A good night's sleep helps you feel and perform your best. Unfortunately, sleep disorders including sleep apnea can negatively affect your health and overall wellness. Floss City Dental is proud to offer trusted sleep apnea solutions to help you to enjoy restful sleep and to improve the quality of your life.
Understanding Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea, the most common of which is obstructive sleep apnea, is a chronic sleep disorder that involves disruption to sleep due to breathing problems. Patients experience interruptions to breathing, during which the muscles relax, allowing soft tissue to collapse and block the airway. This prevents oxygen from passing through the airway and reaching the lungs.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Symptoms of sleep apnea often include loud snoring and gasping or choking sounds during sleep. You may wake up with a dry mouth, a morning headache, and/or feeling tired and lethargic. Symptoms also include difficulty staying asleep, excessive daytime sleepiness, memory loss, difficulty focusing, and irritability.
Sleep Apnea Health Risks
Sleep apnea can impact your quality of life. It poses a threat to your safety as it increases your risks of workplace or driving accidents. It also raises your risk for health problems including high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, obesity, diabetes, chronic acid reflux, and more.
Treating Sleep Apnea
Diagnosing sleep apnea usually involves a complete sleep evaluation through at-home or in-lab sleep studies. The data collected helps diagnose the condition and determines the severity of sleep apnea. Treatment options include continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices, oral appliance therapy, or surgery.
CPAP therapy involves a machine blowing a steady stream of pressurized air through a CPAP mask into the respiratory system. Oral appliance therapy, on the other hand, utilizes a special mouthguard worn during sleep which works to maintain an open airway. This usually provides a sleep apnea and snoring cure, allowing for restful sleep. Many patients find oral appliances more comfortable than wearing CPAP masks. If all else fails, surgical intervention may provide relief.
Sleep Apnea Solutions in Plano, TX
Visit Floss City Dental in Plano, TX to learn more about managing and treating sleep apnea. Our highly trained and experienced team looks forward to helping you enjoy restful, rejuvenating sleep. Call us today!
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