Sleep Apnea Treatment in Dallas
Are you a chronic snorer? Many patients unknowingly struggle with a common sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. The condition causes patients to stop breathing multiple times during sleep -- and this cessation of breath results in a cycle of waking and sleeping that can go on all night. Find relief from disrupted sleep at long last with sleep apnea therapy in Dallas.
Risk Factors for and Side Effects of Sleep Apnea
If you constantly wake up feeling more tired than before you went to sleep, if you are a chronic snorer, or if your partner is kept awake by your fitful sleep night after night, you may be suffering from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA).
There are several risk factors for OSA. Men are slightly more likely to suffer from the condition than women, and people who are overweight or who have a large neck circumference are far more likely to have OSA. High blood pressure, smoking (especially combined with alcohol use), and chronic nasal congestion are additional risk factors.
Do not hesitate to contact a doctor if you suspect you or a loved one are dealing with the common sleep breathing disorder. Sleep apnea results in daytime drowsiness, memory loss and depression. Additionally, sleep apnea has been linked to diabetes, high blood pressure as well as increased incidences of strokes and heart attacks. Premature death can occur when sleep apnea is left untreated.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
The most common form of sleep apnea, OSA is caused by the partial or complete blockage of the airway. While asleep, the tongue and lower jaw become so relaxed that they block the smooth flow of air through the throat. Snoring and fitful sleep occur as a result.
Diagnosing OSA begins with a visit to your general doctor. He or she will discuss your symptoms and will likely refer you to a sleep clinic for a sleep test. You will rest overnight while hooked up to special machines that record your vital signs during sleep. If it is determined that you are suffering from sleep apnea, visit your dentist for treatment and the relief you deserve.
Find Relief With Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep apnea and snoring are treatable with a removable oral appliance, a small, portable device that resembles an athlete’s sports guard. The oral appliance repositions the jaw and keeps the airway open during sleep. With an unobstructed path to your lungs, air flows smoothly, and you enjoy better sleep and less snoring.
One common treatment for sleep apnea is with the CPAP, or the continuous positive airway pressure machine. Unfortunately, many patients find this noisy, bulky device to be more disruptive than the original symptoms and forgo treatment altogether. Removable oral device therapy offers an attractive alternative that increases patient compliance and success.
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Suffering from sleep apnea? Haven’t had success from your CPAP machine? We are pleased to offer our patients relief from snoring and sleep apnea with removable oral appliance therapy. Contact our Dallas office to learn more about snoring and sleep apnea and how a custom-made oral appliance can help you regain your sleep.