Sleep apnea can greatly reduce your overall well being, happiness, and long-term health. If you live in the Dallas, Texas area, and are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea, Dr. Roe and our team are here to help. We offer a wide range of treatment options.
Obstructive sleep apnea is one of the most common types of sleep apnea disorders. The tongue and mouth tissues will fall backward toward the throat during sleep, which will restrict breathing. A partially blocked airway can make it difficult to breathe, keeping you up at night when trying to fall to sleep.
There is a strong correlation between obstructive sleep apnea and snoring/grinding of the teeth. If the volume of air is restricted when trying to fall asleep, the brain will alert the sleeper to wake up. More often than not, this leads to the person waking up gasping for air or forcefully coughing.
How We Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
The diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea typically comes after a sleep test and consultation with your primary healthcare provider. Once it has been diagnosed, there are several different treatment options to consider. One treatment option is a CPAP machine, which consists of a mask worn that delivers a constant flow of air into the mouth or nose.
Some patients simply refuse to wear a breathing mask to bed, as it can be uncomfortable and difficult to maintain. In these instances, a sleep apnea dental appliance might be a good alternative. This consists of an upper and lower night guard. The night guards connect together so the lower jaw is held in position. This prevents the soft tissues from rolling backward and restricting breathing.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
Understanding the root causes of sleep apnea can help you avoid it. Here are some factors that can increase the risk of sleep apnea:
- Excess weight – Obesity is one of the leading causes of sleep apnea. Fat around the upper airway can obstruct breathing
- Neck circumference – Those with thicker necks may have narrower airways
- Being male – Men are two to three times more likely to have sleep apnea than women
- Family history – A family history of sleep apnea can increase your risk
- Smoking – Smokers are three times more likely to have obstructive sleep apnea
Implementing healthy lifestyle choices can help you avoid sleep apnea.
If you are in need of sleep apnea treatment, Dr. Roe is here to help. We offer a wide range of dental services to help our patients in the Dallas, Texas area make their dental health a top priority. Contact our office or book an appointment online for a personalized consultation!