Sleep Apnea Treatments in Austin
Serving Westlake and the Surrounding Areas
If snoring, breathing issues, or other sleep problems are keeping you from getting a restful night’s sleep, it may be time to look into sleep apnea treatments. At Bell Dental Studio, our team offers highly effective solutions to improve your sleep and its overall quality. Many people confuse sleep apnea with common snoring, but it could actually pose a serious danger. When you fall asleep, your throat muscles relax, which narrows the airways and leads to noise-causing vibrations when the sleeper inhales or exhales.
For more information about our Austin sleep apnea treatments, please call (512) 399-1115 and schedule an appointment today.
Obstructive Sleep Apnea
This condition causes the upper airway to collapse when the person is sleeping due to relaxing muscles and a decrease in the brain’s control over breathing and these muscles. When this happens, the airways collapse and soft tissues can obstruct airflow to the lungs, which can stop breathing altogether. This is why it is so important to seek out the professional help of our team of experts. Not only do we want to help you sleep better, but we will always prioritize your total health and want to make sure we do everything we can to treat your current and future conditions.
Sleep Apnea’s Connection to Other Health Issues
In addition to being an annoyance, sleep apnea is associated with other serious health conditions, especially if it is left untreated. Many of our patients are unaware that they have sleep apnea and/or the condition’s potentially serious nature. That’s why every patient that comes into our office is screened for sleep apnea as part of our commitment to our patients’ total health.
Common health issues related to sleep apnea include:
- Higher blood pressure that can lead to stroke, if left untreated with diet changes or medication.
- Heart issues caused by apnea, including irregular heartbeat, the potential for heart attacks, and heart failure, in the most extreme cases.
- Obesity and related conditions, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, because the lack of sleep from apnea is correlated to a change in eating habits, often for the worst.
- Migraines and headaches
- Chronic sleepiness and fatigue
TAP vs. CPAP
The TAP Sleep Care system is an advanced oral appliance used to comfortably treat and prevent sleep apnea. Many patients find it to be more comfortable, more efficient, and more customized then traditional, bulky, and loud CPAP appliances. The TAP technology is similar to an everyday mouthguard, but it is worn during sleep to reposition the lower jaw into a forward position. This eliminates the jaw being able to slip back, leading to an airway collapse. With an open airway, the sleeper not only benefits from a reduced risk that they will stop breathing, but they can also sleep easier with less snoring.
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