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The Dangers of Drowsy Driving

December 6, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 12:06 am
person driving a car while drowsy

In the year 2017, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration documented 91,000 crashes, causing 50,000 injuries and 800 fatalities due to drowsy driving. While these figures are likely underestimated, a considerable number of individuals downplay the significance of dozing off while driving. If you find it challenging to stay alert behind the wheel, it could be indicative of a struggle with sleep apnea. To understand more about the perils of drowsy driving and the potential benefits of seeking treatment for sleep apnea, continue reading.

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Sleep Apnea and Drooling: What’s the Connection?

October 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 3:06 am

Snoring man sleeping in a bedDo you frequently wake up with a wet spot on your pillow? Everyone drools occasionally, but if it’s an ongoing problem, it could be a symptom of sleep apnea. Although the two may not seem related, they often go hand in hand. Here’s what you need to know to determine if you’re experiencing signs of obstructive sleep apnea.

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Napping and Sleep Apnea Are a Bad Mix

August 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 10:10 pm

Woman napping in bedIf you’ve been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you might be battling daytime fatigue. Chronic snoring isn’t the only complication of untreated OSA. Each breathing disruption interrupts your sleep cycle, which can lead to sleep deprivation with no treatment. If you require a cat nap to get through the day, you could be making the problem worse. Here’s why you should skip your afternoon nap if you have sleep apnea.

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Get the Facts: CBD and Sleep Apnea

June 17, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 1:34 am

Man in kitchen reading CBD bottleMany people are choosing to look for ways to reach optimal wellness using natural solutions. CBD is a popular remedy for a variety of health issues that can affect your quality of life. While you might have heard about its benefits for cancer patients and other medical conditions, researchers are also learning more about the potential effects it can have on sleep apnea. Here’s what the latest research has found about its influence on the sleep disorder.

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Surprising Facts About Sleep Apnea

April 11, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 10:09 pm

Woman sleeping with a CPAPMany misconceptions about sleep apnea can put you at risk of serious complications if you don’t have the correct information. Contrary to what you might have heard, snoring or a bad night’s sleep aren’t the only concerns of the breathing disorder. Here are 5 facts about sleep apnea everyone should know.

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How Can Treating Sleep Apnea Raise Your Life Expectancy?

February 4, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 2:25 am
man sleeping with mouth open

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.

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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.

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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.  

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Can Drinking Alcohol Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

October 19, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 1:58 pm
Pouring an alcoholic beverage into a shot glass

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.

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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.

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