Did you know that snoring is often a sign of sleep apnea? Beyond the annoyances of snoring, this dangerous condition causes patients to stop breathing many times throughout the night.
An estimated 18 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea. When left untreated, it can lead to a range of serious health problems.
If you believe you or a loved one may be suffering from sleep apnea, it is important to seek the help of Dr. Clinton L. Esler as quickly as possible. At The Esler Dental Group, we understand that the majority of sleep apnea cases are caused by underlying dental issues. Together, we will help you get the restful sleep you need to lead a happy and fulfilling life.
To schedule your initial consultation, give our office a call at (806) 576-3076. We are committed to helping ease sleep apnea symptoms for patients in Amarillo, Borger, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas communities.
What Is Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common form of this condition. It happens when your airway is physically blocked off.
There are many ways OSA can occur, including:
- Soft tissue in your throat collapses and blocks your airway
- Muscles in the throat and tongue relax too much
- Large size of the neck, tongue, uvula or tonsils
- Position in which you sleep
Whatever the cause, obstructive sleep apnea results in an insufficient oxygen supply to the brain, heart and other body systems while you're asleep.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
When left untreated, sleep apnea can cause physical manifestations and affect your lifestyle. Patients experience various symptoms, including:
- Extended lapses in breathing during the night
- Daytime sleepiness and fatigue
- Changes in personality
- Irritability/short temper
- Memory loss
- Acid reflux, or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
These side effects can hinder your everyday activities. If you are experiencing one or more of these symptoms, you should schedule a sleep apnea screening with our team as soon as possible.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
Sleep apnea can prevent adequate oxygen from getting to your brain and the rest of your body including your heart and muscles. Over time, it can increase the risk of other serious medical conditions, including:
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmia
Fortunately, there are solutions that can help prevent and potentially avoid these issues.
Sleep Apnea Treatment
Dr. Esler will perform a diagnostic exam in conjunction with a sleep study to formulate a customized treatment plan based on your unique needs.
In most cases, our sleep apnea patients receive an oral appliance to treat their condition. Oral appliances are used similarly to a bite guard, and are worn while you sleep. Their primary function is to maintain an open airway. Unlike a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device, these appliances are comfortable, silent, easy to use and easy to travel with.
Oral appliances have many additional benefits, including:
- Cost effective
- Excellent patient acceptance and compliance
- Reversible therapy (non-surgical)
By beginning treatment for your sleep apnea as soon as possible, you can help avoid the serious health risks and symptoms associated with this condition.
How The Esler Dental Group can Help
To fully determine if you have this condition and which treatment is right for you, Dr. Esler will meet with you in person to discuss your health and dental care goals. Together, we will take you through our screening process to formulate your treatment plan.
Contact Our Amarillo Sleep Apnea Dentist
Dr. Esler can recommend treatment if you or a loved one suffers from sleep apnea or snoring. Give our office a call at (806) 576-3076 to schedule your initial consultation. We are dedicated to serving patients in Amarillo, Borger, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas communities.