Snoring & Sleep Apnea Treatment in Humble, TX
Your dentist in Humble, TX treats sleep apnea!
If you have ever shared a room with someone who snores loudly, you know how disruptive it can be to getting a good night’s sleep. Loud snoring may also signify a serious medical condition known as obstructive sleep apnea or OSA.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Just like each person’s face has unique features, the structures at the back of the throat and mouth are also unique. Sometimes, excessive tissue, large tonsils, or even the tongue will relax during sleep and block the airway at the back of the throat. This is what causes breathing vibrations, also known as snoring.
A blocked airway can also mean you are not getting enough oxygen during sleep. When this occurs, the brain’s alarm system will signal the body to awaken and adjust. This waking disrupts restorative sleep patterns and can happen dozens or even hundreds of times per night. This is sleep apnea, and it leads to some serious health complications when left untreated.
Health Risks Associated with Sleep Apnea
Because the body does not have sufficient oxygen, every system in the body can suffer. Sleep apnea has been linked to:
- Heart disease
- Diabetes complications
- Obesity or weight gain
- Depression and anxiety
- Daytime fatigue
- Erectile dysfunction
How to Know if You Have Sleep Apnea
Diagnosis of sleep apnea occurs under the direction of an accredited sleep specialist using either a take-home or clinical sleep study.
Dr. Appel works with several specialists in our area to obtain an accurate diagnosis for his patients. This partnership is designed to help patients achieve better overall health and improved vitality.
Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Sore throat or loud snoring
- Fatigue, even after a full night’s sleep
- Interrupted breathing or choking during sleep
Often, patients are unaware of their sleep disruptions until their partner lets them know.
Snoring and Sleep Apnea Treatment in Humble, TX
Sleep apnea treatment often includes CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) therapy using a specially designed machine that uses a continuous flow of air, delivered through a mask, to keep the back of the throat open during sleep.
Unfortunately, many people find CPAP therapy cumbersome and challenging to adjust to.
At Humble Dentistry, we provide patients with a convenient alternative for mild to moderate sleep apnea using oral appliance therapy.
An oral appliance customized to fit your teeth snugly will gently guide your lower jaw forward, opening your airway during sleep. Many patients find oral appliance therapy treatment for both snoring and sleep apnea convenient, comfortable, and easier to comply with, especially when traveling.
Are You Ready for a Better Night’s Sleep and Snoring Relief in Humble, TX?
We provide sleep apnea treatment in Humble, Atascocita, Porter, Ramblewood, Moonshine Hill, Bordersville, Kenswick, and in your area.