Stop Snoring with Sleep Apnea Therapy in Spring, TX
Snoring is a common problem that affects close to 30% of the population. In some cases, it results from congestion or allergies, but it can also be a warning sign of a serious condition known as obstructive sleep apnea.
Patients with sleep apnea stop breathing during sleep for 10 seconds at a time, if not longer. When the brain registers the body's drop in oxygen, the patient wakes up to take a breath before falling back to sleep again. Because most apnea patients don't fully wake up to breathe, it's possible to struggle with sleep apnea without even realizing it.
Obstructive sleep apnea is often caused by obstruction from the tongue or lower jaw. Either one can prevent air from effectively reaching the lungs.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
The most common symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea include:
- Daytime drowsiness
- Difficulty concentrating
- Memory loss
- Frequent accidents at work, at home, or behind the wheel
If left untreated, patients face an increased risk of high blood pressure, heart trouble, and even premature death.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Obstructive sleep apnea has previously been treated with a CPAP machine. CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure, and it uses a steady stream of air to keep the patient's airway open during sleep.
While many patients experience relief with CPAP, it's not the only--or even the best--solution available. Research shows that up to 70% of patients diagnosed with sleep apnea do not wear their CPAP machine for various reasons. With oral appliance therapy, patients have a simple, non-surgical and non-CPAP solution to their condition.
As you sleep, the oral appliance repositions your tongue or lower jaw, ensuring your airway remains clear. Not only will this help you breathe easier during sleep, it also treats snoring resulting in a better night's rest for your partner as well.
NightLase® Laser Treatment
We are also one of the only dental offices in the country that offer the NightLase(reg trademark) treatment in our office. NightLase is a fast, non-invasive and safe way for sufferers of snoring and sleep apnea to increase the quality of sleep. NightLase requires no device to be worn during sleep, and no anesthesia. Treatment consists of lasering the soft palate with our laser to tighten the collagen in the back of the soft palate. The previous loose tissue firms up and the snoring is lessened or disappears!
Contact Us to Learn More
Would you like to learn more about NightLase and oral appliance therapy? Call our Spring dental office today with your questions or to reserve a consultation with Dr. LeBlanc. We're proud to offer help to patients from the Tomball, Spring, and Houston area.
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