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Sleep Apnea and Snoring

If you frequently wake up tired after what you thought was a full night’s sleep, or if you wake your loved ones with your chronic, disruptive snoring, it is time to seek a solution. You are not alone -- in fact, nearly 18 million Americans suffer from similar problems. The cause? A sleep breathing disorder known as obstructive sleep apnea, which is usually accompanied by loud snoring.

Sleep apnea and snoring rob you and others of restful, refreshing sleep -- but there is good news. Dr. Taylor provides treatment for sleep apnea in The Woodlands. Keep reading to learn more about the condition and its treatment.

What Is Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea is the repeated cessation of breathing during sleep. The most common form of the condition, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), occurs when the lower mandible and tongue partially or completely block airflow during the night. Snoring occurs as a result of the blockage. Desperate for oxygen, the brain sends out an emergency signal to wake the body up.

Sleep apnea sufferers toss and turn and wake up frequently throughout the night -- something they may not remember the next morning. In fact, it is often a partner who first notices the disrupted sleep.

The symptoms of sleep apnea are frequently confused with those of other conditions affecting sleep, like anxiety or depression. For this reason, the condition is frequently un- or misdiagnosed. Learn the symptoms of sleep apnea to receive the help you need sooner rather than later.

Signs you or a loved one are suffering from obstructive sleep apnea include:

  • Chronic fatigue
  • Loud, disruptive snoring
  • Frequent waking throughout the night
  • Dry mouth or sore throat in the morning
  • Daytime confusion, irritability, and other symptoms of poor sleep

If you suspect you or a loved one are suffering from the sleep breathing disorder, please do not wait to seek help. Left untreated, sleep apnea has been linked to serious health conditions, including high blood pressure, heart attack, stroke, and premature death.

Sleep Apnea Treatment in The Woodlands

Sleep apnea may be treated using CPAP therapy (continuous positive airway pressure machine) or with a removable oral device. Both keep the airway open during sleep for a full night of uninterrupted sleep.

The CPAP is the most common treatment for obstructive sleep apnea. It works by forcing air into the airway during the night through a small facial mask. Unfortunately, many patients do not find the relief they seek with the noisy apparatus. They are what we call “CPAP intolerant.”

CPAP intolerant patients may find relief with a removable oral appliance. This device is small, portable, and resembles the type of mouthguard an athlete wears. By holding the lower jaw and tongue in place during sleep, it prevents the blockage of the airway and allows you to breathe properly throughout the night.

Sleep apnea is diagnosed by your general doctor and treated by your dentist. If you think you or someone you love may be suffering from the exhausting condition, don’t wait to seek the help you need. Feel free to contact our office for more information on diagnosing and treating sleep apnea.

Services from your Woodland Dentist

When you have a family to take care of, time can be in short supply. That’s why we provide a wide variety of dental services that can help smiles of all ages, eliminating tedious visits to other offices. From routine hygiene to revitalizing restorative care to Invisalign treatment and much more, Dr. Taylor, the dentist Woodlands residents trust, and his team have the skills and dedication needed to not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

At the foundation of our services is your twice-yearly dental checkup. These appointments serve as the baseline from which we develop a treatment plan to help you maintain your best oral health. Beyond cleaning and polishing your teeth, one of our skilled hygienists will also examine your teeth and gums, looking for signs of decay or gum disease. Periodically, we will also take digital x-rays to find any concerns that are not visible to the naked eye, such as a cavity between two teeth or infection developing deep inside a tooth. Another very important component of a checkup is an oral cancer screening. This disease is highly treatable and curable when found early.

Similarly, other oral and dental health concerns are relatively easy to treat when found sooner rather than later. Some of the restorative treatments Dr. Taylor offers to repair your smile include:

  • Tooth-Colored Fillings
  • Dentures and Partials
  • All Porcelain Crown, Inlays and Onlays
  • Root Canals
  • CEREC one-visit crowns and other restorations
  • Bridges
  • Dental Implants

For those times when you want to enhance your smile, we have a number of cosmetic treatments. One of the most cost-effective is teeth whitening with Zoom! Whitening. In just one appointment, you can have a smile that is several shades brighter and whiter.

Have a chipped or slightly cracked tooth? Cosmetic bonding uses tooth-colored composite resin material to rebuild and reshape your tooth. If you have several teeth that are chipped, cracked, misshaped or slightly misaligned, then consider porcelain veneers. These coverings are adhesively bonded to your teeth, so you can present an aesthetically pleasing smile to family, friends and colleagues.

We proudly serve patients in Conroe, The Woodlands, Spring, Houston and surrounding communities. Call our office in The Woodlands, TX today to schedule an appointment for yourself or another member of your family.

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It’s time to start enjoying a happier, healthier smile. Dr. Taylor and his team can’t wait to welcome you here in the Woodlands. Request an appointment today!

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