Sleep Apnea

Could Your Snoring Be a Warning Sign of Obstructive Sleep Apnea?

If you think you may have sleep apnea in Houston, TX, call us now for a diagnosis and personalized treatment plan!

Why Obstructive Sleep Apnea Occurs

Obstructive sleep apnea is a condition that affects around 18 million people throughout the United States, according to the National Sleep Foundation1.

During sleep apnea episodes, sufferers lose the ability to properly breathe through their airways because of blockages. These blockages are often caused by the soft palate falling into the back of the throat. The body’s reaction is a sudden and sometimes loud snort or snore.

As anyone with sleep apnea knows, this constant jolting can and does disrupt the natural sleep cycle. This leaves most sleep apnea patients feeling exhausted, even after they have been at rest for many hours. Instead of getting recuperative sleep, they wake with sore throats, headaches, and a sense that something is wrong.

Solving the problem of sleep apnea requires the help of a trained professional like Dr. Mauricio Rodriguez. Dr. Rodriguez can not only help you determine if you have sleep apnea, but he can guide you toward treatment options if you do have this medical condition.
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Common Signs You May Have Sleep Apnea

  • You regularly wake up at night gasping for air.
  • You snore very loudly and constantly every night.
  • You have headaches when you get up in the morning.
  • Your throat hurts in the morning.
  • You feel groggy throughout the day, as if you did not sleep much or at all.
  • You are experiencing memory problems because of lack of sleep.
  • Your snoring is causing your sleeping partner to sleep elsewhere.
  • Your work life or home life is being affected by your snoring and lack of quality REM sleep.

Treatments for Obstructive Sleep Apnea That Fit Your Lifestyle

After a simple three-night take-home sleep apnea test shows that you have this condition, Dr. Rodriguez can help you figure out the best treatment methods. Some common solutions include:

  • Custom Fit – Having a special appliance made that is worn at night. This appliance keeps your mouth slightly open during sleep.
  • CPAP – Using a CPAP device. This medically accepted form of treatment works well to provide a constant flow of air into your esophagus, unless you are CPAP intolerant.
  • Occlusal Adjustment – Making sure your teeth are aligned properly. A scan using the i-CAT® equipment in our office can help Dr. Rodriguez see if there are problems that can be solved through processes such as occlusal adjustments or dental surgeries.

Could you have sleep apnea? Contact Mauricio Rodriguez DDS at Premier Dental if snoring in Houston, TX, has become a major problem in your life. Our number is (281) 488-1227