One Quarter of Truck Drivers Suffer from Sleep Apnea

In 2002, Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sponsored a study that showed, of the nearly three-and-a-half million truck drivers with a commercial license, 26% suffer with sleep apnea. This finding is a serious concern because sleep apnea significantly impairs driving ability and can lead to highway accidents. Many truck drivers avoid diagnosis because the FMCSA’s policy states that once diagnosed, a driver must be successfully treated before he or she can resume driving a commercial truck.

Because people with a body mass index over 30 are in a high risk category, the FMCSA board recommended in 2008 that drivers with a BMI over 30 must be screened for sleep apnea. The recommendation has not led to a change in policy as of yet.

As a sleep apnea doctor and general dentist, I treat sleep apnea with conservative oral appliance therapy. While the CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine is the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, oral appliance therapy can be easier to comply with, particularly for people who travel.

Whether you’re a truck driver, medical doctor, teacher, or policeman, sleep apnea can inhibit your performance on the job. Most sleep apnea patients feel unrested, lethargic, and irritable. Oftentimes, these patients are forgetful and suffer with depression, as well. (more…)

Livonia Civic Park Senior Center brings Detroit’s Statler Hotel back to life, Friday, September 17th12:30pm.

The guest speaker, Lucas McGrail will, once again, be at the Center to share the rich history of this landmark hotel. Mr. McGrail will have many artifacts and photographs for this outstanding lecture.

The Statler, once located across from Grand Circus Park, was designed in the Georgian architectural style, with English Renaissance Revival roots evident. It consisted of 18 floors: sixteen above grade and two basement floors. Construction began on the original 800-room portion in 1914 and was completed in 1915. The hotel remained open for over six decades, until it finally had to close its doors in 1975.

Amount the hotels famous guests was Harry Houdini. He stayed at the hotel in October1926 during his last performance at the nearby Garrick Theater (Majestic Theatre). The hotel also saw such luminaries as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

You can register for this program at the Civic Park Senior Center volunteer desk or call (734) 466-2555 for more information. Cost is $6.00 per person and includes lunch based on menus from the “Café Rouge” at the Statler Hotel.

Click here for more information about all the senior events offered at the Livonia Civic Park Senior Center.

Sleep Apnea Affects One-Fifth of US Military Veterans

I thought I’d tell you about some recent data regarding our veterans and sleep apnea.

Experts aren’t exactly sure why, but about 20% of American war veterans suffer with sleep apnea.  Some believe that the smoke and dust the vets inhaled in Afghanistan may be to blame.  Problem is, sleep apnea causes daytime drowsiness, forgetfulness, irritability, and an inability to focus. It can also contribute to stroke and heart disease. The Veteran’s Administration invests $500 million each year to provide treatment to these individuals.

While CPAP is the gold standard for sleep apnea treatment, it’s not the only option. In many cases, people who use CPAP find the device uncomfortable, ill fitting, or confining during sleep. This leads to noncompliance, meaning patients who don’t like it don’t use it.

As a sleep apnea dentist, I offer an alternative. My name is Dr. James Stewart, and my Livonia, Michigan dental office provides oral appliances to combat sleep apnea. Whether you’re a veteran or not, if you suffer from sleep apnea, and you can’t tolerate CPAP, call me to schedule a visit. We’ll discuss your situation and talk about practical treatment options, so you can get back to living life to the fullest! (more…)

Experience the World’s Largest and Best, Free Jazz Festival!

The 31st Annual Detroit Jazz Fest will be held for the entire Labor Day holiday weekend. This event occupies two million square feet of downtown Detroit–from Hart Plaza on the riverfront, to the beautiful Campus Martius Park, just three blocks north.

The festival will pay homage to six trailblazers of modern jazz–Art Blakey, Ray Brown, Miles Davis, Horace Silver, Betty Carter and Gil Evans. There will also be fireworks, nightly jam sessions, poetry slams, giant puppets, educational workshops and much, much more.

Can’t be there in person? Bring the Jazz Fest to your Labor Day celebration by tuning into Jazz Planet TV. This all jazz, music channel will feature live and taped performances, news flashes, interviews, and behind-the-scenes commentary directly from the festival grounds.

Cosmetic Bonding: A Conservative Procedure Can Make a Big Difference in Your Smile!

Do gaps in your smile make you self-conscious? Do you avoid smiling in photos or hide your smile when you’re with others because of chipped, stained, or otherwise flawed teeth? If this describes you, it may be time to talk to Dr. Stewart about cosmetic bonding. This common cosmetic corrective service is a less costly, more conservative alternative to procedures like porcelain veneers or other cosmetic care. While it’s not the answer for every patient, Dr. Stewart can assess your situation at our Livonia office and recommend the appropriate treatment, which may include cosmetic bonding.

