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Do you suffer from sleep apnea? Fight back against this potentially life-threatening sleep breathing disorder by receiving diagnosis and treatment from The Esler Dental Group.
Dr. Clinton L. Esler is a sleep apnea dentist. That means he has special, additional experience and training to both diagnose and treat a sleep breathing disorder.
What is a sleep breathing disorder?
A sleep breathing disorder refers to any problem a person has maintaining an open, fully functioning airway during sleep. One of the most serious sleep breathing disorders is sleep apnea, which occurs when the airway collapses, restricting the flow of air to the body. This problem can occur from a collapse of soft tissue, or a blockage of the airway. Whatever the cause, the result is the restriction of airflow, rousing a person’s brain from the deep stage of sleep.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
Any individual with sleep apnea does not get enough rest. This is because, each time one of these blockages happens, it disrupts the sleep cycle and thus depriving the person of the restoration to mind and body that occur naturally during the deep stage of the sleep cycle.
A patient with a severe case of sleep apnea might encounter these blockages hundreds of times per night.
Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
Snoring is the most common symptom of a sleep breathing disorder.
Other symptoms of sleep apnea can include the following:
- Chronic fatigue
- Loss of memory
- Problems concentrating at work or school
- Loss of libido
- Weight gain
Left untreated, a sleep apnea patient has a much higher risk of developing certain chronic ailments, such as cardiac disease, high blood pressure, stroke, depression, diabetes, and cognitive decline.
The Esler Dental Group can help. We can evaluate a potential case of sleep apnea by performing an airway evaluation. Then, we can alleviate the symptoms of a sleep breathing disorder by prescribing a custom made oral appliance. When worn during sleep, the appliance keeps the lower jaw in its ideal forward resting position and maintains an open airway. Appliance therapy treats the cause of a sleep breathing disorder—the obstruction in the airway—and is often reported by sleep apnea patients as more convenient than other treatment methods, such as wearing a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine.
If you or a member of your family has any of the symptoms listed above, especially if one of those symptoms is loud snoring, then you should be screened for sleep apnea. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling (806) 358-8021.
The Esler Dental Group is here to provide total oral health care to patients in Amarillo, Canyon, Dalhart and the surrounding Texas Panhandle.