Obstructive Sleep Apnea – Denton, TX
Countering Obstruction While You Sleep
It’s estimated that obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) accounts for over 90% of all cases. Without timely treatment, this seemingly simple condition can have dire impacts on your health and wellbeing throughout your life, including increasing your risk of medical conditions like heart disease and high blood pressure. Our team of community-trusted, skilled sleep experts at Star Sleep & Wellness in Denton use proven techniques and treatments to eliminate the risks of OSA before it leads to deteriorating health. Contact us today to schedule an appointment to discuss obstructive sleep apnea in Denton.
What Causes Obstructive Sleep Apnea?
Obstructive sleep apnea is characterized by a blocked airway that limits and halts the ability to breathe as you sleep. When the soft palate and tongue collapse and block the airway, it creates an obstruction that limits the ability for air to flow in and out of the mouth. Ultimately, this results in breathing to stop and limits oxygen intake, triggering the brain to cause you to suddenly wake.
Other cases of OSA include:
- Narrow nasal passages
- Enlarged uvula
- Deviated septum
- Missing teeth
- Enlarged tongue
- Recessed lower jaw
- Enlarged tonsils
- Fat accumulation around the neck
- Sleeping on your back
- Genetic disorders, including Down syndrome
Possible Complications of Obstructive Sleep Apnea
The longer OSA remains untreated, the increased risk of developing serious health problems as a result. Here are some long-term complications that can develop as a result of obstructive sleep apnea:
- Heart attack or stroke
- Chronic fatigue
- Heightened risk of drowsy driving
- High blood pressure
- Poor work performance
- Frequent headaches
- Weight gain
- Heart disease
When to See a Doctor About Obstructive Sleep Apnea
If you have one or more of the symptoms associated with OSA, that’s a good enough reason to contact our office and schedule an evaluation. Loud, chronic snoring, waking up and gasping for air, chronic fatigue, and the other symptoms listed on this page are all reasons to contact our team at Star Sleep & Wellness in Denton immediately. Based on your examination, our team can recommend a sleep study to help determine whether sleep apnea is a cause for your symptoms and determine a treatment plan to address your issue.
Types of Treatment for Obstructive Sleep Apnea
Every patient is different, which is why it’s important that we offer more than one treatment option for obstructive sleep apnea. Based on your individual case, lifestyle, and more details that we’ll gather from you, you may be able to benefit from oral appliance therapy, CPAP therapy, a combination of both, or other solutions our team offers.
Oral Appliance Therapy
Oral appliance therapy (OAT) utilizes a customized orthotic device that you wear in your mouth while you sleep. It’s designed to fit comfortably while shifting the mouth to prevent the soft tissues from collapsing and blocking the airway. This keeps your throat and airway open to ensure your brain is receiving enough oxygen as you sleep and minimizes snoring.
Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Many patients with OSA begin their treatment journey with a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machine. Using a small mask that fits onto the face, it pushes air through the airways to keep them open. Some patients prefer oral appliance therapy to CPAP therapy because they have difficulty sleeping with the mask on or with the background noise of the device.
Some patients benefit the most from combination therapy, which utilizes both a CPAP device and oral appliance for maximum airflow. As you wear the oral appliance, you’ll also have the CPAP nose mask on with the machine not on the highest setting (minimizing any noise disruption to your rest). With this comprehensive treatment type, patients can achieve optimal rest.
Health & Wellness Coaching
Our team also offers health and wellness coaching to help address some common problems associated with OSA, including weight loss, depression, anxiety, and more. We work collaboratively, sleep doctors, nurse practitioner, and licensed psychologist, to help you achieve good health and great rest.
While surgery is a rare sleep apnea treatment option, some patients who don’t achieve relief from the solutions listed above, like those who have enlarged lymphatic tissues or tonsils, may require this intervention. Surgery can help minimize symptoms associated with OSA by removing or reconstructing parts of the airway or facial structure.