Do you have trouble getting a full night’s rest? Do you snore regularly or wake up throughout the night feeling like you are not breathing? These symptoms could indicate you have sleep apnea. Without treatment, this condition saps you of energy throughout the day and can lead to serious risks to your cardiovascular health
At your Katy, TX dental practice, we understand the frustration that comes with being unable to properly rest at night. Your snoring may bother loved ones, and you may spend your days living in a constant fog. Fortunately, we could provide therapy to breathing passages in the form of an oral appliance worn at night. With this custom solution, you can regain your ability to rest and protect your heart from the inability to breathe!
Your Inability To Breathe At Night
Snoring throughout the night can have a multitude of undesirable consequences. Your loved ones may be unable to sleep through the constant interruptions, and you find yourself waking up gasping for air. This common sleep disorder sign could mean you have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This condition occurs when the soft tissues in your mouth and throat close to constrict the normal airflow of your breathing. As you lose oxygen, your brain wakes you periodically in the middle of the night to begin breathing again. OSA can occur from conditions such as obesity, sinus and allergy problems, and issues with the growth of your mouth, nose, and throat. If you recognize this problem, please let us know so we can create a treatment plan to get your health back on track.
The Effect On Your Health Of OSA
By preventing you from getting a quality night’s rest, your apnea problem affects you throughout the day. Chronic lack of sleep makes it hard to concentrate on basic tasks at work and home. Because your immune system relies upon healthy sleep, you can find yourself becoming ill more often. Constant interruptions in oxygen intake cause your blood pressure to rise and seriously strain your heart. Left untreated, your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions rises as well.
An Oral Appliance
To help open your airways and return your ability to breathe, we could design an oral appliance that custom fits your mouth. This alternative to CPAP machines fits you like a mouthguard and tilts the jaw o open previously collapsed soft tissues. To create your device, we will take digital images of your mouth and throat to best open your airway.
Speak With Your Katy, TX, Dentist About Preventive Treatment Options For OSA
We can help relieve your exhaustion from OSA with a trip to our office. To learn more about treating sleep issues with a comfortable oral appliance, please call Lathrop Dental Center in Katy, TX at (832) 437-3849 and schedule a visit.