Do Something About Your Snoring in Plano
As you kick off the new year, there is no better time to say enough is enough and finally do something about your snoring. Snoring is more than just a nuisance for your partner; it could be a sign of a more serious oral health problem.
What many people don’t know is that a trip to your dentist could be the first step to improving your quality of sleep. At My Dentist in Plano, we regularly see patients from all over Texas who complain of sleep issues as a result of snoring. When you come to us with sleep and snoring concerns, we will first spend time ensuring you get the proper diagnosis. Keep reading, and then give us a call us today to end your sleep apnea nightmare once and for all.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea is typically diagnosed as one of two conditions: obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or central sleep apnea.
OSA is the most common form of sleep apnea and is caused by poor or blocked airflow. The soft tissues of the throat relax or collapse, blocking the airway. When this occurs, the body’s oxygen levels drop, and the person typically wakes up briefly. OSA can also be caused by swollen tonsils and glands, jawbone misalignment, obesity, alcohol consumption, or nasal issues.
Central sleep apnea is caused by the brain failing to send the right signals to the muscles that help you breathe.
Both forms of sleep apnea can lead to a lot more problems than just disrupted sleep. If not appropriately treated, sleep apnea can cause:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Heart disease
- Chronic acid reflux
How Dr. Dickson Diagnoses & Treats Sleep Apnea
If you think you may have sleep apnea, we will arrange a sleep study. Your habits will be monitored while you sleep, to help us determine whether you have sleep apnea. After you complete the sleep study, we will go over the results of the study with you and discuss your next steps.
Patients with sleep apnea are typically treated using one of two tools. A CPAP machine is a common way to treat sleep apnea CPAP machines force air through the mouth and nose to prevent the soft tissues of your throat from collapsing. Unfortunately, CPAP machines can be loud, bulky, and uncomfortable to wear, meaning that while they treat the condition, they don’t necessarily improve your quality of sleep.
When possible, we like to treat sleep apnea with a mouthpiece instead. We can design a custom mouthpiece for you to wear while you sleep. The device will comfortably open your airways by gently guiding your jaw forward, so your airway is no longer blocked. With this custom-designed mouthpiece, you can expect to sleep much more comfortably and without the risks of sleep apnea.
To find out if you may be suffering from sleep apnea, as well as what treatment plan may work for you, My Dentist in Plano today to schedule an appointment. We look forward to meeting with you and getting you on track toward a better night’s rest.