Is Snoring an Issue at Your House?
Do the walls of your house vibrate at night? Does your dog or cat sleep with his paws over his ears? If so, you may find some benefit in this article.
In some men or women, snoring can be reduced or eliminated simply by wearing an oral appliance at night. The appliance enlarges the airway by positioning the lower jaw slightly forward. The appliance fits snugly onto the teeth of each arch with the teeth slightly apart. The procedure to make the appliance is easy and painless. The fee is about the same as a crown.
There’s snoring and there’s snoring.
A small percentage of snorers may have obstructive sleep apnea. This is characterized by fatigue, loud snoring, and nocturnal gasping, choking, or snorting. The fatigue comes from the chronic sleep deprivation. People with sleep apnea are seven times more likely to be in a motor vehicle accident. They also face an increased risk of heart attacks and strokes.
The treatment for severe cases of sleep apnea may include surgical procedures to widen the air-way. There is no guarantee that these irreversible procedures will work.
Many people have found relief simply by wearing the oral appliance. Unlike surgery, it is totally reversible. It is not painful. There is no recovery period. Like the surgical procedures, there is no guarantee, but it may be worth a try.
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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.