Sleep Apnea Therapy Rest Easy in Houston, TX
Do you snore loudly every night? Do you wake up tired despite sleeping for 7-8 hours? Do you ever wake up during the night gasping for air? If so, you may be suffering from sleep apnea, which is a disorder where a person stops breathing periodically throughout the night. The most common form is called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA. It is usually caused by a poor jaw position during sleep, large tonsils/adenoids, or the tissues in the mouth and throat collapsing into the airway. Regardless, the end result is that a person’s breathing is temporarily halted, and their body immediately goes into panic mode trying to restore it. This is extremely stressful for the body, and it often happens hundreds of times a night! Surprisingly, most people actually sleep right through it, which is why nearly 80% of all sleep apnea suffers go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
How We Can Treat Your Sleep Apnea
The typical treatment for this condition is CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) therapy. A patient wears a facemask that is connected to an air pump via a hose, and it literally keeps their throat open by forcing air into it. As you can imagine, many patients find this experience extremely uncomfortable, which is why as many as 50% of the people prescribed to use a CPAP machine stop after just the first year.
Fortunately, Dr. Cher Rich can provide a simple, easy to use, and effective alternative: oral appliance therapy. This will involve her making a small mouthpiece that a patient will wear to bed each night to slightly shift their jaw forward to prevent the airway from becoming obstructed. Since every oral appliance is custom-made, they are extremely comfortable, and patients can drink and speak normally while wearing them. They are fantastic at relieving the symptoms of OSA, as 90% of the people who wear them regularly see a dramatic increase in their sleep quality.
Get the Rest You Need!
If you are suffering from sleepless nights or exhausted days, be sure to contact our office today. Dr. Rich can recommend a qualified sleep doctor who can properly diagnose your sleep apnea, and then she can provide oral appliance therapy if needed. Start getting the rest you need tonight, so contact us today.