Babylon Dental Care Announces Transition of Hygienist to Sleep Director

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Babylon Dental Care Announces Transition of Hygienist to Sleep Director

Babylon Dental Care Announces Transition of Hygienist to Sleep Director

Posted on Monday, January 24th, 2022 at 6:08 pm    

WEST BABYLON, N.Y.Jan. 13, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Babylon Dental Care, a dental practice serving the South Shore of Long Island for more than 38 years, is proud to announce the transition of one of their Hygienists to Sleep Director of their sleep apnea practice.

Michelle Sands has been a member of the Babylon Dental Care team for more than ten years. She has been instrumental in training many of their Hygiene team members and previously served as the Hygiene Team Leader. She has always served as a source of guidance and inspiration to her team, helping them determine treatment options and serve their patients to the best of their ability.

The pandemic has had an enormous impact on our daily lives and has caused a renewed interest in how we sleep. Stuck in quarantine, many of us revisited our health and how our sleep ties into it. So-called “pandemic insomnia” became a hot topic and when people looked into potential causes, they discovered that sleep apnea is common, often undiagnosed, and can have a serious impact on your overall health. Last summer, Philips Respironics recalled many of their CPAP machines that are used to treat sleep apnea patients, leaving these people with no way to treat their condition. These two factors have caused many people to explore the benefits of an oral sleep appliance, the device that Babylon Dental Care has provided for years.

“Our sleep practice has always served many patients, but since the pandemic and the recall we’ve seen a drastic increase in phone calls and requests for new appointments,” said Michelle.

In April of 2021, Michelle received serious news in her own life and was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer. “My entire life was turned upside down the day I found out about my cancer,” said Michelle.

Michelle realized that stepping away from her hands-on career as a Hygienist was necessary. Fortunately, the increased need in our sleep apnea practice made it the perfect time to transition. Michelle has worked with our sleep apnea patients for many years and finds great satisfaction in helping our patients feel better.

“Our patients come in exhausted. Their partners can’t sleep with them because of how loud they snore, many are in trouble at work because they’ve fallen asleep at their desks, and I’ve even had some patients tell me they’ve fallen asleep while driving. They’re at the end of their rope.”

Obstructive sleep apnea causes the affected patient to stop breathing multiple times throughout the night, and it prevents them from getting deep and restful sleep. Even though they seem to be sleeping for 8 hours or more, they wake up tired and irritated.

The “gold standard” of treatment for sleep apnea patients is typically considered the CPAP machine, which is a mask that goes over the patient’s face and forces oxygen into their lungs. When a patient is diagnosed with sleep apnea, they are nearly always prescribed a CPAP machine, but it’s not a solution that works for everyone. CPAP machines are loud, bulky, require electricity, and can be difficult to clean. Many patients are CPAP intolerant and quickly refuse to use their CPAP machines, which often means their sleep apnea is left untreated. Michelle is proud to serve our patients with an alternative to the CPAP machine.

“My patients come in miserable, they hate their CPAP machines, and they’re suffering. The machine blows in their face and makes them uncomfortable, and many patients suffer from sinus infections as a side effect of the machine,” said Michelle. “Our oral sleep appliance requires no electricity and can fit in your pocket. Rather than forcing air into your mouth, the oral sleep appliance gently opens your jaws to remove the obstruction in your throat that causes you to stop breathing. It’s no more invasive than a mouth guard.”

Many of our patients also come in wondering why they can’t get restful sleep. Our sleep apnea practice is fully equipped to diagnose the condition as well as treat it. Not sure if you should see a doctor? If you’re always tired, and you know that you slept for 8 hours or more, it’s time to look into a sleep test.

Michelle is excited to focus on our sleep apnea practice and continue to help our patients feel rested and energized. “It may seem like a big shift, but for me it’s not. It feels like a natural occurrence. I’m still doing what I love, just transitioning to a different side.”

About Babylon Dental Care and Silent Night Therapy

Babylon Dental Care has been serving the Long Island community with excellent dental care since 1983 with locations in West Babylon (785 W Montauk Highway, West Babylon, NY 11704) and Patchogue (499 Sunrise Highway, Ste. 13BPatchogue, NY 11772). Visit us online at www.babylondentalcare.com and call us at (631) 587-7373.

A member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines, Dr. Brown started Silent Night Therapy to better assist sleep apnea patients. Contact us for an appointment.

