Mesquite Sleep Apnea & Snoring Therapy
Snoring may seem like a harmless annoyance, but it can signal a larger problem. Sleep apnea is a health-threatening disorder that causes breathing to become restricted during sleep. Snoring can be a symptom as you fight to breathe during the night, constantly being restless and frequently waking up. Sleep apnea is sometimes caused by problems with your airway becoming obstructed during sleep, causing you to literally stop breathing as you are unable to pull air into your lungs. Dr. McKnight’s sleep apnea and snoring therapy techniques can help alleviate this kind of problem. Left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to much greater health problems, such as high blood pressure, stroke, heart attack, and it can even make diabetes worse. Dr. Byron McKnight has extensive training in sleep apnea and snoring therapy.
First, Dr. McKnight will determine if issues with your oral structures are the origin of your snoring or sleep apnea. If so, he will fit you for a custom oral appliance designed to create extra space in the oral cavity and throat area, allowing air to once again flow freely while you sleep. This only requires a simple impression and fabrication of the custom appliance.
If it is determined that your problems are severe enough to require a continuous positive airway pressure machine (CPAP) to be used, he can create a custom face mask to go with it that is half the size of the customary mask. It will fit so well that the machine will become completely silent. Everyone in the room will appreciate that! The amazing fit will also allow you to do away with the annoying straps that customarily are required to secure the mask around your head. If you have ever spoken to someone who uses a CPAP, they will tell you that the noise of the machine and feel of the mask make it very unpleasant. The custom mask solves all of these problems.
We have found many patients that either have a real issue with constantly being tired or actually have a sleep apnea problem that requires treatment for health reasons. What we have also found is that many of those same people don't know what to do about either one of these problems. Dr. McKnight has advanced certification in the treatment of snoring and sleep apnea and can help get these patients back to feeling rested and healthy.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Although loud snoring and daytime fatigue are the two most common symptoms of sleep apnea, they certainly aren’t the only indications of a more serious problem. Other signs may be more subtle but can have an equally disruptive impact on your quality of life. In fact, if you experience any of the following, sleep apnea could be the reason:
- High blood pressure.
- Irritability or moodiness.
- Feeling tired consistently, regardless of how long you’ve slept.
- Morning headaches.
- Sore throat or dry mouth in the morning.
- Difficulty focusing.
- Impaired memory.
- Loss of libido.
Talk to Dr. McKnight about your symptoms. If sleep apnea is behind your issues, then we can treat it and help you feel better.
So, if your spouse is kicking you in the middle of the night, or if you always find yourself waking up and wishing you had another hour or two to get some sleep, why not take the screening test below and see where you officially stand on the scale for having a sleep breathing problem.
Epworth Sleepiness Test
If snoring is a problem, please contact our Mesquite dental office today to find out about our solutions. If sleep apnea turns out to be the cause, Dr. McKnight will discuss the various ways that it can be alleviated.