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Unsoiled Appliance: 4 Tips for Maintaining Your Mouthguard

March 4, 2024

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Nose to chin view of woman inserting oral appliance

If you suffer from sleep apnea and need help, your dentist is a great place to start. They can provide a customized oral appliance to wear at night which shifts your jaw forward slightly to prevent a blocked airway. Because harmful bacteria can flourish in the hours while you sleep, it’s important to care for it properly so you don’t develop a dental problem. If you’re unsure of the best way to do that, keep reading for 4 helpful tips!


Does Sleeping in a Recliner Help with Sleep Apnea?

January 25, 2024

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Man sleeping in a reclinerIf you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), achieving a good night’s rest can be challenging. Frequent breathing disruptions interrupt your sleep cycle, which can lead to fatigue and sleep deprivation. However, pauses in breathing can also harm your physical and mental health with no treatment. Besides a CPAP or an oral appliance, your sleep position can also affect sleep apnea. Laying flat on your back is known to increase breathing disturbances. Some people opt to sleep in a recliner, but is it better than lying in bed? Here’s what you need to know to get the rest you need.


It’s More Than a Snore: The Real Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

November 10, 2023

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Woman thinks something over

Snoring can disrupt sleep for both the person snoring and their partner, but while it is an occasional nuisance for most people, it can also be a sign of obstructive sleep apnea. It’s believed that around twenty-six percent of Americans between the ages of thirty and seventy have the condition and many of these people have not been diagnosed with it. Here are a few signs of sleep apnea, how it is dangerous for your health, and what you can do to treat it.


Sleep Apnea and Pregnancy: What You Should Know

August 22, 2023

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Pregnant woman sleeping between white sheets

Are you growing a tiny human? Congratulations! No doubt, you are keeping a careful eye on both your own health and that of your new family member. One thing that you should monitor is the quality of your sleep, especially if you have a sleep disorder like sleep apnea. What is the connection between sleep apnea and pregnancy? How can you minimize the health consequences of sleep disordered breathing? This blog post explains what you should know.


How Can Alcohol Make Sleep Apnea Worse?

June 14, 2023

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Small glass with ice and alcoholic beverage

A quick drink before bed can’t hurt, right? Unfortunately, that likely isn’t the case. Research has shown that alcohol can potentially affect the quality of your sleep – and in people who have sleep apnea, it may lead to more severe symptoms. If you’ve been struggling with sleep apnea recently, here’s why you should think about giving up nighttime drinking for the sake of the quality of your slumber.


Are Sleep Apnea and Type 2 Diabetes Linked?

April 26, 2023

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Using a glucometer on a diabetic patient’s finger

Did you know that around 48% of people with type 2 diabetes also suffer from sleep apnea? These two conditions may not seem like they have much in common, but the connection between them is much stronger than you might realize. Understanding this relationship is critical for keeping both of these oral health issues under control. Here’s a closer look at the relationship between type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea.


Can Sleep Apnea Be Hereditary?

March 15, 2023

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parent hugging their adult child

Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that causes breathing interruptions during sleep. These pauses in breathing can last from a few seconds to minutes and can occur multiple times throughout the night. Sleep apnea affects millions of people, with many cases left undiagnosed. However, sleep deprivation is not the only concern, as untreated sleep apnea can lead to other health issues. Since many conditions can be genetic, you may be wondering if the same goes for sleep apnea. Continue reading to learn if this sleep condition can be hereditary.


How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Brain

January 19, 2023

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Senior man with memory loss looking at a calendar

Sleep apnea doesn’t just leave you feeling exhausted during the day; it affects your entire body in a variety of ways. In many cases, the lack of quality sleep can take its toll on your cognitive health, leading to memory problems over time. It’s important to be aware of the impact sleep apnea can have on your brain as well as what you can do to ensure that you get a good night’s rest.


How Sleep Apnea Can Affect Your Relationship

December 2, 2022

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a patient snoring due to sleep apnea in Covington

If you have sleep apnea, the first thing you probably think about when pondering your condition is the effect that it has on your sleep—but what about the effect it has on your loved ones? One of the most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea is snoring, which needless to say, can disrupt your partner’s sleep! On top of that, another possible casualty of sleep apnea is physical intimacy. Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Covington about the negative impact that sleep apnea can have on relationships, along with some ways that the condition can be managed.


Can Sleep Apnea Cause Nightmares?

November 5, 2022

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Woman sitting up in bedGetting a good night’s rest can be challenging if you have untreated sleep apnea. Contrary to common belief, it’s more than just loud snoring. There are 3 types of sleep apnea, but the most prevalent form is caused by an obstruction in the upper airway from the soft tissues in the back of the mouth collapsing. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) can increase your risk of potentially deadly health complications, but signs of the breathing disorder can be difficult to detect. Believe it or not, sleep apnea nightmares are real. Your bad dreams may be a sign of something more than an overactive subconscious mind.


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