Contact: Vanessa Mittonvmitton@babylondentalcare.com


Dr. Clifford Brown Announces Full-Time Transition to Sleep Practice

Posted on Monday, January 10th, 2022 at 6:21 pm    

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WEST BABYLON, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The team at Babylon Dental Care is proud to announce that practice founder Dr. Clifford Brown will be transitioning from the dental side of the practice to running his sleep practice, Silent Night Therapy, full-time. Dr. Brown, whose philosophy of patient care is “treat patients like family,” has been helping his patients improve their oral health for nearly four decades. Now, he’s shifting his focus full-time to assisting patients who suffer from sleep apnea.

Dr. Brown is a member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines. After witnessing first-hand the number of patients suffering from sleep disorders, Dr. Brown began to educate himself on these issues and grew passionate about helping these patients find a better solution to their condition.

Even a decade ago, neither doctors nor patients knew much about sleep apnea. In fact, many people suffering from the condition wrote it off as insomnia or other health conditions. The fact is, sleep apnea is a dangerous disease that can lead to life-threatening health issues like hypertension, weight gain, exhaustion, headaches, gasping for air while sleeping, loud snoring, episodes of not breathing while asleep, and even death. According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, it is estimated that 22 million Americans are currently living with sleep apnea.

Now, in Dr. Brown’s view, the general public is finally beginning to wake up to the risks associated with sleep apnea. Sleep apnea has been the cause behind recent high-profile deaths, including the death of Star Wars actress Carrie Fisher. As a result, sleep and sleep apnea have become mainstream issues in both attention and importance in recent years. According to Dr. Brown:

“Sleep has a renewed sense of importance for people. We’re working harder than ever before, and under more stress than ever before. Getting good sleep is crucial to our overall health.”

Dr. Brown and the Silent Night Therapy team have seen a huge influx of new patients. Dr. Brown attributes the increase in appointments to a variety of factors. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic brought anxiety, making it more difficult for people to practice healthy sleep habits. And most recently, Philips, the manufacturer of the CPAP machine, recalled all CPAP devices in June of 2021, citing safety concerns.

For years, sleep apnea had been treated by using a CPAP device, which can be loud, uncomfortable to wear, and invasive. The CPAP essentially forces oxygen into a person’s lungs by delivering a constant and steady stream of air to a person while they sleep, which is an unnatural solution to a natural health problem. CPAP devices contain a sound abatement foam that has been shown to disintegrate over time, causing foam particles to flow into the airway. At the time of the recall, Philips disclosed that severe health risks had been associated with use of CPAP devices, including cancer.

The CPAP recall left millions of sleep apnea patients without a means to treat their condition, which led many to seek alternative treatments such as those offered by Silent Night Therapy.

Dr. Brown, a sleep apnea patient himself, could never understand why the CPAP device was considered the “gold standard”. As he furthered his training in Dental Sleep Medicine and Oral Appliance Therapy, he began to focus more on helping those suffering from sleep apnea find other alternatives to the noisy and intrusive CPAP device.

Dr. Brown’s sleep therapy practice, Silent Night Therapy, offers effective alternative solutions for sleep apnea patients. Dr. Brown was one of the first dentists on Long Island to recommend and make Oral Sleep Appliance (OSA) devices. These wearable appliances look similar to a mouthguard and are much less invasive than CPAP. OSAs treat sleep apnea by moving the jaw and slightly opening the air passage. These custom devices are made to fit virtually any mouth. Though many of Dr. Brown’s patients are CPAP intolerant and have been previously diagnosed at another office, Silent Night Therapy is fully equipped to diagnose new patients who are struggling with their sleep. The office gives the patient an at-home sleep study, which is often more accurate than an in-office sleep study because you can sleep more easily in your own bed, and with the results the team can diagnose whether the patient has sleep apnea.

In addition to Dr. Brown, Michele Sands, who has worked with Dr. Brown for more than a decade, will be transitioning and taking on the role of Sleep Director at Silent Night Therapy. As more people become aware of sleep-related issues, Dr. Brown hopes that he and his team will be able to help more patients get the healthy sleep they need and deserve.

About Babylon Dental Care and Silent Night Therapy

Babylon Dental Care has been serving the Long Island community with excellent dental care since 1983 with locations in West Babylon (785 W Montauk Highway, West Babylon, NY 11704) and Patchogue (499 Sunrise Highway, Ste. 13B, Patchogue, NY 11772). Visit us online at www.babylondentalcare.com and call us at (631) 587-7373.

A member of the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM) and the Academy of Clinical Sleep Disorder Disciplines, Dr. Brown started Silent Night Therapy to better assist sleep apnea patients. Call us at 631-983-2463 for an appointment.


Sleep Apnea and Memory Loss 

Posted on Monday, January 3rd, 2022 at 10:00 pm    

Do you find yourself forgetting where you put your keys? Did you put the milk in the freezer and the creamer in the microwave? Do you find yourself having difficulties remembering what you did last week?

