Working With Your Dentist To Treat Sleep Apnea

working with your dentist to treat sleep apneaTroubled sleeping may not seem like a relevant problem to discuss during a routine checkup, but if you struggle with snoring or sleep apnea, your dentist can help. Both snoring and sleep apnea are related to a restriction in your air passages while you sleep. People with sleep apnea lose oxygen for ten seconds or more, and lose the ability to get proper rest. Sleep apnea can be a serious threat to your health. A comprehensive dentist can go beyond inspecting the condition of your teeth, and help you treat problems like snoring and sleep apnea. Continue reading “Working With Your Dentist To Treat Sleep Apnea”

Want a Better Night’s Sleep? Your Dentist Can Help

Tired Man Sleep Apnea TreatmentHave you been waking up feeling as if you never went to bed? A poor night’s sleep is almost as bad as no night’s sleep, possibly worse. Plus, it can leave many people feeling restless, and even hopeless. But did you know that if your sleep has been suffering, your dentist could help? If your problem stems from sleep apnea, a dangerous condition that can affect your ability to breathe while you sleep, a dentist can help provide treatment that can keep your airways open and your sleep more sound. Continue reading “Want a Better Night’s Sleep? Your Dentist Can Help”

Sleep Apnea 101

SAquizYou may have heard of sleep apnea but are still unsure of what it is. Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder that can affect anyone at any time. In fact, Shaquille O’Neal and Rosie O’Donnell are two celebrities known to suffer from sleep apnea. Did you know that general dentists can treat sleep apnea? How much do you know about sleep apnea? Do you want to know more? Take our fun true or false quiz below on Sleep Apnea 101 to learn more.

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Quiz: Do You Have Trouble Sleeping?

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Do you have difficulty obtaining a full night’s rest? Do you often feel exhausted throughout the day, even though you feel like you did sleep the night before? Don’t worry, you’re not alone. On fact, there’s a chance you’re one of the over ten million Americans with obstructive sleep apnea. Understanding the cause and symptoms of this serious disorder is the first step towards treating sleep apnea.

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Signs that You Have Sleep Apnea (Snoring: Pt. 2)

very tired womanLast week, we discussed snoring and how the phenomenon occurs. We also focused on how snoring is often more than it may seem, indicating a disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). The term, “apnea,” is Greek, and loosely translated as the cessation of breathing. Many patients are driven to seek a medical diagnosis and treatment by their annoyed sleeping partners, but while the snoring patterns associated with OSA are loud, they don’t usually wake the patient from consciousness. If you sleep alone while OSA robs you of the deep rest you need, then you may experience a wide range of symptoms before realizing that something is wrong. Continue reading “Signs that You Have Sleep Apnea (Snoring: Pt. 2)”

Food Tips for Restful Sleep

Trouble sleeping? “Don’t eat before bed” is common advice. When your body is hampered by the digestion process, some people find it hard to relax. However, for some, a small snack can actually help them unwind. Your Reno sleep dentists have some suggestions on foods to eat, and foods to avoid, before you lay your head down on your pillow at night.

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Helping Reno Patients Sleep Better

At Wager Evans Dental, Dr. William Wager and Dr. Brian Evans offer top-notch general, preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dental services to our patients of all ages from across the greater Reno area. We want our patients to know that we go above and beyond the care given at traditional comprehensive care dental practices. How? By offering sleep apnea treatment.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is a condition in which your oral and throat muscles relax and shift when you sleep, blocking your airway. This obstruction interferes with your breathing while you sleep, eventually causing you to stop breathing completely. These pauses in breathing can last anywhere from ten seconds to a few minutes and can occur several times within a sleep cycle, adding up to countless times each night. Continue reading “Helping Reno Patients Sleep Better”

Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia

Did you know that sleep apnea increases risk for heart attack and depression? A recent study also connects sleep apnea to dementia in elderly females who experience 15 or more sleep apnea episodes per hour.

Sleep apnea is a lapse in breath during sleep. The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive, or OSA. When we sleep, jaw muscles relax. The lower jaw can move slightly backward, allowing soft tissues in the throat and mouth to completely block breathing. Partial blockage often causes snoring – the sound of vibrating soft tissues in the mouth. While not all snorers have OSA, snoring is a symptom of the condition. Continue reading “Sleep Apnea Linked to Dementia”