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Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Causes and Treatment

You’ve been told over and over again that you snore. You may even wake yourself up at times. However, your “snoring” habit could be more harmful than you think. The problem may be called sleep apnea—specifically, obstructive sleep apnea— and it could cause you to feel unrested for the next several years if not treated. However, your dentist has a solution for this common sleep apnea.

Loud snoring may indicate that you struggle with sleep apnea, which occurs when your breathing constantly stops and starts while you are asleep. Usually, your breathing stops for 10 seconds to 20 seconds before being resumed, and this may happen hundreds of times during the night. As a result, your breathing remains shallow, which means that you spend more time in light sleep. 

Loud snoring may indicate that you struggle with sleep apnea, which occurs when your breathing constantly stops and starts while you are asleep.

You likely realize the effects the next day; you don’t feel mentally keen, and you lack energy. Because your sleep is never high in quality, you may struggle with concentrating while at work or with slow reflexes while on the road. In addition, your poor sleep may affect you long-term.

Ostructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. When you are asleep, the soft tissue in the back of your throat blocks your airway because it is relaxed; that’s when the snoring happens. However, sleep apnea mouth appliances are designed to prevent this from happening. Some appliances have two pieces that work together like a mouthguard, covering your lower and upper teeth. Because these two sections snap together, they hold your jaw in place and keep your lower jaw positioned forward. This keeps the soft tissues in the back of your throat from relaxing and thus causing you to snore.

If you are tired of feeling tired during the daytime, or feeling out of breath when you wake up, or having a dry throat each morning, dental appliances can help you to tackle your sleep apnea. Choose to get good sleep again. Contact Balcones Family Dental today to find out how a custom-made sleep apnea mouth appliance can help. Call 512-200-7422 for an appointment.

 

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Cosmetic Dentistry: The Art of Beautiful Smiles

You pore over magazines, looking at the models featured. However, it’s not their fashion that catches your attention page after page; It’s their teeth. Beautiful smile after beautiful smile makes you wonder why your teeth can’t become more photo-worthy so that you can finally say “cheese” with confidence at your next photo op. The truth is, you have a plethora of tooth-improvement options; in cosmetic dentistry, dentists have mastered the art of beautiful smiles, so achieving your perfect smile today is easier now than ever before.

First, if you have metal fillings, you can easily replace those with tooth-colored fillings. Although fillings used in the past featured an amalgam, or mixture of various metals, patients today prefer composite resin fillings because they resemble the natural color of teeth. In addition, these fillings bond more strongly to your tooth’s surface than metal fillings do.

A porcelain crown, or tooth-like cap, is indicated if tooth decay has destroyed most of your tooth. Meanwhile, porcelain veneers go over your front teeth to cover up imperfections. In order to have a crown or veneer placed in your mouth, your dentist essentially will put a bonding material between your natural tooth and the crown or veneer. A special curing light then is used to harden that material.

Dental implants are ideal tooth-replacement options if you have missing teeth. An implant features what looks like a titanium screw, which is placed in your jawbone. Then, a connecting piece called an abutment is placed on top of the screw, followed by a crown.

In addition, Zoom! teeth whitening is available if you are interested in whitening your teeth up to eight shades professionally—which means that you can achieve a whiter smile in a safe way that protects your enamel. Furthermore, you can take advantage of safe take-home whitening options if your prefer the convenience of whitening your teeth at home in a few easy steps.

Invisalign is available if you want to straighten misaligned teeth but do not want to wear traditional metal braces. No matter what your cosmetic dentistry need is, you truly do have a wide range of options. Contact our experienced cosmetic dentistry team today to learn more about your options.

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