Memory loss can be a frightening and confusing condition. At first, you may feel like you can’t concentrate or you’re forgetting the little things. As memory problems progress, symptoms can become much more severe and debilitating. For some people, memory loss may be triggered by a surprising condition: sleep apnea.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

There are several different categories of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea, in general, is characterized as a condition where a person stops breathing during the night. These periods where breathing stops interrupt an individual’s sleep cycle. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common form of the disorder. It occurs when a person’s airway is physically blocked. An airway can become obstructed by improperly relaxed throat muscles, the tongue, or the collapse of the soft palate during sleep.

Some of the most common symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Partner complaining of snoring
  • Daytime fatigue or sleepiness
  • Dry or sore throat
  • Waking up at night gasping for air
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty staying asleep
  • Irritability

How Does Sleep Apnea Impact Memory?

Sleep apnea can impact memory in a variety of ways. Acute memory problems may be a result of fatigue and lack of sleep. When a person is drowsy during waking hours, they may feel tired and groggy, almost like they are in a fog. Fatigue can impact cognition, making it difficult to concentrate and leading to minor lapses in memory. Studies have also shown that sleep apnea is linked to mild cognitive impairment in adults.

Mild cognitive impairment is a condition that impacts an individual’s memory to the point where it becomes noticeable to others, especially family or friends. Mild cognitive impairment can be bothersome and frustrating. Generally, a person will lose things, forget appointments or events, and have difficulty coming up with common words. Some studies indicate that those with sleep apnea are diagnosed with MCI ten years earlier than those who did not suffer from sleep apnea.

Unfortunately, sleep apnea has also recently been linked to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s disease is a serious degenerative brain disease. The condition is the most common form of dementia and results in memory loss and a significant decline in cognitive abilities. This decline is severe enough to interfere with daily life, unlike most cases of mild cognitive impairment. The disease is progressive and gets worse over time. There is also no known cure. While it is still not fully understood how sleep apnea and Alzheimer’s are linked, studies indicate may be due to the constant disruption in sleep, hypoxia, and changes in cardiovascular comorbidities.

While more research needs to be conducted, some studies show that treating sleep apnea can help lessen some of the cognitive damage done by the condition. Those suffering from sleep apnea should seek immediate help from a medical professional to improve their sleep tonight and their chances of avoiding cognitive impairment in the future.

At Silent Night Therapy, we understand how important a good night’s rest is to your body and mind. Our team of professionals can help diagnose and treat your sleep-related problems.

Don’t let hitting the sheets become stressful. Let the team at Silent Night Therapy help you get the rest you’ve been dreaming of. Schedule a complimentary sleep consultation today. Call 631-983-2463 now.

 


How to Pick the Right Mattress

Posted on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 at 3:48 pm    

Some people may not put a lot of thought into what kind of mattress they have. But when you realize that your quality of sleep has been taking a back seat in your busy life for far too long, you may start to consider whether it’s time to purchase a new mattress.

Believe it or not, buying a new mattress isn’t as simple as walking into your local mattress store, pointing at the first mattress you see, and having it delivered to your home the next week. Well, actually, it can be that simple, but only if you’ve done your research first about what you want and what you need out of your mattress.

How Your Mattress Could Affect Your Sleep

You’ve probably fallen asleep on the floor as a kid with no effect on your seemingly boundless energy the next day. Even if you didn’t, try sleeping on the floor tonight and see how you feel when you wake up the next morning. You’ll discover quickly that it matters what you sleep on.

Mattress Affect Sleep

Your sleep can be greatly affected by the quality of your mattress. If your mattress doesn’t properly support your body and its needs, it can cause you to have poor sleep night after night. Eventually, the effects of your poor sleep will start affecting your body’s ability to function at its best when you need it to.

Sleep allows your body a chance to refresh and recharge itself after a long day’s work of supporting you. When your sleep isn’t restful, your body misses out on this important function.

Things to Consider When Picking a Mattress

When you’re in the market for a new mattress, you can be overwhelmed by the many mattress brands available. From self-cooling and temperature regulating to mimicking the feel of clouds, mattresses have come a long way from the straw-stuffed pallets of olden times.

When you’re shopping for mattresses, you’ll want to consider various features and choose the one that best meets your objective: a good night’s rest.

Firmness

How hard or soft do you want your mattress to be? The firmness of mattresses can range from cloud-like soft to medium soft to firm to extra firm. Different firmness levels may be preferred based on what position you like to sleep in. Consider which position you spend most of your time sleeping in: on your stomach, your side, or your back? Generally, softer mattresses better support side sleepers, and firmer mattresses better support back and stomach sleepers.

