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Sleep Apnea Treatment in Laredo, TX
Do you or your bed partner suffer from sleep apnea? You certainly are not alone. Our team offers sleep apnea treatment in Laredo, TX to help your family get the better-quality sleep you deserve. Below we have answered some of the questions we most commonly hear regarding sleep apnea. Feel free to browse the questions and let us know if you have any additional concerns. We are here to help!Dr. Dick Davenport on Sleep Apnea Read Transcript
Sleep apnea is a problem that's becoming more recognized by not only the medical profession but also the dental profession. There's becoming some overlaps between the two fields because the traditional way to treat sleep apnea is with a CPAP machine, continuous positive airway pressure machine that forces air through your nose and/or your mouth to keep your airway open. A lot of people aren't tolerant of those machines. People with mild to moderate sleep apnea, oral appliances have been shown to be just effective as a CPAP machine. That is an alternative that we can provide to you. We have to work in coordination with your physician. As long as your physician authorizes the utilization of an oral in lieu of a CPAP machine we can make an appliance that you may find more comfortable than sleeping with a CPAP.
What is sleep apnea? What causes it?
Sleep apnea is characterized by the cessation of breath during sleep. This is caused by a total or partial collapse of the airways at night. A variety of factors, including weight, age, neck size, gender, and other medical conditions, can contribute to the development of sleep apnea. It can also be hereditary. If you are male, overweight, older, have a large neck, smoke, drink, or have family member who suffers from sleep apnea, we highly recommend getting checked out. However, really anyone can develop this condition.
How can I tell if I or my partner have sleep apnea?
If you or your bed partner are suffering from sleep apnea, you may notice a few different symptoms:
- Cessation of breath during sleep
- Loud snoring
- Daytime fatigue
- Difficulty concentrating
If you or someone in your family is not getting the high-quality sleep you need to feel great and function at your best, please seek help. We will be happy to speak with you.
How is sleep apnea typically treated?
Traditionally, sleep apnea is treated using a CPAP machine. CPAP, which stands for continuous positive airway pressure, pumps air into the user’s airways to keep them from collapsing during the night. This allows you to get the air and oxygen you need to sleep well. It also eliminates snoring, which can cause your family to experience poor-quality sleep as well.
The problem with CPAP machines is that they are hard to get used to. You have to wear a mask, which can sometimes be uncomfortable or at least difficult to adjust to. You also have to adjust to having air pumped into your lungs. CPAPs work great for many people, but for those who can’t deal with them, there are other options! That is where we come in.
How can a dentist treat my sleep apnea?
If you or your bed partner do not think you could get use to a CPAP machine, we may be able to help. As a dental health care provider, we can help you gain access to an oral device that will help you breathe easier at night. These oral appliances are typically designed to adjust the jaw position temporarily to prevent the airway from collapsing. Of course, they can also be used to treat snoring. If you are interested in this alternative treatment option, please contact our team.
What will happen if I do not seek treatment for my sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea can be dangerous if left untreated. It can lead to high blood pressure, increased risk of heart attack or stroke, diabetes, and other total body health concerns. We highly recommend seeking treatment right away if you notice any of the symptoms listed above.
How can I schedule an appointment?
Think you may have sleep apnea? Scheduling an appointment is easy. For your sleep apnea treatment in Laredo, TX simply call our Junction Drive location at 956-242-6745 or our Winfield location at 956-517-2695 . You can also send us a message using our online form. We will be happy to help you get the treatment you need to sleep easier!
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