Helping Southlake Sleep Right
It might seem a little odd to discuss sleep apnea and snoring with your dentist, but family dentists are the only healthcare professionals qualified to prescribe oral appliances for the treatment of sleep apnea. These handy mouth guards can help keep your air passage clear while you sleep, allowing you to receive the quality rest you need.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is a fairly common sleep disorder that affects approximately 12 million American adults. As the muscles that hold the airway open relax during sleep, they completely obstruct the airway of a person with sleep apnea. This complete cessation of breathing causes the brain to go into panic mode, during which it forces the body awake. Sleep apnea is often accompanied by loud snoring and choking noises which is disruptive to you and your partner. When you experience irregularities in your breathing, your natural sleep cycle is disrupted, leaving you feeling tired and worn down during the day.
What Are the Symptoms of Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea goes undiagnosed for many people because it happens when they are asleep. Most of the time, the sleep apnea sufferer’s partner witnesses the symptoms that prompt a person to seek treatment. These symptoms may include:
- Snoring that is loud or ongoing
- Snoring that becomes louder while lying on your back
- Gasping, choking, or snorting in your sleep
- Daytime sleepiness
- Headaches in the morning
- Difficulty with memory
- Difficulty concentrating on tasks
- Feelings of irritability, depression, or personality changes
- Dry mouth or sensitivity in the throat upon waking
How is Sleep Apnea Treated?
Dr. Wright can address your sleep apnea concerns and offer recommendations for treatment. Once you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a medical doctor, we can design an oral appliance to keep your airway open while you sleep. Appliances for sleep apnea are customized specifically to your mouth in a similar way that oral splints for bruxism are fit to each individual. By taking measurements of your bite, a sleep apnea appliance that is safe for your teeth is made to Dr. Wright’s exact specifications. When worn at night, the appliance will help you breathe and sleep better.
Why Should I Be Treated?
You may think that you can simply live with your sleep apnea, but your quality of life is significantly decreased when this condition goes untreated. When your breathing is interrupted, the oxygen level in your blood decreases. This in turn can raise your blood pressure. High blood pressure increases your risk of heart disease, heart attack, and stroke.
When you treat your sleep apnea, you will experience more energy during the day. One of the most obvious symptoms of sleep apnea is daytime fatigue. Through the use of an appliance, you can begin to receive the sleep you need, allowing you to wake up feeling refreshed in the morning. Finally, your partner’s overall health will be improved if you seek treatment for your sleep apnea, because he or she will experience fewer interruptions while sleeping.
If you suffer from sleep apnea, then find out how we can help you finally find relief. Schedule an appointment by calling Dr. Wright and Dr. Heron at (817) 481-7999. Located in Southlake, TX, we’ve proudly served the residents of Southlake, Grapevine, Keller, Trophy Club, Colleyville, and all surrounding communities since 1992.