Sleep Apnea Treatment in Granbury, TX

Sleep apnea affects millions of Americans, and it is estimated that there are many more who suffer from the symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea and have no idea. If you consistently get poor sleep night after night, we recommend completing a sleep study and seeking treatment for obstructive sleep apnea, if applicable. Our office provides high-quality, custom oral appliances for sleep apnea, and we would love to help you sleep better and feel better. Contact our office today!

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What causes obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the muscles at the back of the throat relax excessively during sleep, blocking the patient’s airway. This causes repeated breathing interruptions throughout the night and leads to a poor quality of sleep. Factors contributing to obstructive sleep apnea include obesity, enlarged tonsils or adenoids, a naturally narrow airway, and certain genetic factors. Additionally, lifestyle choices such as smoking and alcohol use can exacerbate the condition. Other risk factors include aging, which leads to a loss of muscle tone in the throat, and certain medical conditions like hypothyroidism and polycystic ovary syndrome.

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What are the signs of sleep apnea?

The signs of obstructive sleep apnea include loud, chronic snoring, gasping or choking during sleep, and waking up frequently throughout the night. Individuals with sleep apnea often experience excessive daytime sleepiness, difficulty concentrating, and morning headaches. Other symptoms may include waking up with a dry mouth or sore throat and experiencing mood changes, such as irritability or depression. Bed partners often notice the snoring and interruptions in breathing, which can also provide important clues. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to serious health issues, including high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.

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How can a dentist treat sleep apnea?

When most people think about sleep apnea treatment, they think of CPAP machines. However, these machines can be uncomfortable to wear, costly, and they require electricity and distilled water to function. Our office creates custom-made oral appliances that are worn during sleep and work by repositioning the lower jaw and tongue to keep the airway open. The process begins with a thorough dental examination and impressions of the teeth to create custom fit. Oral appliances are a preferred option for patients who are not interested in CPAP therapy and for patients with mild to moderate sleep apnea.

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