The days are still short but steadily stretching longer. Yet many of us are still longing to get enough sleep and that is especially pertinent for those suffering from sleep apnea, a condition where they experience continual interruptions and pauses in breathing during their sleep. This sleep disorder arises because of airway obstructions, often from the tongue rolling back in the throat or having collapsed tissues blocking the airway. Without treatment for it, you might find yourself having heart disease, high blood pressure and liver problems.

But did you know that moderate to severe sleep apnea is associated with trouble concentrating, memory problems, poor decision-making, depression and stress? Studies have revealed the diminishment of brain chemicals that combine and coordinate signals from brain areas that help regulate emotions and thinking. The result? The brain is stressed and doesn’t work as well as it needs to.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

If you experience the following, you are risking the mental, emotional and physical effects of sleep apnea:

-Excessive daytime fatigue
-Irritability and changes in your personality
-Inability to stay asleep throughout the sleep cycles
-Loud, continuous snoring
-Sore or dry throat when waking up
-Chronic morning headaches

The Oral Appliance Solution

Treating this serious condition can often depend on how severe your symptoms are. Mild to moderate sleep apnea can be effectively treated using a simple oral device. Dr. Paresh Patel offers an oral device that treats obstructive sleep apnea and by simply wearing it over your teeth to keep your airway open as you sleep. The appliance successfully keeps your tongue from rolling back and blocking the air passage while maintaining your jaw’s position. This, in turn, prevents airway blockages while you sleep.

Dr.  Patel takes your sleep condition seriously and our team understands the importance of a healthy nights’ sleep. We welcome you to give Family Dentistry of Frisco a call at (469) 362-3150. We can help you learn what you need to know about sleep apnea treatment in Frisco, Texas! You deserve a good night’s sleep for a healthier lifestyle!

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