Sleep Apnea Treatment Cypress, Texas 77429

A Better Quality Life

Treating Sleep Apnea

A Better Quality Life

If you are suffering from sleep apnea, many doctors will be the first to recommend a CPAP or BiPAP machine. However, many people struggle with the maintenance, upkeep and replacement of their CPAP equipment, and sometimes just don’t respond well to or can’t tolerate the treatment. This is when an oral surgeon can help you.

Many patients experience sleep apnea due to a structural issue in the mouth or jaw. Dr. Garza can check for these abnormalities and then use devices or surgeries to correct the problem.

Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes a person to stop breathing for short periods while they are sleeping. While these periods only last for a few seconds, they can severely impact a patient’s quality of sleep. Common symptoms are loud or excessive snoring and nighttime breathing changes, which can be disturbing to not only the patients, but also their partners.

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is caused by a physical obstruction of the windpipe during sleep, which causes the patient to breathe intermittently. This usually happens due to tissues in your throat relaxing during sleep, but can sometimes occur due to enlarged tonsils or adenoids. This leads to dramatically deteriorated sleep quality, because the brain – deprived of oxygen – must wake the person up out of sleep to breathe. These respiratory event related arousals can happen hundreds of times a night, causing tiredness, fatigue, daytime sleepiness and difficulty paying attention. Someone with OSA might wake up gasping for air multiple times during the night, and might suffer from a dry mouth and a morning headache.

Chronic sleep apnea, left untreated, can lead to difficulty concentrating, memory loss, high blood pressure, depression, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

Sleep apnea can be caused by abnormalities in a patient’s soft palate. Other oral issues, such as jaw or tooth misalignment, can also cause this disorder. There are a variety of oral surgeries that can help to reduce sleep apnea symptoms. Oral devices, such as night guards and oral appliances, can also reduce symptoms. Your dentist will use a combination of tools and tests to determine the best treatment option for you.

Oral appliances, such as mandibular advancement devices, can help keep your throat and airway clear as you sleep, allowing you to breathe correctly and sleep more soundly.

Sleep apnea is a complicated condition. There are a variety of oral issues that can cause this disorder. And of course, some people develop sleep apnea for other reasons. Our sleep apnea treatment in Cypress can evaluate your mouth and help you determine if an oral issue is the cause of your sleep apnea. They can also use 3D imaging to determine the exact cause of the issue, allowing you to treat the problem most effectively.