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Non-Invasive Treatments for Sleep Apnea

sleep apnea Cypress TXSleep apnea is a serious health condition that can present a number of harmful effects on a person’s health and wellbeing when left undiagnosed and untreated. When it comes to treating sleep apnea, there are non-invasive and surgical treatment options. For those who prefer a non-surgical approach to treatment, our dentist offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea.

Simply put, sleep apnea is a condition where a person stops breathing because the airway is obstructed by oral tissue during sleep. Oral appliance therapy involves wearing custom mouthguard-like appliances to widen the airway so that breathing is not affected by airway obstruction during sleep.

This type of treatment is comfortable and portable – so that a person can travel without bulky machinery and sleep without loud or uncomfortable respiratory appliances. Oral appliance therapy works by slightly positioning the lower mandible (jaw) forward so that the diameter of the airway is wider.

The Dangers of Untreated Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea causes sleep deprivation by preventing a person from progressing naturally through the stages of sleep and REM. Since a patient is trapped in a cycle of breathing cessation followed by slight wakefulness, he or she may not enter deep sleep or REM long enough.

Sleep deprivation is dangerous to one’s mental and physical wellbeing. Moreover, Interrupted sleep means that the body’s organs and tissues do not regenerate properly. This can cause impaired immunity and persistent lethargy. Since the air exchange is affected, oxygen saturation in the blood is diminished. This can lead to conditions like hypoxemia. Research also suggests that erratic breathing patterns caused by apnea can weaken the cardiovascular system.

Diagnosis and Treatment

Diagnosing sleep apnea begins with a sleep study. A professional sleep study will determine if apnea is present and how often it occurs throughout a person’s sleep cycle. Once a sleep study confirms apnea, patients can seek out treatment. Some patients might require surgery but many are candidates for oral appliance therapy.

For more information about treating sleep apnea, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan to schedule a consultation.

4 Fun Teeth Facts

Cypress TX dentalOral anatomy, like many other parts of the body, is quite fascinating. Every tooth is unique and no two are the same. Historically, people have tried to care for their dental health for thousands of years. Fortunately, modern oral healthcare is effective and widely accessible. Our dentist provides comprehensive general and restorative care to people in our community.

Baby Teeth Form In-Utero

Did you know that when a child is born, his or her deciduous teeth are already underneath the gums? It’s true. The crowns of baby teeth form while a child is in the womb. As a baby grows, their teeth will slowly come through the gums one at a time.

Adult Teeth Form Before Baby Teeth Fall Out

Did you know that adult teeth begin to form while baby teeth are still intact? They begin to form beneath the gums and will eventually push out baby teeth. Permanent teeth are precious and when cared for properly with proper oral hygiene and regular visits to a dentist, they can last for a lifetime.

Teeth Have Stem Cells

If you watch the news, you have probably heard about stem cells and their potential for regenerating damaged and diseased tissue throughout the body. While the full medical benefits of stem cells are unknown, it is interesting to note that teeth have stem cells, too. In fact, some people choose to harvest and store their dental stem cells for future use. There exist companies who cryogenically preserve harvested stem cells.

Oral Hygiene Was an Ancient Practice

Did you know that people have used various methods to clean their teeth for thousands of years? While their teeth-cleaning methods weren’t nearly as effective as today’s oral hygiene practices, ancient people understood the need to try to clean their teeth. Common ancient oral hygiene methods included using twigs with frayed edges as rudimentary brushes and cleansing pastes made from crushed bone or seashells.

If it’s time for a checkup or cleaning, give our practice a call today to reserve an appointment.