Sleep apnea is a condition that occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the mouth collapse. Because this happens during sleep, many patients may not realize that they have sleep apnea. However, snoring and waking up frequently at night are common markers of this condition.
Dr. Michael Courter treats patients who have sleep apnea in his Midland, TX dental office. Treating sleep apnea can restore health to patients and also prevent future health problems. Sometimes patients who have sleep apnea are more at risk of developing heart problems like strokes, diabetes, and even heart attacks. This is because breathing erratically can disrupt the flow of oxygen through the bloodstream.
Common Risk Factors and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea
There are multiple risk factors that can increase a patient’s chance of developing sleep apnea. Patients who may develop sleep apnea over time are often:
- Over forty
- Those with heart problems
- Frequent snorers
Common signs of sleep apnea include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Daytime sleepiness
- Morning headaches
Contact our office if you have already noticed one or more of these signs of sleep apnea. We can help you schedule a consultation where we can help fit you for an oral appliance.
How to Treat Sleep Apnea
Dr. Courter offers oral appliances to treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea. This alternative to CPAP machines is portable and comfortable for patients to use. Patients no longer have to deal with bulky and loud CPAP machines to treat their sleep apnea. To create oral appliances for his patients, Dr. Courter takes dental impressions of their teeth for a custom fit. Once the appliances are complete, patients simply wear them at night. Oral appliances open up the airways so patients can breathe easily. They are a great option for patients who want to improve their sleep apnea but cannot tolerate CPAP machines.
Request a Dental Consultation Today
Get a restful night of sleep with our sleep apnea treatment. Call Dr. Courter for a consultation at 432.287.9531. Feel free to schedule a dental appointment with Dr. Courter and his team on our website.