Why obstructive sleep apnea needs to be taken seriously

Are you still tired in the morning even after what you thought was a good night’s sleep? Do you experience daytime fatigue, morning headaches, or changes to your energy levels, memory, and concentration? Has your sleeping partner told you that you snore and keep them awake? All of these may be an indication that obstructive sleep apnea is impacting your night!

What is obstructive sleep apnea?

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleeping disorder sometimes referred to as OSA. It is caused by a blockage in the airway, which may be due to a closure or narrowing of the throat. Because of the disruption in the breathing passageways, patients will often stop breathing sometimes hundreds of times in one night. This results in the inability for a patient to reach the deeper, restorative levels of sleep that help them function and feel their absolute best. This can impact a patient’s overall quality of life dramatically, making it harder to function and get through the day.

Why should OSA be taken seriously?

Obstructive sleep apnea can take a heavy toll on one’s lifestyle, especially if they never get the rest they need. This is why patients who have been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea need to seek treatment. Most primary care physicians will recommend the use of a CPAP machine. This machine is worn at night with a facemask to keep the airways open and allow for a good night’s rest. However, this device can be difficult to travel with, and many find it obstructive and uncomfortable. Patients can work with their dentist at Peters Dental Associates in Houston, TX to consider an alternative solution such as an oral appliance. A special dental appliance can be made for a patient to open the airways as well, in a more comfortable and effective manner. Compliance with oral appliance therapy is often much higher than that of CPAP use.

Have you been diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea?

If you have received a diagnosis of OSA and want to consider options other than CPAP therapy, the team at Peters Dental Associates invites you to schedule an appointment at our practice to discuss oral appliance therapy. Our facility is located at 2508 Bay Area Boulevard, Ste. 100 and can be reached by calling (281) 486-8061.

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