Sleep Apnea

Sleep-Apnea

When snoring gets serious

Did you know that millions of Americans suffer from some form of sleep apnea, while many cases remain undiagnosed? Did you also know that left untreated, sleep apnea can contribute to serious, even deadly health complications? That’s why Grinview Smiles is proud to offer a simple, non-invasive, yet highly effective treatment for sleep apnea with oral appliance therapy.

What is sleep apnea?

Sleep apnea is a common and dangerous sleep disorder that occurs when the soft tissues in the back of the throat collapse during sleep, preventing the sufferer from breathing properly, or at all.

Sleep Apnea Infographic
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Signs & symptoms
Some of the characteristics, signs, and symptoms of sleep apnea include:

  • Loud, frequent snoring
  • Choking or gasping for air
  • Breathing disruptions
  • Frequent sleep disruptions
  • Frequent urination
  • Excessive daytime sleepiness and fatigue
  • Chronic dry mouth or throat
  • Headaches or migraines
  • Depression, irritability, mood swings
  • Weight gain
  • Insomnia, nightmares
Health risks
The only time the body can repair and heal itself is during sleep. So when patients with sleep apnea are not getting restful sleep night after night, it can take a serious toll on their health. Sleep apnea can contribute to and increase your risk for serious health complications, including:

  • Heart attack
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Sleep apnea can also cause insomnia, which has been known to be the cause of many automobile accident deaths when the sufferer falls asleep at the wheel.

Treatment

If you’ve been diagnosed with sleep apnea by a primary care physician or other healthcare provider, they would have likely prescribed you treatment with a CPAP machine. While highly effective at treating sleep apnea, many patients find CPAP machines intolerable because they are loud and bulky and require you to wear a facial mask during sleep.

At Grinview Smiles, we offer a CPAP alternative with oral appliance therapy. We use a custom oral appliance that’s worn like a mouth guard during sleep. This custom device repositions the lower jaw forward, preventing the airway from collapsing, and allowing the patient to breathe normally throughout the night.

Give us a call!

If you’re ready to take control of your sleep apnea and get back your nights, your days, your health, and your life, you’ve come to the right place. If you have any questions about sleep apnea, or would like to schedule a consultation with your Grandview sleep apnea specialist – Dr. Michael Grier at Grinview Smiles – give us a call today at (817) 653-8881.

901 S. Third St.
Grandview, TX 76050