Having Problems With A Sore Jaw?

Woman suffering from toothache isolated on white backgroundEven though complications that arise from sleeping disorders may seem more of a minor inconvenience at best, their prolonged exposure can result in seriously complex issues down the line. In fact, they can transcend affecting your oral health alone and impact your overall health, including causing heart concerns and complications with medicine and surgeries. Indeed, the ideal way to prevent these concerns from occurring in the first place is to have an active role in your own preventive routine, but sometimes the signs may not be that obvious. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist discusses the implications of awaking with a sore jaw, and how our office can help.

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Major Concerns Arising From OSA

scared woman hiding behind blanket and looking at camera in bedroom at homeWhile many individuals would not normally associate concerns such as teeth-grinding and sleep apnea with dental health, they actually pose a major threat to maintaining a healthy smile. In fact, both of these phenomena can be linked to the body’s natural response for survival, as grinding and waking up throughout the night occur to help regulate your breathing. While fatigue and irritability may be immediate side-effects, allowing these concerns to continue without treatment can lead to issues that pose a significant threat to your overall health. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will take a look at the long-term threats that arise from dangerous sleep disorders and how custom treatment can help.

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Are You Affected By Bruxism?

Nothing is worse than a restless night of sleep, as it can have a significant impact on your daily function and routine. What’s more, the source of your restless slumber could be related to a dangerous sleeping disorder or nighttime teeth-grinding. Without proper treatment or assessment, your health can become at risk down the line. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will take a look at a phenomenon known as bruxism and how it can impact your oral health.

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Does Your Partner’s Snoring Keep You Up?

Man snoring while his wife is covering ears with the pillowA restless night of sleep can impact an individual tremendously, especially if frequency and intensity play a factor. Indeed, for your motor function to operate efficiently, one needs roughly eight hours of quality rest every single night, give or take. If this need is not met, your entire body can suffer. What’s more, it is even more grueling when your rest is disturbed by a partner’s incessant snoring. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will discuss the impacts of chronic snoring, and how it can actually be indicative of a much bigger concern.

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Disrupted Sleep Can Mean Bigger Concerns

Depressed woman awake in the night, she is touching her forehead and suffering from insomniaAlmost everyone at one point or another throughout their lives has experienced a restless night of sleep, whether it was brought on by stress, slumbering too much during the day, or some other means. For most, this is a once-in-awhile occurrence that serves a minor inconvenience at most. For others, however, this can be indicative of a bigger concern that may affect your health. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist takes a look at common causes that hinders the quality of your sleep and what steps you can take to remedy them.

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Ways You Can Benefit From A Custom Appliance

Pre-orthodontic dental trainer alignment appliance on glass background, closeupIt goes without saying that dental decay and infection caused by harmful oral bacteria are among the most prominent dental concerns out there, affecting millions of adults per year. While this phenomenon can be a major threat for many, others may experience a greater threat from sleep apnea or consistent nighttime bruxism. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will take a look at the many instances in which a custom appliance can benefit your smile and preserve your oral health.

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Has Fatigue Become A Daily Problem? It Could Be Sleep Apnea

Your nightly snoring troubles may point to a larger issue with sleep apnea. If you are dealing with this problem, it can lead to issues that affect your emotional and general well-being, and its effects can be increasingly difficult to ignore if you let it go untreated. How can you tell if you have more to worry about than just loud, disruptive breathing while you sleep? One problem to watch out for is daytime fatigue. Because sleep apnea disrupts your rest cycles, your body does not benefit as much from rest as you anticipate. The result of this is days spent feeling groggy, unfocused, and irritable, even after what you believe was a full night’s sleep. Our Houston, TX dentist’s office is prepared to help you deal with sleep apnea. You can meet with us to learn how a custom oral appliance can address your breathing difficulties and enjoy better rest! (more…)

When Sleep Apnea Becomes More Than A Nighttime Problem

pillow embracing loud night for wifeYou may have experienced the phenomenon of grinding your teeth at night before, chalking it up to nothing more than increased tension or outside stressors. One thing to consider, however, is that maybe your nighttime bruxism isn’t actually occurring due to added stress, but instead to the body’s ability to attempt to regulate your breathing. Indeed, this could be indicative of a much bigger concern, and seeking an expert opinion will surely help. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will address the effects of your nighttime disorder and how, if you do not seek help, how it can affect you more so in the future.

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When Chronic Teeth Grinding Causes Jaw Dysfunction

The woman has a sore ear - infection, inflammation from infection and otitis. Perforation ruptured the eardrum. Arthritis of the temporal lower jaw joint, osteoarthritis and pain in the jaw, mastoiditis.Just as snoring is not necessarily indicative of a bigger concern to many, teeth grinding can be often overlooked as an important problem. In other words, many individuals view concerns such as decay or infection caused by oral bacteria to be the biggest threat to their grins, but for others, that threat shows itself in the form of chronic bruxism. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will address the importance in seeking professional help for teeth grinding, and the negative effects that arise if you do not.

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Addressing Chronic Snoring

Annoying noise. Irritated woman can't sleep because of her boyfriend snoring, closing her ears with pillow, top viewMore often than not, loud snoring is not indicative of a bigger oral health concern to many people, especially not one you’d think to see your dentist about. The fact of the matter is, however, that it can actually be caused by a number of concerns, from sleep apnea to bruxism and many other concerns in-between. In today’s blog, your Houston, TX dentist will look at the causes behind chronic snoring and how we can help you achieve the full night’s rest you have missed out on for so long with a custom appliance.

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