Material

Mattress MaterialsWhen it comes to current mattress offerings, you’ll find that mattresses with box springs just aren’t as comfortable, even though they may be more affordable.

Today, there have been advancements in materials used for mattresses. The following are some of the mattress types you can choose from based on your preferences:

 

  • Latex – eco-friendly, less toxic than some other mattress materials, and can offer some forming to your body
  • Foam – made completely of foam and can fully form to your body
  • Airbed – core is filled with air and offers customizable firmness throughout the mattress
  • Hybrid – a combination of spring and either latex or foam

Budget

While other considerations may be more of a priority, you can’t neglect to consider your budget. Mattresses range in price from hundreds of dollars to thousands of dollars. Many of the above considerations will impact the price of the mattress. For example, the higher quality the material of the mattress, the more expensive it will be.

The best way to pick a mattress that’s within your budget is to decide what you can comfortably spend. Then decide on the most important benefit that you want out of your mattress. Is the material of the mattress non-negotiable for you? Is the softness of the mattress your top priority? You can tailor your priorities, align them with your budget, and choose from there.

Contact Silent Night Therapy If You’re Ready for Better Sleep

Silent Night Therapy is the team of sleep apnea specialists you need to help restore your sleep and get your body back to working its best. Our goal is to identify and treat sleep disorders and sleep apnea so you can tackle each day feeling your best. We treat every patient like they’re one of our loved ones.

Restful sleep is within reach. Call Silent Night Therapy today at 631-983-2463 or contact us online to schedule a complimentary consultation with our sleep specialists.


Signs Your Snoring Might Be Dangerous 

Posted on Saturday, January 1st, 2022 at 3:10 pm    

Signs Your Snoring Might Be Dangerous

Noisy snoring is often a plot device used to initiate strife between new couples. While it is played up for laughs, snoring may be a dangerous sign of a more troubling condition. Snoring isn’t just a distraction, and it doesn’t just impact partners sharing a bedroom. Snoring can dramatically impact a person’s health and the quality of their sleep.

At Silent Night Therapy, we want to help shed light on the often-overlooked dangerous impacts of snoring and what you can do to get a better night’s rest.

What Is Snoring?

Snoring is the loud, hoarse, or harsh sound of air causing tissues in the throat to vibrate. When the air a person breathes passes over these relaxed tissues, the vibration makes an audible sound. At some point in life, almost everyone will snore. Allergies, colds, and congestion can cause acute bouts of snoring. Chronic snoring, however, can be a sign of a more serious health condition.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is one condition that can cause excessive or persistent snoring. The most common type of sleep apnea is called obstructive sleep apnea. In obstructive sleep apnea, an individual will stop breathing repeatedly throughout the night. In people with obstructive sleep apnea, breathing is typically disrupted by a complete or partial blockage of the throat. Relaxed soft tissue is generally the source of this blockage. The disruption in breathing can wake a person up, cause them to gasp or choke, and prevent them from getting a full and restful night’s sleep.

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

Snoring is often one of the most prominent symptoms of sleep apnea. Loud and chronic snoring that seems to have no other apparent cause can sometimes be attributed to some form of sleep apnea. Other symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Gasping or choking at night
  • Dry mouth the following morning
  • Sore throat
  • Morning headaches
  • Changes in mood or irritability
  • Nighttime sweating
  • Fatigue
  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Difficulty concentrating

Individuals who are overweight, smoke, or are over the age of 50 tend to be at an increased risk of developing sleep apnea. However, it is a condition that can impact anyone.

Sleep apnea is a significant medical condition. Sleep apnea can impact the quality of a person’s sleep, dramatically impacting their ability to function. Studies have linked sleep apnea to an increased risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Sleep apnea can also exacerbate heart conditions and may lead to an increased risk of a heart attack.

Snoring and Oral Appliances

You or your partner don’t have to live with snoring and sleep apnea. There are several ways to treat the condition, and an oral appliance may be a solution worth looking into. An oral appliance is worn inside the mouth, almost like a mouthguard for sports, but is much more comfortable. These devices are custom-fitted and help re-align the jaw and tongue. When fitted and worn properly, the device helps keep the upper airway open and free from obstruction. This allows air to flow more freely, preventing snoring and treating sleep apnea.

Schedule a Sleep Consultation

Constantly waking up feeling like you didn’t get enough sleep? Do you snore or have a partner that complains about your snoring? Get in touch with a sleep professional at Silent Night Therapy and schedule your own sleep consultation.

At Silent Night Therapy, we can help diagnose and treat your underlying sleep issues. If you are ready to get the best sleep of your life, contact our office online today or call us at 631-983-2463 to schedule your sleep consultation.