Sleep Apnea Treatment
Did you know that more than 70 million Americans are believed to have some sort of sleeping problem? One of the most prevalent sleep issues today is sleep apnea. At Aesthetic Dentistry Associates, we can help treat diagnosed sleep apnea with custom oral appliances, so you can get the full night’s sleep you need.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Broadly speaking, sleep apnea refers to the regular interruption of sleep by a variety of physiological factors. In obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), the upper airway collapses or is obstructed by oral tissues. Central sleep apnea occurs when signals regulating breathing muscles are not sent by the brain. In both instances, breathing is interrupted for up to thirty seconds per episode, causing disruption of sleep. These episodes can happen hundreds of times a night.
Of the two types, obstructive sleep apnea is the most common. It can be brought on by factors including weight, gender, sleep position, and age, but is found in all segments of the population.
Do I Have Sleep Apnea?
Most people who suffer from sleep apnea never have it diagnosed, because most people don’t notice serious disruptions in their sleep. But it does have several common signs, including snoring, depression, increased blood pressure, reduced daytime energy, and memory problems. You may also notice changes in your personality, dry mouth, and weight gain.
To be tested for sleep apnea, you will need to participate in a sleep study administered by a sleep lab or your medical doctor. This analyzes your sleep patterns, providing important information about breathing and overall sleep quality.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, our team can provide effective treatment with custom oral appliances. These devices are worn during sleep and help prevent many of the causes of OSA. They fit comfortably over the teeth and contain none of the external apparatus of CPAP devices. By fixing the jaw in an ideal position, the tongue and other soft tissues are unable to slide back and block the airway. Many patients also experience snoring relief in this way.
If you have questions about sleep apnea or have been diagnosed and would like to explore treatment options, we invite you to contact Drs. Umansky, Nikmard and Elmore today. Our skilled team can help you rest easy and get the sleep you need without bulky CPAP devices. Call Aesthetic Dentistry Associates at 281-446-4700 to learn more about sleep apnea treatment in Humble, Texas.