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How Can Treating Sleep Apnea Raise Your Life Expectancy?

February 4, 2023

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Think about how good you feel after a night when you slept soundly. Unfortunately, many people with sleep apnea don’t get to experience that very often. Not getting quality sleep or enough shuteye can be very detrimental, even affecting how long a person lives in some cases. Keep reading to learn from a sleep apnea specialist in The Woodlands how this condition affects the human body, why it is dangerous, and how treatment can help.


Do Women with Sleep Apnea Have a Higher Risk of Cancer?

December 16, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 4:16 pm
Woman with sleep apnea snoring in bed

The Society for Women’s Health Research estimates that roughly 20% of women have sleep apnea, but the vast majority of them don’t even realize that they’re suffering from the disorder. Leaving sleep apnea undiagnosed and untreated for too long can be even more dangerous than you might think; in addition to depriving you of quality sleep, recent studies suggest it might even increase your risk of cancer! The following post explores how sleep apnea and cancer in women can be related.


Does Sleep Apnea Increase Your Risk of Gum Disease?

November 9, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 10:32 am
Close up of woman's smile with gum disease

Does your partner complain about your snoring? You may be affected by sleep apnea. Many people who suffer from this common sleep disorder frequently snore at night and experience headaches and fatigue during the day. However, new research has also uncovered a troubling link between sleep apnea and gum disease. Continue reading below if you want to maintain a healthy smile and achieve quality sleep with the help of your dentist.  


Can Drinking Alcohol Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 1:58 pm
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Many people like to have a glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage right before bed because they think it helps them sleep better. Unfortunately, the reality is quite different – alcohol can make it more difficult for you to get quality sleep, and the results are even worse if you have a sleep disorder. Here is why alcohol and sleep apnea don’t mix.


Can a Sleep Diary Help Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

September 3, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 11:09 pm
Woman writing in her sleep diary.

Every night, millions of people miss out on countless hours of sleep because of sleep apnea; and even worse, many more cases remain completely undiagnosed! But sleep apnea does more than just cause you to miss out on rest; it can lead to some serious health complications if left untreated! This means that seeking a diagnosis and appropriate treatment is crucial if you suspect you suffer from sleep apnea. But did you know that keeping a sleep diary can also play a vital role in determining the quality of your sleep and the source of your disruption? Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist.


7 Tips to Prepare for Your Sleep Test

August 23, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 10:09 pm

Man laying on bed with suitcasesIf your physician has ordered a sleep test, it can cause your anxiety to rise. Sleeping in an unfamiliar location while hooked up to medical equipment can make anyone’s palms sweat, but there’s no reason to worry. You’ll be in a comfortable environment that will feel like a home away from home. Here’s how to prepare for your upcoming sleep study to prevent tossing and turning all night.


Sleep Apnea and Weighted Blankets: What You Should Know

July 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 8:54 pm
woman sleeping with weighted blanket

Ever heard of a weighted blanket? You probably have due to all the online craze surrounding it. Many people claim it’s a lifesaver for those with ADHD, ASD, and sensory processing disorders by helping reduce anxiety and ease restless minds. They promise to improve anyone’s overall quality of sleep! Some research even suggests that it could be helpful to those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. In this blog post, we’ll explain more about how weighted blankets can benefit those with sleep disorders.


Why Is Sleep Apnea on the Rise?

June 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 9:33 pm
woman with sleep apnea

Sleep apnea is a common disorder that affects millions of Americans. It causes your breathing to become shallow or stop completely while you sleep. There are some cases where these pauses can last 10 seconds or longer, occurring as often as 30 times or more in an hour. Within the last few years, this sleep disorder has been on the rise for many reasons. Read on to learn which factors can contribute to the development of sleep apnea and what you can do to combat it.  


How Are Type 2 Diabetes and Sleep Apnea Connected?

May 10, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 12:22 pm
Eyeglasses on paper with words diabetes type 2

Do you or a family member have type 2 diabetes? According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diabetes affects more than 37 million Americans, with type 2 diabetes accounting for over 90 percent of all cases. Although diabetes is very common, few people are aware that sleep problems can make it more difficult to manage. Keep reading to learn more about the surprising connection between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea, and how a dentist can help.


TMD And The Link To Women’s Health: What You Need to Know About Jaw Pain

April 13, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 3:47 pm
Uncomfortable woman holding her face

Have you ever experienced persistent pain, aching, or general discomfort in your jaw? Do you frequently notice a locking sensation or popping when you try to open your mouth? If so, it’s likely that you’re familiar with how painful TMJ disorder can be. The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can cause a host of problems when it isn’t working correctly. And while both men and women struggle with TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), women are more likely to suffer. Here’s what we know about TMD and women’s health.

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