Does someone in your household wake up many times throughout the night due to interrupted sleep patterns that sound like a choking sound? Does he or she also suffer from daytime sleepiness, too?

Well, these are just two of the signs that you or someone you know may have sleep apnea. If it exists, consulting with a sleep apnea doctor as soon as possible would be in your best interest.

 

Why is sleep apnea so serious, anyway?

Millions of people across the country suffer from sleep apnea, and more than half are overweight. Sleep apnea is more common in males than females, and more common in adults than children or teenagers. Also important to note is the fact that you are more likely to develop sleep apnea if someone else in your family is diagnosed with it.

This means that diagnosis and treatment is critical for your entire family!

If you’re looking for a sleep apnea doctor in Houston, TX, Dr. Hedge and Dr. Frazar are on your side to provide you with a restful night’s sleep! They treat the most common type of sleep apnea, which is called obstructive sleep apnea. This occurs when your airway becomes blocked while you sleep. The blocked airway is what causes someone to snore (it’s the loud snoring noise that irritates you at night!).

What happens if sleep apnea goes untreated?

If you think someone in your household has sleep apnea, you should see a doctor right away to get diagnosed and treated. If this sleep disorder is left untreated and undiagnosed, the sufferer can also experience an increased risk of:

  • Irregular heartbeats (also known as arrhythmias)
  • Heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Obesity
  • Heart attack
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Automobile accidents due to lack of sleep throughout the night, and daytime sleepiness
  • Changes in how your body uses energy, which, in turn, can increase your risk for obesity and diabetes

To effectively treat the sleep disorder, the sufferer must undertake long-term treatment using non-surgical or surgical methods. For instance, the Houston dentists recommend non-surgical sleep apnea treatment, such as the CPAP breathing device, or a sleep apnea mouthpiece (mouthguard).

More times than not, these non-surgical solutions are highly effective and provide amazing results that you and your family desire.

Sleep apnea treatment goals

By treating sleep apnea, our dentists wish to:

  • Restore your regular breathing patterns while you sleep
  • Relieve your sleep disorder symptoms by decreasing or eliminating snoring and/or daytime sleepiness that you may experience
  • Provide restful, uninterrupted night’s sleep for you and your family

If you wish to treat your sleep apnea symptoms, you can schedule your appointment today with our sleep apnea doctors. We can determine if the disorder exists, and provide effective treatment, too!