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 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.
There are three types of 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:
Smoking, drinking, and sedatives worsen 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:
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.