You wake up and you’re a little surprised. You feel … refreshed? Rejuvenated? Well-rested?
You haven’t felt this way in a while.
After you head to the kitchen for breakfast, your spouse is in a better mood than usual. That’s odd, too. A lot of mornings they are giving you the eye and mumbling something about your snoring.
That oral appliance you got from the team at Houston Uptown Dentists worked better than you expected. It’s a good thing you decided to visit for sleep apnea treatments.
If that sounds like a scenario you want to experience in real life, call 832-463-1021 today to schedule a consultation at our Houston office.
Know Your Symptoms
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder. It’s also something that can be treated. Likewise, it’s not something you should ignore.
People who have this condition can have a variety of symptoms:
- Loud snoring
- Frequent breathing stoppages while sleeping
- Feeling fatigued
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
- Waking up with a dry mouth
Your loved ones are more likely to notice (and tell you about) your snoring. Since they are awake (due to your snoring), they may be more aware of your breathing stoppages, too. If you are noticed other symptoms (like fatigue and daytime sleepiness), it’s worth asking your family and friends about other symptoms. This can help you decide whether you should plan a visit to our practice.
Sleep apnea affects your overall health in a variety of ways. When you have this condition, your airway becomes restricted when you fall asleep. That limits your oxygen, which can lead to increased blood pressure. This could explain why people who have sleep apnea have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
One more thing to know is that the breathing stoppages you experience also prevent you from getting deep sleep. Without deep sleep, you experience sleep deprivation. That can affect your ability to focus, and it can even increase your likelihood of being in a car accident.
Treating this sleep disorder requires you to keep your airway open, so you keep breathing. One way to do that is with a CPAP machine. For this to work, you need to wear a mask while you sleep. This mask is connected to a machine that pushes air into your airway. While this can be effective, many CPAP users quit using it.
We offer a different treatment that many of our patients have found easier to use. We can create an oral appliance that is custom-made for you. This appliance shifts the resting position of your jaw in a way that keeps your airway open. As a result, you can keep breathing and reach the stages of deep sleep. This also can prevent you from snoring, which your family will appreciate.
Take Control Of Your Situation
Our team appreciates the value of a good night’s sleep for you and the people you love. When you are getting quality sleep, you have more energy, and you have an easier time staying focused on work or projects around the house.