Sleep Apnea Treatment in Houston, TX
Now, There is Rest for the Weary
Is poor quality sleep leaving you tired, stressed out, and moody?
Sleep apnea, a condition in which breathing stops for periods of 10 seconds or longer, interrupts the deep sleep you need to feel rested.
What is Sleep Apnea?
When a sleeping person stops breathing for 10 or more seconds that is considered “apnea.” There are several types of sleep apnea, and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome or OSAS is the most common. Decreased breathing during sleep reduces airflow to the rest of the body including the brain, so the brain essentially wakes you up to prompt you to breathe. This constant disruption of the normal sleep pattern can affect your overall health and well-being. Constant daytime sleepiness can affect your concentration, memory, and your ability to drive safely. The health risks of sleep apnea include high blood pressure, heart disease, and even a risk of premature death. People with sleep apnea also tend to snore which can also disrupt the rest of a sleeping partner.
What Causes Sleep Apnea?
OSAS is caused by a blocked airway. Many factors can contribute to this blockage including tongue size and position, blocked nasal passages, extra soft tissue, and jaw deformities.
Non-Surgical Sleep Apnea Therapies
With the help of a few simple tests, we can determine whether you suffer from OSAS. Non-surgical therapies are often able to alleviate the issue.
The most common therapy is the use of a CPAP machine which is mask that delivers air under pressure to keep the components of the airway open during sleep.
Dental appliances can help reposition the lower jaw and increase the overall airway space.
Sleep apneas is an under-diagnosed condition, but if your sleep partner complains about your snoring or constant awakening or you experience persistent daytime sleepiness that affects your daily life, call us today to schedule a consultation.