FDA Approves First Implant Device to Treat Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea can cause headaches, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks. While this serious health condition is readily treatable, effective treatments have typically required that patients wear an oral appliance to bed or sleep with an obtrusive machine. But the FDA has recently approved a new implant that could improve treatment success rates. …

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FDA Approves First Implant Device to Treat Sleep Apnea

Untreated sleep apnea can cause headaches, high blood pressure, and even heart attacks. While this serious health condition is readily treatable, effective treatments have typically required that patients wear an oral appliance to bed or sleep with an obtrusive machine. But the FDA has recently approved a new implant that could improve treatment success rates. …

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What’s the difference between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 90 million Americans snore during sleep and 22 million suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between snoring and sleep apnea, even if you know the causes and symptoms of both. At Desert Smiles, Dr. Wilcox takes great care …

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What’s the difference between Snoring and Sleep Apnea?

According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, approximately 90 million Americans snore during sleep and 22 million suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between snoring and sleep apnea, even if you know the causes and symptoms of both. At Desert Smiles, Dr. Wilcox takes great care …

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Sleep Apnea Treatment Options

Most patients who suffer from sleep apnea don’t even know they have a problem until a partner alerts them to it. But untreated sleep apnea can lead to a host of conditions, including chronic headaches, hypertension, and depression. Fortunately, effective treatments are available, and many are less invasive than you might imagine. The Phoenix sleep …

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Play Your Didgeridoo to Reduce Obstructive Sleep Apnea

According a study published in the British Medical Journal, regular didgeridoo playing can reduce the negative effects of obstructive sleep apnea.  In the study, half of a group of patients who complained of snoring and had apnea-hypopnea indices of 15-30 (a shortcut method for a rough diagnosis of sleep apnea) practiced the didgeridoo an average …

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Sleep Apnea Diagnosis: X-Rays

Although thorough sleep apnea diagnosis generally involves an overnight stay at the sleep lab, Dr. Wilcox is always working on new techniques that will improve the effectiveness and convenience of this process.  In one technique, x-rays can be used to look at the position of the tongue and hyoid bone in suspected sleep apnea patients.  …

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Sleep Apnea Diagnosis: X-Rays

Although thorough sleep apnea diagnosis generally involves an overnight stay at the sleep lab, Dr. Wilcox is always working on new techniques that will improve the effectiveness and convenience of this process.  In one technique, x-rays can be used to look at the position of the tongue and hyoid bone in suspected sleep apnea patients.  …

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Am I At Risk for Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a serious problem affecting millions of Americans and many residents of the Phoenix and Glendale areas. Fortunately, Dr. Donald Wilcox has extensive experience treating sleep apnea. At Desert Smiles, we can restore you to the restful sleep you want and need. Sleep apnea is a common condition with a number of risk …

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