Dr. David J Davin has been in solo practice for Pulmonary Medicine since 1983; During this time he has been an attending physician and Medical Director of the Sleep Laboratory at Crouse Hospital, as well as impartial specialist for the Workers Compensation Board in Syracuse. He is currently a Pulmonary Specialist for the New York Office of the Attorney General and has been since 2007.
Dr. Davin is licensed to practice Internal Medicine as well as Sleep and Pulmonary Medicine; has been an American College of Chest Physicians Fellow; and is a Diplomate in Sleep Medicine.
Dr. Davin is also a member of the New York State Motor Truck Association.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Sleep Apnea?
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association: There are three types of apnea: obstructive, central, and mixed; of the three, obstructive is the most common. Despite the difference in the root cause of each type, in all three, people with untreated sleep apnea stop breathing repeatedly during their sleep, sometimes hundreds of times during the night and often for a minute or longer. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a blockage of the airway, usually when the soft tissue in the rear of the throat collapses and closes during sleep. In central sleep apnea, the airway is not blocked but the brain fails to signal the muscles to breathe. Mixed apnea, as the name implies, is a combination of the two. With each apnea event, the brain briefly arouses people with sleep apnea in order for them to resume breathing, but consequently sleep is extremely fragmented and of poor quality. Sleep apnea is very common, as common as adult diabetes, and affects more than twelve million Americans, according to the National Institutes of Health. Risk factors include being male, overweight, and over the age of forty, but sleep apnea can strike anyone at any age, even children. Yet still because of the lack of awareness by the public and healthcare professionals, the vast majority remain undiagnosed and therefore untreated, despite the fact that this serious disorder can have significant consequences. Untreated, sleep apnea can cause high blood pressure and other cardiovascular disease, memory problems, weight gain, impotency, and headaches. Moreover, untreated sleep apnea may be responsible for job impairment and motor vehicle crashes. Fortunately, sleep apnea can be diagnosed and treated. Several treatment options exist, and research into additional options continues.
What are the negative health effects of snoring?
The most typical health problem snoring causes is loss of sleep for both the person snoring and his (or her) sleep partner. The snoring noise combined with tossing and turning often keep both people from sleeping soundly. Sleep deprivation has significant consequences: excessive sleepiness, irritability, and lack of productivity during the day, as well as negative health repercussions. People who snore chronically are often middle-aged and overweight, and snoring may indicate a more serious underlying medical problem.
What is the Epworth Sleepiness Scale?
The Epworth Sleepiness Scale is used to determine the level of daytime sleepiness. A score of 10 or more is considered sleepy. A score of 18 or more is very sleepy. If you score 10 or more on this test, you should consider whether you are obtaining adequate sleep, need to improve your sleep hygiene and/or need to see a sleep specialist. These issues should be discussed with your personal physician.
What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?
- 1. You can see an increase in the risk for high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, obesity, and diabetes
- 2. There is an increased risk for or worsening of heart failure
- 3. Irregular heartbeats become more likely
- 4. You can increase the chance of having work-related or driving accidentsLifestyle changes, mouthpieces, surgery, and/or breathing devices can successfully treat sleep apnea in many people.