Snoring and daytime sleepiness may seem like common problems, but they can be indicators of a sleep disorder.
Sleep apnea decreases your quality of life and can even lead to problems like high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Our dentists at Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, provide patients with relief for their sleep apnea.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is the involuntary interruption of breathing during sleep. When your airways are obstructed or not receiving the proper signals from your brain, you either wake up or shift into a lighter stage of sleep to regain regular breathing patterns. This can disrupt your sleep and drastically decrease your quality of life.
The Signs of Sleep Apnea
In addition to repeatedly stopping and starting your breathing when you sleep, you may notice other signs of obstructive sleep apnea. These signs include:
- Headaches upon waking
- Waking up and then gasping for air
- Dry mouth
- Daytime sleepiness
- Inability to focus
- Low energy
Your bed partner or family members may be the ones who notice the signs of sleep apnea first, so take them seriously when they express concern over these symptoms. There's often a simple solution, and our Spring, TX, dental practice can help you.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea? YOU'RE NOT ALONE
According to the American Sleep Apnea Association, an estimated 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with obstructive sleep apnea making up the majority of cases. Unfortunately, 80% of moderate and severe obstructive sleep apnea cases go undiagnosed.
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The solution to your sleep apnea may be as easy as wearing a custom oral appliance when you sleep. The dentists at Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry create custom oral appliances that help you sleep soundly and without interruption. Our friendly dentists also work alongside sleep medicine specialists to develop treatment plans tailored to your unique needs.
If you're ready for a better night's sleep, fill out our contact form or call our office serving the residents of Spring, TX:
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Do You Snore? Or Think You Have a Sleeping Issue?
Solutions for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machine
A continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine is a common method for treating obstructive sleep apnea. CPAP delivers air pressure through a mask designed to keep the upper airway passages open so you can breathe throughout the night with fewer respiratory events.
Though CPAP can be an effective treatment, the machines can be bulky, loud, and difficult to transport, so our dentists may recommend a less invasive treatment.
Oral appliances are designed to bring your lower jaw forward or reposition your tongue to alleviate snoring and open your upper airways while you sleep. Unlike CPAP, oral appliances are small, easy to wear, and silent. Many patients, and their bed partners, prefer the oral appliance over CPAP.
Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, can have you fitted for a custom oral appliance to treat mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea.
How You Can Receive an Oral Appliance AT OUR SPRING, TX, DENTAL PRACTICE
The solution to obstructive sleep apnea may be as simple as wearing a custom oral appliance.
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The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is dangerous because it decreases your quality of sleep, which can have a severe impact on your overall health. Ultimately, sleep apnea can increase your risk of developing serious health concerns, including:
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Heart attack
- Heart failure
Sleep Apnea's Link to Motor Vehicle Accidents
Though daytime sleepiness and the inability to focus may seem like minor symptoms, they can lead to serious consequences. According to a study published in the international journal "Sleep®," patients with obstructive sleep apnea are 2.5 times more likely to be the driver in a motor vehicle accident.
Knowing the Risk Factors WHO'S MORE AT RISK FOR DEVELOPING SLEEP APNEA?
There are several factors that can increase your likelihood of developing sleep apnea, including:
- Being male
- Sleeping on your back
- Taking certain mediations
- Drinking alcohol, especially before bedtime
- Having a family history of the sleep disorder
Some simple lifestyle changes like losing weight, sleeping on your side, and avoiding alcohol may be enough to open your airways and alleviate your sleep apnea. However, if these changes have no effect on your sleep apnea, an oral appliance or CPAP may be the best option for you.
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