Guard Against Snoring…
And Obstructive Sleep Apnea
While snoring can be annoying for family members trying to enjoy a night’s rest, it’s more than just a nuisance. It can also be associated with a more serious condition called sleep apnea.
Those with sleep apnea experience irregular breathing during sleep. The most common type (called Obstructive Sleep Apnea) occurs due to snoring when the tongue and soft tissue relaxes and temporarily blocks the air passage. This pause in breathing causes the brain to repeatedly wake from a deep sleep, depriving you of the rest you need.
Those with sleep apnea may not even realize they have the condition, but often wake feeling especially tired—even after having a full night’s sleep. The lack of restful sleep can also lead to other conditions such as irritability, stress, weight gain, high blood pressure, insomnia, and hypersomnia.
You might not think of snoring as something a dentist can help treat, but we can! Often times, a nightguard or other dental appliance can be a simple fix. We take a mold of your mouth to create the device, and it works by simply keeping the lower jaw resting in a slightly more forward position. This prevents the tongue from blocking the airway and helps you get the restful sleep you’re looking for! Contact us about custom nightguards, mouthguards, and other dental appliances to treat sleep apnea.
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Dr. Angela Burns moved to Austin 10 years ago and instantly fell in love with our beautiful city. Dr. Burns is originally from the Texarkana area. She attended Texas A&M for her undergraduate degree and The University of Tennessee Health Science Center for her degree in dental surgery (DDS). Dr. Burns is committed to providing her patients with gentle, technologically advanced dental treatment. She attends an average of 60 hours of continuing education every year. She is a member of the American Dental Association, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, the Texas Dental Association, and the Capital Area Dental Society. Dr. Burns and her husband, Gary, have an 11-year-old daughter, Sydney, who is a proud 6th grader at Hill Country Middle School. She is also very involved in the Eanes PTO, her church, and loves raising her family in the Westlake community. “Growing up, I was drawn to mediating and helping others feel more included and less anxious. I was a camp counselor, student government officer and being the oldest of five, I was the family mediator. I found that I had a calling to help alleviate stressful situations for others and realized that being a good listener was something that was key to this. These skills really helped guide me into becoming a dentist that has based my practice on relationships, empathy and a sense of comfort. I knew that I wanted to provide an atmosphere that felt like home when others walked in. Our practice is small, personal and state of the art and we hope you feel like you’re hanging out with friends when you are here!” When she is not practicing dentistry, Dr. Burns enjoys traveling, hiking the greenbelt, enjoying Austin’s music scene, and eating Amy’s Ice Cream.