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It seems whereever one turns today there will be some advertisement on the internet, television, or mail regarding the cure all for snoring.  There is even an Apple App  called the “Snore Keeper” to let you know how many times you snore at night. The real question becomes are these patients snoring or do they have sleep apnea.  These advertisements are very misleading from a health perspective as there is a huge difference between the two. Simple snoring means that there is no breathing cessation.  Most often there is a correlation between snoring and sleep apnea.  Invidividuals who purchase anti-snoring devices in the drugstore or on television ads, have no way to know if they still have sleep apnea. People actually die from sleep apnea. The same token applies for dentists who make snoring devices and are not testing for sleep apnea prior to treating patients.  This is analagous to giving a patient blood pressure medication without taking their blood pressure. Snoring and sleep apnea are serious health problems and should be under medical supervision.  In our office, we provide amubulatory monitors for patients to sleep with at home, if these reveal signs of sleep apnea, they are referred to sleep labs for a complete PSG (sleep study).  If they are candidates for a Houston dental sleep appliance, after fabrication, patients are given the ambulatory monitors at 1 week, 1 month, and 3 months to ascertain that the sleep apnea is controlled.  A final PSG in the sleep lab is usually a good idea.   If you have any questions about houston snoring or houston dental sleep apnea, please feel free to contact our office, Ronald W. Konig DDS, FAGD, LVIF, 713-668-2289

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