If you consistently feel tired even though you have slept, you experience frequent headaches or your partner is aggravated by your excessive snoring, you may have sleep apnea. It’s a very common sleeping disorder, yet most people don’t even realize they have it.
Sleep apnea is considered to be a serious medical condition that occurs when an individual stops breathing for a short period of time while sleeping. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the most common type according to the American Sleep Apnea Association. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the brain sends the signal to the muscles and the muscles make an effort to take a breath, but they are unsuccessful because the airway becomes obstructed and prevents an adequate flow of air.
Treatment Options for Sleep Apnea
Our office utilizes Fotona Nightlase to provide patients with a non-invasive, patient-friendly laser treatment that increases the quality of sleep while reducing the effects and decreases the severity of snoring. No anesthesia is necessary for this procedure. Laser dentistry with Nightlase treatment causes a tightening of the tissues which leads to a reduction in the sounds of the patient’s snoring and a lessening of the effects of sleep apnea. The procedure consists of three treatments, 21 days apart, each about 30 minutes long. Immediately following the procedure, you are able to eat, drink, talk and live a completely normal life. Nightlase is a gentle and easy way to finally get a good night’s rest.
Patients who are not undergoing CPAP therapy may be able to restore healthy sleep patterns and reduce the risk of breathing problems with lifestyle changes or by wearing an oral device. Some people may be advised to make lifestyle changes such as losing weight or changing sleep positions to reduce the risk of throat and nasal obstructions while sleeping. Others may need to wear an oral device that prevents throat blockages while sleeping. All of these methods can successfully reduce or eliminate sleep apnea symptoms.
If you would like to learn more about sleep apnea treatments in Dallas, Texas, call to schedule an appointment today.