Sleep Dentistry – Paris TX Dentist | Paris Family Dental
At Paris Family Dental, we are current on the Texas State Dental Board of Examiners and State Law certification requirements to treat currently obstructive. We will treat severe OSA with an alternative treatment to CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) treatment. CPAP is a treatment that utilizes mild pressure to keep the airway open. We assist patients who do not tolerate CPAP with medical grade MRDs (mandibular repositioning devices) in conjunction with pulse oximetry monitoring. Paris, TX sleep dentistry is available at Dr. Del Toro’s dental practice.
What is OSA?
Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) occurs when the tissue in the back of the throat collapses leaving the airway blocked. The air is then prevented from reaching the lungs and this often causes the victim to snore and eventually stop breathing for extended periods of time. These “apneic episodes” can occur continuously throughout the night and usually last for 15-30 seconds. You may become tired during the day due to lack of proper sleep. The blockage of air causes the body to wake up causing you to drift in and out of sleep several times a night. Waking up this much creates a sleep cycle that is completely unstable and will leave you feeling exhausted and is very detrimental to your health. The OSA condition can be life threatening as it can lead to heart issues, strokes, heart attacks, heart failure, and overall hypertension. Many people suffer from this sleep apnea condition.
Common Symptoms of OSA
In many cases, OSA is found in overweight, middle-aged people particularly men. The risks of OSA increase with weight gain due to fat contributing to a blockage in the throat compromising the airway.
Some symptoms of OSA include:
- Waking up choking or gasping
- Loud snoring or stopped breathing
- Exhaustion during the day
If you have any of these symptoms, then you may want to visit your physician for a diagnosis. They will normally conduct an overnight sleep study to monitor brain waves, heart beat, and breathing during sleep. They will also check arm and leg activity throughout the night. They will also want to know your weight history, when the problem began, and if anyone has witnessed your snoring and breathing at night.
How Do I Start Seeking Treatment?
The best way to start seeking treatment for your sleep apnea is to undergo a consultation with your physician. They will then work with Dr. Del Toro to come up a best treatment plan that is customized to your particular needs. Our team will evaluate and monitor your situation to see if our medical grade MRDs (mandibular repositioning devices) in conjunction with pulse oximetry monitoring can improve your sleep cycle and health conditions. OSA should be addressed and treated carefully, so if you have the symptoms and are experiencing sleep apnea, please review your options with your healthcare provider.
At Paris Family Dental we don’t just offer treatment for sleep disorders, we offer advanced tooth replacement services such as dental implants, a wide range of cosmetic procedures, and we even have pediatric services for children as well. Call our skilled staff at (903) 732-0061 to learn more about our all our dentistry services.