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When to Worry about Snoring

snoring houston tx | Royal DentalSnoring and obstructive sleep apnea are two very different conditions that may share similar traits. Because of this, people who snore obnoxiously loud may not recognize the true risks of their nighttime habits. Obstructive sleep apnea is one type of sleep apnea, a potentially serious sleep disorder. It is a condition that requires the utmost care in order to prevent long-term, even devastating, effects.

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

To describe apnea, the best thing we can do is look at the Greek translation of that word. Apnea. Without breath. Literally. So, to have obstructive sleep apnea means that you stop breathing. The process of a single apnea episode is extremely taxing on the body. Here’s how it usually goes:

  • The muscles progressively relax around the throat as sleep deepens,
  • Snoring becomes loud and disruptive,
  • Snoring stops,
  • A choke or gasp sound is made,
  • Snoring resumes.

It’s pretty simple, it seems. But behind the scenes, there is a lot happening. When the airway becomes completely obstructed, the delivery of oxygen to the brain is halted. Without oxygen, the brain sends an alert in the form of an adrenaline jolt. This chemical rush disrupts the sleep cycle just enough to restore breathing, at least for a short time.

Sleep apnea isn’t a once-a-night problem. Some people stop breathing several hundred times every night. After a very short time, the persistent interruptions to sleep will take a toll.

Recognizing the Signs of Obstructive Sleep Apnea

As if the loud snoring were not a good enough indicator, additional signs to watch for include:

  • Chronic lack of energy.
  • Morning a sore throat or headaches.
  • Poor concentration.
  • Frequent irritability or moodiness.
  • Susceptibility to accidents, or clumsiness.

Snoring is no Small Matter

When snoring is the byproduct of obstructive sleep apnea, there is a lot to be concerned about. Over 400,000 sleep apnea deaths occur each year. Management of this condition is a vital aspect of long-term health and wellness.

Royal Dental offers innovative oral appliance therapy for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea. Whether you have already tried CPAP medical therapy or you prefer to avoid that approach, we can help you determine if an alternative would better suit your needs.

Call our Sugar Land location at (281) 242-2040 to schedule a consultation to discuss oral appliance therapy for obstructive sleep apnea.

 

invisalign houston tx | Royal DentalWe consult with a large number of teens and adults who want to know if they are a good candidate for Invisalign. The team at Royal Dental understands the preference for this method of alignment correction and, although we do offer conventional orthodontic care, do our best to accommodate our patients’ desires. If you have heard about all the advantages of Invisalign treatment for a straighter smile, you need to also know the straight facts about this method.

  1. Invisalign is not an accelerated course of treatment. Some offices promote the quickness of Invisalign as a prime advantage of treatment. It’s not. Every person has different needs and, while one patient may complete treatment in a matter of months, another may need more than a year. The advantage of Invisalign is that it is comfortable and discreet, not that it is accelerated.
  2. Steer clear of stains. Coffee drinkers may find this little tidbit a doozy: that morning cup of coffee will have to be shortened. Many coffee drinkers don’t just drink; they sip – for hours. This can’t happen with Invisalign because drinking with the aligner in will cause it to become yellow or brown. Sipping without the aligner, though, means too much time without the straightening fixture in place.
  3. Full comfort is not a guarantee. Another advantage Invisalign patients enjoy greater comfort. This stems partially from the use of custom-fit aligners versus brackets that can poke soft tissue. Braces also get adjusted every so often, which can cause soreness. By the same token, switching one set of aligners for the next could also create a bit of discomfort. Pressure is still a natural aspect of moving teeth so that a mild ache may develop with each progression into a new aligner.
  4. You just might lose weight. Clearly, Invisalign treatment is beneficial for its smile-improving capabilities. In some cases, though, a hidden benefit is that the decrease in snacking diminishes caloric intake sufficiently enough to drop a few pounds!

Do you want a straighter smile? Let’s talk about your options. Call Royal Dental at (713) 330-7700 for an office location near you.

 

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