Sleep Apnea Treatment
Following a sleep study and proper diagnosis, Dr. Randy Mitchmore provides various options for sleep apnea treatment at his Houston, TX, office to help patients achieve more restful sleep and avoid the risk of developing serious health conditions. Sleep apnea not only results in fatigue, but can also lead to high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and more. Dr. Mitchmore’s sleep apnea treatments can provide both immediate and long-term benefits.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type of sleep apnea. It is caused by a relaxation of the muscles in the back of the throat, which can block the airway. This causes breathing interruptions that can happen hundreds of times throughout the night. Central sleep apnea is the other less common type of sleep apnea, and it requires the attention of a specialist.
Sleep apnea affects nearly 20 million Americans of all ages. However, the condition is most common among men over the age of 40. If you are overweight or obese, you are more likely to suffer from sleep apnea. Common symptoms of sleep apnea include:
- Excessively loud snoring that disrupts your partner’s sleep
- Waking frequently throughout the night, often out of breath
- Chronic dry mouth
- Headaches in the morning
- Lack of energy throughout the day
- Irritability or other mood changes
Because sleep apnea can affect so many other aspects of your life, it is important to receive an accurate diagnosis and start treatment as soon as possible.
Sleep apnea affects nearly 20 million Americans of all ages. However, the condition is most common among men over the age of 40.
What Treatment Options are Available at LifeSmiles?
While CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines are the most widely known treatment for sleep apnea, they are often the most uncomfortable and the least convenient option. As an alternative, and generally the first line of treatment, Dr. Mitchmore offers night guards. These custom-made oral appliances work by shifting the lower jaw into a forward position, which helps keep the airway open. Your custom-made night guard will fit comfortably and is easily adjustable so you can find the optimal positioning. Additionally, a night guard is easy to pack when you need to travel, so you can achieve a restful night’s sleep anywhere.
Benefits of Oral Appliance Therapy
There are numerous benefits to using an oral appliance to treat sleep apnea. First and foremost, you should notice a significant improvement in your quality of sleep within the first week. This will give you more energy throughout the day and reduce the occurrence of headaches. Sleep apnea treatment also offers significant health benefits. By wearing a night guard, you can reduce your risk of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, memory loss, insomnia and more. Unlike CPAP machines, which typically require you to wear some sort of mask to bed each night, your custom-made night guard is worn over the teeth so you can sleep comfortably.
Find Sleep Apnea Relief Today
If others have complained about your loud snoring and you struggle to achieve a good night’s sleep, you may have sleep apnea. Contact online today or call (713) 714-3555 to schedule the most thorough dental physical of your life.