Sleep Apnea Specialist

Houston Dental Care

Fadi Charles Salha, DDS

Family Dentist & Cosmetic Dentist located in Houston, TX

Are you sluggish, bleary-eyed, and exhausted all day from disruptive sleep? Then you might be suffering from sleep apnea. Charles Salha, DDS in Houston, Texas provides comprehensive treatment for sleep apnea and snoring. To get back to restful sleep, call the office to learn more or book a consultation online.

Sleep Apnea Q & A

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a medical condition that causes you to stop breathing during your sleep repeatedly. Though it’s common, untreated sleep apnea can be severe and lead to several concerning complications, such as heart attack, diabetes, and cancer.

During episodes when you stop breathing at night, your brain intuitively sends a signal to wake you and resume normal breathing. This constant sleep-wake cycle can take a toll on your quality of life.

Are there different types of sleep apnea?

There are three types of sleep apnea:

  • Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when excess tissues create blockages when your throat muscles relax
  • Central sleep apnea occurs when your brain pauses communication with your lungs and stalls breathing
  • Mixed sleep apnea is when you experience both types of sleep apnea simultaneously

What causes sleep apnea?

During sleep, your airways naturally narrow. For most people, this isn’t a problem. However, if you have sleep apnea, the airway becomes obstructed and decreases oxygen to your brain.

Some of the common causes of sleep apnea are:

  • Nasal inflammation
  • Being overweight
  • Excess tissue in your throat
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • Oversize adenoids

Smoking, drinking, and sedatives worsen sleep apnea.

What are the signs of sleep apnea?

If you often wake in the night during periods of sleep apnea, you may experience one, two, three, or possibly all of the following common symptoms:

  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Loud snoring
  • Dry mouth
  • Sleep deprivation
  • Lack of clarity
  • Drowsiness
  • Sore throat

How is sleep apnea treated?

After you’ve met with a sleep specialist and received an official diagnosis of sleep apnea, Dr. Salha fits your mouth with an oral device similar to a mouth guard. This device holds your tongue in a specific position and keeps your airway open while you’re asleep.

Dr. Salha offers a few varieties of dental devices. During your consultation to discuss the details of your sleep apnea, he recommends which device is best suited to your needs.

To restore your sleep and improve your health, turn to Dr. Salha at Houston Dental Care. Call today or book your appointment online.