Sleep apnea is a medical condition that is actually stopping breathing while you're sleeping, and having drops of oxygen. Sleep apnea has symptoms often times that include snoring, or waking up at night, or not being able to sleep well, restless sleep, restless legs, and also when you wake in the morning just feeling tired. Feeling tired through the day, falling asleep while you're driving, a lot of symptoms that come along with having a sleep disordered breathing.
Sleep apnea has a variety of ways to be treated. The traditional way is what's called CPAP machine. Which is a mask that fits on your face, has a hose, and that blows air into the airway to keep the airway open. I have a lot of patients that have used CPAP and have had a hard time with that. It's still considered a good standard of treatment, but a lot of patients struggle with that.
In our practice we can also help with the treatment that's just an oral device. It's basically a bite guard or a mouth guard you wear that helps to position your jaw, and it can also keep your airway open. Very easy to wear, easy to get use to that. Patients who have had a hard time with CPAP or don't think they would do well with it, enjoy an oral plan treatment. There are other treatments too for sleep apnea.
There's a laser procedure called NightLase that you can use to treat the pallet tissues and shrink them, so you can open the airway up more with that. There's also seeing an ENT, and having some upper airway nasal sinus things looked at. Which are bit more invasive, but there are things we can do to help.
Do you wake from a full night’s sleep still feeling tired? Do you experience chronic snoring? You may have sleep apnea. If you think you could benefit from sleep apnea treatment in Houston, we can help!
At Houston Uptown Dentists, Dr. Amanda Juarez has been treating sleep apnea since her husband was diagnosed with it. She has:
- Undergone extensive training in sleep apnea treatment
- Founded Sweet Dreams Sleep Solutions
- Become board-eligible for the American Sleep and Breathing Academy
Dr. Juarez is experienced to treat your sleep apnea. Call us today at 832-463-1021 to schedule a consultation with her.
We Provide Effective Help For Sleep Apnea
Depending on your situation, we can help relieve sleep apnea in several ways. In mild cases, you may have success with simply sleeping on your side. For patients who require treatment for relief, we can provide:
- Custom-made oral appliances that shift your jaw and open up your airway
- CPAP machines that assist with breathing throughout the night
- NightlaseTM lasers to tighten tissue in the back of your throat, preventing airway obstruction
We Can Help You Get Tested For Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder that results in interrupted breathing during sleep. In severe cases, some people stop breathing multiple times a minute throughout the night. This prevents proper, restful sleep. It can also lead to a number of health and concentration problems.
To properly diagnose sleep apnea, other dentists would most likely refer you for overnight observation and testing by a sleep specialist. For your convenience and comfort, we offer a special take-home sleep test system called ARES™. Using the data provided by ARES™, a Texas-boarded sleep physician diagnoses your particular sleeping issue and recommends customized treatments.