Snoring & Sleep Apnea – Do you or a loved one snore?

Provided By Center for Advanced Dentistry

You may think of snoring as a mild nuisance, but it can actually be indicative of a serious sleep-breathing disorder known as sleep apnea (SA). Snoring occurs when soft tissues block air passages. A variety of factors can contribute to snoring, including tongue and jaw position, throat size, and tonsil or adenoid size. Snoring does not necessarily indicate SA, and many patients who snore do not have SA.

Sleep apnea occurs when the airways are blocked to the extent that the person stops breathing at intervals of ten seconds or longer. The continual oxygen deprivation prevents the person from receiving a restful night’s sleep, because he or she must awaken enough to breathe. If left untreated, SA can lead to heart attack, stroke, high blood pressure, acid reflux, heartburn, depression, and memory loss.

If you snore, gasp for breath at night, or sleep restlessly, you may have SA. Other signs include dry mouth, dizziness, inability to concentrate, morning headaches, irritability, and falling asleep when driving, reading or sitting quietly. A sleep study will help Dr. Hornstein determine if you suffer from sleep apnea and what method of treatment is right for you.

Two new studies tie sleep apnea to increased cancer risk. The Spain study followed 5,200 SA patients at sleep clinics for seven year. Those with the most severe form of SA have a 65% greater risk of developing cancer of any kind. The Wisconsin study followed 1,500 government workers with SA. Those with the most breathing abnormalities at night have five times the risk of dying from cancer than people without the disorder.

The Source Of Unresolved Pain May Be Your Jaw!

If you’re suŠffering from headaches, earaches or neck pain that haven’t responded to traditional treatment, the cause may be a dysfunctional jaw joint.

Temporomandibular disorder (TMD), also referred to as TMJ, is a condition that aŠffects the jaw joint and related muscles. It’s estimated that 75% of the American population suffers some TMD symptoms, which also include shoulder pain, teeth grinding or clenching, ”difficulty chewing or swallowing, jaw popping, clicking or locking, and dizziness or vertigo.

The temporomandibular joint is located near the ear canal, where the maxilla and mandible (upper and lower jaws) meet. ‡ The condyle and disc are in between the two. When the jaw opens and closes, the condyle shifts as it’s pulled in one direction or the other by the connected muscle tissue.

When the condyle and disc slide out of position and are unable to slide back and forth correctly, the mandible and maxilla begin to rub against each other and the muscle that moves the condyle may become in– amed. A click or pop then results when the mouth is opened, and the jaw may shift to one side or the other. Because of the complex set of nerves in the head, pain in one branch — the teeth or jaw — can lead to pain throughout the head and neck.

Treatment for TMD involves stabilizing the jaw joint and muscles through the use of an oral orthotic, a custom-˜ fitted mouth guard that corrects the jaw position, thereby relieving pain symptoms. Once the correct jaw position is determined, permanent rehabilitation of the bite through dental reconstruction, orthodontia or other methods ensures the joint and muscles remain in the ideal position for long-term relief.

Call 440-925-5400 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Costaras to learn more.

ANGRY or FRUSTRATED By Your Dogs Behavior?

“Vacation, winner, surprise,” these words are music to our ears. These next words, not so pleasing to the ear, “work week, flu season, housework.” What this has to do with your dog? Everything. Imagine your dog having learned to become anxious, fearful, or defiant based on hearing certain words and how they are spoken. The result can be the exact opposite of what you wanted. If this has happened to you, read on.

At Paramount Dog Training, we have provided dog behavior modification and training for 15 years. The need for our help is based solely on how owners unintentionally communicate commands inconsistently to their dogs. Also, in what we fail to do to make sure the dogs mind is calm and receptive. The result is a frustrated dog AND owner.

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My journey into this profession began 15 years ago with an impulse adoption of a Siberian Husky. Not understanding the needs of the breed, I made every mistake possible and paid the price. Soiled carpets, chewed wood furniture, “dog at large” fines from the dog warden. Out of shear frustration, I took the dog to a trainer to prove that I had a dog with no IQ or train-ability. Oh was I surprised. Not only did the dog demonstrate his ability to follow commands immediately, I was made to realize I failed to fulfi ll any of the needs that would make him balanced.

It went like this: Husky’s need exercise. Lack of exercise equaled pent up energy and chewed furniture. Chewed furniture made me angry. Anger caused him to soil on site when he saw me. Confining him to stop the chewing equaled more pent up energy. This of course resulted in him running away. This started the cycle all over again. I became so focused on my rebel of a dog, I never even thought it was lack of things on my part. There is help!

THE FIX OF BEHAVIOR PROBLEMS ARE SIMPLE, DAILY RITUALS.

  1. A tired mind is a calm mind. Walk, bike, or run your dog to burn the energy that interferes with focus.
  2. You lead, the dog will follow or dog leads and you will follow. Ask yourself what you do every day to show the dog that you love them? Now ask what you do every day to show that you lead them? We follow people due to their title or pay grade; dogs do not.
  3. Teach the dog what a command means; don’t assume they know it.
  4. Say the command only one time, then immediately praise them or guide them for failure. Dog’s cannot count, but every time they hear “come” and are not moving toward you, in their mind, that is what come means. Same with sit.
  5. Have a four-foot drag leash on the dog indoors. If the dog fails a command, you can physically guide them to comply.
  6. Praise the specific command, “good sit,” “good stay.” Saying “good boy” or “good Fido” is too general.
  7. Training. Simply put, unless you obedience train a dog, how do you expect them to be obedient. English is not the dog’s primary language. By controlling what is important to the dog, you control the dog. This includes food, affection, the walk.

A comprehensive, evaluation of your dog will tell us exactly what we need to bring calm balance to your home. The approach to training will be based on trainability, temperament, and issues of the dog.

Paramount Dog Training has been serving since 1999, with four certified trainers to help bring calmness to your home. We will train any age, breed or behavior problem. We have private, group and puppy classes. Once you have an obedient dog, you will never go back! Serving Cuyahoga, Medina and surrounding counties.

 

IQ: It isn’t a fixed number anymore

Many people are surprised to learn that IQ scores can increase. We were raised to believe that IQ is a fixed number. But brain researchers have discovered that the brain is capable of changing and growing connections between cells. These connections, or synapses, not the cells themselves, increase the brain’s powers by increasing the number of paths for information to take.

More paths mean faster processing. Scientists have used brain imaging technology to prove that efficient learners use more direct routes from point A to B when processing information. How does a brain learn to use the shorter, faster route? With training.

Brain training is different from tutoring, which focuses on a specific academic subject. Tutoring helps when a student falls behind in a particular subject due to illness, injury or school transfer, but it doesn’t increase the brain’s ability to learn in general.

Using intensive, one-on-one training, individuals of all ages can raise IQ scores by improving their cognitive skills set. These skills include auditory processing, visual processing, short and long-term memory, comprehension, logic and reasoning, and attention skills. When those skills are improved, so is a person’s ability to think, reason, and process information.

Testing an individual before training and again after training proves time after time that the training did work—mental skills did improve dramatically. However, sometimes people don’t really care about the numbers because by the time the training program ends, they already have all the proof they need. They see and feel the changes—a happier, more confident person who’s doing better in school, at work, or at play and who is looking at the future with hope.

Unlock the Einstein! Call Learning Rx today at 330.668.9711 to schedule a comprehensive cognitive skills assessment.