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New “Super Silencer” – Mandibular Repositioning Device for Obstructive Sleep Apnea

May 6th, 2022   |   Posted in: Dr. Halstrom News, Education Centre, silencer-news, Uncategorized

The “Super Silencer” is a specialty device recently developed with Mr. Loris Campagnolo of Shanto Dental. It is an effective, comfortable and durable appliance even for a patient who illustrated a Herculean Bruxing ability to crush and destroy all previous versions. An all acrylic design provided great retention for the patient’s short tooth anatomy.  We […]

Treatment Options In Obstructive Sleep Apnea

April 26th, 2022   |   Posted in: Dr. Halstrom News, Education Centre, silencer-news, Uncategorized

Treatment Options In Obstructive Sleep Apnea Gambino, F., Zammuto, M.M., Virzì, A. et al. Treatment options in obstructive sleep apnea. Intern Emerg Med (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11739-022-02983-1 Preamble by Don Halstrom: This recent published research article does a nice job of presenting the options and issues surrounding different treatment methods for Obstructive Sleep Apnea.  Since the early […]

The incidence of AF is 88% higher in patients with OSA

March 11th, 2022   |   Posted in: Dr. Halstrom News, Education Centre, silencer-news, Uncategorized

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Atrial Fibrillation Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common arrhythmia, increasing with age and comorbidities. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a chronic sleep disorder more common in older men. It has been shown that OSA is linked to AF. Nonetheless, the prevalence of OSA in patients with AF remains unknown because […]

Association of obstructive sleep apnea with hospitalization due to COVID-19

January 7th, 2022   |   Posted in: Dr. Halstrom News, Education Centre, silencer-news, Uncategorized

A team of researchers from Iceland recently studied the relationship between obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They tried to establish if confounders played any role, such as several known risk factors for severe COVID-19 associated with OSA. The researchers conducted a nationwide study to find the relation between OSA and […]

New study using ‘STOP-Bang’ protocol finds half of truck drivers could need sleep apnea evaluation.

June 10th, 2021   |   Posted in: Dr. Halstrom News, Education Centre, silencer-news, Uncategorized

A 2020 study released by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute found that nearly half of truck drivers are at risk for obstructive sleep apnea. This table compares drivers tested for OSA using commercial driver medical exam (CDME) data compared to the STOP-Bang (SB) sleep apnea screening assessment on the same pool of drivers. A 2020 […]

Sleep apnea comorbidities: An overview

December 10th, 2020   |   Posted in: Dr. Halstrom News, Education Centre, silencer-news, Uncategorized

Sleep health – Reprint Courtesy of Resmed. A few weeks ago, we began talking about sleep apnea comorbidities in our post on sleep apnea side effects. A comorbidity is a health condition that often exists at the same time in the same patient as a different health condition. That doesn’t necessarily mean that one health […]