Your Dentist in Preston Hollow Treats Sleep Apnea
It’s estimated that 18 million people in the US suffer from sleep apnea, a disorder that affects a person’s ability to sleep soundly throughout the night. Without the refreshing 8 hours you need each night, you may be irritable, confused, and constantly fatigued during the day. Your partner may be equally fed up with your fitful, noisy sleep.
If you are a chronic snorer, or if you can’t seem to get a full 8 hours even when you go to bed on time, it’s time to find out if you are suffering from sleep apnea. If you are, take comfort knowing Dr. Allison Fowler can help you enjoy a full night’s sleep again.
Do You Snore?
The most common form of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), which occurs when the tongue and lower jaw collapse and block the proper flow of air through the throat. Snoring occurs due to this partial or total obstruction, making that one of the chief warning signs of OSA.
In addition to snoring, other warning signs of OSA may include:
- Teeth grinding
- Night time acid reflux
- Frequent waking throughout the night, often observed by a partner
- Waking with a sore or dry throat
- Difficulty completing daytime tasks (like driving or concentrating at work)
- Irritability, confusion, and fatigue
If you experience any of the warning signs of OSA, Dr, Fowler can send you home with an at-home sleep study. You wear three monitors that measure your blood oxygen level and breathing activity while you sleep to help determine what is causing your interrupted sleep.
Dr. Fowler partners with a pulmonologist who is board certified in Sleep Medicine to interpret the sleep study. With results from the sleep study, the pulmonologist can determine whether or not you could benefit from sleep apnea treatment. If so, relief is in sight.
Your Dentist Treats Sleep Apnea
As an expert in your mouth and its functions, Dr. Fowler is well-equipped to provide oral appliances for your treatment.
An oral appliance is a small, custom-fitted device that repositions your lower jaw to prevent its collapse during sleep.
More severe cases of OSA may require additional therapy.
Schedule an Appointment Today!
If you have recently received a diagnosis for sleep apnea, or if you would like to discuss your poor sleep, please do not hesitate to get in touch with Dr. Allison Fowler. Request an appointment online today.