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Do I Have Sleep Apnea if I Snore?

sleep apnea CypressSleep apnea is a serious condition that disturbs an individual during sleep, causing loud snoring, lapses in breathing, and snorting or choking during the sleeping process. Partners are often the first to notice these symptoms in their mate, as this disorder is often obtrusive to both individuals sharing the same bed, room, or home.

Although snoring is definitely a symptom of the disorder, common snoring does not necessarily mean that there is a significant problem. Often, if persistent and loud snoring occurs during sleep, along with choking or gasping for air, it is always wise to consult a physician for advice on methods, tools, and/or devices that may aid in preventing a problem before it starts.

If sleep apnea is a problem, here are just a few ways an individual can decrease symptoms:

  • Weight Loss. An increased body mass is often associated with sleep apnea. If overweight, it is always wise to seek a healthy eating approach to bring weight into a healthy, natural state.
  • Smoking Cessation. Smoking can interfere with proper oxygen transport and can also damage the lungs. Quitting smoking and avoiding sleeping in areas that contain second-hand smoke is highly recommended.
  • Avoid Awkward Sleeping Positions. Always sleep on the side of the body, as sleeping on one’s back can greatly increase apnea symptoms. Breathing can become obstructed while sleeping on the back, and choking and gasping can also increase while sleeping in this position.

If suffering from mild to moderate sleep apnea, it is always advisable to immediately seek professional help. Sleep apnea, if left untreated or managed inappropriately, can worsen over time, leading to the likelihood of developing life-threatening diseases like diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension.

Seek a medical professional (such as a sleep apnea and dentist specialist) well-versed in oral appliance therapies and tools. These therapies and tools provided by your dentist may play a large role in decreasing sleep apnea symptoms and associated health risks.

If seeking relief from sleep apnea symptoms, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan at 281-256-6866 to schedule your informative consultation today.

Healthy Dental Habits to Follow

dentist Cypress TXIn order to achieve a set health goal, an individual must perform daily habits or routines that work together toward successful achievement. When it comes to improving dental health, one must use every tip, technique, and tool provided by a dentist to his or her advantage every single day. Here are just a few of the habits that can be successfully incorporated into a daily routine:

  • Brush! Although this sounds like a fairly simple and obvious habit one should perform, it is one that can often be put by the wayside, especially during busy days. The importance of brushing is practically pounded into each and every individual from birth, with adults’ demands constantly echoing one another on the benefits of this important daily routine. What many don’t realize, however, is that brushing requires proper techniques in order to be effective. Brushing should be implemented at least twice a day and after eating foods containing a large amount of carbohydrates/sugar. Brushing for at least two minutes in a methodical manner is an important regime and time investment that will certainly pay off in the long run. Always use a soft-bristled toothbrush to allow for the proper cleaning of the teeth. This will also reduce unnecessary pressure on the teeth and reduce the incidence of wearing away enamel.
  • Floss. Flossing is a habit that should be employed at least once a day, preferably at night. Food particles, which can sometimes produce bacteria on the teeth, can be successfully removed during flossing. This decreases the likelihood of developing periodontitis and gingivitis, a condition that affects the gums. Flossing also aids in removing plaque from the surface of the teeth. By flossing every day at least once a day, a habit can slowly form over time. Through a dentist and proper dental advice, specific flossing recommendations can be made based on each individual’s oral health.
  • Resist Ice Crushing. Break the habit of crunching and crushing ice with the teeth, as this can cause serious dental damage. The extremely cold temperature and hard texture of the ice is what causes the majority of the damage, resulting in tiny fractures to the teeth. Fractures and cracks of the enamel through crushing cold and crunchy ice can cause long-term damage, not to mention unnecessary stress to the teeth and gums.

By taking an initiative toward improving your overall dental health, start today to make an effort of incorporating these simple habits into your daily routine. It should also be noted that visiting a professional dentist every six months for regular cleaning and exams should be formed into a habitual dental health regimen.

To learn more about what you can do to improve the overall health quality of your teeth, please contact us today!