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The Deadly Potential of Untreated Sleep Apnea

December 5, 2021

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Man suffering heart attack, possibly due to sleep apnea

If you don’t sleep well at night, you may face numerous inconveniences. You may find it difficult to get through work, and you might be more irritable than usual. But if you have sleep apnea, your nighttime woes could be much more than a mere nuisance. In fact, your disorder could be endangering your life! Let’s talk about some of the life-threatening problems that untreated sleep apnea can contribute to.

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Sleep Apnea and Bedwetting: Understanding the Connection

November 6, 2021

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Man with sleep apnea, embarrassed by his bedwetting

Bedwetting is an embarrassing problem, and it is usually thought of as something that only afflicts children. Unfortunately, though, it can also affect adults. It can have a range of causes, but one of the most common is sleep apnea. Let’s discuss the connection between these two issues and talk about how you may be able to address both of them.

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Secondhand Smoke: A Risk Factor for Sleep Apnea in Children

October 2, 2021

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Young boy in black shirt disgusted by secondhand smoke

If you smoke, you may have made a personal decision to continue your habit despite the health risks involved. Or, perhaps you are struggling to quit and haven’t found success yet. In either case, considering how smoking may be affecting your family can be a powerful motivator to help you cut back or kick the habit altogether. In this article, we’ll specifically discuss the connection between secondhand smoke and sleep apnea in children.

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Is Your Cell Phone Making Your Sleep Apnea Worse?

September 21, 2021

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Woman with sleep apnea using her cell phone at night

Many people are in the habit of relaxing in front of their tiny screen each evening. Whether you are catching up with friends on social media, playing a game, or getting lost in the world of Google, you might find that your phone is a staple of your nightly routine. But did you know that using your cell phone right before you try to sleep can interfere with both the quantity and quality of your rest? Let’s talk about how that is the case and why sleep apnea sufferers need to be especially aware of this problem.

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Is Sleep Apnea Responsible for Your Nightmares?

August 14, 2021

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Frightened woman waking up from sleep apnea nightmare

Everyone has a bad dream occasionally. We all know what it feels like to jolt awake with a rapidly beating heart and unpleasant images lingering in our mind. Unfortunately, some individuals suffer from nightmares much more often than others. This could be due to obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Let’s talk about why sleep apnea nightmares occur and what you may be able to do to enjoy sweeter dreams and higher-quality rest.

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9 Exercises to Relieve TMD Pain

July 30, 2021

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Woman’s open mouth, performing exercises to relieve TMD pain

If you suffer from TMD pain, your dentist is ready to e you. Therapies like custom oral appliances and other professional treatments can do much to promote proper jaw alignment and reduce your discomfort. But did you know there are some exercises you can do at home that can supplement your treatment and contribute to pain relief? Below, you’ll find nine simple exercises that might benefit you.

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The Dangerous Consequences of Drowsy Driving

June 14, 2021

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woman falling asleep at the wheel because of drowsy driving

Everyone knows how dangerous drunk driving is. Many people have even lost loved ones as a result of someone driving under the influence. According to the National Sleep Foundation, though, drowsy driving can be just as hazardous, if not even more so. Not getting enough rest at night can hinder your driving ability, increasing the possibility of traffic accidents. If you suffer from a sleep disorder, such as sleep apnea, you’re even more at risk. Let’s talk about the dangers of drowsy driving and how you can minimize your risk by seeing your dentist for sleep apnea therapy.

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Get the Facts About Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy

May 22, 2021

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Tired woman suffering from sleep apnea during pregnancy

Pregnancy can come with a lot of joy… and a few problems as well. If you are expecting a new addition to your family, fluctuating hormones may cause you to experience frequent fatigue. However, it is important that you are aware of another possible cause of your tiredness: obstructive sleep apnea during pregnancy. This condition can have adverse effects on both mothers and their babies. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the dangers of sleep apnea, how you can identify its symptoms, and what you can do about it.

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Posture, Bite Alignment, and TMD: Understanding the Connection

April 22, 2021

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Leaning over to look at phone, poor posture and bite alignment

TMJ dysfunction, commonly called TMD, is a condition that affects the health of the jaw joint (the TMJ). It afflicts millions of people across the U.S. Issues like a stressful lifestyle and dental problems are often to blame for TMD, but did you know that your posture could also contribute to it? Let’s discuss the connection between posture, bite alignment, and your TMJ.

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New Study Reveals That Sleep Apnea Causes Rapid Aging

March 17, 2021

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young woman yawning while working

There are literal mountains of research that show that untreated sleep apnea significantly raises the risk of several systemic health issues, including cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and dementia to name a few. On top of this, a study published in 2019 conducted by Harvard University has proven that sleep apnea can actually cause someone to age at an accelerated rate as well. How did they discover this? How will this affect sleep apnea treatment? Find out in today’s blog.

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