You’re all tucked in for a peaceful night of sleep. Then, just as you’re about to drift off—there’s that familiar and unwelcome sound from the person sleeping on the other side of the bed. Snoring can be just an annoyance or it can be a sign of a more serious condition called sleep apnea. At Comal Dental, Dr. David Earnest and his team treat sleep apnea, so you can get a good night of sleep again and your partner can avoid a host of health problems.
What is Sleep Apnea?
Sleep apnea—also called obstructive sleep apnea—is a chronic condition that halts breathing anywhere from a few seconds to a full minute while you sleep. While you’re lying down asleep, the tissue in your throat including the back end of your tongue relaxes and may block your airway. As a result, breathing is constricted and the air that does pass through vibrates the surrounding tissue; that’s what causes the sound of snoring.
However, the problem doesn’t end with snoring. A person with sleep apnea may not realize it, but they may be waking up many, many times during the night. The nervous system signals the brain to wake the body in order to restart breathing. As a consequence, people with sleep apnea often experience extreme daytime sleepiness. In fact, the root cause of many automobile accidents is the drowsiness caused by sleep apnea. Other common side effects are:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Poor memory
- Tension headaches
- Frequently urinating during the night
In addition, sleep apnea has been linked to several general health concerns, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, depression and obesity.
Solving Sleep Apnea in San Marcos and New Braunfels
If you suspect that your loved one might have sleep apnea, Dr. Earnest can direct you to a qualified physician for diagnosis. Then, you can return to our office where you’ll be measured for a customized oral appliance called a night guard. Worn every night, this comfortable appliance gently positions your tongue and jaw forward slightly, so your airway stays open for free and clear breathing. This CPAP alternative in New Braunfels can be an ideal solution for sleep apnea sufferers.
Contact Our Office Today
If you’re ready to once again have the healthful sleep you need and deserve, then call Comal Dental in New Braunfels, TX. With a comfortable night guard, you and your partners can be on your way to a more peaceful night.