Snoring is a common issue impacting many Americans. While it can be a source of embarrassment and a nuisance to your bed partner, there are also several important health-related reasons to treat the problem. Snoring is often a sign that you suffer from a dangerous condition called sleep apnea.
Sleep apnea occurs when the soft tissue in your throat collapses while you sleep, blocking your airway. As a result, your brain and heart don’t receive enough oxygen. In order to resume proper breathing, your brain must wake you up from sleep. This cycle often occurs hundreds of times a night without you even realizing it.
If left untreated, sleep apnea can increase your risk of the following serious health conditions:
- Heart attack
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Gastric reflux
- High blood pressure
Fortunately, snoring and sleep apnea can be effectively treated at our dental office. Dr. Heather Fleschler offers a variety of sleep apnea treatment options, and she’ll customize your treatment to address your unique needs.
Depending on the specifics of your condition, Dr. Fleschler may recommend:
- Oral appliance therapy
- Positional sleep therapy
- Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP)
Snoring is much more than just a nuisance or a source of embarrassment. The health risks associated with snoring and sleep apnea demand your prompt attention. Speak to Dr. Fleschler to find out how we can help you.
Please contact Dr. Heather Fleschler using the form at the right side of the page or call (713) 660-6500 today to schedule your sleep apnea consultation. Dr. Fleschler serves patients in the Houston, Texas areas of West University, Meyerland, Bellaire, and River Oaks.