Allen Dental Center provides treatment for excessive snoring and sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy – a non-invasive and comfortable treatment option. Excessive snoring can affect the quality of one’s rest and those around them while sleep apnea is a condition that literally robs a patient of achieving deep, rejuvenating sleep. Since we sleep for about one-third of our lives, it is important to strive for quality rest that revives our bodies and minds.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea and Excessive Snoring
Since snoring and sleep apnea occur when we are at rest, they often go unnoticed until someone else points out the symptoms. Common symptoms one can detect, however, including waking with dry mouth and headaches as well as feeling tired even after a full night of sleep. Causing sleep deprivation, episodes of apnea will affect one’s ability to think clearly and may even cause mood disturbances such as depression and temperamental behavior.
Risk Factors for Sleep Apnea
Certain factors can put a person at increased risk for sleep apnea. Those who are overweight are likely to develop bulky throat tissue that can block the airway when one lies down to sleep. Patients who drink alcoholic beverages before bed or take medications that cause sedating or drowsy effects can also cause soft oral tissue to relax into the throat and block airways. Other contributors to sleep apnea can include developmental abnormalities at the back of the mouth, smoking, and a family history of sleep apnea.
Sleep Apnea and Health
Research shows strong correlations between sleep apnea and other health issues – especially issues related to sleep deprivation. Long-term sleep deprivation can cause chronic fatigue, memory loss, impaired motor function, depression, and irritability. Studies have also shown that erratic breathing patterns caused by sleep apnea can weaken the heart and negatively affect the pulmonary system.
There are a few treatment options available for sleep apnea. After a sleep study has confirmed that apnea is present, patients can consult with a professional for treatment. Our practice provides take home sleep tests that allows for sleep studies to be conducted conveniently at home. If sleep apnea is detected, we will recommend the use of a custom oral appliance, which is the most comfortable and conservative treatment option. If this treatment is ineffective, we can refer patients to specialists for further evaluation.
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Allen, TX 75013
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Jeffrey N. Williams, DDS
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