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How to Adjust to Wearing an Oral Appliance

December 4, 2021

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Woman wearing an oral appliance in The Woodlands

If you’ve recently learned that you have sleep apnea and seen a dentist to get a custom oral appliance in The Woodlands, you’re probably relieved that you can finally start to improve the quality of your sleep. Oral appliances are designed to expand the airway, making it easier to get more oxygen throughout the night and prevent apneas from occurring. However, getting used to sleeping with an oral appliance can take some time, so, you’ll want to take note of some tips from a dentist on how to adjust.

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How Does Sleep Apnea Affect Brain Health?

November 10, 2021

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Do you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA)? You probably already know about the effects it can have on your body, leaving you at an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart disease, and even diabetes. However, it may surprise you to learn that the disorder can also take a significant toll on your brain health. If you’re not getting a good night’s sleep, it can lead to memory loss among other complications. If you’re interested in learning more about the effects on your brain, simply keep reading!

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Sleep Apnea Linked to Brain Damage and Memory Loss

October 14, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drdernick @ 7:00 pm

Tired man needing sleep apnea therapy in The WoodlandsIf you frequently stop breathing throughout the night, you’re likely among the 18 million Americans living with obstructive sleep apnea. Although the sleep disorder is easily treatable, at least 80% of patients with the condition are untreated. Many haven’t even been properly diagnosed. If you have signs of sleep apnea, you don’t want to wait to get the treatment you need. Snoring and fatigue aren’t the only complications it can cause. New research has found it can lead to brain damage. Here are the facts you need to make a consultation for sleep apnea therapy in The Woodlands a top priority.

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Stages of Sleep: What They Are & Why They’re Important

September 15, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 5:50 pm
young woman sleeping in bed

Millions of Americans suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The disorder interrupts your breathing while you’re asleep, meaning your brain will keep waking you up to unblock the airway. Sadly, this will interrupt the sleep cycle and prevent you from getting the full benefits of a good night’s rest. When you’re asleep, the body takes time to repair muscles, grow bones, manage hormones, and sort memories. Read along to learn about the different stages of sleep and why it’s important to complete the full cycle every night.

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Breaking 5 Common Myths about Sleep Apnea

July 19, 2021

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Envelop featuring facts about sleep apnea mythsObstructive sleep apnea is a common condition that causes frequent interruptions in breathing from an obstruction in the airway. If you’re among the 22 million Americans living with the condition, you’ve likely heard various information about the disorder. Unfortunately, much of what you’ve heard may not be true. Don’t let common misconceptions negatively affect your sleep quality or health. Here are 5 facts about sleep apnea myths you need to know.

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Do You Sleep Badly in the Summer? These Tips Can Help!

June 18, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 4:16 pm
woman lying awake at night who needs a sleep apnea dentist

Spending time in the summer sun boosts your mood and improves your health. However, the warmer weather might come at the cost of high-quality sleep. This is especially true if you already have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. Do you tend to sleep badly during the summer? If so, there’s a reason why. Read on as a sleep apnea dentist explains this connection and how you can enjoy a good night’s sleep this summer.

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Why are Sleep Apnea Cases Increasing?

May 22, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 2:19 pm
Man with sleep apnea snoring, woman wearing headphones

In recent years, the prevalence of sleep apnea in the United States has been on the rise. Across the country, more and more people are discovering that they’re suffering from breathing problems at night, and about 38,000 people die with this sleep disorder as a complicating factor every year. If you want to keep yourself safe, you need to understand why sleep apnea has become more widespread so that you can address the potential risk factors.

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Is Your Diet Making Your Sleep Apnea Worse?

April 14, 2021

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Dentist explaining how diet can affect sleep apnea symptoms

Most people don’t expect their dentist to ask them if they’ve been sleeping well lately. The fact of the matter is the mouth has a major impact on how well we sleep. Turns out, the same is true when it comes to the foods we eat! If you’ve been struggling to sleep due to sleep apnea, or your symptoms have been worse lately, take a moment to learn about the foods most likely to harm (and help) your sleep quality!

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Sleep Apnea and Age Acceleration

March 19, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 1:20 pm
Older woman sleeping on her side

There are already plenty of reasons to call a sleep dentist if you think you have sleep apnea – chronic exhaustion, loud snoring that’s disturbing your partner, increased risk of a heart attack, and so on. But according to recent studies, there may be another reason that you haven’t thought of: sleep-disordered breathing can speed up the body’s aging process, leading to all sorts of long-term problems. Understanding the link between sleep apnea and aging will make it very clear why getting treatment for a sleep disorder right away is so important.

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Why You Should Avoid Napping with Sleep Apnea!

February 17, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 9:23 pm
Woman with sleep apnea soundly sleeping in white sheets

If you have sleep apnea, it may seem like a good idea to nap. Of course, you haven’t been sleeping well, and your body needs the rest, so a few naps throughout the day are easy to take. However, did you know that your napping could be hurting your ability to fall asleep at night? Read on to learn why you should avoid snoozing while the sun is still out and how you can give yourself a better night’s sleep for more productive days!

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