What is bonding?
During a cosmetic bonding treatment, Dr. Stewart matches a quality composite resin to the color of your existing tooth structure. If you’d like a whiter smile, ask us about take-home teeth whitening before the bonding appointment. That way, the resulting bonding treatment can blend with your brighter smile. Dr. Stewart will artistically sculpt the composite material to correct any flaws, and after he cures it with a special light, you’re left with beautiful teeth. No one will know your stunning smile is the result of a cosmetic treatment! (more…)

Take a walk in the park and into the past…

Sunday, August 29, 2010, visit Greenmead Historical Park from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. Enjoy a tour of the grounds, gardens and buildings.

This city owned park serves as a legacy of Michigan’s agricultural heritage. The property was originally the 1820’s homestead of Michigan pioneer, Joshua Simmons. It includes the original farm complex, Historical Village, picnic facilities and recreational areas. 

The farm complex features an 1841 Greek revival farmhouse and its outbuildings, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The farm maintains its unique architectural character in that nine of its eleven original outbuildings are still intact that feature period artifacts and furnishings. Together, the buildings and the grounds tell the story of farm life in rural Michigan. 

Pack up the family, bring a picnic lunch and learn more about Livonia’s history!

Heart Attack from Snoring is a Risk You Can Avoid

Many people think that snoring is just an annoying habit. Studies show, however, that snoring can indicate sleep apnea, a condition linked to cardiovascular disease.

Fact: Men who snore face a 60% (or greater) risk of heart attack. Women who snore are at 50% increased risk for heart attack.

Fact: When treated for sleep apnea, people who snore significantly reduce their risk of heart attack.

Fact: Sleep apnea is more common in people with diabetes, high blood pressure, and those who suffer from obesity.

Fact: Dr. James Stewart (that’s me) offers non-surgical, non-CPAP treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. Treatment reduces risk of heart attack, stroke, congestive heart failure, and heart disease. (more…)

See the Livonia Symphony Orchestra for free!

 

The Livonia Parks and Recreation Department and the Livonia Arts Commission present their final performance in their Music from the Heart series.

The Livonia Symphony Orchestra will perform on August 26th at 7:00 P.M., at the Parks & Recreation Center on Five Mile Road, just east of the Civic Center Complex. The concert is free and open to people of all ages.

This is a great opportunity to treat the entire family to a live orchestra performance right here in Livonia!

Better Sleep = Better Life!

If you don’t sleep well, quality of life suffers. That’s just a fact. Studies show a startling link between overall health, state of mind, and quality of sleep. WebMD published an article this week that shares some of the negative results poor sleep.

  • A sleep disorder or not getting enough sleep increases the risk for heart attack, heart disease, diabetes, obesity, Alzheimer’s disease, low-weight birth, diabetes complications, and other serious health problems. In addition, your body’s immune system will weaken without good sleep. You’ll be more prone to catch colds, the flu, and other communicable diseases.
  • Getting good rest can help relieve pain, whether chronic or injury related. In the WebMD article, one doctor was quoted as saying that a sleeping medication can be more effective than a painkiller.
  • When your mind and body are well rested, you’re at less risk for accidents. Some of the biggest disasters in history, like the Exxon Valdez and the Challenger, are directly linked to a person who did not get proper sleep. In fact, one million car crashes a year in our nation occur when the driver is tired.
  • You’ll have a better state of mind—you’ll feel good—when you sleep well. Tired people often feel irritable, stressed, emotional, and they also have a higher suicide risk. Now, good sleep won’t guarantee a life of happiness, but it will help promote a positive mental outlook.
  • People who don’t get enough sleep may be prone to gaining weight or having a weight problem. Leptin is a hormone that controls hunger. Inadequate sleep allows leptin levels to drop, so you’re more likely to feel hungry… which mean you’ll eat! In addition, if you’re tired, do you really have the energy to exercise? Probably not.

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Could Sleep Apnea Cause Your Drowsy Days?

According to research, Americans suffer from daytime sleepiness more than Europeans. Nearly 20% of American adults feel extremely sleepy during the day, and only 15% of Europeans feel this way. More women than men struggle with excessive daytime drowsiness.

When we’re tired, accidents can happen—at work, at home, and on the road. I’m Dr. Stewart, a sleep disorder dentist in Livonia, Michigan. If you feel tired, forgetful, or irritable during the day because you aren’t getting proper rest at night, I want to help you. We’ll get to the root of the problem, then correct it.

In some cases, sleep deprivation is self-imposed. Because of a desire to accomplish more during the day, some people neglect sleep.

Many times, though, a sleep disorder is to blame for restless nights. Even if you try to sleep for a solid eight hours, you may not reach the deep, refreshing REM sleep required to refuel and refresh your body. Obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA, is a common problem in patients of all ages. With OSA, soft tissues block airflow while you sleep. You actually stop breathing for 10 seconds or more, repeatedly during the night. (more…)