is important to make sure that you are also massaging all the way up to your temples and jaw joints. Continue massaging the cheek, temple, and jawbone region for two to three minutes. This massage will relieve any tenderness you may be experiencing after you remove your sleep device.
  2. Tongue exercise
    Begin by putting your tongue on against the roof of your mouth, behind your two front teeth. Proceed to drag your tongue against the roof of your mouth as far back as you can. You will repeat this motion while tensing your face muscles to pull back your lips. Continue dragging your tongue back with a tense face for two to three minutes. Once you have completed the exercise, you will place your AM aligner along the bottom row of your teeth and push it down. You will then smile, normally, to make sure that your teeth fit into the grooves of the aligner. When smiling, it is important to make sure your back teeth are touching, as well. When you remove the AM aligner, you’ll smile again to ensure your back teeth are still touching. If done correctly, you will have successfully recaptured your bite.

Once your bite has been recaptured, you are officially ready to start your day! For further instruction or more information about our sleep devices, contact Dr. Drake today.

Sleep Device – Applying Elastic Bands

Applying Elastic Bands To Your Sleep Device

For those suffering from sleep apnea, a sleep device with bands may have been recommended to you. If you have never used bands on a sleep device before, this process may seem a little confusing. However, we have provided clear instructions on how to properly connect the bands to your device.

When applying elastic bands, no matter the type of sleep device, you first need to locate what the bands will hook on to. The attachment areas may be in the form of slits in the device or ball clasps. To attach the elastic bands to your device, take the appropriate sized band that has been given to you by your doctor and begin hooking one end to the top ball clasp or slit. Once in place, grab the opposite end of the band and stretch it until it hooks on to the lower ball clasp or slit. The bands will always attach along the same side, from the upper piece to the lower piece. If both ends of the elastic band are stretched from the top hooks to the bottom hooks, you have correctly attached the bands to your sleep device!

For further information on sleep devices, be sure to read our related video blogs. If you are seeking professional help with sleep apnea treatment, contact Dr. Drake immediately to get the rest you deserve.