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Can Children Have Sleep Apnea?

March 24, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 6:04 pm

Sleeping child hugging a stuffed bearOver 18 million Americans live with obstructive sleep apnea. The condition causes frequent pauses in breathing from an obstruction in the upper airway. Although it’s thought to only affect adults, children aren’t immune to it. It’s believed that 7% to 9% of children have a sleep-related breathing disorder; however, up to 90% of cases are undiagnosed. If your child suffers from loud snoring, they might be at risk. Here’s what you need to know about children’s sleep apnea, so you and your little one can sleep peacefully. 

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Traveling with Sleep Apnea? Stay Comfortable with These 4 Tips

February 11, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 6:57 pm
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It’s easy enough to manage sleep apnea with an oral appliance or a CPAP machine at home, but what about when you’re traveling? It’s important to make sure that you have access to your prescription when you need it, so you need to consider the situation carefully and plan accordingly. Below are 4 tips for traveling with sleep apnea; keep them in mind if you want to make your upcoming trip a bit less stressful.

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Beware of the 5 Hidden Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

January 18, 2022

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 6:09 pm
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No one wants to snore – or to share a bed with someone who does – but if you do frequently wake up with a dry mouth or feeling groggy, you may be sawing logs much of the night. And it’s more than a harmless habit. Unfortunately, snoring often actually indicates sleep apnea, which can take a negative toll on your overall health. Keep reading to learn about the 5 hidden dangers of untreated sleep apnea, then make an appointment with a dentist who offers sleep apnea treatment to get the relief you need. 

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How to Adjust to Wearing an Oral Appliance

December 4, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 6:48 pm
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

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 7:07 pm

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
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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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Does Sharing a Bed with Your Pet Affect Sleep Apnea?

August 12, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 7:47 pm
young woman sharing bed with dog

Do you have a furry friend? Most people do. In fact, the American Veterinary Medical Association estimates that dogs can be found in roughly one-third of homes in the United States. Of that statistic, more than half say that they allow their pets to sleep in the bedroom with them. However, researchers found that snuggling up with your pet at night can have surprising effects on your quality of rest, especially if you have sleep apnea. Read on as we explain what you should know about pets and sleep apnea.

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Breaking 5 Common Myths about Sleep Apnea

July 19, 2021

Filed under: Uncategorized — drdernick @ 12:52 am

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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