Sleep Apnea Treatment in Waco
Is your snoring creating a household problem? Are you tired of waking up feeling agitated and unrefreshed? If you answered yes, Dr. Steven Cutbirth, Waco dentist, has an effective solution for you.
Snoring is often a warning sign for a more serious disorder called Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Snoring and sleep apnea are similar because both involve a blocked or narrowed airway. When breathing stops regularly for 10 seconds or longer due to a closed airway, you are suffering from sleep apnea.
Before we administer sleep apnea treatment, we want to be sure to give you an accurate diagnosis. A sleep test is crucial for diagnosing snoring and sleep apnea. This test can be completed at home, in a sleep center, or in a sleep lab.
The Dangers of Sleep Apnea
If your snoring indicates obstructive sleep apnea, it’s time to seek sleep apnea treatment right away. When your air supply is cut off so frequently, you are not receiving the oxygen or rest that you need. As a result, you are groggy and tired, and you may be suffering from a decreased memory capacity.
Long-term, sleep apnea puts you at risk for health complications like:
- Heart attack.
- Cardiac arrhythmia.
- Memory loss.
- Weight gain.
- Gastric reflux.
- Intellectual deterioration.
Sleep apnea is a serious health issue that requires sleep apnea treatment from a trained professional.
Sleep Apnea Oral Appliances
After your sleep test, we will know all of the details about your sleep apnea or snoring. We can treat you effectively with comfortable CPAP alternatives.
As a college student, I had to wear a CPAP machine to treat my sleep apnea. Worst experience of my life, the Sleep Apnea appliance from Dr. Cutbirth dramatically changed my life for the better. Highly recommended to anyone suffering from sleep apnea.
For years, the standard sleep apnea treatment was a CPAP machine. Today, we provide a treatment that is far quieter and more convenient. Dr. Cutbirth will prescribe a custom-made oral appliance that is worn each night.
We design sleep apnea appliances with smooth and durable plastic. The appliance gently holds your lower jaw forward, and it prevents the tongue or other soft tissues from obstructing your airway while you sleep. Patients love the results they see with sleep apnea appliances, and they appreciate that this treatment is:
- Easy to clean.
- Relatively comfortable.
Sleep Apnea FAQ
What is sleep apnea?
Sleep apnea is a sleep disorder where the airway becomes blocked while you are sleeping, causing the body to wake up and preventing you from getting into the deeper sleep cycles that are necessary for good rest.
Do dental appliances work for sleep apnea?
For more severe cases of sleep apnea you may need to have a CPAP, but for most cases a sleep apnea oral appliance can help to alleviate the blocking of your airway and give you a better night’s sleep.
What are the symptoms of sleep apnea?
There are many different signs that you have sleep apnea, some of the most common are loud snoring, waking up tired after a full night of sleep, general fatigue throughout the day, waking up with dry mouth, morning headaches.