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Sleep Apnea Treatment Katy TX
Sleep Apnea Treatment

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder that results in the shortage or stoppage of breath for varied periods of time during sleep cycles. There are three main types of the disorder with several different causes and symptoms associated with each. If left untreated, sleep apnea can potentially be life threatening.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form and is caused by an obstruction of your airway. When the throat muscles relax, your airway collapses just enough to block proper air flow. Age, weight, gender and family medical history can play a major role in how susceptible you are to having the disorder and how severely it affects you.

Symptoms

  • Heavy snoring
  • Insomnia
  • Long pauses in breathing patterns while asleep
  • Excessive drowsiness during the day
  • Changes in mood
  • Headaches
  • Poor memory and focus

Diagnosis & Treatment

If you suspect that you have any type of sleep apnea or are experiencing disturbances to your breathing while sleeping, it is highly recommended that you get tested. Your doctor will be able to refer you to a sleep disorder center for further sleep studies. If diagnosed, seeking treatment should be of utmost importance. The professionals at Dentistry by RSE can help reduce OSA symptoms and improve your quality of sleep with the help of a SomnoDent device. SomnoDent is an oral device that is worn while sleeping. The customized, comfortable fit allows for the lower jaw to be moved forward slightly, thus tightening the obstructions of your upper airway (soft tissue, upper airway muscles). SomnoDent is designed to be as discreet as possible, and also allows you to talk and drink properly while in use. This is a convenient and viable option for many suffering from OSA. Speak with your doctor, or call our offices for more information on how this custom-made device may help you overcome this disorder.

Top Causes of Tooth Discoloration

Everyday individuals are exposing their teeth to several elements that may lead to discoloration of their teeth. This can include simple lifestyle choices such as drinking coffee or smoking, or more complicated medical issues, such as diseases that affect the tooth’s enamel.

Here are some common lifestyle choices that can lead to discolored teeth:

  • Food/Drinks: Coffee, tea, colas, wines and certain fruits and vegetables can stain your teeth.
  • Smoking/Chewing Tobacco
  • Environment: Excessive fluoride either from environmental sources or from excessive use can lead to teeth discoloration.
  • Poor Dental Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing to remove plaque will eventually lead to discoloration.
Sometimes teeth discoloration can be caused by medical issues such as:

  • Disease: Several disease can affect your teeth’s enamel and dentin.
  • Medical Treatments: Individuals that receives treatments for certain conditions such as radiation and chemotherapy have noted teeth discoloration as a side effect.
  • Medications: Certain medications have been noted to cause discoloration in both children and adults such as antibiotics and Antihistamines.
  • Trauma: Damage from a fall can disrupt the enamel’s formation in young children who have teeth that are still developing.

Top Causes of Tooth Discoloration