Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder in which an individual experiences shallow breaths or even stops breathing during sleep. Most often, sleep apnea is caused by a relaxation of the muscles in the throat. This relaxation blocks the passage of air. A partial blockage leads to snoring while a full blockage can cause the sleeping person to jump or gasp in order to keep breathing. This process of gasping can repeat up to 30 times per hour.
Sleep apnea is difficult to discover and diagnose. Most people with sleep apnea are unaware that they have the condition, as they don’t often wake up from sleep due to gasping or shortness of breath. They do, however, feel the effects. Poor sleep quality due to sleep apnea can result in daytime fatigue, sore throat, morning headaches and depression. Sleep apnea has also been known to increase the risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and type II diabetes. Other side effects of sleep apnea include:
While individuals with severe sleep apnea may require a CPAP machine or sleep apnea surgery, many patients don’t qualify for either. For people with mild to moderate sleep apnea, an oral appliance for sleep apnea is available from our Sugar Land office to eliminate or reduce the condition.
The oral appliance for sleep apnea sustains the position of the bottom jaw forward, preventing muscle collapse. Consequently, the airway is sustained open, eliminating or reducing sleep apnea. Advantages of the oral appliance for the management of sleep apnea include: improved sleep, reduced snoring, no frustrating CPAP machine and no need for sleep apnea surgery.
With the comfortable oral appliance we offer at Bella Smiles Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in Sugar Land, TX, you can finally rest and wake up feeling completely refreshed! Ready to improve your sleep? Book an appointment with our office today!