Sleep Apnea Treatment (OSA) Houston TX
Sleep Apnea Symptoms
Are you falling asleep driving or sitting in the movie theater? Are you irritable, lack energy at work, job performance is depleted, and you feel somewhat depressed. You may be suffering from Sleep Apnea. People with obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) have disrupted sleep and low blood oxygen levels.
When obstructive sleep apnea occurs, the tongue is sucked against the back of the throat. This blocks the upper airway and airflow stops. When the oxygen level in the brain becomes low enough, the sleeper partially awakens, the obstruction in the throat clears, and the flow of air starts again, usually with a loud gasp.
Repeated cycles of decreased oxygenation lead to very serious cardiovascular problems. Additionally, these individuals suffer from excessive daytime sleepiness, depression, and loss of concentration, diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, and the development of an enlarged neck.
The first step in treatment resides in recognition of the symptoms. Dr. McRay and Dr. Robbins can help screen for any symptoms and provide a treatment plan including consultation with partner physicians as needed.
First, in addition to a detailed history, we will assess the anatomic relationships in the maxillofacial region. We can even capture a 3D image using our cone beam technology to help screen and educate regarding your airway and any abnormalities and restrictions inflow.
Next, we will order a home sleep study in the comfort of your own home allowing you to utilize our simple sleep monitoring equipment to record all pertinent data.
Finally, we will route your results to our partner physicians to interpret and score and officially diagnose your sleep apnea, and determine your candidacy for an oral appliance.
While there are several treatment options available for sleep apnea including CPAP, for many patients who have mild apnea diagnosed by a sleep study, Dr. McRay or Dr. Robbins are trained to provide an oral appliance that provides an improved jaw position to address snoring and mild sleep apnea.
Oral Appliance Treatment
We are proud to offer you the very best custom-designed oral appliance to treat snoring and/or your mild to moderate obstructive sleep apnea. Oral appliance therapy is considered a gold-standard in sleep apnea treatment for many who are unable or unwilling to tolerate CPAP therapy and/or surgery. Our custom fabricated two-piece appliance is designed to prevent apneas by keeping the upper airway open. The lower jaw is moved forward comfortably to relax the tissue at the back of the throat and prevent the base of the tongue from collapsing and blocking the airway.
We partner with OptiSleep to custom fabricate oral appliance therapy for our patients. Why We Love It?
By using our digital 3D software, we can readily visualize any problems with your airway.
- Fully Digital: The completely digital process ensures a high level of accuracy and eliminates the need for unpleasant impressions.
- Fully Comfortable: The thin design of our appliances makes for a comfortable feel. The 2-piece appliance enables you to open your mouth naturally.
- Fully Superior: OPTISLEEP is a Class II medical device, manufactured using the highest quality materials and 510(k) cleared.
- Fully Flexible: Every patient is customized for fit and because we have a totally digital workflow, our appliances can be re-calibrated and reproducible at any time!
Ready to experience better sleep today for a better tomorrow?
We are here to help! For a friendly, effective sleep apnea treatment with us, contact our Houston office today. Call, or Text us at The Dentists at Houston Westchase Phone Number 832-830-8226, Email Us or