Relax – your Houston, TX dentist treats snoring and sleep apnea
Dr. Marilyn Jones is passionate about helping her patients at Houston Biological Dentist in Houston, TX get quality sleep. She knows that scientific research continues to show the vital importance of quality sleep for overall health, emotional balance, and happy relationships. She is also aware that each patient has a unique oral structure, medical background, and lifestyle. That’s why she provides options in treatment for snoring and sleep apnea.
Is it more than a snore?
Most of us snore occasionally, maybe from a head cold or allergies. Chronic loud snoring, however, can seriously impair sleep for you and your bedmate. It may also be a symptom of a serious medical condition called obstructive sleep apnea, or OSA.
While OSA is most common in middle-aged men with a little extra girth, anyone can develop it, including very slender people and children. It is the result of the airway becoming partially or fully blocked by the tongue and soft tissues at the back of the throat, as you relax into sleep. Breathing becomes shallow or stops for up to several minutes. As blood oxygen levels drop, a surge of adrenaline jolts the brain and body partially awake. You take a few deep breaths, and the cycle starts over. For a severe apneic, this process may repeat dozens of times per hour, preventing restful sleep.
Sleep occurs in four phases, with the most regeneration occurring in the third stage. Apneics (and often their partners) seldom reach this deep level. Sleep deprivation is strongly linked to health problems such as:
- Headaches and migraines
- Heart attack
- High blood pressure
- Immune function disorders
- Premature aging
- TMJ issues
Personalized treatment for snoring and sleep apnea – Houston, TX
CPAP is not your only treatment choice. Dr. Jones is certified in functional orthopedics, using the DNA (Daytime/Nighttime Appliance) system to modify facial structures that impede clear breathing. She also offers NightLase laser treatment to tighten throat tissues that block the airway. These methods can be used alone, or in combination with CPAP to promote optimal sleep.