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Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea

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According to several studies, millions of people in the United States suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that means you stop breathing for short periods during sleep. Snoring is the hallmark of this condition, but this symptom sometimes goes unnoticed. We don’t hear ourselves snore, after all. 

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Jaw pain, due to teeth grinding 
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Snoring
  • Feeling tired during the day

If Left Untreated

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Dental issues, due to teeth grinding
  • Depression
  • Poor concentration 

Dentists Are Leading the Way in Sleep Apnea

Dentists are often the first medical professionals to notice the signs and the risk factors associated with sleep apnea in patients.

During a routine exam, your dentist can check your throat for a ...

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Feeling Tired When You Wake Up? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

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Some studies indicate that as many as a billion people worldwide suffer from sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder that causes you to stop breathing for short periods during the night.

If you’re like many sleep apnea sufferers, you probably aren’t aware that you have the condition. Short pauses in breathing may not be enough to wake you up, so you don’t remember not breathing. But the next day you may feel tired and irritable or find it difficult to focus on daily tasks.

Other symptoms include headaches, snoring, and dental pain. The latter because some sleep apnea sufferers grind their teeth while asleep. If sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead ...

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3 Signs of Sleep Apnea and How to Talk to Your Dentist about Them

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According to the National Sleep Foundation, an estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, a condition that means you stop breathing for short periods while asleep.

Sometimes these episodes can occur dozens of times during the night, leaving you feeling exhausted and headachy the next day. Sleep apnea can even cause dry mouth, sore throat, and jaw pain. If not treated, sleep apnea also increases your risk for more serious conditions like high blood pressure, heart attack, and stroke.

You’re probably wondering how this is related to your dental health. The answer is simple; dentists can prescribe things like mandibular advancement devices to help you breathe better, and they are often ...

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How Sleep Apnea Can Be Affecting Your Quality of Life

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No one can argue that a good night’s sleep is crucial for good physical and mental health. But if you are one of the millions of American who are affected by obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), you are not getting a good night’s sleep. There is also a good chance you don’t even realize you are suffering from OSA until your sleep partner tells you that your snoring and gasping for breath is keeping him or her from getting a good night’s sleep as well.

OSA is a serious condition that needs to be treated. If you suspect you have sleep apnea, don’t put off treatment. Call our Clarksville, MD practice to ...

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What You Need To Know if You Snore or Have Trouble Sleeping

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What is Obstructive Sleep Apnea?  

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is a life-threatening condition that affects over 18 million Americans. This commonly undiagnosed syndrome involves the cessation of breathing during sleep. While sleeping, the upper airway muscles enter relaxation and may vibrate against each other (this vibration is what causes snoring). As sleep deepens, muscle relaxation increases and can occlude the airway. This severely decreases the amount of oxygen flowing to the lungs. The body responds to this lack of oxygen by sending a signal to your brain that you are suffocating. The brain compensates by lightening the phase of sleep in order to increase control and contraction of upper airway muscles, ...

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