Author Archives: Dr. Robert Axelrad (Brampton Dentist)

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and high Cholesterol

Obstructive Sleep Apnea and high Cholesterol

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There is a link between Obstructive Sleep Apnea (O.S.A) and high levels of cholesterol. Studies have shown that the more severe the OSA, the lower are the levels of High Density Lipoprotein (HDL) and higher the Triglyceride levels…In short, HDL … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea and Hypothyroidism

Sleep Apnea and Hypothyroidism

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Over the past few weeks we have discussed the links between sleep apnea and various medical conditions. I feel it is important to spend a little time discussing these links because they will help to explain certain conditions that you … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea and Nocturnal Tooth Grinding

Sleep Apnea and Nocturnal Tooth Grinding

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Early on we discussed tooth grinding at night and looked at the repercussions: These ranged from tooth wear, muscle fatigue, pain in the temporomandibular joints (TMJ) to headaches and neck pain. Grinding your teeth is when you apply forces to … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

Sleep Apnea, Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disorder and Laryngopharyngeal Reflux

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Gastro esophageal reflux disorder, commonly known as GERD, is the back flow of stomach acid into the esophagus. We have previously discussed this in the blog “ Dental Erosion and How to Treat it” posted on September 2nd 2013…when acid … Continue reading

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The Connection between Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure

The Connection between Sleep Apnea and High Blood Pressure

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There seems to be significant evidence to support a connection between sleep apnea and hypertension (high blood pressure). A Very Relevant Statistic: As many as 60 % of individuals with sleep apnea have high blood pressure. Below we briefly discuss … Continue reading

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The Sympathetic Nervous System

The Sympathetic Nervous System

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Question: Have you ever been in a situation where you just felt the need to run away very quickly (of course I’m not referring to the dental office). Question: In a stressful situation, have you ever felt like you had … Continue reading

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Sleep Apnea: Links to Depression, Smoking and Sedatives

Sleep Apnea: Links to Depression, Smoking and Sedatives

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There is a link between sleep apnea and depression, smoking and sedatives and alcohol. In this blog we will take a look at the reason for these links. Depression There are different severities of sleep apnea…mild, moderate and severe. As … Continue reading

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Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

Diabetes and Sleep Apnea

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Diabetes is a disease in which one has too much glucose in their blood. There are basically 3 types of diabetes: Types 1 and 2 and Gestational. Type 1: Affects 10% of the people with diabetes – This is when … Continue reading

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Leptin and Sleep Apnea

Leptin and Sleep Apnea

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Question: What is Leptin? Leptin is a protein-hormone which is released from fat (adipose) tissue that acts on the ventral medial nucleus (V.M.N) in the Hypothalamus of the brain. This is a little too complicated for the purpose of my … Continue reading

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Obesity and Sleep Apnea

Obesity and Sleep Apnea

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Sleep Apnea is the cessation of breathing (while asleep) for a certain period of time (at least 10 seconds). It is a condition that is often associated with, but not limited to individuals who are overweight. An increase in weight … Continue reading

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