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What Is a Sleep Diary and How Can It Help Diagnose Sleep Apnea?

June 7, 2024

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Have you been having trouble sleeping? Sleep apnea is a condition that can interrupt your sleep more than one hundred times in a single night, and it often goes undiagnosed for a long time. Luckily, keeping a diary of the quality of your sleep can document symptoms that can help your sleep doctor diagnose sleep apnea and other sleep conditions. Here’s what a sleep diary is and how it can be used to determine if you have sleep apnea.


What’s the Relationship Between Prediabetes and Sleep Apnea?

May 9, 2024

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Woman sleeping

Obstructive sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that affects approximately 30 million people in the United States! It can lead to a variety of negative symptoms, including loud snoring, fatigue, and difficulty focusing. What many people don’t know is that obstructive sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing serious health conditions, including type 2 diabetes. If you are pre-diabetic, continue reading to learn about the connection between the two conditions and why you may want to seek treatment from a sleep doctor.


So Fresh, So Clean: How to Properly Maintain Your Oral Appliance

April 5, 2024

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custom-made oral appliance

If part of your sleep apnea treatment is wearing a customized oral appliance every night, you may wonder what you can do to keep it clean. Bacteria and harmful plaque can build overnight, leaving your mouth vulnerable to many of the most common oral health problems. To minimize the potential for more serious issues, find out how you can properly maintain your device so that it remains in optimal shape.


5 Interesting Facts About Sleep Apnea

March 7, 2024

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man sleeping on a couch

You have heard of sleep apnea before, and you likely know someone who has the condition. However, there is a lot of information about sleep apnea that you likely don’t know. With how common and dangerous it can be, it pays to learn more about it. Continue reading to learn some interesting facts about sleep apnea that you probably haven’t heard of before.


How Enjoying Your Favorite Spirits Can Aggravate Your Sleep Apnea

February 20, 2024

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man thinking about taking a drink of alcohol

You’re out with your friends enjoying a nice meal. You’ve just finished your third glass of wine when everyone decides it’s time to head home. After being dropped off at home, you get into bed only to wake up the next morning exhausted and feeling as if you got no sleep at all. Living with sleep apnea can be hard enough, but pair it with wine, liquor, or beer, and you’re likely to feel even worse. To find out why sleep apnea and alcohol are such a bad combination, keep reading.


Screen Time, Cell Phones, and Sleep

January 9, 2024

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Someone struggling to sleep

There’s nothing worse than chronic sleeplessness. If you’re someone who can’t get to bed at night, who can’t sleep through the night, and who wakes up every morning feeling exhausted, you know how much it can start to wear on you over time.

There are a variety of things that can cause difficulty in sleeping, but there’s one in particular that just about everyone is affected by—cell phones. If you’re interested in getting a better night’s sleep, here’s how reconsidering how much time you spend on your phone could help you to do that.


Foods That Can Make Sleep Apnea Symptoms Worse

December 20, 2023

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a table full of fresh fruits and vegetables

Obstructive sleep apnea can wreak havoc on your life, especially when the condition goes left untreated and unchecked. However, there are a variety of factors that can play into the severity of your sleep apnea. One that many patients aren’t aware of is the foods that they eat. Knowing what foods to avoid and which ones can help minimize your snoring and cessation of breathing as you rest could help boost your health and energy. Read on to learn how your diet and sleep apnea symptoms are connected.


Can Sleep Apnea be Genetic?

November 23, 2023

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A snoring man suffering from sleep apnea

As you might know, sleep apnea has various risk factors. Common ones include things like obesity, age, smoking, etc. Therefore, you may wonder if sleep apnea is genetic. Can a person’s genes make the condition more likely? Well, the answer to that question is a resounding “yes.” If you want to learn the details, just listen to your Plano sleep dentist. Here’s a primer on sleep apnea, its genetic links, and when to see a doctor for it.


What Makes Untreated Sleep Apnea Dangerous?

October 3, 2023

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young man asleep while mouth breathing

Sleep apnea affects more than 20 million people in the United States. Many of its symptoms go undetected for years, or patients choose to avoid them hoping that they’ll eventually dissipate over time. Unfortunately, the signs that point to an obstruction in the airway can lead to life-threatening health conditions. If you are concerned that you may be dealing with untreated sleep apnea, read on to find out how timely treatment can help.


I’m Confused- Does Insurance Cover Sleep Apnea?

September 12, 2023

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Desktop view in front of a sunny window with someone filling out insurance forms in front of a laptop

No one wants to wake up from a full night’s rest still feeling exhausted, but if you have sleep apnea, this could be a daily struggle. If you’ve been diagnosed with this disorder, your breathing is regularly interrupted at night. That means you’re not effectively cycling through the sleep stages to really restore your mind and body. Thankfully, there are treatments available, but you might have questions. How do you get started? Where do you go? Will insurance help pay for appointments or equipment? Keep reading to find out!

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