Sleep apnea, when your upper airways become blocked during sleep, prevents millions of Americans from sleeping comfortably. Without sufficient rest, you can’t perform at your personal best. Dr. Nathan Muaina diagnoses and treats sleep apnea at Southern Hills Dental in Garland, Texas. If you’re having trouble sleeping, call or schedule an appointment online to find out if you have sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea is a common breathing condition that affects your ability to get a good night’s sleep. This sleep disorder, also called obstructive sleep apnea, occurs when the upper airway becomes repeatedly blocked during sleep, limiting or completely obstructing airflow.
A variety of factors can cause sleep apnea, including underlying medical conditions, genetics, large tonsils, or obesity. Unhealthy lifestyle habits such as smoking, which can inflame your airways, can vastly increase your risk of developing sleep apnea.
You may have sleep apnea if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
Since many of the signs and symptoms of sleep apnea occur while sleeping, you may need another person, such as your sleeping partner, to confirm your symptoms.
To diagnose sleep apnea, first, Dr. Muaina discuss your symptoms. Next, he performs a thorough physical exam to evaluate the severity of your condition. Depending on your case, he may refer you to an outside sleep specialist or a sleep study center for a sleep study.
Sleep studies are conducted in a sleep center or your home and help detect apnea events. While you’re asleep, sleep specialists monitor levels of activity in the muscles that control breathing, blood oxygen levels, and brain and heart activity.
If you receive a sleep apnea diagnosis, Dr. Muaina provides advice on how to keep your open airway while sleeping. These recommendations may include a special mouthpiece and one or more healthy lifestyle changes:
Dr. Muaina may suggest getting fitted for an oral appliance that’s worn while sleeping to keep your upper airway open by holding your jaw in the correct position. Depending on the type and severity of your sleep apnea, other treatments may be available.
To learn more sleep apnea treatment, call the friendly office staff or use the online booking tool to schedule an appointment.