7 Sleep Apnea Surgery Myths

Jennifer was adamant that her son’s tonsils were not to be removed. They were 4+ “kissing” tonsils, the size of two golf balls, and he was choking 12 times every hour.  I recommended surgery. His mother asked about alternative options. I mentioned CPAP and functional dental appliances as alternative options.  Shaking her head, she asked, […]

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How to Avoid the One Position That Can Kill You

Just after finishing a tonsillectomy on a 13 year old boy, I watched as the anesthesiologist removed the breathing tube easily. He was then moved to the stretcher, but after a few seconds, he became combative and started sitting up and flailing his arms and legs. It took two anesthesiologists, two OR nurses and myself […]

Podcast #18: 7 Ways Doctors Ruin Your Sleep

In this podcast, Kathy and I talk about 7 Ways Doctors Can Ruin Your Sleep: 1. How this one type of surgery can sometimes cause nasal congestion years later 2. Which dental treatments can create smaller airways 3. How modern orthodontics and jaw surgery can aggravate sleep problems 4. Why medical or surgical menopause can ruin your sleep 5. Find […]

An Out-Of-The Box Explanation For Chronic Stress

Here’s a very good story about one of my past guest interviewees, Dr. Avram Gold. Sleep Review Magazine published an interesting article that reviews Dr. Gold’s controversial work on functional somatic syndromes (depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, insomnia, Raynaud’s syndrome, RLS, hypothyroidism, IBS, etc.) and upper airway resistance syndrome.  It’s a fascinating discussion about how […]

How Surgery is Like Fishing

  The other day, my 12 year-old son and I were invited to go fishing on the Long Island Sound. We drove two hours to get to the Eastern end of Long Island, expecting to catch 3 or 4 fish. The three of us went out on a small boat just after high tide. It […]