Posts Tagged ‘OSA’

Our Annual Holiday Party

January 1, 2018

A Day on beautiful Catalina Island!  A big thank you to Eduardo and Jesus who went out of their way to make this trip so  special.

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Giving Back

December 3, 2017

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Last month Nicole (one of our dental hygienists) and I participated in an annual event called Care Harbor. Physicians, nurses, dentists, and hygienists along with their support personal and volunteers donate their services to treat thousands  of poor people  who line up for days  to be seen.  It is a great feeling to be able to give back by making a small contribution to another’s welfare.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN

November 1, 2017

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Enjoy yourselves this holiday season.  We will do our best to fight and prevent tooth decay!

 

 

Promise Honored

September 30, 2017

My son’s gift to me this year was a hiking trip to Glacier National Park in Montana .  What was so special was his promise to hike at my pace.  Michael is a strong fit 24 year x swimmer and current rock climber.  He adds a mental and physical  intensity to everything he does.  I am a 61 year old dentist with two broken toes and an inconsistent and “light” exercise routine.  I would not have stood a chance if not for this “promise”.

What a present!  What a promise!!

Michael warned me that it would be hard and not fun if I did not get into better shape. With the encouragement of Kyle, one of the trainers at the Equinox gym, I worked out almost every day.  Treadmill, Stair master , Spin Classes, light jogs.

I am writing this blog so it is apparent that we survived the mountain.  The first day was the longest hike and despite blistered feet, I finished in a reasonable time.  Michael left once to explore an additional trail with no consequences. The second day involved a change of plans.  The fires raging below us dictated that we find a safer trail.  Michael found a narrow trail and we proceeded.   At a fork in the path, he wanted to take the road to the top, one that would give him a view to one of the Glaciers.  We separated and his plan was that we would meet on the trail, he on his way down and me still going up. Later we found out that this was Bear Country and it was not advisable to travel alone !

We had a great trip. Michael knew my limitations and accepted them.  I am looking forward to our next adventure.  Mount Fuji ?

Promise Honored.

I love my son.

 

 

Snoring may be fatal

November 1, 2010

I just returned from a two-day seminar put on by the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine  (AADSM).  Snoring may be a sign of a more severe, possibly fatal, condition called Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA).  OSA occurs when an individual’s airway is blocked during sleep.  Breathing becomes labored or stops altogether.  The primary cause of the impaired breathing is the blockage of the airway caused from the tongue.  This condition can improve for some by losing weight or sleeping on one’s side instead of one’s back (where gravity leads to the tongue’s dangerous position).  The typical treatment of OSA involves   getting evaluated by a physician in a sleep laboratory and using a CPAP machine at night.  The CPAP machine delivers positive pressure oxygen through a mask to open the airway.

This is where dentists become part of the solution.  If a CPAP machine cannot be tolerated or in less severe cases of OSA, a physician may prescribe a dental appliance to be worn at night.  Typically these appliances position the lower jaw forward and as a result open the airway.  If you need more information call my office: (562)435-8339  www.drhauss.com


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