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Sleep Apnea

Are you getting the rest you need to excel at work or enjoy the time you spend with your loved ones? If you routinely struggle with daytime drowsiness or have difficulty concentrating, you may not be.

Many patients struggle with a seriously under-diagnosed health condition known as sleep apnea. Patients with sleep apnea are unable to sleep peacefully through the night because they stop breathing, often for at least 10 seconds, if not more. When their body senses the drop in oxygen, they finally wake up to take a breath.

This cycle can repeat all night long and is accompanied, most of the time, by snoring. Not every sleep apnea patient realizes that he or she struggles with sleep apnea, though. Many patients only move to a lighter stage of sleep instead of waking up completely.

In many cases, snoring and sleep apnea have the same cause: obstruction from the tongue and/or lower jaw. As air struggles to get to the lungs, it creates the vibrations that are associated with the familiar sound of snoring. When air can’t get through at all, the patient stops breathing.

Thankfully, there’s a simple solution for sleep apnea and snoring that can result in a better night’s sleep and improved wellbeing. That solution is known as an oral appliance.

Wearing an oral appliance will help you reposition your tongue and lower jaw during sleep so that the path to your lungs remains open as you rest. The result will be a better night’s sleep for you and your partner alike.

Contact our Pasadena, TX dental office today if you’d like to learn more about sleep apnea and sleep apnea therapy with a custom-made oral appliance.