Sleep Apnea

Take Back Your Nights

Did you know that during sleep is the only time the human body is able to heal and repair itself? If you are losing sleep night after night due to untreated sleep apnea, it’s not just your partner suffering from your snoring. Lack of sleep can cause a whole host of mental and physical health problems, and untreated sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious systemic diseases, and can even be potentially fatal.

Take back your nights, your days, your health, and your life. Come see us at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry to find out what your Cedar Park dentist can do to treat your sleep apnea today!

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What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and dangerous sleep disorder that affects millions of Americans, while many cases remain undiagnosed. Because symptoms are mostly present during sleep, many sufferers are entirely unaware of their condition, and the potential health consequences lurking around the corner.

Obstructive sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep, blocking the airway, and preventing the patient from being able to breathe properly.

Signs & Symptoms

Some of the common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, frequent snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Sleep disruptions
  • Nightmares or insomnia
  • Frequent urination during the night
  • Chronic tiredness & fatigue
  • Chronic headaches & migraines
  • Depression or anxiety

If you find yourself waking up exhausted after what seems like a “full night’s rest” or have noticed any of the above signs and symptoms, you may be suffering from sleep apnea.

Left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk for serious systemic health problems, including:

  • High blood pressure
  • Low blood oxygen levels
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Arthritis
  • Dementia

Sleep Apnea Treatment

The most common treatment for sleep apnea is a CPAP machine. CPAPs are highly effective when used properly, however, many patients find them intolerable because they are loud, bulky, and prevent the patient from sleeping, which defeats the purpose.

If you talk to your Cedar Park dentist, we will tell you about a CPAP alternative – a more comfortable, less invasive, more convenient way to treat your sleep apnea.

We use a custom oral appliance, which is similar to a mouth guard that gently shifts the lower jaw forward, thus preventing the airway from collapsing and allowing the patient to breathe comfortably throughout the night.

Come see us!

If you’re ready to improve your quality of sleep, your quality of life, and your overall health, we would love to speak with you about oral appliance therapy for sleep apnea treatment.

Contact your Cedar Park dentist, Dr. Max Kerr, Dr. Brandon Hedgecock, or Dr. Supriya Patel at Vista Ridge Family Dentistry today by calling (512) 253-8840 or schedule an appointment online!

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