Sleep apnea is more than an inconvenience for people who live with heavy snorers – it’s a potentially life-threatening disorder that can cause fragmented sleep and low blood-oxygen levels. Getting a full night’s rest is critical to your brain and body’s ability to function properly. From performing your best at work or school to staying alert behind the wheel, the risks of daytime fatigue have the potential to be life-threatening. Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the muscles in the back of the throat fail to keep the airway open, despite efforts to breathe. The signs and symptoms of this disorder during sleeping hours often include loud snoring, short periods of not breathing, abrupt awakening and gasping for air, along with difficulty getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep apnea can lead to a morning headache, excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. For people with Houston sleep apnea, the combination of disturbed sleep and oxygen starvation may lead to hypertension, heart disease and mood and memory problems.
For people who suffer from mild to moderate sleep apnea, Chase M. Baker, DDS may be able to help prescribe the most appropriate treatment. Our Houston sleep apnea treatment involves the fabrication of a precise and comfortable custom oral appliance that can be worn similarly to a mouthguard or orthodontic retainer. When fitted over the teeth, the appliance helps to keep the tongue and soft tissues in the back of your throat from blocking the airway, allowing for a full and unobstructed airflow during sleep. Every one of our sleep apnea appliances are individually made to fit the exact contours of a patient’s mouth, so the appliance is comfortable and easy to care for, as well as fully portable.
We take great pride in improving our patients’ overall health and quality of life and hope to do the same for you. Give us a call today for more information on our Houston sleep apnea treatment, or to set up a consultation with our team of dental professionals.