Do you find it difficult to breathe at night? If you have nightly trouble with breathing or loud uncontrollable snoring, you may be suffering from sleep apnea. Sleep apnea is a relatively common sleep disorder characterized by thunderous snoring, pauses in breathing, and shallow breaths during sleep. These breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes, and may occur over thirty times per hour. Once normal breathing resumes a loud snort or choking sound can often be heard. Untreated sleep apnea can make a restful night’s sleep impossible. As a result of this poor sleep quality, you may become tired and less productive during the day. Sleep apnea can also lead to more serious medical issues. But you don’t have to suffer in silence. Make your sleep apnea therapy appointment with Dr. Davey today for the restful night’s sleep you need to stay healthy. Dr. Davey is an experienced sleep apnea doctor. Texas Got Smile delivers quality care daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the surrounding communities.
Do You Have Sleep Apnea?
Although not everyone who snores has sleep apnea, the most common sign of sleep apnea is loud, incessant snoring, followed by pauses and choking or gasping sounds. The snoring is usually the loudest when you sleep on your back. Family members are often the first to notice these issues. You may not even be aware of the problems until a loved one points them out. Another common sign of sleep apnea is fighting sleepiness during the day, or being unable to focus or concentrate. You may also find yourself rapidly falling asleep during the quiet moments.
What Are Your Sleep Apnea Therapy Options?
- CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure): CPAP is the most common treatment for sleep apnea in adults. CPAP uses a small face mask and a machine that gently blows air into your throat as you sleep. The pressure from the air helps keep your airway open. However CPAP treatment is not well tolerated by everyone. CPAP may cause side effects like stuffy nose, irritated skin, dry mouth, stomach bloating, and headaches.
- Oral Appliance Therapy: For those who wish to avoid CPAP, Dr. Davey offers oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea relief. An oral appliance is a custom-fitted plastic mouthpiece. The mouthpiece can be worn during sleep to adjust your lower jaw and tongue. This will keep your airways open while you sleep to gently relive your sleep apnea symptoms.
Sleep apnea can often go undiagnosed. There are no blood tests that can diagnose the condition, and most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it until a family member complains of their snoring. If you suspect that you, or someone close to you, is suffering from sleep apnea, make an appointment with Dr. Davey today. Sleep apnea therapy can help you restore your quality of life. Dr. Davey is a highly qualified sleep apnea specialist. Texas Got Smile proudly serves families daily throughout Sugar Land, TX, Houston, Richmond, Katy, and the neighboring areas.