Sleep Apnea Therapy – Friendswood, TX
Get the Full Night’s Rest You Deserve
Do you feel groggy, tired, or unfocused during the day due to restless nights? You may have sleep apnea—a common sleeping disorder that affects millions of Americans. If you’ve been struggling to get a good night’s sleep, we can help. Dr. James T. Sierra is experienced in sleep apnea therapy, allowing his patients to get the rest and relaxation that they need and deserve. Read on to learn more about sleep apnea in Friendswood and how Dr. Sierra can help.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea, the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time throughout the night, affects millions of US adults each year. The variety of symptoms associated with this sleep disorder can lead to misdiagnosis and improper treatment. The good news is that once patients are diagnosed with sleep apnea, the treatments are relatively straightforward and typically quite effective in reversing related health concerns. At Friendswood Dental Group, we treat many patients who suffer from sleep apnea, and they’re often surprised to hear the dentist can help. Dr. Sierra has training and experience offering oral appliance therapy for the treatment of sleep apnea.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Before we can offer patients treatment for sleep apnea, they’ll need to receive diagnosis from a trained sleep physician. We can help you determine whether you’re at risk for sleep apnea during a consultation and recommend a sleep physician in the area. Some symptoms to be aware of include:
- Loud, consistent snoring
- Waking frequently at night out of breath or gasping
- Extreme exhaustion during the day
- Waking with dry mouth, sore throat, or headache
- Irritability or mood changes
- Elevated blood pressure
- Lack of concentration, memory loss, and change in behavior
Sleep Apnea Therapy
Once patients are diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea, we may be able to offer treatment using comfortable, custom crafted oral appliances. These appliances adjust the jaw slightly forward keeping the throat muscles constricted and airway clear throughout the night. Unlike other treatment options, oral appliance therapy is a compact, portable, convenient treatment option. You’ll simply wear it when it’s time for sleep, and you can enjoy easier breathing for more restful nights. This makes it easy to get a good night’s sleep while traveling, and it promotes patients to actively treat sleep apnea instead of letting the classic, bulky, and uncomfortable CPAP machine collect dust.
Another way that you can give yourself a better chance at a full night’s sleep is making certain lifestyle changes. Regular exercise and meditation promote a healthier lifestyle, and if you smoke, quitting can help you breathe more smoothly. There are also alternative sleep apnea treatments like upper air surgery and Nightlase, but the option that works best for you will depend on your specific condition. That’s why it’s important to visit our office if you’re having trouble sleeping.
If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to get started on sleep apnea therapy, call our office to get the restful nights you need and deserve!