Sleep Apnea Therapy
Sleep is precious. While we rest at night, our bodies recharge. When sleep is interrupted, the result can be daily exhaustion, memory loss, and difficulty concentrating. If apnea is the cause of sleep loss, the long-term effects can be even more severe. Sleep apnea is a disorder that causes the cessation of breathing for ten or more seconds at a time, and these incidents of breathlessness can occur hundreds of times during a night’s sleep. Each time a patient experiences apnea, the body triggers a panic response to drive the lungs to inhale. This panic raises blood pressure and rouses the patient from sleep. Because of this repeated waking, the sleeper does not achieve adequate rest, and wakes in the morning still tired after a full night’s sleep. Traditional sleep apnea therapies use air pressure to force the throat open allowing patients to breathe deeply during sleep. However, the team at Katy Family Dentists offers a viable alternative – oral appliance therapy. These custom crafted appliances shift the jaw forward, keep the air way open, and allow patients to rest and breathe deeply during sleep. Contact us to find out more or schedule a sleep apnea consultation.