Are you getting tired of being teased mercilessly, when you get together with family, all because of your loud snoring? When sharing tight corners, such as over the busy holiday season, many people will receive complaints about their snoring. Sadly, what they may not realize is that snoring is just one of the many common symptoms of Obstructive Sleep Apnea, which poses much more than an annoyance to nearby relatives. OSA can actually lead to serious medical conditions, such as frequent headaches, high blood pressure, depression, and increased risk of heart-related problems. Fortunately, dentists can help to treat many cases of sleep apnea, helping patients sleep more soundly and more silently, as well.
How Can Sleep Apnea Be Treated?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea is caused when one’s soft tissues block his or her passageway during sleep, leading to multiple lapses in breath during the night. Over time, these brief lapses can start to affect one’s overall feeling of rest, as well as his or her total health. It can even be life threatening.
Treatment for sleep apnea varies, but many dentists recommend the use of minimally invasive oral appliances, which work by helping to keep the jaw in a comfortable position, and the soft tissues clear of one’s airway during the night. This appliance can be obtained quickly, and lead to great results for many patients.
To determine if OSA is to blame for your snoring, or general sense of fatigue, speak with your dentist. Also, if your doctor has already prescribed you a Continuous Pressure Airway Machine and you’re unhappy with it, talk to your dentist about whether a sleep appliance would be a viable alternative treatment for you.
About Your Spring, TX, Sleep Experts:
At Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry, located in Spring, TX, we proudly deliver modern, quality dental care in a welcoming, comfortable environment to patients and families throughout the community. We also offer customized, expert sleep solutions to help you alleviate snoring and sleep apnea symptoms. Though we are located in Spring, we also welcome patients from Houston, The Woodlands, Tomball, Cypress, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry today at 281-320-2000. Se Habla Espanol!