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The Link Between Sleep Apnea and Aging

December 21, 2022

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Man with sleep apnea snoring in bed

You’re likely already aware that sleep apnea is associated with a higher risk of heart attacks, diabetes, and various other health issues. But the disorder can affect your body in other ways as well. In particular, recent studies show that untreated sleep apnea may speed up the aging process. Here’s what you need to know about the surprising connection between aging and sleep-disordered breathing – as well as what you can do to protect your health.

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4 Tips for Cleaning Your Oral Appliance

November 8, 2022

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an oral appliance

When suffering from sleep apnea, you want to make sure that you get the sleep you need. But part of undergoing successful treatment means keeping your oral appliance in good condition. If damage or problems arise, this can negatively impact your treatment, worsening your symptoms and causing further issues down the road. If you want to make sure that you’re cleaning your oral appliance thoroughly and keeping your mouth healthy, here are four tips to consider.  

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Why Sleep Apnea Increases Your Risk of Gum Disease

October 26, 2022

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young man snoring in bed

It’s well known that people who suffer from sleep apnea not only have to deal with feeling tired all the time, but the disorder is also closely associated with an increased risk of serious problems like cardiovascular issues, diabetes complications, and dementia. Now, according to a study recently published in Sleep, the official scientific journal of the Sleep Research Society, gum disease can be added to that list. How are these two conditions connected, and what should someone with sleep apnea do in order to protect their oral health?

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Can Genetics Play a Role in Your Risk for Sleep Apnea?

September 8, 2022

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DNA double helix on black blue background

The genes you inherited from your parents influence everything from your height and eye color to your intelligence and personality. However, many people don’t realize that genetics can also play a role in whether you get quality rest. There are many factors that can increase your risk of sleep apnea. One particular factor you’ll want to keep in mind, however, is genetics. Do your parents have sleep apnea? Keep reading to discover why you may want to talk to your dentist about sleep apnea treatment in Albuquerque.

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Why A Dentist Is Your Best Option for TMJ Therapy

July 15, 2022

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Man experiencing jaw pain due to TMJ disorder.

Your jaw is one of the most complex and important parts of your whole body, as it helps you complete many daily, necessary tasks like biting, chewing, talking and more. But like the rest of your body, it’s also susceptible to encountering problems and becoming injured. Symptoms like popping noises when you chew, persistent ear and headaches, and jaw tenderness are just a few of the many things that can arise due to TMJ disorder. But what should you do when you begin to experience these types of problems? Keep reading to learn more about why visiting your dentist for TMJ treatment is your best bet when dealing with debilitating jaw issues.

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Can Sleeping with My Pet Impact My Sleep Apnea?

July 1, 2022

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Woman and dog sleeping in a bed.

It’s estimated that roughly 65% of American households own a pet—with cats and dogs being the most common choice of companion. And of those pet owners, many opt to allow their furry friends to sleep in their bed with them at night. But did you know that this habit can actually impact your sleep apnea? Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Albuquerque about how sleeping with your pets might be contributing to the quality of your rest, along with some things that you can do about it.

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Can Chewing Gum Affect My TMJ Disorder?

June 17, 2022

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Woman chewing a piece of gum.

Chewing gum is a bit of an enigma—it’s sticky and sweet, but it doesn’t get stuck in our mouths, and we aren’t supposed to swallow it. However, even though it might seem like hardly more than a small novelty meant to enjoy, have you ever wondered if chewing gum can affect your TMJ disorder? Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Albuquerque about TMJ disorders and how they’re influenced by chewing gum.

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The Secret to Sleeping Better During the Summer

June 2, 2022

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Woman waking up after a good night’s sleep during the summertime.

Summertime is finally upon us, and you’ve probably got plenty of fun things planned throughout the whole season. But something else that should stay on your radar this summer is ensuring that you’re getting enough sleep. Every night, millions of Americans miss out on countless hours of sleep due to conditions such as sleep apnea. But there are also many other factors that can contribute to sleep loss, including things that are specific to the summertime! Keep reading to learn more from your sleep dentist in Albuquerque about some of these things along with some tips to help you get a better night’s sleep during the summertime.

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Have TMD? Here Are 5 Things You Should Stop Doing Right Now

May 11, 2022

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Young woman holding jaw

TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder can cause a lot of pain and discomfort in your jaw and surrounding areas. If you’re struggling in your day-to-day life from symptoms of TMJ disorder in Albuquerque, know that there are things you can do to alleviate your condition. Here are five things you should avoid if you have TMD.

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Can Children Suffer from Sleep Apnea?

May 1, 2022

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Young child sleeping.

Millions of Americans lose many hours of sleep each night due to sleep apnea—and many more cases go undiagnosed! That means there are a lot of people out there who aren’t getting enough sleep! And while there are many different factors that contribute to sleep apnea including age, weight, and oral health, this condition can affect anyone, even children! Here’s what you need to know about the causes, signs, and potential treatment options for children’s sleep apnea.

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