Sleep Apnea Treatment in University Park, Texas
Millions of people snore, and snoring can be more than just an annoying problem. Snoring can be a symptom of sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a life threatening health problem that erodes both quality of life and overall wellbeing. Dr. Hume offers sleep apnea and snoring treatment at our Dallas, Texas dental office to not only prevent snoring from disrupting sleep, but to also protect long term health. Sleep apnea can negatively affect many aspects of life.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea involves the relaxing of the soft tissues of the throat and mouth. When this happens during the deepest phases of sleep, the airway collapses, thus blocking breathing and struggling for air. When a patient struggles to breathe, gasping and physical strain, interruption of deep sleep and stress are the results. The vibration of these soft tissues can also cause snoring. Sleep apnea and the stress related to this serious disorder can also be connected to high blood pressure, heart attacks, chronic fatigue, accidents due to lack of restful sleep, problems concentrating, and other life threatening issues.
What is Sleep Apnea Treatment?
While there are surgical interventions available for sleep apnea, typically, these options are a last resort. Dr. Hume offers non-surgical sleep apnea treatment using the Silent Nite, TAP 3 and TAP 3 Elite intraoral dental devices. These devices are custom made mouthpieces that help to hold the lower jaw forward while sleeping, which allows for more space in the airway and lessens the soft tissue vibrations associated with snoring. These devices are designed to be comfortable, yet extremely functional. Sleep apnea treatment with intraoral devices is generally regarded as safe and can be extremely effective.
Patients experiencing some or all of the following may need sleep apnea treatment:
- Waking up with a sore or dry throat
- Loud snoring
- Waking up gasping for air
- Excessive daytime fatigue and drowsiness
- Frequent waking throughout the night
- Feeling tired following a full night of sleep
- Trouble concentrating
- Waking with headaches
Sleep apnea can have a serious negative effect on overall health, and treatment is essential for wellbeing and quality of life. Patients experiencing any of these symptoms, please see a healthcare professional for a diagnosis of your sleep apnea. Dr. Hume can make a recommendation and referral to a sleep specialist for a diagnosis. Once diagnosed, our Dallas, Texas dental office can provide you with non-surgical and CPAP alternative sleep apnea treatment. Contact us for an appointment!