Do you snore loudly and feel excessively fatigued throughout the day? If so, it's possible you suffer from a sleep condition known as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). If you have been diagnosed with sleep apnea, experienced Houston, Katy, Sugar Land and The Woodlands sleep apnea dentist Dr. Ronald Konig can provide treatment to help you get a restful night's sleep. To schedule a consultation, please call us at (713) 425-1302.
Does Sleep Apnea make you snore?
A person snores when his/her airway becomes blocked during the deep breathing that occurs while sleeping. Sometimes the tongue relaxes and falls back toward the throat, blocking the flow of air. As less air is able to pass through, you begin to snore-a result of the vibrations in your throat. Not all snoring is the result of sleep apnea, but most people suffering from this sleep condition snore.
This sleep disorder is quite serious. As your body and brain is repeatedly denied oxygen throughout the night, you can experience serious health effects as a result. Sleep apnea has been linked to high blood pressure and heart disease. In the short-term, the lack of good sleep can lead to excessive drowsiness that makes it dangerous to drive and difficult to stay focused and alert at work.
There are several treatment options available to sleep apnea sufferers, the two most common being:
- CPAP machines, which can be difficult to use.
- Oral appliances worn while you sleep to correct airway problems.
For many sleep apnea suffers, the CPAP machine alleviates symptoms. However, some find it difficult to use the machine as directed, and do not receive the full benefits. An alternative for those who cannot tolerate CPAP is an oral appliance that repositions your jaw, preventing the tongue from falling into your airway. Dental appliances have a 96 percent success rate but may not work for everyone. Those with severe cases may require other treatments.
Sleep Apnea Symptoms and Risk Factors
The only way to know for sure if you suffer from sleep apnea is to be diagnosed by a qualified healthcare provider. The symptoms of this sleep disorder typically include:
- High blood pressure
- Choking and gasping during sleep
- Night sweats
- Morning headaches
- Dry mouth
- Impaired ability to concentrate
- Mood changes
- Daytime fatigue
- Learning and Memory Problems
Risk factors for this disorder include being overweight, high blood pressure, large neck size of 17" or greater, family history of sleep apnea, and certain abnormalities of the throat, airway or nose.
Although you must see a qualified specialist for a diagnosis, our dentist can provide care for many cases of sleep apnea, so that you can get the healthful, restful sleep you need and deserve.
If you live in or around Sugar Land, Katy, The Woodlands or Houston and suffer from sleep apnea, please contact contact Dr. Ronald W. Konig, DDS, FAGD, LVIF to schedule a consultation and to find out what treatments are available to you.