Sleep Apnea Treatment in Houston, TX

Sleep apnea is a very serious sleep disorder that can pose a threat to your health if not treated in time. The specialists at Smile Unique Dental and Orthodontics can help you breathe easy at night with our Sleep Apnea Treatment in Houston, helping you achieve a relaxing, sound sleep that lets you wake up well-rested and refreshed. Contact us at (832) 391-8660 to schedule your consultation.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea occurs when your airways are blocked or narrowed as you sleep due to the muscles at the back of your throat relaxing. This causes you to repeatedly stop breathing while you sleep, and prevents you from getting the oxygen your body needs. The brain notices this lack of oxygen and interrupts sleep to allow you to breathe.

People with sleep apnea can stop breathing hundreds of times a night, without even realizing it!

What Causes Sleep Apnea?

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) is the most common form of sleep apnea. It occurs due to a blockage of the airway during sleep, which can be due to any number of reasons:

  • Excess muscles in the throat
  • Excess tissue in the throat
  • Adenoids
  • Enlarged tonsils
  • A problem with the roof of your mouth

Need definitive sleep apnea treatment in Houston? Visit Smile Unique Dental and Orthodontics for a consultation and to discuss your personal treatment options.

What is Sleep Apnea?

Signs of Sleep Apnea

Snoring loudly while you sleep and feeling tired when you wake up means you may have this condition. However, there are many other more subtle signs that people with sleep apnea can experience:

  • Choking or gasping noises during sleep
  • Depression, irritability or poor mood during the day
  • Feeling tired or unrefreshed, even after a full night’s sleep
  • Loud snoring
  • Restlessness while asleep, tossing and turning in bed
  • Silent pauses in breathing as you sleep
  • Unexplained fatigue

People with this condition often go long periods of time without a diagnosis or proper treatment. If you suspect you have any of these symptoms, contact us for sleep apnea treatment in Houston today. Call (832) 391-8660 to schedule a personal appointment with our experts.

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Diagnosing sleep apnea requires a sleep study, where your breathing, blood oxygen levels, brain activity and limb movements are analyzed and recorded while you sleep.

A sleep specialist will then interpret the results and determine whether your breathing ceases during sleep. If you have a >4 AHI (apnea-hypopnea index), you may be referred for sleep apnea treatment.

There are several treatment options available. The most common involves using a CPAP machine that provides airway support while you sleep. However, some people may choose to use an oral appliance that keeps their airways clear while they sleep.

For severe apnea, an oral surgeon may recommend surgery to remove excess tissue from the throat or palate.

The team at Smile Unique Dental and Orthodontics specializes in dental sleep apnea treatment in Houston. Ready to get started sleeping and feeling better than you’ve felt in years? Contact us at (832) 391-8660 for a personalized consultation. We look forward to seeing you.

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