Do you often wake up feeling more tired, have poor memory, and frequent headaches? If this sounds like you, then you may be suffering with sleep apnea. Unfortunatly, sleep apnea affects millions worldwide. However, there are treatments that successfully control or eliminate the symptoms that follow sleep apnea, such as those mentioned above. What is sleep apnea and what treatment options are recommended? Continue reading on to learn more about controlling your sleep apnea with the help of our team at CORNERSTONE DENTISTRY located in SUGARLAND.
Sleep apnea is a condition that affects a person’s breathing while they are sleeping. It causes them to stop breathing for moments at a time due to an obstruction. This can occur several times throughout the night while they are resting. Sleep apnea brings a wide range of symptoms that often vary patient to patient. Below are a few common symptoms that affect those with sleep apnea:
If you are currently experiencing any of these symptoms, then we recommend you to visit your doctor right away to see if you are suffering with sleep apnea. The sooner you get a diagnosis, the sooner you can find the perfect treatment plan that works best for you.
Your dentist may recommend a couple different treatment options that are frequently used for patients dealing with sleep apnea:
Oral appliance therapy. During your dental exam, your CORNERSTONE DENTISTRY dentist will take a series of molds and impressions of your mouth. The results will be sent to a lab where your new appliance will be custom made. It is similar to a mouth guard and is used to leave a clear opening of the airway that allows you to properly breathe during the night.
CPAP machine. These machines are frequently used to provide constant airflow and keeps the airway unobstructed for a comfortable night of sleep.