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Sleep Apnea Midland, TX

Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) 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 North 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. Problems like strokes, diabetes, and even heart attacks are common. This is because breathing erratically can disrupt the flow of oxygen through the bloodstream.

In addition to treating sleep apnea, Dr. Courter also also provides restorative dentistry services in Midland, TX.

Treat Sleep Apnea in Midland, Texas

Common Risk Factors and Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Multiple risk factors can increase a patient’s chance of developing sleep apnea. Common risk factors for sleep apnea include smoking and anatomical abnormalities of the upper airway, as well as:

  • Obesity, or overweight
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Male
  • Over forty
  • Those with heart problems
  • Frequent snorers

Common signs and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Snoring
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Insomnia
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Morning headaches

If you think you or someone you know may have sleep apnea, it is important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. Contact our office if you have already noticed one or more of these signs of sleep apnea.

We can help you discover your treatment options during a consultation. Most patients are candidates for an oral appliance. Keep reading to learn more about possible treatment options for you.

How to Treat Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that can have a major impact on your health and quality of life. Fortunately, there are dental treatments for sleep apnea that can help you get back to a healthy night’s sleep. Dr. Courter provides oral appliances to treat mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea.

Custom oral appliances are alternative devices to Continuous Positive Airway Pressure Machines (CPAP). Oral devices are more 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 will first take dental impressions of their teeth. We will send these impressions to our dental lab to fabricate the custom-fit device. At your second appointment, our dentist will fit you with the new sleep apnea appliance. He will make sure it fits comfortably before you leave our office.

For the appliance to be effective, all you have to do is simply wear it overnight while you sleep. Oral appliances keep the airway open so you can breathe easily without restrictions. They are a great option for patients who want to improve their sleep apnea but cannot tolerate using a CPAP machine.

Naturally Treat Sleep Apnea at Home

For those patients that have light and unobtrusive symptoms, you can do things at home to alleviate your sleep apnea issues. Consider these tips from our team and you might not need medical intervention:

  • Maintain a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Weight loss can reduce fat in the soft palate and alleviate symptoms.
  • You should avoiding alcohol and sedatives close to bedtime. These relax the muscles in your throat and make sleep apnea symptoms worse.
  • Sleep on your side and elevate your head. Elevating your head and upper body can help improve airflow. Sleeping on your back can make snoring and breathing problems worse.
  • Follow a regular sleep schedule, and create a relaxing bedtime routine. Make sure your bedroom or sleeping area is comfortable, quiet, and free of distractions.
  • Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms of sleep apnea, so make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day.
  • Try nasal strips or a nasal dilator. These devices can help your nasal passages stay open and improve airflow while you sleep.
  • Consider using a humidifier in your bedroom. Dry air can irritate your airways and make breathing more difficult.

While these natural treatments may alleviate symptoms, you should still consult with a dentist for a proper diagnosis. Request a dental consultation today to 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.