Do you snore excessively? Maybe you wake frequently throughout the night choking or gasping for air? If so, you could be suffering from a sleep disorder known as sleep apnea. This condition causes numerous pauses in breathing frequently throughout the night due to an obstruction in the airway. While 25 million Americans are diagnosed with the sleep disorder, it is estimated 2% to 4% of people remain undiagnosed. If you have symptoms of the condition, you need sleep apnea treatment in Spring. For effective treatment of the condition, you will need to see your dentist. Dr. Kelly LeBlanc offers the solutions you need to sleep soundly while breathing better.
Why Do I Need Sleep Apnea Treatment?
Untreated sleep apnea causes serious overall health complications while diminishing your quality of life. With an obstruction in the airway causing pauses in breathing, the lack of proper oxygen levels places strain on the body. As a result, you are likely to develop cardiovascular problems if the condition is not treated.
In addition, your quality of life will decline. Often, you will wake frequently throughout the night. This causes your sleep quality to decrease. You will likely have daytime fatigue and may develop mood swings. Over time, sleep deprivation occurs. This leads to a decrease in cognitive abilities, increasing your risk for workplace and auto accidents. You will likely develop difficulty concentrating and you may experience depression, irritability, and mood swings.
Where Can I Get Treatment for Sleep Apnea?
All too often, the symptoms of sleep apnea go unnoticed because they can be quite diverse. As a result, treatment is often delayed, which is why it is important to recognize the signs of the condition. In addition to chronic, excessive snoring, those with the condition often have daytime headaches. It is not uncommon to wake frequently choking or gasping for air. Many report to have a dry or sore throat upon waking. If any of these symptoms occur, you will need a sleep study.
A sleep study monitors you while you sleep. This information is then analyzed to allow for a diagnosis. After receiving a diagnosis, a prescription is written for treatment. The most preferred solution to treat the condition involves the use of an oral appliance, which is why you will need to see your dentist in Spring.
Dr. LeBlanc offers the custom-fit oral devices needed to keep the airways open. The appliance moves the lower jaw forward to stop the pauses in breathing. This form of treatment is effective for treating mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.
In some cases, an oral appliance may not be effective. You may need the noninvasive NightLase Laser Treatment. This laser treatment tightens the collagen in the back of the soft palate to keep the airways open. It will improve your sleep quality and overall health without the use of an oral appliance.